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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Delete stuck installers and themes, remove share online from active standby, recover 5 MB of phone memory by deleting a useless placeholder file

delete stuck installers, remove themes, get rid of share online, Symbian, S60, Nokia
Sometimes you'll want or need to remove things from your phone but Symbian won't let you. There are ways to make your Symbian phone know that you're the boss. Some of these methods require that you hack your copy of Symbian, others don't.


• Delete stuck installer files from memory card (no hack needed)

Your application manager may contain references to .sis files which are not installed and which can not be removed. This can happen if a program fails to install, or if you reset your phone. To get rid of these stuck installers, you'll need to remove them manually.

You'll need access to your memory card from your computer by bluetooth, USB cable, or card reader.

1) Connect your phone to your computer in data transfer mode (a.k.a. mass storage). Do NOT choose PC Suite mode.

2) Tell your computer to show hidden files and folders.

3) Navigate to \private\10202dce on your memory card and remove the .sis files that appear as "not installed" in the application manager.


• Delete stuck installer files from memory card or phone memory (for hacked phones)

Your application manager may contain references to .sis files which are not installed and which can not be removed. This can happen if a program fails to install, or if you reset your phone. To get rid of these stuck installers, you'll need to remove them manually.

You'll need a hacked phone and a Symbian file manager like Active File or X-plore.

1) Make sure your phone is hacked and "caps" are disabled.

2) Use a Symbian file manager like Active File or X-plore to navigate to C:\private\10202dce (phone memory) or E:\private\10202dce (memory card) and remove the .sis files that appear as "not installed" in the application manager.


• Remove themes that don't appear in the application manager from your memory card (no hack needed)

Sometimes you install a theme, want to remove it, and are unable to because the theme doesn't show up in the application manager. You can remove these themes yourself.

You'll need access to your memory card from your computer by bluetooth, USB cable, or card reader.

1) Connect your phone to your computer in data transfer mode (a.k.a. mass storage). Do NOT choose PC Suite mode.

2) Tell your computer to show hidden files and folders.

3) Navigate to \private\10207114\import on your memory card.

4) Browse the subfolders of \private\10207114\import. The .mbm, .mif, and .skn files in each folder usually have the same name as the theme itself.

5) If the names of the files do not look like the theme name at all, open the .skn file in a text editor like Notepad. The name of the theme is somewhere in the first one or two lines of text.

6) When you've located the folder of the "missing" theme, remove all files in it. Do NOT remove the folder itself, only remove the files.

7) If you have new firmware, you'll also find bits and pieces of the theme in the folder \resource\skins. Remove the files from there as well.


• Remove themes that don't appear in the application manager from your memory card or phone memory (for hacked phones)

Sometimes you install a theme, want to remove it, and are unable to because the theme doesn't show up in the application manager. You can remove these themes yourself.

You'll need a hacked phone and a Symbian file manager like Active File or X-plore.

1) Make sure your phone is hacked and "caps" are disabled.

2) Use a Symbian file manager like Active File or X-plore to navigate to C:\private\10207114\import (phone memory) or E:\private\10207114\import (memory card).

3) Browse the subfolders of \private\10207114\import. The .mbm, .mif, and .skn files in each folder usually have the same name as the theme itself.

4) If the names of the files do not look like the theme name at all, open the .skn file in a text editor like Notepad. The name of the theme is somewhere in the first one or two lines of text.

5) When you've located the folder of the "missing" theme, remove all files in it. Do NOT remove the folder itself, only remove the files.

6) If you have new firmware, you'll also find bits and pieces of the theme in the folder \resource\skins. Remove the files from there as well.


• Remove "share online" from your active standby screen (for hacked phones)

Share Online is a Nokia service to upload pictures, video, and text to blogs, photo sharing sites, etc.

If you recently updated your firmware, or if you have a very new Nokia, you may have noticed that there's a "share online" entry that eats up valuable space on your active standby screen. It's very easy to remove Share Online from a phone with a hacked copy of Symbian.

You'll need a hacked phone, Python, and onlshSwitch.

1) Make sure your phone is hacked, "caps" are switched off, Python is installed on your phone memory, and the active standby screen mode is switched off.

2) Run onlshSwitch and remove "share online" from your active standby screen.

3) Switch your active standby screen back on.

This doesn't work on all Nokia phones.


• Remove "share online" from your active standby screen (no hack needed, tested on Nokia N82 and N95)

If you recently updated your firmware, or if you have a very new Nokia, you may have noticed that there's a "share online" entry that eats up valuable space on your active standby screen. You can get rid of it by installing a beta test version of Share Online, and then removing it.

Details here.

This doesn't work on all Nokia phones


• Recover 5 MB of internal phone memory (for hacked phones)

Deep down in the dungeons of the Symbian system folders sits a 5 MB placeholder file called reserved.bin. This space is only used if you do an "over the air" firmware update. If you update your phone from your computer, you don't need this file and you can delete it to gain five extra megabytes of phone memory.

You'll need a hacked phone and a Symbian file manager like Active File or X-plore.

1) Make sure your phone is hacked, "caps" are switched off.

2) Use a Symbian file manager like Active File or X-plore and navigate to C:\Private\102072c4.

3) Delete the file reserved.bin.

4) Make an empty text file called reserved.bin and drop it into C:\Private\102072c4.

5) If you open "device manager" in your settings folder, the file may reappear.


• Some of these tricks are based on posts in the modding section of the Symbian Freak forum (signup and login required)

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