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[#] Tue Nov 29 2011 12:41:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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My old phone did that, but it usually indicated that it failed to remount the SD card after the computer unmounted it.

If it's on /mnt/sdcard though, that's usually *not* the phone's internal memory. On some phones the internal memory is somewhat limited, but if you can move the MIDI file to it, you're good to go...

[#] Tue Nov 29 2011 13:08:58 EST from the_mgt

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Di Nov 29 2011 03:46:33 CETvon Animal
That MIDI lives on the internal memory, /mnt/sdcard. Any time I 
mount the phone's media on the computer, the ring/alert tones default to
something in the phone's main memory. Any way to change that so it
quits doing that?

Yes, put it on the real internal memory, not the SD card. Usually, most of the mobiles I used share the internal SDcard as the usb drive when connected to a computer. If they do so, the phone does not have access to the card, but only the computer via usb. It doesn't matter if it is android, symbian or some other OS. They are all alike in this respect.
Another reason why I put the ringing tones on the real internal memory is (a feeling of) faster access and also less battery usage, since the sdcard can be put into sleep if it isnt used. But this is kind of a superstition, I dont know if it really helps.


[#] Tue Nov 29 2011 19:30:46 EST from zooer

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 After fooling around with my mother's Nook, I have decided I don't like tablet computers.  That is all, I didn't know what computer level room to put that comment in. Have a good night.

 

 



[#] Tue Nov 29 2011 23:34:23 EST from Animal

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The way I understand it....
There's the "internal memory" that things like /system, /etc, /bin etc
all live on. I can see those in the file manager.
There's a /mnt/sdcard, and there's a /mnt/sdcard-ext.
If I pull out the sdcard, I can still access /mnt/sdcard. So that's
apparently a partition on the internal memory for things like photos,
audio recordings, and the like.

When I plug this thing in, it'll mount two volumes on my computer; one's
the sdcard, the other is sdcard-ext.

I've tried moving things into and out of the "internal memory" that's
not in /mnt/sdcard, and always gotten a "permission denied" or other
error.

[#] Wed Nov 30 2011 02:31:46 EST from the_mgt

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Hail to the superior android OS!

My Nokia C7 has an internal memory (less than 1gb, for "/etc et al."), an internal flash memory of about 8gb and an external sd card as well. But I can write to either of them, though I seldom do it via the file manager, I choose it  in config dialogues. My Sony Ericsson phones where the same (some of them had a transparent layer so the directories existed internal and on sd card and you saw them as an overlay in your phone explorer).

But all of them mounted the bigger internal memory and the external card as usb devices when connected in the appropriate mode. So important  stuff needs to go to the small internal ram. Background image vanishes too, if you connect via usb and it is located on the mounted place.

Solution: Try to save ringtone with the corresponding config dialogue into internal memory. Or buy a phone with a serious OS and leave the android to the kiddies :-P 



[#] Wed Nov 30 2011 21:45:51 EST from athos-mn

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Right now most tables are simply content display devices - if you accept that, then they're OK. Too pricey, but OK. The plain old e-ink Kindle and Nook are fine, because they're simple book readers, and they do it pretty well. But if you try to anything particularly tricky in an iPad and any android tablet, you'll get frustrated pretty quickly.

 

I still like the Newton, though. I could actually do some pretty good data entry on the 2100.



[#] Thu Dec 01 2011 13:07:44 EST from skpacman

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So, yesterday I noticed a "Dead Spot" in the touch response of my Droid 2 Global.

It's a vertical strip (in portrait) about .25" from the edge of the screen, and is about .5" wide.

I've done several tests to identify exactly where it's failing. A "paint" test where you paint in an app and look at where it stops or jumps.

I've done the "Touch Test" and identified exactly what X coordinates it's failing at.

It's not software-based because it happens in ALL apps, even when moving between home screens. I am NOT going to do a factory reset (hard or soft) unless I absolutely have to.

It's been less than a year since I bought it. It was a Certified Pre-Owned, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a warranty through Motorola. And I simply don't have the cash to fork over for a new phone, especially since my contract was just renewed about 5 months ago.

The phone is still usable since I have the physical slide-out keyboard, but some on-screen functions just don't work because of the dead spot...

 

What should I do? 



[#] Thu Dec 01 2011 13:18:15 EST from skpacman

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Thu Dec 01 2011 01:07:44 PM EST from skpacman

So, yesterday I noticed a "Dead Spot" in the touch response of my Droid 2 Global.

It's a vertical strip (in portrait) about .25" from the edge of the screen, and is about .5" wide.

I've done several tests to identify exactly where it's failing. A "paint" test where you paint in an app and look at where it stops or jumps.

