Monday, March 30, 2009

5800 : Close application from task list

There's no 'C' key on the 5800. I felt the need for it when the Gmail application would simply refuse to come in the foreground. But I knew if there's a taskbar then there's surely a way to kill/close the application from there, after all its a Symbian phone. Just a few seconds of touching I figured out that a long press on the app icon of the task list reveals a small menu with'Open' and 'Exit' options.

I know most of the S60 users would have figured that out with some fiddling but I'm sure not all know that getting the above screen shot made me take out my phones battery.

The 'Best Screen Snap'(BSS) application has the camera key as the default screen shot key. Pushing the camera key for the screen shot would put away the small menu. I tried the green key/menu key/volume keys the red key in the BSS settings but it would just say 'Not allowed'. The only key that worked was the keypad toggle key. Cool, now I have the screenshot and you see it up there ;) but a few seconds later the key pad got locked. Now every attempt to unlock would take a screen shot but no unlock. Even switching off the phone requires an unlocked phone. So the only option, I removed the battery.

I quickly did an image search of the N97 key pad to check for the 'C' key. Does not seem to be on it too. But am sure the circled key below will do the trick.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Understanding NGage

It took me two full version games to understand NGage.

Asphalt 4 Elite and Creatures of the Deep(COD) are keeping me busy these days. Around a month ago I switched back to my N958G. Did a firmware upgrade (v31.0.015) and this time it had the latest NGage installed with a lot of trial games. I activated COD because it's by Infinite Dreams. I've earlier played KRally like anything on my E61 and I knew the graphics on COD will be something to look forward to. COD is a fishing game, catch fish and get points (XP's). The graphics of the game are amazing, the rain, the lightning, etc... You get to fish in Costa-Rica waters and once you have enough XP's you can travel to other destinations. I played this game all the time, unlocked a few items, went to different locations and kept on fishing. What I never understood is 'When does the game end?'.

Some how I got one more activation code. This time I activated Asphalt 4 Elite. Once you have a full version of the game vertical bars show up at the right side of the game listings. The bars indicate how much more you have to play to finish the game. I was two bar's up on COD and kept fishing all the time but the bar remained on two.

Asphalt 4 Elite has a menu which shows "Pickup points". These are stages in the game where you get X Ngage points. So there is a game score, which is $'s, and then there are NGage points. So the bars that are shown alongside the games listings are actually how close are you to achieving 1000 Ngage points. COD does not have a menu to show pick up points, but if you go into the NGage application - My Profile - Click on one of the game in the list there's a tab where you will see the games pick up points.

This answers my question of knowing when does COD finish. So I don't have to just keep fishing, I actually have to finish all the tasks listed in the pickup point list. After this much of knowledge I finished Asphalt 4 Elite. COD is a big game, you have to finish tasks in 4 places and the places themselves are not small. This time the NGage online community came in handy.

Browsing through the forums I came across screenshots where tasks can be finished , actual walkthrough's of games, tips and tricks. Also interesting is that I found one of my friend on the forum and was even able to add him as a friend on the NGage application. So now we can compare our points, discuss games and even play multiplayer games (havent tried it as yet).

Although I activated the games through activation codes I recieved I surely will be buying some of them. The games are not very expensive, I believe they are around 300 Rs (see Oxicash for more details). And looking at the quality of games I've played I don't think the amount is too much. I think I will be buying Prince of Persia.

I'm really enjoying NGage and will always make sure that whatever device I carry it's NGage enabled.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A touchy day for me

Got an chance to play with 3 touch phones today.
- Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
- HTC Diamond and
- Samsung Omnia SGH-i900

(pics taken from my N95 8G closeup mode )

Had a little brush with the 5800 a couple of months back but it was only for 5 mins. This time the 5800 stays with me for say a couple of weeks, so will be posting my experience with it soon.
Can't say much about the other two phones, had them only for some time, but I must say they were good. The Omnia was Windows Mobile but am surely looking forward to the Symbian one (Omnia HD).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

System up and running

I did manage to get the system for 17.3 thousand INR without bargain from Cassette World , Lamington Road. I always recommend shop for all h/w needs.

The config changed a little:

CPU  :  AMD Athlon XP2 7750 2.7 GHz 3Mb cache   -- what I wanted

HDD :  500 Gb -- Western Digital ( the dealer recommended WD on Seagate)

MBD : M3A78-EM HDMI (is almost the same as Asus M3A-H/HDMI but cheaper)

RAM : 4 Gb 1066MHz G.Skill (wanted only 2 Gb but again recommended by dealer)

Bought everything last Friday and even assembled it- all fine. 

Loaded WinXP SP3 - all fine.

Loaded all drivers - no sound.  Spent around 15 hrs and finally sound. There's some conflict with WinXP SP3 and HD sound drivers. Had to install this patch first and then loaded the drivers again. All fine now. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Dead motherboard :(

My PC is not working because of some motherboard fault. Will go to Lamington Road on Saturday to buy some hardware ( mbd/proc/ram and hdd ). This time choosing AMD instead of Intel. I have finalized on processor,RAM & HDD but am still to zero in on a MBD

Proc : AMD Athlon X2 7750 2.7 GHz
HDD: Seagate 500 Gb
RAM: 2GB (transcend/corsair)
MBD : most probably Asus M3A-H/HDMI.

This may just fit below 17K if I bargain well I presume. Wanted to be < 15K but this always happens.


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