Top T-Mobile HD2 Tweaks and Hacks
Seems like fresh bread doesn’t sell as well as the HD2 since shops went out of stock on T-Mobile’s HD2 just a few hours after its release, being a real challenge of finding a store that has one at the end of the day, proving once again the popularity of the device and the expectations built upon its release. That being said, we will show you below our top picks on how to tweak and hack your newly acquired device and get the most out of it, structured by the following categories: aspect, performance and usability.
Some of the tweaks presented below will need you to edit the Registry. For information about what Registry is and how to edit it, please read our Tutorial on How to Edit Your Registry in Windows Mobile. (Personal note: I use CeRegEditor).
Important notice: As always before applying mods and tweaks, make sure you have a full device backup handy just in case anything goes wrong and you need a Hard Reset to recover. This will protect your data from being lost.
1. One of TouchFLO 3D’s main flaw, which is present on the HTC Sense too, was the lack of ability to apply a custom wallpaper to all of the tabs, not just the Home tab. Another one was downscaling of the custom wallpaper so it appeared somewhat blurry. On your T-Mobile HD2, you can use the High Resolution Wallpaper & Slider Editor which allows you to create high quality custom wallpapers to either all of your tabs or just the Home tab. A nice addition to this is High Quality Wallpaper for Home Tab & Manila Start Menu which enables the top taskbar and bottom soft button bar to be part of the wallpaper, by having a background that blends in with your current background. You can use this program to apply custom slider icons too.
2. Co0kie’s Home Tab – Extended QuickLinks, Appointments and More is a Sense Home Tab modification which features Home Tab with 4 views and lots of options, extended Quick Links (quick Links layouts include 3×3, 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5 with up to 3 pages for up to 27, 48, 60 or 75 shortcuts), extended Appointments (up to 5 appointments on the home tab for more than two upcoming days), optional Call History button and much more. You can read more about it by checking out our post.
3. As an addition to the previous point, Co0kie’s Home Tab Editor can be used to edit the settings of the modified Home tab above. You can change the settings without a registry editor, export and import settings and quicklinks, remove dead quicklinks and restarts Sense for immediate changes. To see how it’s done, read our post and look for the embedded video.
1. Increase the File System cache size in order to improve file operations. Raise the value to a safe level without braking the functionality of HTC Album’s Facebook picture viewer which has been reported of malfunctioning in case of extreme cache levels.
Using you registry editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemStorageManagerFATFS and change the value of CacheSize to 4096. (Do write down the initial values in case you want to revert!)
2. Font rendering is crucial with regards to your devices’s performance so in order to achieve better overall performance, you need to raise the cache related to this; it will have as result a smoother font rendering. Point your registry editor to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemGDIGLYPHCACHE and change the value of both strings to 524288. (Do write down the initial values in case you want to revert!)
3. HTC Sense is a nice User Interface but it is also hungry for resources. Allocating more memory to this nice interface will make it more fluid, natural. You can do that by editing your registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareHTCMemoryRequired_ByAP and change the value to 524288. (Do write down the initial values in case you want to revert!)
1. You’ll find that some of the programs you want to install will not work because they need and updated version of .NET Compact Framework, usually version 3.5 being a prerequisite for these applications so installing it might be a good idea. Read out Tutorial on How to Upgrade to Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5 where you can find step by step explanations on how to get it done.
2. Opera Mobile is a very nice and fast Internet Browser you’ll quickly get to love. By default, your Opera tabs are limited to three, which means that three is the maximum number of pages you can have open at the same time. What a shame! You can increase that number and unleash the browser by editing the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareOperaPrefsUser Prefs and change the value of Maximum Allowed Tabs from 3 to 6 for instance (or any number of your liking, representing the number of available tabs).
3. One of the greatest annoyances of Opera was the need to zoom out before actually being allowed to tap a link on an Internet page. There’s a fix for this behavior and to apply it, point your registry editor to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareOperaInfo and change the value of az_overview_threshold to 32.
Should you ever run out of RAM, which I highly doubt given the huge amount of memory this device has, you can use a free memory cleaning application called cleanRAM to free up some of the memory without the need of a Soft Reset (not that it takes a long time for it to boot).
On the same note, you can install a modified HTC Task Manager that has been tampered with to work with the HD2. You can really close apps by the X button by using it and thus freeing up the memory it used. For the connaisseurs, it’s Dutty’s Task Manager for Leo.
You can use the 16GB Storage Card included to store lots of multimedia files like Music. In this article we show you how to get proper Album Art displayed in Sense’s Music tab.
If your icons don’t look that good because Sense is using a rather large icon size compared to WM6.5 and to WM6.1, here’s a post you can read and follow the instructions on Getting Nice and Sharp Icons on Sense Quick Links in WM6.5.
Last but not least, your T-Mobile HD2’s WiFi card supports Draft N. If you have a Wireless N Router and your HD2 can’t connect, it’s because the N mode is disabled by default. You can enable it and benefit from N technology by editing the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINECommBCMSDDHD1Parms and change the value of 11nModeDisable from 1 to 0.
(Sources combined from XDA Developers and pocketnow.com)
What tweaks and hacks would you recommend to new HD2 owners?