I've done the "Touch Test" and identified exactly what X coordinates it's failing at.

It's not software-based because it happens in ALL apps, even when moving between home screens. I am NOT going to do a factory reset (hard or soft) unless I absolutely have to.

It's been less than a year since I bought it. It was a Certified Pre-Owned, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a warranty through Motorola. And I simply don't have the cash to fork over for a new phone, especially since my contract was just renewed about 5 months ago.

The phone is still usable since I have the physical slide-out keyboard, but some on-screen functions just don't work because of the dead spot...

 

What should I do? 



A couple clarifications:

Yes it was dropped, but several weeks ago. It seems unrelated to a drop since I just noticed it yesterday, not weeks ago.

The vertical dead spot strip starts about .25" from the left edge between the Menu and Home soft buttons, both buttons work....



[#] Thu Dec 01 2011 18:11:56 EST from Spell Binder

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Just a shot in the dark, but one of the solder joints may have been damaged or cracked when the phone was dropped. Something like that could have worked for quite a while before failing due to fatigue.

If that's the case, and you're somewhat handy with a soldering iron, you may be able to crack open the case and resolder the broken joint.
Solder Binder

[#] Thu Dec 01 2011 19:26:36 EST from zooer

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I became more frustrated with the Nook color.  I didn't see a place to calibrate the screen, and my (fat) fingers never seem to select what I want.  I am getting this for my Mother's birthday, and wanted to put a book or two on it.  Barnes and Noble insists that you have to have a credit card "on file" to use the Nook.  I had problems getting a book on-line because I didn't want to associate my card with my mother's account.  The card is expiring at the end of the month and I didn't want to have to register a different card.  (I am strange I only have one credit card) I decided to go to the store and purchase the book.  It is $10 more expensive at the store. They honored the on-line price in the end.  I set it all up and it appeared in my mother's library with a "download now" label on it.  I tried, and it said... "you don't have a credit card on file."  It was paid for so I called tech support and they said yes it was paid for but you still need to have a credit card on-file.

My mother then saw they have the Nook Tablet which is a less restrictive Nook, but still a trimmed down Android device and she always wants the latest and greatest even though she wont use it.  I just was too damn bothered by it all.  My mother put her credit card information using the on-line account and downloaded the book.  She seems to like the Nook Color although it is taking her some learning.  She gets lost in the chapters easily.

I would love to have a lightweight Netbook or tablet but don't want to spend a lot of money, just something for trips to watch movies on. (doesn't have to have a DVD player)  My notebook was purchased in 2005, is heavy and I don't know how long it will last.  I thought about getting rid of the smart phone and getting a USB dongle or an integrated wireless machine.  If I could get something powerful enough to watch movies, yet lightweight and cheap I would be happy.  I am not number crunching, or playing intense 3D games with it.

 

 



[#] Fri Dec 02 2011 13:03:06 EST from skpacman

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I refuse to crack open a device that I can't continue my daily routine without.

An MP3 player, no big deal. The TV, sure, easy enough. But my Droid? Nope. I'm not risking losing the whole thing over a simple dead-spot on the touch screen that is easily avoidable.

I'm just going to take it up to the verizon store and see what they say.

Continuation:

So, I did the hardware-based reset (instead of the software one in the system settings). I deleted everything, put it all back to stock, made sure it had all of the connections working (3G, WIFI, CMDA, ... the usual) and went to test the touch screen. Yep, dead spot is still there. It's not a software problem. It's some hardware problem. I'm not going to take it apart to fix it myself, i'll just see what Verizon says about it.

 

Anyways, thanks for the input Binder. I didn't know a small drop could affect a solder joint down the road.



[#] Fri Dec 02 2011 23:58:44 EST from skpacman

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So, I took my phone up to Verizon today.

I told the tech everything that I tried. Showed him with the Touch Test app exactly where the screen is failing, and he goes. "Yep. You need a replacement. Hardware fault. You'll have a new one in the mail tomorrow or Monday."

:) I'm a happy nerd now.



[#] Sat Dec 03 2011 11:46:25 EST from zooer

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Wow.  That is good to hear.  My Centro had a dead spot on it, when I took it to the store they said, "You are lucky, today is the last day of the 30 day period and it will be replaced, if you waited we would have to send in this unit for repair."  They didn't send me a new unit, they replaced it in the store.



[#] Sat Dec 03 2011 12:43:33 EST from athos-mn

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I was reading an article somewhere that was talking about the high failure rates of android phones - that they're just not being built very well, (as well as on the low end of spec, so they can't get updated by the time the contract runs out). They didn't list models, of course - but it looks like the rush for cheap smart phones is hurting quality.



