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  1. Thom

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    I don't knwo what you are doing. Two minutes ago I downloaded copy from ... FM Radio Tuner ... using my PC. That was the link in the original message.

    Once it is on your PC you can transfer it to your Bionic.

    ... Thom
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  2. shanny871

    shanny871 Well-Known Member


    Could explain how to do that?
  3. Thom

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    From your PC ... click on the link ... tell it to download to your desktop.

    Connect the Bionic to USB to Windows 7.
    There is a network logo at the top of the Bionic screen.
    Pull down the notifications menu.
    Select USB Connection.
    Select USB Mass Storage.
    Select OK.

    Look at the Hard Disk devices on Windows 7.
    There should be two Bionic related Icons.
    If there is only one (for the SD-EXT card) ...
    With the Bionic still connected ... power the Bionic Off.
    Power the Bionic On.
    There should now be two Bionic hard disk devices ... if there aren't
    With the Bionic still connected ...
    Hold down the Volume Up/Volume Down/Power buttons until the menu appears and then disappears.
    This will do a soft reset ... when you are powered back up you should have access to both drives.

    On the PC ... copy the file from your PC to either your SD or SD-Ext card and remember the location.

    Disconnect your Bionic from your PC. (You will find that neither SD nor SD-Ext can be accessed from the Bionic side when connected.)

    Using the Files app, locate the file that you copied over and click on it. The Files app uses the names ...
    -- Internal phone storage for SD card
    -- SD card for SD-Ext card
    It will ask if you want to install it ... click Install.

    If you open the App Menu you will see an Icon for FM Radio.

    (To use the FM Radio app You must attach a wired headset because it uses the wire for an antenna.)

    ... Thom
  4. JLM

    JLM Active Member

    When you dial your voicemail, you are then asked to input your password, followed by the # symbol.

    In the Eris forum, there used to be instructions for what to do to include your password as part of the initial dial in. In other words, you could hit voicemail and when it asked for your password, it would automatically be dialed. It worked great.

    I can't remember the author of the post, but the instructions were to add "PXXXX#" where the XXXX is your password...disregarding the quote symbols, of course.

    I've tried this with the Bionic and it doesn't seem to take. The system still keeps asking for the password. I had assumed that the "P" was meant for a pause. The Bionic doesn't give you letter values, or I couldn't find them anyway. It does give you a pause ability, but that doesn't seem to make a difference.

    Does anyone have this type of shortcut working?

    Thanks.
  5. Thom

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    Look at ... Dialing Extensions ... and use a password in place of the extension.

    Each comma adds more pause time.

    ... Thom
  6. the_animal99

    the_animal99 Active Member

    I'm using *86,xxxx#1 where xxxx is my password. The #1 part automatically starts playing the first new/unheard message.
  7. OutOfPhase

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    Go to settings-call settings-voicemail settings then after *86 add pause pause your password and then OK. pause is under the *#( menu
  8. Thom

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    Select the App Menu key.
    When any screen is displayed select the Search key.
    It throws the error and invokes a a previous app

    The solution from ... j0boyers ...

    Go to Settings | Applications | Manage applications | Google Search
    Select Unistall Updates

    There is an apparent bug in the last update.

    ... Thom
  9. PhoebeAnn

    PhoebeAnn Member

    That works fine, but I've somehow got 2 "voicemails". Under "Voicemail" in Contacts, there's a "Call work" and a "Call mobile". Not sure where the "Call work" came from, but the edit above can only be performed on the "Call work" number -- Verizon does not allow you to edit its built-in voicemail contact number (which I guess is "Voicemail"), and it's not obvious that I can change the target of the home page icon to the "work" voicemail. When I go to "Set default voicemail" all that's available is "Voicemail", and "Visual Voice Mail". "Work" doesn't appear.
  10. Thom

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    To create an icon on your homepage to call VoiceMail / pass the password / signal "1" to check for new voicemails ...

    Create an entry like #VM in your contacts and give it a number like *86,1234#1 where 1234 is the password

    On the homepage long press until a menu appears
    Select Shortcuts
    Select Direct dial
    Select #VM

    You now have an icon on your homepage that will call voicemail, enter your password, and check for new voicemails.

    ... Thom
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  11. Thom

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    If you just can't wait for the release of production 5.9.901 (or 5.9.902) you could choose to install the 5.9.901 leaked OTA. Before you do ... consider the implications ...

    -- There are no guarantees.
    -- 5.9.901 leaked OTA is NOT SUPPORTED by Verizon or Motorola.
    -- There may be extra work to get back on the production path after you have installed 5.9.901 leaked OTA.
    -- It may delay your installation of production 5.9.901 (or 5.9.902) after they are released.
    -- Production 5.9.901 (or 5.9.902) may not be pushed to you until you revert back to 5.5.893.

    If you still want to do it ... thanks to ... SirEagle for the instructions at ... http://androidforums.com/motorola-d...fer-fix-my-bionic-problems-3.html#post3838415.

