SHR annoyances (+ a few workarounds)

jeremy jozwik jerjoz.forums at
Wed Jun 24 22:33:42 CEST 2009

i think the landscape hum is on all releases. i know for a fact its in

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 1:25 PM, Jon Levell<openmoko at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm using SHR-Unstable as my daily phone, it works but there are
> some things that bug me, mostly  I can live with or work around them.
> It occurs to me other people might have better work arounds so I
> thought I'd post my current list and see what happens:
> Wifi
> =====
> It seems reliable with the WPA2 networks I use it with but I can't
> seem to turn it off in SHR-settings and once I've connected to a network
> I  can't reconnect to any network without rebooting. (I
> know there's work going on in the kernel relating to this).
> Workaround: After I've finished using wifi, I always reboot the
> phone so that next time I want to connect, it works
> Midori
> =======
> Aside from the superuser-warning banner (which will be gone in
> the next release), the keyboard shortcuts (e.g. F11 for
> full screen) aren't available in Literki. There's a config
> file for accelerator keys (~/.config/midori/accels) but it seems
> to get overwritten every time it loads
> Workaround: Live without those keys (Hmm... I ought to try write
> protecting the file)
> Dictator
> ========
> The version in the repositories seems to just record crackling
> if I try and record my voice - this used to work.
> Watching videos
> ===============
> I'd like to watch videos on my FR. I've encoded it using the command
> listed in the video playback section of:
> But with mplayer-video the sound and pictures become out of sync.
> I've not tested it with intone-video from as there's a clash
> with the updated versions of the elementary libraries
> Ringtones
> =========
> I've altered my default ringtones to 8bit mono so they are quicker to
> load and to stop.
> Vagalume in the repo/image
> ==========================
> It crashes
> Workaround: Use the one from
> Hum in landscape
> ================
> When the phone is in landscape mode (really useful when typing with
> Literki) there's a quiet but persistent hum.
> Notifier
> ========
> It pops up to tell me I have an unread message but the messages app
> has already popped up to tell me that. (There was a request for
> comments on the shr-devel mailing list but I wasn't comfortable
> commenting there as I'm not currently developing anything).
> Navit
> ======
> In the repos it takes a lot of configuring to:
>   * show an icon in Illume
>   * Stop its dependencies blocking sound on resume
>   * finding the libraries it needs
>   * configuring the UI
>   * making the speech happen far enough in advance for car use
> Workaround: I've foolishly lost my highly tweaked config, when
> I've finished reworking it, I'll post it somewhere
> Scummvm
> =======
> The keyboard doesn't show up so you can't type a filename to
> save your game unless I'm missing something. (You need to turn
> off sound in Scummvm or it crashes before you can start to play).
> I guess you need a bluetooth keyboard
> Messaging/Contacts app
> ====================
> Sometimes I can't seem to enter text into the textarea that
> has focus if I've recently changed focus. It sometimes stops
> me typing a number into a new contact
> Workaround: I add a contact by typing a number into the dialer
> and then saving it.
> I think that's all the ones I can think off for now.
> Jon.
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