Friday, January 20, 2006

WM5 in Axim X50 problems.

WM5 in Axim X50 problems

Well, since the X50 got the WM5 users have been complaining about how the CPU is over loaded running at 624 MHz for long period of times in a mysterious task that sucks all the resources reducing the overall performance of the machine.

I found a thread at Aximsite site forum that explain what is going on, and in that thread a little unofficial patch can be found too. When I read it I found the following paragraph very interesting:

The filesys module is a core component in the OS and contains the drivers for all the different "file" devices, flash, sd, cf, etc. It also contains a tiny SQL server. Each filesystem it initializes has a corresponding driver. In the case of the x50v, the flash driver is msflash.dll. It is actually the msflash.dll that launches two "compaction" threads during initialization. The code that runs these threads is by Microsoft, but it calls back to driver code written by Dell. It is more like defragmentation than compression.

Defragmentation… the other day I was commenting there, in Aximsite forum that I believe that part of the problems in the Axim X15v could be due to ROM fragmentation. That’s the only explanation that I can find to the fact that after the hard reset, the X51v runs find with the same programs that were installed before the hard reset for about 2 to 3 weeks without any problem. When I said problems I’m thinking about the “No powering ON issue” and the “Drain of the battery in an extremely short period of time”

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

BoxWave Mobile Mounting Kit

Mobile Mounting Kit

BoxWave has released to the market the Mobile Mounting Kit. I have not had the chance to test it yet but it seems to me that it has everything that is needed to use your Pocket PC in your car with your GPS software.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Reflashing your ROM from your SD Card

Re-flashing your ROM from your SD Card

I found two good thread at the Axim site that allow users to flash the Axim X51v ROM from a SD card. This method is very useful when for some reason your ROM upgrade failed using the Dell’s upgrade tool. It’s also a method that can be used for those who want to install a different ROM language in their devices.

How to create a backup of your Boot and ROM

How to flash your ROM from a SD Card

Thursday, January 05, 2006

New ROM A06 Released

New ROM A06 Released

Dell has released ROM Version A06
I installed and so far have not found any difference from the point of view of performance comparing it with the previous version. I was getting very disappointed with the battery drain issue so I hope that this time they have done a good job fixing this bug in this release.