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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Create custom iPhone ringtones

How to create custom ringtones for your iPhone

Follow these steps you can create ringtones for your iPhone for free.

1.  Check your iTunes setting by clicking menu iTunes --> Preferences --> General --> Importing setting.  Make sure the "Import Using" is set to "AAC Encoder".

2.  Select the song in iTunes, control + click (or right click) the song and select "Get Info".  Select "Option" tab, then input the "Start time" and "Stop time", and check both checkboxes.  "Start time" & "Stop time" will be start time and end time of the ringtone you want to create.  The length of the ringtone should be within 30 seconds.

3.  Close "Get Info" window, select the song and select "Convert Selection to AAC." from the "Advanced" menu.  A new trimmed copy of song will be created in iTunes.

4.  Drag the new song to desktop and delete the one in iTunes.

5.  Rename the song in desktop from .m4a to .m4r.  After that, drag the song back to iTunes library.  You should find the song in Ringtons section.

6.  Now you can sync your iPhone and the new rigntone will be available in your iPhone.

(I tested these steps using iTunes 8 on Mac OS X leopard, and my iPhone is 3GS with OS 3.0.   The steps using iTunes on Windows should be similar.)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Useful information about iPhone

iPhone useful information
Here is some useful information about iPhone.

iPhone "root" and "mobile" user account password

on my iPhone 3GS, the passwords are:
The password for root is "alpine"
The "mobile" user accounts password is "alpine"

on older iPhones, the passwords might be:
The password for root is "alpine"
The "mobile" user accounts password is "dottie"

I suggest you to change the passwords.

How to capture iPhone screen shots

I was just about to search for any apps to capture screen shots, then I found iPhone already have this feature.

Just press the "home" button and the "power/sleep" button at the same time, after a "click" sound, a capture of your screen is in your photos' camera roll.

Very nice! Should also work on iPod Touch. Try it.

iPhone folders


Photos/Videos (camera roll):

Where is iPhone Backups

iTunes makes backup of your iPhone automatically.

Where Backups are stored

iTunes places the backup files in the following places:

On a Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

On Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

On Windows Vista: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Since iTunes only keeps one backup per device, you should save a copy of the backup in other places.

Putting Iphone/Ipod Touch into DFU mode

Enter DFU mode

Here's how to enter DFU mode with the Iphone/Ipod Touch:

1. Fully turn off your Iphone/Itouch. Make sure it's plugged in into your PC/Mac if you want to flash something (which you probably want to).

2. Hold down the home button, then hold down the power button without releasing the home button.

3. When you see the Apple logo, release the power button, but still hold down your home button.

4. When you see a white screen, you are in DFU mode.

This could be handy if your Iphone/Itouch fails a flash.

iPhone troubleshooting - stuck at white screen

First time encountered this problem. I used up the iPhone battery and tried to charge it, but later I found it was stuck at a white screen. Cannot turn on or off.

The solution I found:

To reset iPhone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds. During this time, a red "power off" slider may appear and the screen may go black, but do not release Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until the Apple logo appears.

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