LG Xenon Hacking

This tutorial helps you write to the LG Xenon/GR500’s internal filesystem!

Source: http://www.lg-xenon.com/lg-xenon-modifications/let-the-hacking-begin!/msg4495/#msg4495

Credit: bhiga

The LG Xenon hacking allows such things as: LG-Xenon info

1. Replacing the Java security policy file (rogers.pol, att.pol, etc) to allow unsigned Java applications access to phone functions.
2. Some future hacks/mods, like we’ve seen for the Vu.

But first, A WARNING:
Messing around in your phone’s internal filesystem is NOT for the faint of heart.  You CAN screw things up pretty badly if you don’t know what you’re doing or you aren’t careful.  You could definitely render your phone inoperable, unbootable or worse.  And your carrier or vendor will be UNLIKELY to help you, if they know the problem is caused by you messing around in the system.

ALWAYS back up important data before doing anything, and always back up the original versions of any files you change or replace.

Since this involves ejecting/inserting the MicroSD card a lot, you should back up your MicroSD card content before proceeding – or better, use a the smallest/cheapest MicroSD card you have when doing this.  There is a possibility your MicroSD card may get corrupt/unreadable/damaged!

What YOU do with YOUR phone is entirely YOUR responsibility.  By following the instructions, you must agree to be responsible for your own actions (there’s far too little of this these days).

That said… ON TO THE FILESYSTEM!

This method has been confirmed to work on:

  • AT&T-branded LG GR500/Xenon, firmware 1.0o

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MyPhoneExplorer Software for LG Xenon

I just wanted to report here that I was able to use the MyPhoneExplorer application designed for Sony Ericsson phones available at http://www.fjsoft.at/en/downloads.php.

It detected the LG modem driver with the USB cable but didn’t work, however using the toshiba bluetooth drivers with the LG Xenon connected as a serial com port it worked and I can browse and transfer the contacts and phone files & microsd and other functions via bluetooth, you probably could get it to work with other bluetooth drivers as long as serial port emulation is an available function. LG-Xenon info

However it looks the built in file browser cannot see the system files like you can do via the bluetooth obextool in linux. LG Cell Phone Software

LG Xenon Phone Photos – LG Cell Phone Pictures

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LG Xenon Camera Zoom Tip

I Just found this tip on how to zoom in your LG Xenon’s camera and i thought i’d share it with people. If using your camera and you want to zoom, instead of only using the touch screen to zoom you can also use the volume rockers on the left side of the camera to zoom also. LG-Xenon info

  • up on the volume toggle zooms out
  • down on the volume toggle zooms in.

In order for your LG Xenon’s camera to zoom the resolution of the camera needs to be in 640×480 or lower. LG Phone Problem and Solution

LG Xenon Phone Photos – LG Cell Phone Pictures

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LG Xenon General Tips

There are many, many semi-hidden features/functions on the LG XenonLG-Xenon info

LG Xenon General tips:

  • Try tap-and-hold on stuff.  Sometimes things do things.
  • If you see the context menu button – always try it.
  • Sometimes the icons that look like on/off or enable/disable status – actually work to toggle – but sometimes it’s a tap toggle (AM/PM in alarm) and sometimes it’s more like a slider (Bluetooth On/Off).
  • Long press vs Short press (Hold = Long press, Push = Short press)
    • The physical Camera button
      Push for camera mode.
      Hold for video recorder mode.
    • Call/Send button
      Push for Recent Call list
      Hold to call the most-recently-dialed number
    • Volume Down button (from home screen)
      Push to lower ringer volume
      Hold to toggle Silent/Vibrate-only mode
    • Multi-task button
      Push to bring up Task menu
      Hold to bring up Top menu

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How to Disable Internet on LG Xenon?

If you don’t pay for Internet on your LG Xenon, please turn your 3G & EDGE (Internet) complete off. I decide to paste his tutorial to my blog here and share to someone who are looking for it. All tutorial credit to bhiga. Thanks for the great job. LG-Xenon info

LG Xenon Tip – Disable 3G:
1. Engineering Menu  – ‘dial’ 3845#*500# or 3845#*501# (menu should pop up when you hit the last # – you do not need to press Call/Send)
2. Select Modem Setting
3. Select Network Mode
4. Select Network Mode (again)
5. Select 2G Only

You can also force the frequency band if you want, but that’s extreme and may lead to no coverage in some areas.
1. Engineering Menu  – ‘dial’ 3845#*500# or 3845#*501# (menu should pop up when you hit the last # – you do not need to press Call/Send)
2. Select Modem Setting
3. Select Band Freq
4. Select a setting

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LG Xenon Software V10o Update

We glad to tell you that LG released an update for the LG Xenon, the latest Software Version is GR500-V10o-MAY-13-2010-ATT-US. It’s about 156506 Bytes downloads then. LG-Xenon info

This software installation may take you a few minutes. The V10o software update process will not delete any personal data on your LG Xenon. All phone service (including emergency calls)will be suspended during the installation process. LG Cell Phone Software

I now have the software GR500-V10o-MAY-13, so far, no differences seen from prior version I had (1.0j). Will update if I find anything different. 

LG Xenon Phone Photos – LG Cell Phone Pictures

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