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Thursday, January 18, 2007

How to install skins

How to put skins into motorola phones
I think this is one of the two most asked newbie's questions. Another is how to install java games & apps.

There are many ways to install skins. Here I show you two ways. The first is the tranditional and mac-friendly way, another way is using skiman.

Manually upload skins using P2KTools or Moto4lin
For example, you want to install a skin named "YuetMod". You have the YuetMod.ski file and a few .dat files, such as YuetMod.dat, YuetMod1.dat, YuetMod2.dat, etc.
1. start p2ktools or moto4lin, and connect your phone via USB;
2. update/refresh the phone files;
3. go to folder /c/mobile/skins, create the skin subfolder "YuetMod";
4. upload all skin files (YuetMod.ski, YuetMod.dat, etc) into the subfolder "YuetMod";
5. restart your phone, then you will see the new skin listed in skin menu.
(You should substitute "YuetMod" in the steps with the actual skin name that you want to install. The name must match the name of the .ski file.)
Upload wallpaper
1. you have to find out where to upload the wallpaper. Open the .ski file with a text editor, at near bottom of the file you will see a line starting with "6 1015". (for example, 6 1015 /a/mobile/picture/wp_moto_176x220_c.jpg) This is the location of the wallpaper file.
2. use p2ktools or moto4lin to upload the wallpaper to that location.

Install skins using skiman
1. start skiman, and connect your phone via USB;
2. the program will read your phone and display a list of skins installed in your phone;
3. click the "Install" button;
4. a "SKI patches" window will popup. You can try the option provided, but if you are not sure, just "clear selection" and click "OK" button;
5. select the .SKI file to install; (For example, YuetMod.ski) click "Open" button;
6. wait until the program finish uploading files to your phone;
7. click "More..." button, and select "Restart phone".
8. you will see the new skin listed in skin menu.

a screenshot of skiman:


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25 comments:

9:56 PM, January 28, 2007 Anonymous said...

hi yuet
there s a way to instal skins onto the TF card. there is a midlet called ctheme. u hev 2 instal tis midlet on te TF card usin motomidman. then create a folder-'skins' i te TF card nd put te skin files in te folder. then unplug ur phone frm computer nd go to games nd apps on mobile nd choose memory card. then open ctheme there. in tat choose instal skins nd choose te skin u want 2 instal. after finishin instalin te fone wl vibrate 2 confirm. then restart te fone nd u hev the skin.

yuet, u want i shal mail u te midlet ctheme.

Srikanth

12:24 AM, January 29, 2007 Yuet said...

Srikanth, thanks. sure I want to have a copy. send it to me please.

8:40 AM, January 29, 2007 Anonymous said...

hi there,
can someone please help me i have a v360v and windows xp. i was playing around with the seetings on p2k tools and now i can not get into the personalise menu under settings. when i attempt to open it nothing happens. i cannot change my skins wich is really annoying as the vodafone skin is really ugly. can someone please enlighten a confused newb as to what iv done wrong. if you have the solution please email it to me nickleishman52@hotmail.com

thanks, nick

12:01 PM, January 29, 2007 Yuet said...

Nick, try these steps:
1. Use PK Tools.
2. Goto "Other Features"
3. Goto "Office Tools"
4. uncheck everything or just uncheck "Quick Menu".
5. save and restart phone

9:41 AM, February 01, 2007 Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Yuet, I had the same problem as Nick. It runs fine now, you have totally made my day! no wait.. My month! Thanks!! :D

Matt

3:25 PM, February 04, 2007 Anonymous said...

i hev sent u the midlet ctheme from my yahoo account. the te name on te mail wl be Mukundha Natarajan nd te id wl be mukundh_kewl@yahoo.com. please look into it.

Srikanth

9:39 PM, February 04, 2007 Yuet said...

Srikanth, did u sent to yuet001 at gmail? I haven't received it yet.

2:58 AM, February 11, 2007 Anonymous said...

i am sorry yuet man! te yahoo ppl say its an illegal attachment nd so my mail delivery failed. damn it! wl giv u te url frm where i founbd te ctheme midlet. its http://slvr.themotoguide.com/skinstotransflash.php

please chec out te site. sorry 4 te late reply post too. hope u aint mad on me. thanx

Srikanth

3:57 AM, February 25, 2007 Anonymous said...

Hi Yuet--

Thank you for your awesome blog! I just got a v360 and you have a wealth of knowledge here.

I have a quick question on skins. I was able to transfer my skin to the v360, but it is under a/mobile/skins since I do not have a "c" directory. Everything seems to be ok, but the skin does not appear in my Skins menu when I restart the phone. And why don't I have a "c" directory--is this the memory card? Thanks for your help.

-Kavik

9:31 PM, February 25, 2007 Yuet said...

Kavik, what software do u use? some old software do not detect the c/ directory, but there's c/ directory on the phone. you have to transfer the skin files to /c/mobile/skins. try using p2ktool 0.8. get it here.

8:28 PM, February 28, 2007 Anonymous said...

ok. does this skins are able to change the icons in the phone menu, and why do I have empty "slots" with some skins under 9 (3x3) buttons main menu?

hope you understand me
:)

thx!!! Darko from Belgrade

12:23 AM, March 01, 2007 Yuet said...

darko, it is because those skins are for 12 (3x4) menu. you can use menu_maker to convert it to 9 menu icons. download menu maker.

6:28 AM, March 01, 2007 Anonymous said...

oket :) and what about icons? how to change them? is that about some DRM (or .something file) which i have to modify or upload already modified?

Darko from Serbia :))

9:58 PM, March 01, 2007 Yuet said...

Darko, icons can be in the skin and DRM. please read the skin and DRM sections of my guides.

2:56 PM, March 08, 2007 Anonymous said...

hello!

when i tried uploading skins using skiman, there is a message saying no free space even though i havent used my phone memory yet!

Can you help me?

12:23 AM, March 12, 2007 Yuet said...

why not try the manual method using p2ktools?

11:14 PM, April 24, 2007 Anonymous said...

hi! i have a problem :|, again:| now 2 days i have take my phone from service, and now i have install a skin using skiman and a mma_ucp using the same program.When i reboot him dosen`t start:| it appear only the MOTO logo and he stay that way.
please help me,i don`t want to go to service,again, because i don`t have money :|
BogDu`

1:13 AM, April 25, 2007 Anonymous said...

i succed!!!i have install a MP from here and it`s work perfect ;)thx yuet
BogDu`

1:26 PM, July 08, 2007 solomon said...

hi!! I have slvr L7. I connect to my PC using bluetooth. I tried installing via p2k commdr and skin man. but both say AT&T device not connected. Plz tell me a way how to install skins In L7 using bluetooth dongle. neither am I able to install games using bluetooth. I dont have a usb cable. plz hlp me out.

4:14 PM, July 09, 2007 Yuet said...

solomon, you can browse your phone via bluetooth, then transfer the skin files to your phone. After that, use PhoneManager to create the skin subfolder and copy the files to the subfolder.

about install games/apps via bluetooth, read this guide.

11:17 PM, April 09, 2008 miss_abby said...

hye yuet..

i really need your help.. i already have a motorola v360 phone.. but i don't have that p2k tools in my phone... i try 2 find it but i just can't find it.. how i can change my phone skins without that tools... plzz help me yuet.. tell me where i can get back that p2ktools or moto4lin :(

3:10 PM, May 25, 2008 Anonymous said...

my daughter put a password in the phone now i can do anything what should i do?

9:13 AM, November 12, 2008 Anonymous said...

motorola z9 wont accept skins.. says no free space .. Please walk me thru a process...

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