Windows Mobile: Add a startup sound to your device

BootscreenMost phone manufacturers brand their phones with a startup sound. This is often an annoying feature for those that have a phone which won’t let you disable it. Windows Mobile users are blessed as they don’t need to put up with this sound each time their device starts up. This is because Microsoft has not included a startup sound in their mobile operating system. Maybe just because there isn’t a startup sound, many people crave for it. Reverse psychology and all that.

Well now there is a way. AudioBoot is a Windows Mobile utility that will add a startup sound to your device. As your device boots up, while the boot screens are still on display, your startup sound will come alive through your devices speakers.

AudioBoot comically plays the Windows XP startup sound by default, but this can be changed by copying any MP3 to your root directory and renaming it startup.mp3. Most other platforms don’t allow you to change your startup sound. It’s not a reason to buy Windows Mobile, but it’s a nice touch.

Available for free via FreewarePPC.com. If you are not an XDA forums member, download Audioboot from the mirror.


Bluetooth: What’s all that about?

Difficulty: 1.5

BluetoothlogoBluetooth has been around for a few years now and has become common place in Mobile Phones and laptop computers. Over the last 6 months of writing Inspect My Gadget, a have had a much deeper look into what Bluetooth can do for me.

There are a lot of people who use Bluetooth purely for connecting up a Bluetooth headset to their phone, but Bluetooth can be used for so much more than this. Each Bluetooth enabled device offers its own range of Bluetooth services. Each service can be used to give you a feature you may not have experienced yet. 

This article will explain what Bluetooth is and offer you a lengthy collection of fun things you can try with it, bringing together many of the Bluetooth articles which are already available at Inspect My Gadget.

I have not seen many of these fantastic Bluetooth features reported elsewhere on the web. Bluetooth has not seemed to have been overly embraced by the public. I feel Bluetooth is very powerful and the word should be spread.

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Windows Software: DisplayFusion v1.2.0

DisplayFusionYou may have noticed that with all the screen resolution changing software over the last few days, that your wallpaper does not want to play the game. If you change your resolution with a dual monitor setup, the wallpaper of your secondary monitor will change to the size of your main monitor. This is a little ugly and I can understand that in some scenarios, you may want a solution to make this much prettier.

Along comes DisplayFusion which will solve this problem for you, as it has done for me. DisplayFusion is a great utility to look after the wallpaper of your dual monitor setup.

You are able to stretch your wallpaper across multiple monitors, select a different wallpaper for each desktop as well as the ability to use images from flickr as your wallpaper.

If you change your resolution, DisplayFusion will recognise this and give you a balloon popup to adjust your wallpaper to suit. With 2 clicks, you can be back in action. Look out for future versions as this hopefully will become an automatic feature. Worth noting is that your Windows wallpapers are normally stored in your “C:\Windows\Web” folder

While this application won’t be suitable for all scenarios, it is great for anyone wanting more control over their dual monitor configuration. I thank the How-to Geek for letting me know of this.

Available from Binary Fortress. That’s enough screen resolution stuff from IMG for a while.


Windows Software: ResChange 3.11

Reschange

Most applications are best run at a high resolution to ensure you have plenty of screen space, however some games require you to change your screen resolution to a setting which the game supports.

To change your screen resolution, you would generally need to go into your display properties and tinker with a few settings. While this is easy enough to do occasionally, if it is something you want to do regularly, it becomes quite an annoying process. It gets even worse if you require low resolutions, as they are not always made available to you here. You would need to go further and enter into the advanced section of your display properties to switch between the resolutions.

I constantly need to switch between 1280×1024 and 640×480, as my CRT TV only supports the lower resolution. I used ResChange to setup some desktop shortcuts to make the job much quicker and easier. I can also see this being useful for a range of scenarios such as wide-screen laptops connecting to 16:9 projectors on a regular basis.

ResChange is a command line utility which will do as the name suggests, change your resolution. You can apply a whole range of switches such as height, width, frequency, as well as telling ResChange which monitor to do the change to if you have dual screen setup (defaults to monitor 1).

Once installed, I made shortcuts with the following switches:

For 640×480 I used
”reschange.exe” -width=640 -height=480 -refresh=60


For 1280×1024 I used
”reschange.exe” -width=1280 -height=1024 -refresh=max

While compatibility mode would allow me to run some things at the lower resolution, not all programs support it, so changing the resolution of Windows was best. This has worked flawlessly for me in both XP and Vista. If you need a range of resolutions, you could make a start menu group with multiple shortcuts for various resolutions in there.

(Update 4/8/08: This is now called Display Changer. There are some new features whcih make it even more handy.)

Available for free from Softpedia.


Windows Mobile: CABviaActiveSync

CabviaactivesyncInstalling programs which come in the CAB format, onto your Windows Mobile device can be a little tedious at times, as there are many steps involved.

You would normally have to copy the file onto your device and then run it from your device. It isn’t too bad once you are used to it, but when you install multiple programs or are a newcomer to Windows Mobile, it is a challenge. 

CABviaActiveSync makes this job easy as you can install programs directly from Windows Explorer. All you need to do is right click on the CAB file and select CABviaActiveSync. The program then opens up either WMDC or ActiveSync and installs the program using their own program managers.

This is great if you have just updated your ROM or you play around with lots of programs. Many steps are removed, making installations quicker.

There is not much more to say about this program, it does what it was designed to do. Hopefully future versions of WMDC will offer this same functionality.

Download it from Modaco, and as with everything at Inspect My Gadget, this is a freebie.