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TIP: Personalize your HTC Himalaya right away from a Hardreset
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 20.11.03 - 15:35:47 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 16748x
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Based on my previous tip to display/enable the Extended ROM on a HTC Himalaya here's what I did this morning to make my PPCW.Net i-Mate more personal:

Again - please be aware that everything you might do now might screw up your device since the changes you are going to change stays on your device even after a hardreset. That's the fun of this hack but if you make a mistake your device might don't start correct anymore.
I'm not responsible for any damages here and it's just a tutorial what I did with my PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition!

  • After you've installed the Registry hack connect your device to your PCvia ActiveSync.
  • From your PC File Explorer go to Extended_ROM and copy "Config.txt" to your PC.
  • Save a backup and open Config.txt.
  • Now you see a list which applications are installed automatically after a hardreset on your device:
CAB: Extended_ROMSplashSheet.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMIDI.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMCamera_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMCallerID_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMMS_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMBusyTone.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMBroadcast_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMOEM_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMVersion.sa.CAB
RST: Reset
  • From here you can decide which apps you don't want to get installed by simply deleting the proper line that it might looks like this:
CAB: Extended_ROMSplashSheet.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMIDI.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMCamera_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMCallerID_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMMS_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMBusyTone.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMBroadcast_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMOEM_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMVersion.sa.CAB
RST: Reset
  • If you have the international i-Mate version I suggest to delete Caller ID only as a maximum. All other files are really required for using some functions like the camera or even the phone.
    In case you have a Arabic version of the i-Mate you might want to delete additional stuff also. Not sure about the O2/T-Mobile version but the files above are the minimum you should keep on the device!
  • If you like you can also copy additional software from your PC to the Extended_ROM which is automatically installed after every hardreset. As I said this is pretty handy for the most used software.
  • Go to "C:Program FilesMicrosoft ActiveSync" or wherever you've installed ActiveSync and find the appropriate cab files. Please use the cab files only!
  • Now copy the cab to the Extended_ROM on your device that the folder might looks like this:
  • Add all new programs you've added to the folder to the Config.txt that it might looks like this:
CAB: Extended_ROMSplashSheet.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMIDI.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMCamera_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMMS_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMBusyTone.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMBroadcast_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMOEM_WWE.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMVersion.sa.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMGPRSMonitor.arm.cab
CAB: Extended_ROMFullscreenKeyboard2.arm.cab
CAB: Extended_ROMPocketPlus.arm.cab
CAB: Extended_ROMStandardGermanRotatedSkin.arm.cab
CAB: Extended_ROMcodewalletpro.arm.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMMultiIE.arm.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMPegas.2577.CAB
CAB: Extended_ROMExtended_ROM_on.CAB
RST: Reset
  • Save the Config.txt on your PC and copy it back to the Himalaya.
  • That's it, now you can proceed a hardreset and if you did everything correct first the HTC applications will be installed, after the apps you've added followed by a softreset.
  • The result should looks like that without installing any of these applications via ActiveSync later:

That's it - even after a hard reset you get your most used programs installed automatically. Unfortunately in most programs you have to enter the serial number again after such an installation, so it might be a good idea to have the serial number also stored on the device - as a ASCII file or how I prefer it to do as a Developer One CodeWallet file.

Also I've heard from some users that they weren't able to edit, change, remove or delete files from the Extended_ROM. I can not confirm it personally because on two i-Mate Phone Editions it worked for me; these users used O2 xda IIs and Qtek 2020s; don't know if it works with every device/ROM build out there.

Cheers ~ Arne

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