As you may have experienced, the N900 is limited to only two profiles – ‘General’ and ‘Silent’ and there are occasions where only two are not enough and you couldn’t be bothered with editing the profiles from the settings menu every time; this is where an application called ‘Tweakr’ comes in. According to its developer Siovene, ‘Tweakr introduces the concept of Profile preset. Presets are Profile settings which can be saved, deleted and assigned to the General profile. This allows you to practically use as many profiles as you want on the N900.’
It basically adds a menu to the N900’s status bar with all the presets that you have defined via its settings and applies them to the ‘General’ profile once you tap on each.
This way you can have as many profiles as you want and keep switching with ease. But to this the integration a level further, I used an application called ‘Powatool’. It allows you to define the entries that will show up in the N900’s status bar and using it I removed the ‘Profiles’ menu and just let Tweakr’s ‘Profile preset’ remain. This reduces the clutter and makes the app more seamless.
Note: For some reason the icon for ‘Tweakr’ did not show up on my N900, despite a re-boot. Your mileage may vary.
HOW TO INSTALL TWEAKR
Unfortunately, Tweakr is not yet available in the Application Repositories and we will have to install it manually. Here is how to do so:
- Download the latest version of Tweakr from this page. Download the .deb under the ‘Tweakr’ head and ignore others. Here’s the direct link to v12-3, the latest as of 9.1.2010.
- Save this under the MyDocs section of the N900.
- Rename this to something like “Tweakr1” so that its easier for your to enter the name in the terminal.
- Install an application called “rootsh” from the Application Manager.
- Next, launch the Terminal application on the N900 and enter “sudo gainroot” and hit enter.
- Now type “cd MyDocs” and hit enter.
- Then type “dpkg -i tweakr1.deb” and hit enter.
- You will see a screen similar to the above. This means that the application has been installed.
HOW TO CONFIGURE TWEAKR
- You will find an entry called ‘Tweakr’ under Extras in the ‘Settings’ menu. Click on it.
- You will see the above screen, scroll down to ‘Save current General profile to new preset’.
- Click on it, enter a name to your choice for the profile and hit Save.
- Next edit the general profile from the settings to your liking and save that as another preset e.g. Night and use this option to save that as another preset.
- Do this for as many presets as you wish. From now on simply hit ‘Profile presets’ to switch profiles.
REMOVING THE PROFILES MENU FROM THE STATUS BAR WITH POWATOOL
- This is optional and you can choose to skip this step.
- Enable the ‘Extras’Devel’ repository for the N900’s Application Manager if you already haven’t. Directions here to do it with a single click. Please consider the warnings mentioned here before you do so.
- Download ‘Powatool’. Hint: Refresh the repositories and open ‘All’, scroll down to ‘P’ and select it.
- Once installed, launch it from the menu. You will see the following options:
- Select ‘Status bar’ and scroll to ‘Profiles’.
- Uncheck ‘Profiles’ and exit.
- Bonus: You can even use ‘Powatool’ to remove the Nokia hands animation when the N900 boots up.
That’s it. You have now replaced the N900’s profile menu with a box that gives you a lot more options. Please keep in mind that all the applications above are alphas or very early betas and may cause damage to your device and force you to reflash. I take no liability for anything whatsoever.
With that being said, enjoy!