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Ready To Flash MeeGo Image Now Available For The N900

The the MeeGo preview for the N900 first came out, in order to install it you need to make your own image and then flash it onto the N900. Things have moved along since then and a ready to flash MeeGo image is now available from Nokia’s own servers. So if you have been wanting to install MeeGo on the N900 but have been waiting for it to become just a little easier, the necessary guides are here.

Ready To Flash MeeGo Image Now Available For The N900

But before you embark on the MeeGo journey with your N900, please keep in mind that this is still very much a developmental release and that it holds no value for an everyday users and if you think you fall under that category, its better to hold off. There also some issues with backlighting, which are being discussed here.

[via: @mwkn]

How To Easily Overclock Your Nokia N900 In Under Two Minutes

The ability to overclock the N900 has existed for a long time now and we have covered it before. But overclocking the N900 has never been so easy, two simple installs from the Application Manager and a short command via the terminal is all it takes. If you have been wanting to try it out but were holding out because it seemed too complicated, this guide is for you.

How To Easily Overclock Your N900 In Under Two Minutes

However, please note that overclocking the N900 will void your warranty, although it is possible to the flash to the stock kernel/state if you no longer want to overclock your device. Apart from that you also risk damaging your device and losing data. Please continue at your own peril.

That said, lets get started.

  • The first thing you need to do is install ‘rootsh’ from the Application Manager, make sure you have the relevant repositories enabled.
  • Next install the ‘Enhanced linux kernel for power users‘ from the ‘System’ section in the Application Manager. It supports overclocking upto 1.15 Ghz.
  • Restart the device.
  • Now install ‘Enhanced kernel for power users (settings)‘.
  • Open the X-Terminal and enter the following command.
sudo gainroot
kernel-config load ideal

This will load the ideal profile which overclocks your phone to 850 MHz. At this point if you experience reboots or the phone seems to act funny, try using the ‘lv’ settings that uses slightly higher voltages than the ‘ideal’ profile. If it is still unstable try ‘ulv’. The various presets are ‘default’ – ‘lv’ – ‘ulv’ – ‘xlv’ – ‘ideal’ – ‘starving’.

sudo gainroot
kernel-config load lv
kernel-config limits 250 850

If the N900 seems stable, you can have these settings as a preset of your own.

sudo gainroot
kernel-config load lv
kernel-config limits 250 850
kernel-config save myideal

With the current configuration, the N900 will resort to the default 600 MHz state everytime it is rebooted. This is done to avoid letting the N900 get caught in a reboot loop. If you are happy with the N900’s performance and stability, you can then also set the N900 to overclock by default on startup. Use the following command:

sudo gainroot
kernel-config default ideal (whichever preset you want to set as default e.g. myideal)
kernel-config show (this will show you your current settings)

If you want to revert to the original settings, here is the procedure to follow. Jakiman over at talk.maemo.org has a very comprehensive guide as well, if you are looking for more information I suggest you give it a read.

Overclock N900 With QCPUFreq

One last thing, if you want to configure the N900’s overclocking setting with a visual UI and not the terminal, install QCPUFreq from the Application Manager. Then once you have installed the packages mentioned above all you will need to do is move the slider to overclock to the desired level. My suggestion is don’t go past the 850 MHz mark.

Before you do this, please keep in mind one thing ‘because it can be doesn’t mean, you have to do it!’

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

Marco Barisione’s just released an app called ‘Ringtoned’ for the N900 that brings the ability to set custom ringtones for each contact in the N900’s phonebook. The best part about this app is that it integrates well with the N900 as there’s no standalone setup, you can asign a default ringtone from the Profiles menu as usual and for custom ringtones, just go to the Contacts application, select the contact and press the new ‘Set custom ringtone’ button in the menu.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

  • Search for ‘custom ringtones’ in the application manager after enabling extras-devel and refreshing the repository.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

  • To set a custom ringtone, open contacts, select the contact you want and goto options by hitting the name of the contact in the title bar. Select ‘Set custom ringtone’.

How To Set A Custom Ringtone For Each Contact On The N900

  • The UI to set a ringtone is just like the one under Settings>Profile. When you are finished, press done and you are all setup.

The app is available from the Extras-Devel repository, or you can also download it from Marco’s personal repository here. Since this is the first release there might be bugs and if here is heavy load on the system, the ringtone might start after a slight delay. Future versions of this application should have the ability to set a custom ringtone for anonymous phone calls and for calls from an unknown number as well.

The inability to set custom ringtones for individual contacts has been something a lot of people have missed on the N900, but once again through Marco Barisione‘s fine work, the community has come through.

Nokia Messaging & Mail For Exchange – Tips & Tricks

Nokia India has been busy recently and they’ve come up with some really helpful videos in the form of tips and tricks to keep in mind while using Nokia Messaging or Mail For Exchange on QWERTY devices like the E72 and non QWERTY ones like the E52. There are a bunch of shortcuts shown off and if you are new to Mail for Exchange or Nokia Messaging, there are even videos to helpful you set them up on your very own devices.

  • Tips & Tricks For Nokia Messaging On The E72 & E52

  • Tips & Tricks For Mail For Exchange On The E72

  • How To Setup Nokia Messaging

  • How To Setup Mail For Exchange

Hack: The N900 Gets A Working Bluetooth Mouse

The N8 has it and now, so does the N900 – bluetooth mouse is a go thanks to the efforts of azerty1 who’s even put together a video to show it off. The N900 doesn’t have the bluetooth HID profile that allows for using a bluetooth mouse enable by default, so doing that and the other tasks needed to get the setup up and running is a bit of work, but if TV + Keyboard + Mouse is your thing, its time to hack away.

You can find detailed instructions of the first post in this thread. Oh yes, easy Debian is suddenly now much easier to use.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

I am not someone who likes changing themes often. I like themes that look elegant, polished and definitely not brash. Over the last seven or so months of owning the N900, I have tried almost every theme that is available and have come away with the following as my picks.

Most of these themes comes from the Maemo repositories so make sure you have them enabled. Then just type the name to search in the Application Manager and install. So without further adieu, here are my must have themes for the N900, in no particular order.

  • Black Plastic – The lists in this theme are shaded differently, nice change.

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  • an-DROID – One of my favorites. Love the colours on this one.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • Bossa Teal – For times when you want custom icons. Seems to slow down the phone though and takes 6MB in rootfs.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • Carbon – Brilliant. Dark. Polished. Makes the N900 look good.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • D-Theme Red – I like red themes. They go well with the black on the N900. This is part of the D-Theme series, check them out for different colours.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • iStyle Black – Part of the iStyle series. Best of the lot.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • Matrix – Its here because it goes amazingly well with the Matrix live wallpaper. Plus I like the vibrant colours too.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • Red Alert – Another red theme, but sadly not part of  the repositories so you will have to manually download and install if  you liked it. Get the .deb here, locate it in the file manager and tap to install.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

  • R-Style Green – Part of the beautiful R-Style series that features similar design in new colours. Green is easily my favourite.

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

Must Have Themes For The Nokia N900

So there you have it, those were my picks. Think there is a theme that deserves to be in this list that I have missed out? Please let me know. What themes do you like?