It has been a year since Iâ€™ve published VGA demystified - the definitive guide to OzVGA, SE_VGA and everything VGA-related (alternatives:MobilitySite, AximSite (the x50/x51 forum; the Tips and Tricks forum), PPC Magazine, FirstLoox, BrightHand), the definite guide to the native VGA mode. As the in the meantime released Windows Mobile 5 requires so-called â€˜code signingâ€™ for these kinds of things to work, there has been a lot of confusion about how WM5 devices should be run in native VGA mode. The situation was made even worse by the fact that AKU2 ROMs and ROM upgrades, released earlier this year, also added some new icons to repertoire of Windows Mobile, which resulted in old hacksâ€™ not working flawlessly.
Because of the tremendous (and because Iâ€™m one of the guys that know the most about the secrets of the native VGA mode) demand for a new, updated version of the above-linked VGA demystified guide, Iâ€™ve allocated some time to elaborate on this subject a bit and to test all the currently available solutions and hacks. This means Iâ€™ve tested all the available hacks on all my three VGA WM5 Pocket PCâ€™s (HP iPAQ hx4700 (2.01), HTC Universal and Dell Axim x51v (A12)), taking a LOT of time and effort (because Iâ€™ve kept hard resetting these devices between installing other hacks).
First and foremost, now that there are some really nice packages (I'll also refer to them as "OzVGA builds" or "versions" as they're all contain the OzVGA front-end to switch between the two VGA modes and for configuration) to make the installation easy, using the hack on WM5 devices is in no way more complicated than on the previous operating system version WM2003SE.