egzthunder1 · Apr 6, 2012 at 01:30 am

Busted Volume Rocker on Windows Phone? Here’s a Solution

Our devices are built to last long and hopefully survive minor to moderate abuse. After all, we tend to bump into tables, walls, people, and many things while our phones are in our pockets. This normally results in dents, scratches, busted screens, and more. There is also the odd time when your hardware buttons (if your device has any) will suffer as well like, for instance, if you decided to take your device apart.

For most of us, this is not a big issue because even if the buttons are indeed convenient, there are ways to control your device, such as reassigning hardware key functions or work through a setting’s shortcut. This is not the case for WP7. Truth be told, the devices running this OS have absolutely no way to control certain aspects of itself without the aid of these keys. Unfortunately, this became painfully obvious to me when I broke the data strip connecting the volume rocker button on my HTC Titan, running on Mango. To make matters worse, there are no apps or settings to control the volume because of the way that the volume control is handled by Mango.

Luckily, and thanks to XDA Forum Member Purushoth, there is now a simple app to control the system’s master volume. While the app in itself may not be the best and most complex in the world, it is certainly a first for Mango. Now, you may be wondering why this is important. Well, if you have been in any of the WP7 forums, you will notice that the devs present in those sections have an incredibly hard time to get anything done due to the multiple restrictions, security locks, and everything that Microsoft has thrown in the batch to protect WP7 from being easily modified like its predecessors were. Being able to operate something that was not possible before is, in fact, a nice leap forward for the advancement of this platform.

So, if you are in the same boat I am and can’t use the hardware keys, now is the time to regain control over your device. Please report any feedback or issues to the dev, so that he can work through them if needed.

I have created a simple app for changing master volume. This app would be helpful for those who do not wish to use physical keys. This app works in dev unlocked device and greater. 
Finally, thanks to Fiinix for the dllImport project.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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