In this regular XDA feature, the news writer team scours the forums to find five questions and answers which may be of use to you, or may simply provide an interesting read.
Q‘My phone’s LCD screen isn’t working properly. Is there any way to diagnose the fault?’
A XDA member facdemol has created an extremely useful post detailing LCD faults here – It’s definitely worth a look if you want to understand what the problem actually is.
Q‘After updating one of my downloaded apps using the Android Market, the notification simply won’t clear. Is there any way to solve this?’
A Try deleting the market cache/data. Go to settings > applications > manage applications, then the “all” tab. Find the market and force-stop it. Then clear the data and the cache. If the notification is still there, reboot and it should go away.
Q‘While browsing the XDA forums I’ve had trouble using the ‘thanks’ button when someone has helped me out. What’s going on?’
A To prevent spam, the ‘thanks’ feature is only available to users who have made at least one post themselves. In addition, you can only ‘thank’ people five times a day. Finally, only posts made since the introduction of the feature may be ‘thanked’.
Q‘Is there any software I can use to send and receives through my Windows Phone 7 device, but using my PC?’
A An app called TouchXperience Windows Phone Device Manager is currently available in open beta and should be exactly what you’re looking for. You can download it here (external link).
Q‘I was wondering, is there any type of hack or modification where we would be able to add codecs to the phone in order to play .flac files? I have a lot of my music in that format, and would love to play it. I believe that the first hurdle would be to get the Zune Player to recognize it, so is there any way to do that as well?’
A Getting Zune to recognize it is not hard; it’s a registry edit under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (HKCR) much like it is on Windows. You can look at how WMA and MP3 are handled.
Adding the codec itself… interesting idea. On desktop Windows, codecs are DLLs (they may have other extensions, but that’s what they are internally) that take a compressed stream in one function and return an uncompressed stream. It’s relatively easy to add more codec support into the OS; create new DLLs to do the decoding, and register them.
The creation of the codecs is possible. I don’t know if managed code would work, so you’d probably need to use the native WinCE dev tools. If there’s already a FLAC decoder for older versions of WinMo on AR, it may work unmodified. Registering it, though… no idea how to do that. There may be an API for it, though.
If you come across any questions that need to be addressed in next weeks Q&A, feel free to PM any of the News Writers.
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