[#] Sat Dec 03 2011 23:57:39 EST from ax25

Subject: old 8 bit computer for a portable tablet.

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Just hook an lcd to an old 8 bit computer with some flash lookup (many 8 bits can be wired to read an sd card) -  and wire a controller of your own design to the keyboard overlay (should be simple as the keyboards were simple back in the day).  Then you can just push up / down / left / right and navigate a simple OS you can write.  It would be DRM free, only allow you to read things that are out of copyright date, and be accessible in the future as the owners of the hardware designs will probably give up the rights on thier death beds.  Plus, if it was light weight like a TS-1000, if you got hit in the head with it from a sudden stop, it probably would not kill you (try that with an average smart-phone or kindle!)....

ax25



[#] Sun Dec 04 2011 08:22:07 EST from the_mgt

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Fr Dez 02 2011 01:26:36 CETvon zooer

I would love to have a lightweight Netbook or tablet but don't want to spend a lot of money, just something for trips to watch movies on. (doesn't have to have a DVD player)  My notebook was purchased in 2005, is heavy and I don't know how long it will last.  I thought about getting rid of the smart phone and getting a USB dongle or an integrated wireless machine.  If I could get something powerful enough to watch movies, yet lightweight and cheap I would be happy.  I am not number crunching, or playing intense 3D games with it.

I own a Lenovo Ideapad S12 (the VIA Nano CPU version) which I bought for 250€ one and a half year ago, it was released two years ago. It is about 1.3kg, 12" glossy display (1280x900 px), 1.6GHz 64bit super-scalar CPU, 1GB RAM onboard, another slot for max. 2 additional GB and a crappy VIA gpu (which does some hardware acc for videos on windows or if you use the binary driver on linux which only works with older kernel versions). I didn't yet try full hd movies but 720p runs fine as I read. Every other vid worked well, too.

All in all it is a pretty descent device for that price, it has hardware aes crypto acceleration and allegedly some intel-vt support which is totally deactivated in the bios and I didnt find a way to activate it. That and the keyboard is the only letdown. It has a ExpressCard slot, card reader, wifi, bluetooth and three usb ports. Included Windows is only Home but performs quite good. Linux runs fine, see http://bewareofgeek.livejournal.com/2315.html

I bet you can get this as used for a decent price. There is also the S10 versions (some with touchscreen) and 10" display featuring pciexpress cards. The Intel Atom + ION versions even run MaxOSX as I read on some page. There should be newer versions with two cores on the market now.

 



[#] Tue Dec 06 2011 16:56:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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It's becoming increasingly clear that Microsoft has commanded all of its "traditional PC" vassals (Dell, HP, etc) to exit the Android tablet business and prepare to begin manufacturing Windows 8 tablets. Note that products such as the Dell Streak have now been discontinued.

At this stage of the game it appears that Barnes & Noble is hitting a price/performance/size sweet spot; their new Nook tablet is selling well this season. It could be the product that finally puts Android tablets on the map in a significant way.

Once someone offers a tablet with a screen size and performance level comparable to iPad but at half the price, that's when things will shift in a significant way. Not-iPad at iPad prices simply aren't going to sell.

[#] Wed Dec 07 2011 04:50:38 EST from dothebart

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just heard about a collegue who got an asus tablet with keyboard flipunder.

WAF seems to pretty good; price tag also, plus it runs android.

there are lots of android tablets around (like the batteled Samsung, or Archos especialy who have been in that market for a while now)

Can't speak for the american market, but in .de android tablets sell pretty well.

we'll see how the vista8-tablets work out... Right now I doubt they get the same success-story as netbooks... but... otoh, users are dumb.



[#] Wed Dec 07 2011 11:50:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, the iPad is a status symbol, but it also happens to be a very good tablet.
I don't want one because it's expensive and I really do prefer Android, but the iPad is still a nice piece of equipment. However its current market share and price point will eventually be helpless against the forces of commoditization.
The process simply has not completed yet.

[#] Sun Dec 18 2011 18:00:29 EST from Sig

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My Asus netbook is 2 years old now. 160gig HD, 2G RAM, 1.6Ghz Atom something or another processor. Run of the mill for its era, it was the very last model they offered with WinXP. Still works great, though the battery life has gone from a comfy 4.5 hours to more like 1.5. I'm thinking about dropping 35 bucks for another battery, and maybe even a good bit more for an SSD hard drive for it, since that seems to be the real performance Achilles' Heel. I'm not sure that will be cost effective, but it all still works; I don't see replacing it any time soon.


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