Monday, 24 November 2008

Nokia 5800 Best Tips & Tricks

I have started this Blog 5800 Best Tips and Tricks back in 2008 as a development from my N95 Best Tips & Tricks website. The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music was launched In Russia, Hong Kong, India and Spain in late 2008 and UK and U.S models came out in early 2009.The 5800 was the first Nokia touch phone and the first with S60 5th Edition Operating System. Since then Nokia have now released more phones including the N97, N8 and Nokia Lumia. I have decided to keep this blog and update it periodically even though many people will have newer phones by now.

2013 October Update
Missing files replaced
I have finished updating the broken links to old fileden files. I have now hosted files using box.

Update info on Opera Browser
Links adjusted on all pages
Additional Info on Nokia Suite & Apps

Nokia Store
Nokia launched the OVI Store back in 2009, It is now renamed as the Nokia Store. It is Nokia's version of Apple's Apps Store. You can download lots of Free & Paid applications.
It is the best place to get the latest version of Apps.


Nokia Suite

In 2011 Nokia launched the Nokia Suite which replaced Ovi Suite which replaces the Nokia PC Suite. This new Nokia Suite can install applications, music and transfer data for different Nokia Phones, just about everything you need for your phone. It also can update your software. The Nokia Suite will also Update your Nokia Ovi Maps and automatically removes old map data.

Desktop Icons
I have created some PC Desktop Icons for 5800 & N97

Right click on either image and "Save Lick As . . . " to download

5800 XpressMusic Top Tips

1. Firmware Updates

There has been no update since June 2011 but if you haven't updated your firmware this is the most important Tip i can give you. The 5800 was the first Nokia phone with S60 5th Edition Touch software and Nokia have anticipated the need for Firmware updates with this new Software.  Below is a list of the Firmware releases:

Firmware Versions (Dates are general guides)
v.60.0.003 (29-06-2011)
v.52.0.007 (25-11-2010)
v.51.0.006 (09-07-2010)
v.50.0.005 (23-03-2010)
v.40.0.005 (29-12-2009)
v.31.0.008 (14-09-2009)
v.30.0.011 (28-07-2009)
v.21.0.025 (29-04-2009)
v.20.0.012 (26-01-2009)
v.11.0.009 (14-01-2009)
v.11.0.008 (09-12-2008)
v.10.0.010 (01-10-2008)
They have added the facility to update directly to your phone with FOTA (Firmware over the air) using WLAN or GPRS.They have also improved the updating process by Retaining most Phone Memory Data rather than completely wiping the Phone memory with earlier phone models. Some people have noticed Contacts being kept but losing applications, but on v.20 update i lost no contacts or Applications, although i still would BACK UP data via the Nokia PC Suite encase of any future changes or loss of phone.

The latest version v.60 has added a new Web browser and Big clock feature while v.52 was a minor update adding some performance improvements. The update v.50 added Music library Thumbnails as well as performance improvements, firmware v.40 which has added Kinetic Scrolling and Contacts Home Screen, v.30 had improvements in performance while firmware v.21 had a reported 225 improvements and bug fixes. The firmware update is available via Nokia Software Updater and FOTA for most Generic codes. If you cannot upgrade to version 60 then you may want to "Debrand" your 5800, details in section 2.

Nokia Maps 3.1 available with Firmware v.31 (left:Maps3.0 center & right:Maps3.1)

Enlarged AlbumArt on Firmware v.21

Keypad update on firmware v.20
If you haven't updated your firmware before here are a few important points to note:
1. I recommend Backing up your Personal Data via Nokia PC Suite or By copying them to the Memory card as a precaution although with the 5800 you should not need to do to the new update system.
2. Updating firmware is completely Legal in fact Nokia encourage Updating Firmware, Debranding (see later section) on the other hand will invalidate your warranty.
3. Firmware Update availability is dependent on the Operator Product code. