2010-09-08 4:09 - edited 2010-10-04 9:45
With all the same questions and issues that keep coming up, thought this would be good to have as a reference in one place for use to refer to.
These are the basics that we reiterate over and over, so of course there are many other codes for xterm and such that are not listed, but just the basics.
Hope it helps us all!
Top 12 Meamo Issues-
(edited by Nokia: Thanks for this ceroberts75 - I'm not sure if these really are the top questions that N900 users have (I'm using one and I have no idea what some of this stuff means but I trust this will help many so we'll kep this as a sticky for now. Cheers / vandelay)
2010-09-08 4:10 - edited 2010-10-04 9:40
THESE ARE THE MAIN ONES TO ACCESS MOST APPLICATIONS. You can click on the labels with your n900 browser to auto-install them for you.
Extras-devel is an unstable repository for testing unstable community software. It is recommended only for developers and adventurous users willing to test potentially harmful software.
edited: by cerobert75, text inserted by vandelay
2010-09-08 4:10 - last edited on 2010-09-30 12:30 by vandelay
2. Basic X-Terminal Commands
Be sure you install rootsh in order to use most all of these commands, and to install/remove applications FIRST. You can download the rootsh from your appmanager.
Root – takes you to the MAIN root folder (like c:/ in windows)
Sudo gainroot – takes you to the user root folder: /home/user and allows you to use commands to control processes
Cd MyDocs – takes you to the folder that is named “N900” or whatever you name your device.
This is the same place that you see when you open the file manager and choose your N900 or Memory Card. When you Choose N900, this is the “MyDocs” you just cd’ed to.
apt-get install [application name] - to install application from the repositories activated
apt-get update = updates local metadata detailing what apps are available in the repositories
apt-get upgrade -y = upgrades any installed apps with newer versions (the -y is optional and just avoids it prompting you as to whether or not to proceed)
apt-get remove “file name” – uninstalls a program/application
apt-get clean = will remove any downloaded package archives. Once the package is installed the downloaded file is no longer needed. The App Man does this automatically but if you're using "apt-get" you'll have to do it manually
apt-get autoclean = same as "apt-get clean" but only removes package archives which are obsolete (no longer in repositories). Having run "apt-get clean it's pointless to run this command.
apt-get autoremove = removes any packages which are no longer needed. These are applications/libraries which were automatically installed because of dependencies but are no longer required
ls = (lower-case “L”)will list all docs and folders in the “folder” that you are in.
apt-get -f install = installs any missing dependencies (which should fix the broken packages issue I had)
free - shows memory detail
(updated by ceroberts75, text inserted by vandelay)
2010-09-08 4:11 - last edited on 2010-09-28 10:19 by vandelay
3. OVI Vs. PC Suite
Download Nokia PC Suite @ www.nokia.com/pcsuite
Download Ovi Suite @ www.nokia.com/ovisuite
NOTE: if you are using a 32bit pc – OVI Suite and PC Suite work well without crashing. If you are using a 64bit pc – OVI Suite is still unstable at this version and PC Suite works well.
You can have both of these installed on your pc at one time without issue, so long as you choose which one will launch at startup or have them both not launch at startup.
My experience with what works best, to the date of this post, would be to have PC Suite as my main sync program that starts when windows starts, and when I need to load a map, to close PC Suite and startup OVI Suite. After being done with using OVI Suite, closing it, then re-launching PC Suite to resume regular syncing via Bluetooth or Cable.
Re: OVI Suite, as of version 220.127.116.11 dated from 9/24/10, it is still not fully operational with the n900. If you are using a 32bit pc, then you will have less issues with it, however, if you are using a 64bit pc then it is quite a bit more unstable with this version. If you are just wanting to load maps, it will work very well on the 32bit pc, however there have been issues with syncing calendar, contacts, notes on both 32/64bit pc’s.
So it would be HIGHLY recommended that you first make a back-up of ALL your data on your pc BEFORE you try to sync with OVI Suite so that just in case you are one of the ones that has an issue, you can just replace your original data and then use PC Suite to sync calendar, contacts, notes as it works very well.
Re: PC Suite, as of version 18.104.22.168, it is our understanding that Nokia is no longer going to be developing this sync software to work with the n900 any further then it already does. Which is fine as it works perfectly to sync your calendar/contacts/notes with your email client on your pc.
However, there is no longer a separate maps loader, should you wish to load maps to your n900. If this is the case, it would be recommended to use OVI Suite on a 32bit pc.
Install PC Suite or the Ovi Suite, or BOTH. After you have completed the installation, reboot your pc.
Upon reboot, launch the PC Suite (if it has not already) (i would set the settings to launch with windows start up)
When the software is running, click on the blue &green yin~yang icon for sync.
Click on the phone icon, it will pop up a box to help you find a phone.
Plug your phone in the usb cable, choose the PC Suite on you n900.
Click on the phone icon when the connection pops-up.
