Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Notes on my Palm Pixi Plus

  • Update the WebOS software without incurring data usage
    Today when I tried to activate my new Pixi plus on Page plus, it prompted me to update the WebOS software after activation and I could NOT bypass it. Since I only have two dollars balance on the account, I don't want the software update to deplete the cash balance. I powered it off at the prompt and used webdoctor to update its WebOS to (downloaded from this link). When the device restarts after the webdoctor update, it no longer prompts me to update software and now I can turn on WiFi and turn off its data usage.
  • Turn off data usage
    • Tap on the green Phone button at left bottom corner to open Phone app
    • Open the application menu and tap Preferences
    • Under Network, set data usage to OFF
  • Access the USB update mode for webdoctor
    • First power off the device
    • Connector the USB cable directly to a USB port of a computer but not to the device
    • Press and hold the power and volume up buttons until we see the large USB icon.
    • Connect the USB data cable to the device
  • Turn on the developer mode
    • Type the following on the main screen after unlocking the screen
      upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart to launch developer mode icon
    • Press on that icon to enable developer mode. Your device will prompt you to restart in order to complete the process
  • Turn on the USB passthrough/DIAG mode
    Go to the Phone app and type ##USBPASS# (##8727277#). A bar call ed "USB Passthrough Control" will appear and ask for DIAG authorization code. Enter the code generated with the SN number of the phone by PrePassThroughKeygen and configure the USB port 1 mode to DIAG (others are none).
  • Back gesture in an APP
    Before I know the back gesture, I was closing the APP and re-launch it to get back to the main screen of the APP. The following is taken from the above link, "Make the back gesture from right to left anywhere in the gesture area. Back takes you up a level from a detailed view to a more general view of the application you're working in. For example, when you finish reading an email message, make the back gesture to close the message and return to your list of messages. Or when you finish writing a memo, make the back gesture to close and save the memo and return to the display of all your memos. When you make the back gesture in an application and only one screen of that app is open, you minimize the app and go back to Card view. In Web, the back gesture performs the same function as the back button on the browser, allowing you to move back through previously viewed pages."
  • Check the recondition date and status (Reverse Logistics Support)
    Enter ##786# in the phone app and you'll see a comprehensive list of phone parameters displayed including
    • ACTDATE: date of activation
    • MSID
    • RECONDDATE: empty for a non-refurbished phone
    • RECONDSTATUS: no for a non-refurbished phone
    • MEID: ESN(HEX) of the phone
    • MDN: page plus phone number
  • WebOS Quick Install (WOSQI)
    • USB mode for WOSQI: When there is a prompt on the device for the USB mode, I tap on "Just Charge". I only switch it to USB drive mode when necessary since packages won't install properly from WOSQI if the device is on USB drive mode. 
    •  Install Preware: Click on the third button (shown next) to obtain a list of packages available for directly download and installation from internet. Search for Preware and select it then click on the Install button. It should take less than a minute to finish if the device is not on the USB drive mode.
    • Uninstall packages or patches: Select the menu item Tools->Device Management (shown below) for this task.

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