This page lists some tips and tricks for the Nokia N900. Its purpose is to provide direct access to useful information via comments and links to more complete pages.
- Ctrl+Shift+P: Takes a screenshot. The PNG image is then available via the file manager in Nokia N900/Images/Screenshots/. The real path on the device is /home/user/MyDocs/.images/Screenshots/
- Ctrl+Shift+X: starts Xterm (osso-xterm).
- Double press power button: Locks the device. This is the same as pressing the power button once and then lock the screen and keyboard.
- A-Z: If you start typing the name of a person on the Desktop, your contacts will be searched by that name.
- Blue-Arrow + <number>: By typing any number on the Desktop using that shortcut, the phone interface will show up.
Debrick without reflashing
If your device hangs during boot with the second dot lit, you should take a look at the following post which explains how to Debrick without reflashing!
Reflashing the device
There is a page on maemo wiki documenting how to update the firmware of your N900. This is useful if you broke yours in some way while playing with it or in order to install a more recent version of the system.
The FM transmitter
The N900 has a FM transmitter. It can also act as a standard receiver.
If you want to test the transmitter, a simple way is to:
- start listening to a web radio using the multimedia player.
- select a frequency from the "FM emitter" menu of the parameters panel. Try and select an unused frequency to avoid interferences.
- power on your old rusty FM radio receiver on the previously selected frequency.
Note that the power of the FM transmitter is limited which results in a limited transmission range: you need to be in close proximity of your radio receiver. If you have difficulties using it in your car, this is probably due to the fact you have a too expensive one ... as discussed here.
The setup of USB Networking using the N900 is fully very well on maemo wiki.
Removing Nokia handshaking video at startup
Each time you boot your N900, you have to undergo the Nokia handshaking video.
Well, in fact, you don't! In order to prevent the video to play at startup and make the boot quiet and faster, simply edit /etc/hildon-welcome.d/default.conf in order to comment the filename entry as shown below:
oslo:/# cat /etc/hildon-welcome.d/default.conf [hildon-welcome] # filename=Hands-v32-h264.avi
Note that the video is availble
You can also change the video to play something different (as long as it is something that gstreamer is able to handle). You just need to put the video in /usr/share/hildon-welcome/media/ and put provide the name in /etc/hildon-welcome.d/default.conf.
This tip was found on that very useful page.
Mplayer and the N900 cameras
The front (640x480 - 0.3 megapixel) and back cameras (848*480 - 0.4 megapixel) of the N900 are both V4L2 devices. Respectively /dev/video0 and /dev/video1. This means that you can play easily with it using mplayer or gstreamer:
$ mplayer tv:// -tv device=/dev/video0 # back camera $ mplayer tv:// -tv device=/dev/video1 # front camera
Unlike for the rear camera, you may want the front camera image to be mirrored. This can be achieved using -vf mirror option:
$ mplayer tv:// -tv device=/dev/video1 -vf mirror
Emacs: Listing directory failed but `acces-file' worked
If you have installed Emacs 23.1.93 on your N900 , may have difficulties to list directories content with Emacs complaining in the following way:
Listing directory failed but `acces-file' worked
Just add the following in your .emacs:
(setq dired-use-ls-dired nil) (setq list-directory-brief-switches "-C")
Additional key on your N900 keyboard
You miss some keys on your N900 keyoard: take a look at that page about N900 keyboard remapping
Emacs: toggling fullscreen mode
Also think about reading the following tip in order to get the f6 key.