Once your phone is connected, then go back to the original box that you clicked on the phone icon, and click on the wrench icon to set up what, and how you want synced.
If your contacts and calendar are up to date on your pc, and you want to start fresh, then check the box for replace all data on the handset, and then sync.
After that sync, go back into the wrench and change that setting to how you want it to sync, otherwise, every time you sync, it will completely change all the data to what you have in outlook instead of adding and syncing all appointments, etc back and forth.
If you have Bluetooth on you pc, then it is just as easy to do it that way, however, I would recommend that you do the initial update cabled for time-sake.
EDITED BY NOKIA: Ceroberts75 has rewritten this post, and I have posted the new text for him. The only thing I changed were the download links (now pointing to the Nokia Europe site.) vandelay / Nokia Admin
2010-09-08 4:14 - edited 2010-09-08 4:33
be sure you are set up first:
open your contact that you want to call. be sure that it has a skype address already saved. it will look like this:
it will start to initiate the call. once picked up, then it will look like this. tap on the menu on top:
a drop down menu will show. inititiate the video ability:
then it will show horizontally split with the options on the right and thier picture or camera image on the left. tap on camera...after a few seconds, you will kick in. this will work n900-any pc, and n900-n900.....over wifi, and over the tmobile network.
hope that helped!
2010-09-08 4:15 - edited 2010-09-08 4:34
5. Nokia Messaging
on maemo, it is built in.
open email client
next (wait for it to search)
choose your region
service provider: Nokia Messaging
e-mail address: (to the nokia messaging account you have for login)
password: (to the nokia messaging account you have for login)
it will search...and probably have an error with server and then ask to have you put in all the advanced information. use this information below:
your nokia messaging login email
with no securities used.
this should do it and then you will see it start to sync.
then you can go into the settings of nokia messaging and set up the sync settings and times.
now when you open your email client, you will see "Nokia Messaging"
when you tap on that, you will now see all the email addresses you have set up for nokia messaging.
you can add up to 10 email addresses on the nokia messaging....and i am currently using 6 on my integrated email client...so you can have at least 16 email address on your n900 now, probably up to 20.
2010-09-08 4:16 - last edited on 2011-02-11 15:24 by michaels
6. Flashing & re-flashing Meamo OS & Vanilla
you will need to be sure that you have a non-64 bit pc.
1. Download the Flasher
2. Download the latest firmware image for your N900 (you will need your IMEI of the device)
3. when you save the global variant of the firmware to the "flasher-3.5" folder, save it as "pr1.2.bin"
4. When you save the vanilla file of the firmware to the "flasher-3.5" folder, save it as "vanilla.bin"
5. Turn your phone off
6. launch the flasher-3.5 program
7. type this command: flasher-3.5.exe -F pr1.2.bin -f
it will then scroll a bunch of gibberish and then say it is looking for a unit.
8. with the phone still off, hold slide the kb open and hold the "U" button while you connect the usb cable to the phone. continue holding the "U" until you see the faint "NOKIA" logo and/or the USB connection symbol in the top right. The flasher will find the device and automatically flash the unit to the original rom
9. after about 1.5 minutes, it will be complete. DO NOT DISCONNECT YOUR UNIT!
10. type this command: flasher-3.5.exe -F vanilla.bin -f -R
11. now it should reflash the device and wipe the emmc clean of EVERYTHING. after it reboots, you can disconnect it.
before you load any software into the device via restoring from your backup, be sure to try the backlight settings again and see if it is still having the issue.
if the issue is gone then there was some software that you had installed that was affecting it. if the issue is still there, then have your device replaced.
if the issue is resolved, then a couple of things.
1. depending on how many applications you had installed, you can go back and install them one at a time and re-sync your contacts/calendar separately. or you can do a restore from your back up.
when you do the restore, be sure that you look at all the applications in the list that it is going re-download and install before you allow it to, to be sure they are the only applications you want.
open xterm (be sure you have roostsh installed and your extras-devel repo is enabled)
apt-get install nitdroid-installer
nitdroid (this will take a while, at least 20 minutes on wifi)
After install, to be sure that the correct packages are installed:
apt-get install kernel-power kernel-power-settings
dpkg -i /home/user/MyDocs/.nitdroid/multiboot-kernel-power
apt-get install kernel-power-bootimg
apt-get install multiboot-kernel-power
apt-get install nano-opt (this will be needed if you are going to over-clock the kernel, and will save a few steps later)
apt-get upgrade (just to be sure you have all the most current packages for the above. type "y" if need be)
Then reboot with slider up.
