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  Reply # 524079 21-Sep-2011 14:22
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nofam:
Barrabas: Can someone PLEASE tell me how to sync this SGS2 to my PC for mass storage without bloody Samsung Kies (POS) connecting automatically???

I've checked Kies and it isnt set to auto sync.


Unplug your phone from the PC first, and then turn on USB Debugging under Settings->Applications->Development.

Then when you plug it back in (assuming all drivers are installed), you get an option in your notification bar to connect.


You can stop Kies from coming up automatically. Inside Kies go to Tools > Preferences, and uncheck the box for Run Samsung Kies automatically when a device is connected.

I do this, and I get my phone show up as a separate entry in Explorer, below the normal drive letters. You can copy files to/from the phone's built-in SD card quite easily. I haven't tried an external SD card to see how it shows up.

There's also an item hidden under Settings > Wireless and network > USB utilities > Connect storage to PC. You can only do this once you've connected the phone to a USB cable, and it doesn't stick, so it's not as convenient. But it's good if you only use mass storage mode once in a while.

Barrabas: Starting to think shoulda bought an iphone...


The iPhone is probably worse than any Android phone. To put music or videos onto an iPhone, you pretty much need to use iTunes. And it's supposedly a real headache to get things set up so you can sync with iTunes on more than 1 PC. At least with Android everything is just a file in the file system, and it's easy to get bits on and off the phone.

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  Reply # 524094 21-Sep-2011 14:32
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My bad...

Forgot about the USB debugging (thanks nofam)

The only fly in the ointment is the sound of the thing. Everything else is better than the SGS but the SQ is crud by comparison. Listening to a fave Ray LaMontagne on the new phone at the moment and kinda wanna kill myself..

Sounds flat as a flattened turd :(

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  Reply # 524096 21-Sep-2011 14:34
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Barrabas: My bad...

Forgot about the USB debugging (thanks nofam)

The only fly in the ointment is the sound of the thing. Everything else is better than the SGS but the SQ is crud by comparison. Listening to a fave Ray LaMontagne on the new phone at the moment and kinda wanna kill myself..

Sounds flat as a flattened turd :(

B


Grab PowerAmp and tweak it.

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  Reply # 524146 21-Sep-2011 16:06
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kiwitrc:
Barrabas: My bad...

Forgot about the USB debugging (thanks nofam)

The only fly in the ointment is the sound of the thing. Everything else is better than the SGS but the SQ is crud by comparison. Listening to a fave Ray LaMontagne on the new phone at the moment and kinda wanna kill myself..

Sounds flat as a flattened turd :(

B


Grab PowerAmp and tweak it.


Or use cubed (3) - it takes advantage of the graphic eq API in Gingerbread and lets you tweak the soundscape a bit. . . .every little bit helps!




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  Reply # 524177 21-Sep-2011 16:44
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Nofam, Cubed is really nice thanks for the heads up

Edit: Oops except it just locked up so bad I had to reboot my phone

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  Reply # 524196 21-Sep-2011 17:00
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Yeah, listening to tunes via Cubed now. Definitely sounds more open and less muddy than stock samsung thing. Cheers again..

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  Reply # 524255 21-Sep-2011 19:30
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I just bought a galaxy s2 Smile. Can anyone recommend any websites with recommended enhancements/mods? I don't want to install any custom roms (yet). I tried googling for some sites but there are just so many, I figured some of you guys would already have found good sites!

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  Reply # 524259 21-Sep-2011 19:37
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itey: I just bought a galaxy s2 Smile. Can anyone recommend any websites with recommended enhancements/mods? I don't want to install any custom roms (yet). I tried googling for some sites but there are just so many, I figured some of you guys would already have found good sites!


Sorry to say there's not a lot of enhancements/mods that don't (at the very least) require rooting your phone - this invalidates your warranty, but really unlocks the full potential of the phone.

The Android Market rating system is pretty good, and if you sign up to Appbrain, you can see other user's apps.




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  Reply # 524264 21-Sep-2011 19:48
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I don't mind rooting it, I just don't want to install a custom rom yet

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  Reply # 524275 21-Sep-2011 20:20
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itey: I don't mind rooting it, I just don't want to install a custom rom yet


Righto then!  Best way to go about rooting it is to flash a custom kernel; this touches nothing in the ROM, but instantly enhances battery life and performance, and gives you a bunch of behind-the-scenes enhancements. . . one of which is root/Super User access.

This opens up a whole lot of scope for accessing/changing bits of your phone, so the first essential purchase is Titanium Backup - this backs up your apps as the name implies, but crucially, lets you force-uninstall and freeze system applications that slow your phone down and chew battery.




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  Reply # 524306 21-Sep-2011 21:53
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found the following on xda developers for updated gps.conf files by region. Flashed today seems faster but good to have the right region

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1233256




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  Reply # 525089 23-Sep-2011 16:02
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Quick update: 64GB micro SDXC card seems to be working fine with 47GB loaded onto it... more to follow.




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  Reply # 525138 23-Sep-2011 17:55
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NZtechfreak: Quick update: 64GB micro SDXC card seems to be working fine with 47GB loaded onto it... more to follow.


I realise you'll have formatted this as FAT32, but do you know if your ROM is customised in any way to support above 32GB cards?  My SGS2 is still running stock firmware and they'll be a whole stack of derivatives out there of course. 




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  Reply # 525154 23-Sep-2011 18:35
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Anyone else using the CM7 61 Nightly Build?

Just tested out 1.6ghz stable and hit 5125 on Quadrant, running very smooth and not even getting that hot





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  Reply # 525204 23-Sep-2011 22:14
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vinnieg: Anyone else using the CM7 61 Nightly Build?

Just tested out 1.6ghz stable and hit 5125 on Quadrant, running very smooth and not even getting that hot



can you please link the CM7 thread? couldn't find it. 




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