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Brand new VGA device database published!

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Krip, known for his Krip's Adventures in Microsoft Programming blog, has just published a greatly updated version of his VGA Windows Mobile chart HERE. It's really recommended for all Windows Mobile geeks interested in the different VGA models out there, particularly now that the well-known FirstLoox VGA database hasn't been updated for almost a year.

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Native (high-resolution) VGA on WM5 VGA devices – the long-awaited roundup and tutorial!

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It has been a year since I’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 ‘code signing’ 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 hacks’ not working flawlessly.

Because of the tremendous (and because I’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, I’ve allocated some time to elaborate on this subject a bit and to test all the currently available solutions and hacks. This means I’ve tested all the available hacks on all my three VGA WM5 Pocket PC’s (HP iPAQ hx4700 (2.01), HTC Universal and Dell Axim x51v (A12)), taking a LOT of time and effort (because I’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.


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I see similarly named DLL files in \Windows!

http://www.aximsite.com/boards/showthread.php?t=104663

Q: Strangely, there're very similar files in my \Windows directory with names filename.dll and filename.dll1 (or, !filename.dll and filename.dll). Both of these files are referenced by the registry. A: I don't think any app would use the one with dll1 under normal circumstances. I always check the DLL's installed to \Windows with all the apps and games I review to check their main RAM usage and, if they use RAM, relocatability. I've already checked hundreds if not thousands of apps and have never run into a single one that would use DLL names like DLL1.

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A list of VGA forceable applications?

http://www.aximsite.com/boards/showthread.php?p=893387

Q: Is there any thread that collects all the applications that are "forceable" in the default SE VGA mode like Acrobat Reader 2.0? A: Unfortunately, probably the best thread on VGA compliance, in its first (list) section, mostly discusses/contains information on VGA-aware apps or apps that do run in native VGA mode, not on their need/ability to be forced into VGA. (Except for the image viewer/editor section, which was contributed by me and, therefore, also contains information on forceability.) However, the entire thread may still be worth a read because there're some mentions of forceability now and then. In addition to the above-mentioned list, if you know a given application area that (for example, Web browsers, document viewers etc.) may need forcing, you may want to cast a glance of the Pocket PC application roundups at either Windows Mobile Technology or here, in my blog. When I write a product roundup, I always include information on whether the reviewed applications use pixel doubling in SE VGA mode and whether the forced VGA mode work with them or not.

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