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Samsung TV as a monitor for PC ( UE22D5003 )

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When using a Samsung TV , for example the 1080p budget UE22D5003, you will notice that the picture quality is mediocre to say the least. That’s because the monitor is acting as a television, applying all kinds of filters to the video, rather than passing the source “as is”, like a monitor does.

Here is an easy fix to put your “tv” in monitor modus:

Press the “Source” button on the remote and select the HDMI input where you have connected your pc. (Normally it is already selected)
Then select “Tools” on the remote. The select “Edit Name” from the menu and scroll down to “PC”. Press “OK” and your screen will refresh.

That’s is. The pricture should now be good.

Works for most Samsung LED TV’s.

Gameforge Tera Europe Network Error

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If you have logged into Gameforge’s game Tera in Europe while using a VPN (or a proxy), you’ll get banned. You’ll be unable to connect even if you disable and uninstall the VPN. There is no solution client side, since it’s the server who’s blocking you. You can double check and try to login to your account via the web : http://en.tera.gameforge.com/news/index . You will be greeted with the same error when you try to log in : Network error! – A connection could not be made. Please check your network settings and adjust any proxy or firewall settings.

You will not be able to contact Gameforge’s support, because you can’t login. I found a way to contact them through a different account, but I am still waiting for an answer.

I strongly advice everyone who wants to start playing Tera to use the American servers. These servers are run by En Masse who don’t have this crazy policy.

Modding & rooting the QMedia Tablet PC Qpc617 firmware

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This is a list of modded android images I have tested on the €99 tablet PC from QMedia, currently for sale in Carrefour Belgium ( and elsewhere ).

Note: I will update this list as I test more firmwares.

Note2: BE CAREFULL upgrading the tablet. You MAY brick it. I will take NO RESPONSIBILITY for your actions, when you damage or brick your tablet. I only provide this information as is.

I could not find the original firmware for the QPC617 from QMedia and I don’t know how to make a backup, so I took a leap of faith experimenting with this device.

WMT2.1.2_105_M3CSL_V1.0
This was the first firmware I tested. It works perfectly, but is not rooted. It has the market installed. Processor runs at 174 Mhz. Good performance.

WMT2.1.6_LF-X_V1.0B6
This firmware runs perfect. It is rooted too and has the market installed. Better performance.

PanImage_SGS_ACADEV_2.22.11_Full (link)
This firmware installs ok. HoneyComb (fake) interface. Performance is slow.
PanImage_SGS_ACADEV_2.22.11_Full_1

PanImage_SGS_ACADEV_2.22.11_Full_2

GS_WMT216_V5.0_ACADEV_BLACK_EDITION (link)
Installs fine. Nice interface. Rooted and Market. Performance is good.

LIST of NOT WORKING firmwares:
WMT2.50_RSX_TS_A_SPEC_V2

PS: None of the images/firmwares are overclocked. The two most popular overclock apps (OC Widget & SetCPU ) won’t work. Maybe in future versions.

Tips:
– When booting after a flash update, the animate boot-logo ( ANDROID ) may look like it is locked in a loop. Just be patient (maybe 2 , 3 minutes). All following boots will not suffer from this delay.

More info on modded tablet firmwares:
http://androidtabletzone.the-talk.net/f135-honeycomb-for-wm8505-wmt8505-rooted-rom-mod-firmware-development (updated link 2 nov. 2011)

Connect Ipaq to Mobile Vikings via LG KP500 and Dialup in Windows Mobile

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I own a simple cellphone GSM, LG Cookie KP500 and an old IPAQ 2790b mobile device. The cellphone connects via EDGE to the mobile network (Mobile Vikings). I want to use the phone’s internet-connection on the IPAQ. This device is using windows SE 2003, windows mobile 5 or WM 6.5 … ( This tutorial will cover windows mobile 5 )

Here is what I did to get it working:

First make sure the internet is configured and working on the cellphone. If you can connect and surf the web on your phone, continue reading. Otherwise go get it working first.

You will need the USERNAME, PASSWORD and APN from your provider. Most providers use general username/passwords that can be found on their support homepage. Mobile Vikings settings can be found here.

First you’ll have to create a Dailup network trough Bluetooth on the windows mobile device.

Go via START to settings, Choose Connections:
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Click (or tap) on the icon “Connections”.
Click (or tap…) on the “Add a new modem connection”.
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Enter a name for your connection and choose Bluetooth from the dropdown menu.
Click NEXT
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Enter *99# as phone number. This will not actually dial that number. It will in stead tell your cellphone to connect using the standard profile. You can use *99***1# too, where 1 is the number of the internet profile. *99***3# will use profile three. When you tested internet successfully on your phone prior to installing the connection on your ipaq, then the standard profile will work: so use *99#
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Enter the username and password. Remember you got them from your provider. Mobile Vikings users can enter web as the username and web as password. Leave the domain field empty.
Now click on ADVANCED.
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On the General tab you may choose the highest baut rate (115200). It actually doesn’t matter what speed you choose, cause this is a virtual COM port. When using BT 1,2+ you’ll get max 1Mb/s, when using BT2.0 or higher the Edge or G3 limitation will be the maximum speed you’ll get. De-select “Wait for dial tone” and enter this line after “Extra dial-string”: +CGDCONT=1,”ip”,”web.be” Mind that web.be is my APN, replace this with your APN if it is different.
Click on Port Settings
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Set Port Setting as displayed above. It may already be configured that way.
No go to TCP/IP
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De-select “Use software compression” and “Use header compression”. If found this to be increasing the internet speed by factor 2. 96kbs vs. 128kps. I’m not sure why this is. You may want to experiment with these settings.
Now click OK
Click FINISH
click ok again and click on the cross to close the Settings window

Now, to make this work, your Phone and IPAQ need to be paired. Use the standard procedure. ( This procedure may be different for your IPAQ version ).
Go to Bluetooth Manager and choose paired devices from the menu on the bottom right. ADD a device (click on the search icon). Select the phone from the list and enter the passkey (on both devices). The devices are now paired.

When you start an internet application ( Opera or another browser ), the IPAQ will automatically connect trough bluetooth. Watch your phone: It might ask you to authorize the connection.

Happy surfing.

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