You should now see this:
1 - Meamo 2.6.28-omap1 (choose this if you want your standard Kernel)
2 - Maemo kernel-power40 (choose this if you want your Over-clocking Titan's Kernel)
3 - NITDroid 2.6.28.NIT.06 on mmcblk1p2 (choose this if you want to use NITDroid)
To Over-clock the NITDroid Kernel:
(must be done from the Maemo side with xterminal)
mount /dev/mmcblk1p2 /and (you may need to create the /and directory. use: mkdir /and)
nano /and/system/etc/power.conf (you may need to install nano first. use this code: apt-get install nano-opt )
Then scroll down to the:
scaling_max_freq (900000) for 900mhz
scaling_min_freq (500000) for 500mhz
When done making your changes:
Then the xterm will be back at the curser.
umount /and (you may get an error saying "sh..unmount not...", just type reboot and it will do the same thing.)
NOTE: For the suggested clocking speeds and skip speeds settings go to - http://forum.nitdroid.com/index.php?topic=116.0
DONE! You are now over-clocked in NITDroid!
If the NITDroid is installed on a partition of your memory card, then just reformat the card.
Then to get rid of the Multiboot
apt-get remove multiboot multiboot-extras nano-opt
dpkg -r multiboot multiboot-extras nano-opt
2010-09-08 4:17 - edited 2010-09-08 4:36
8. Modest Fix – E-mail
save the .tar file to root folder. (N900)
to install, use this code:
tar xzf modest-3.4.2-baxyp-1.tar.gz -C /
NOTE: There are 2 spaces after the ".gz" and 1 space after the "-C"
to uninstall and go to original settings, use this code:
apt-get --reinstall install libtinymail-camel-1.0-0 modest
2010-09-08 4:18 - edited 2010-09-08 4:36
2010-09-08 4:31 - edited 2010-09-08 4:36
10. Custom Ringtones for Contacts & MMS
-custom ringtones for contacts – this will allow you to have unique ringtones for each of your contacts
Apt-get install per-contact-ringtones
-MMS (fMMS) – this will allow you to send and receive MMS messages on your N900
Apt-get install fmms
Why can't we use Ovi Suite? I use it for backups, and thought PC Suite didn't support the N900?
you can use anything you want m8!
as a beta testor for OVI suite since its inception on xp/vista/win7 32bit/win7 64bit, i DO NOT recommend it for people using thier n900's because there are far fewer instances where it actually works then the issues that it creates, at least for all the revisions up to date...9/8/10. that is not to say that it will not get better.
the n900, being more a Mobile Internet Device (linux computer) really can do most everything either on the handset, or transfer data at faster speeds connecting directly to the pc with usb in Mass Storage mode. and, because you can play so many formats, converting audio and video doesnt matter as much as other devices which only play certain types.
PC Suite works very stable and will not create a mess of your contacts and calendar data, as happens in many, if not most, cases with OVI Suite on the n900. so to elimate the issues that could arrise and create angst amoung those that need help here, this is why it is listed as such.
certainly, anyone who has been able to get it to work and it is working fine, leave well enough alone, however, for those that have issues with such-n-such not working, this should create a solution.
11. FM Transmitter Fix Instructions - Step by step guide:
Assuming you've got none of these installed:
*And FM-Transmitter is turned off
*Extras-Devel Repository is enabled, and rootsh is installed. Then proceed the following
1. Download and transfer to N900, the fmtxd file.
2. Uninstall fm-boost, simplefmtx-widet.. etc,
apt-get remove fm-boost simple-fmtx-widget
4. go to MyDocs folder where you saved the fmtxd file,
5. Move the file to replace the current one,
mv fmtxd /usr/sbin/
6. Go to where the file has been moved, and use the following commands:
chmod +x fmtxd
7. Now reinstall the fm-faker and simple-fmtx-widget
apt-get install fmtx-faker simple-fmtx-widget
8. Leave xterm open
9. Go to your FM-transmitter and check if your range has been change. Enable it and then try to disable it. You'll get "Unable to use FM transmitter". Because of the standard app doesn't know the frequency range in the modified fmtxd. Don't panic it will be fixed later. Just check to be sure you can see the new frequencies.
10. Go back to Xterm and type the following:
chmod +x /usr/sbin/fmtxd
fmtxd -d (this will restart the FM transmitter daemon)
111. If the transmitter still does not shut down, then go back to xterm and type:
12. After reboot, your fmtx widget should work fine and so should the settings in the settings menu.
FM Transmitter LIMITATION REMOVAL stage
First you'll need to download the dependencies:
Python2.5 (came with some applications in extra), rootsh
Download zip file called "FMTX-MaxxiLimit" -
Extract it and copy the whole thing to the root of your N900.
Merge it with the folder "usr"
So it should be like this.
You should see Southern Stars at the status menu.
I disagree. Ovi suite is the only sofware that is supported by Nokia at the moment. Using an antiquated software is hardly helping anyone ceroberts75. Neither users nor developers.
Please download and install Ovi Suite. Currently the N900 is not supported fully by Ovi Suite. But hopes are up that this will come.
2010-09-25 18:26 - last edited on 2010-09-27 13:28 by vandelay
theking2 is correct - Nokia is recommending all N900 owners to use the Nokia Ovi Suite instead of Nokia PC Suite.
To download Nokia Ovi Suite, please visit