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CAB to unlock EXT rom attached.

This enables full read / write access, use with care (files added / deleted remain after reboot)!

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I've been out of the Pocket PC place since XDA2! What does this do/What benefits does it give?

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Guest Paul (MVP)

You can poke around at the CABs that are installed when you do the hard reset, and if you break out of that process (soft reset before it runs customisations), you can install what you want selectively.

It also gives you a bit of space that was unusable otherwise IIRC.

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You can poke around at the CABs that are installed when you do the hard reset, and if you break out of that process (soft reset before it runs customisations), you can install what you want selectively.

It also gives you a bit of space that was unusable otherwise IIRC.

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If you have a look at my (rather popular, *ahem* :)) thread >> here << you'll get a good idea of how the hard/soft reset hack works, and what you're likely to find. This is based on an M500 but it you'll get the idea. I'll be doing a new version of this thread when I get my device.

The space that is freed up on the M500 is not inconsiderable, in fact. It is "generated" by basically *not* installing lots of crap on the handset (Java, MMS, Backup, other Orange stuff etc). The installers remain in the Extended_ROM, but the actual program files after installation would have been stored in /Storage, hence the reduction in space.

Edit: partial truth alert! There's no info on the reset hack there. Basically you hard reset the phone and when it alerts you that it's about to do the software install, right after the today screen first appears, you VERY quickly soft reset the phone and this prevents the non-hardware ROM software being installed. I imagine you'd then have to unlock the Extended_ROM using Paul's cab and it's at this point that the info pointed to above will come in more useful.

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I don't think it's there in the first place.

As you technically can't 'uninstall' things from the ROM, I think it would be safe to assume that as the networks are all supposedly creating their own IM clients, they will have asked MS to remove it from the OS installer?

PS disclaimer - the above CAB was not created by me :)

And all associated "don't blame me!" clauses presumably? ;)

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  • 4 weeks later...

Not sure about SPB pocket plus and diary (as ive got them installed to internal memory for speed issues and cos it says i should )

but i have other programs installed to my ext rom and they all work fine. eg ive got TCPMP among others installed there and it works fine.

ive been treating it like regular memory for installing stuff (although i have not deleted anything that was on there originally (nor do i plan to!))

hope this helps

JEREMY

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