    I haven't installed either and take no responsibility for your actions.

    ... Thom
  12. Paraflier

    Paraflier Well-Known Member

    Would this be better coverage on the 3G or 4G network. I'm a little hesitant about messing with stuff, but after looking at Verizon's 3/4G coverage area, I see I am on the line of 3 to 4G at my home. Phone runs in 3G, so if this could ump me up to the 4 at home, I'd do it.

    (Or I suppose I could just stop whining and do it and see what happens, huh? lol)
  13. Thom

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    It is something you can experiment with. See the thread ... http://androidforums.com/motorola-d...gave-no-time-frame-fixing.html?highlight=EVRC ... for some more information.

    The down side is that if it helps it is reset when you power off/power on and you have to set it again.

    ... Thom
  14. Thom

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    (Disclaimer - perform this process at your own risk - you assume total responsibility)

    PowerBomb and niel154 did this to flash the 5.9.902 update from recovery as the only way to get it installed.

    Copy the 5.9.902 update file to the SD-Ext card (root of the SD-Ext card is the easiest)
    Power off Bionic

    Hold down Volume Up/Volume Down/Power at the same time until a menu appears
    Press Volume Down once to highlight Recovery
    Press Volume Up to select

    When the Android appears
    Press Volume Up/Volume Down at the same time

    When the list appears
    Press Volume Down once to highlight apply update from sdcard
    Press Power to select

    When the SD-Ext directory structure appears
    Press Volume Down to highlight zip file or folder contain the zip file
    Repeat this process until zip file is finally highlighted
    Press Power to start installation

    niel154 and Somniferum report flashing this way with no negative impact on the user data stored on their SD or SD-Ext cards.

    (Disclaimer - perform this process at your own risk - you assume total responsibility)

    ... Thom
  15. Thom

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    For testing you can force the Bionic into 4G-only but you will no longer have voice service.

    Go to Phone | Dialer
    Enter ##program (##7764726)
    Select send
    Enter 000000 (six zeros)
    Select Verify
    Select 06 Test mode"
    Select Next at the bottom twice
    In Network Mode select LTE only
    Select Home
    When you return to the home screen, it may cause your phone to reboot.

    You can exit this mode by ...
    Go to Menu | Settings | Wireless & network settings | Mobile networks | Network mode
    Select either value

    I am in a 3G-Only area. This technique was verified by Telstar_2112 (thank you).

    The other options in the Hidden Menu can be very dangerous. Don't change any.

    ... Thom
  16. Thom

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    Connected the HDMI cable
    In the Bionic Notifications area ...
    Select Connected to HDMI cable
    Select Remember my selection
    Select Mirror on Display

    Each time you make the HDMI connection in the future it will connect to the display.

    ... Thom
  17. Joe Eris

    Joe Eris Well-Known Member

    Also, there is an app called 'Battery Left' which has beautiful, glossy, widgets and once you calibrate the widget to your battery it is very accurate and reads in 1% increments
  18. Thom

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    As an example ... set an antry called AAA with e-mail of aaa@somewhere.com

    In Dialer app ...
    Select Menu | Add Contact
    First name type AAA
    Email - Home type aaa@somewhere.com
    Select Save

    In Email app
    Select Menu | Compose | New Gmail message
    Type AAAAAA
    Select Send

    ... Thom
  19. aaronmach1

    aaronmach1 Well-Known Member

    everything went perfect untill the end when i look in my app drawer for the fm radio app. i dont see it. any ideas?
    EDIT:
    figured it out. The link you provided downloads a .zip file. I tried another download site and it gave me a .apk file and it works.
  20. Thom

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    I revised the original message with an updated link that points to the .apk file.

    ... Thom
  21. joanbar71

    joanbar71 New Member

    When I connect my phone to my computer via USB, I can see all my pictures in the DCIM/Camera folder. the first lot look ok, but after a certain date, they are showing as "not valid image" even though they are .jpg.
    When viewed on the phone, they are fine.

    PLEASE help!!! I have a new baby and this is ALL the pics of him from the last few months. :(

    Thank you.
  22. Thom

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    I would immediately copy them to the PC if it was me. Then open them with a good application on the PC (I use Paint Shop Pro) and see what it tells you.

    If you mail me one of the images I would be happy to look at it.

    ... Thom
  23. Thom

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    There is another Bionic hidden menu ...

    Select Phone icon
    Select Dialer
    Enter *#*#4636#*#*
    Proceed at your own risk (see below).

    Thanks to D-U-R-X for finding this.

    The term we always used was "shoot yourself in the foot". You can easily do that by changing the information in ANY of the hidden menus. One example was reported in ... Help! Lost SMSC Using "Phone Info" in AnyCut - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com ... thanks to FulltimeTravler for finding it.

    ... Thom
  24. Fulltime Traveler

    Fulltime Traveler Well-Known Member

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