Will Verduzco · May 2, 2011 at 12:00 am

The Weekly Q&A: Week 35

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers portal, I’ll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA.

Q: I have a little headphone icon showing up in the system tray, and I have no idea why, or what exactly it means is happening. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]

A: While the notification pops up at seemingly random some times, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Honeycomb simply places a headphones icon in the notification area to let you know that the Music Player app is running in the background. Sometimes, this is triggered by disconnecting headphones or removing the tablet from the dock.

Q: I don’t know what happened but yesterday after i restarted my N1, most of my apps on SD Card couldn’t seemed anymore! Apps are on the list, on the desktop and on the apps settings (without original icon). But my system doesn’t connect apps on my sd card. [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.]

A: It’s quite possible that the SD card has become corrupted. XDA forum member habs25 had a similar experience and was able to solve his woes with CHKDSK built into Windows. If that fails, a low level format of the SD card and reinstalling the old applications should do the trick.

Q: I want to be able to plug my DSLR camera directly into the USB on my Xoom and download the pictures. Is this possible if I root and use the new Tiamat Kernel? [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]

A: While you currently cannot connect a camera directly to the XOOM to download images (unless your camera supports USB Mass Storage mode), the easiest way to do this would be to use a USB card reader with your XOOM. An excellent guide is available in the forums on how to use USB Mass Storage with things like card readers and thumb drives.

Q: I was streaming a tv show and paused it and turned the screen off to answer a phone call. After about a 10 minute conversation i went to turn it back on and nothing. Holding down the power button doesn’t do anything. I plugged it into the charger and nothing also. I am rooted with custom kernel installed with SetCPU to scale all the way up to 1500 MHz. It’s been overclocked for a few weeks. When streaming I did notice it getting a couple degrees over 100 fahrenheit but didn’t think that much of it cuz my EVO can get a lot hotter. I didn’t buy a warranty through Best Buy, so I haven’t checked what their return policy is. I’m sure Motorola has some sort of warranty which I KNOW I voided with the rooting and such. What should I do? I’ve only had this thing for less than a month. It’s the wifi only version. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]

A: As XDA forum member Rajones19 points out, “Might have just been a lock-up. Did you try to reboot it by holding down Power and Volume Up? That’s saved me a few times when things came to a crashing halt.”

Q: We have no lanyard hole in the Nexus S. Any ideas how to attach it? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: Unfortunately, there really is no place to attach a lanyard to the Nexus S. While you may be able to thread a lanyard through the speaker holes in the removable battery back, we don’t recommend it… That is, unless you want your phone going flying at the slightest tug. But hey, that would keep your battery back from hitting the ground with catastrophic fury!

That about wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

 


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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