Ben Elliott · Apr 24, 2011 at 06:19 pm

The Weekly Q&A: Week 34

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&A originally posted in the HTC HD2 Q&A forum thread.

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&A originally posted in the Q&A forum thread.

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&A originally posted in the About xda-developers.com forum thread.

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&A originally posted in the Windows Phone 7 Development and Hacking forum thread.

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.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Windows Phone 7 Development and Hacking forum thread.

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.

Thank you for reading.


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Ben Elliott

ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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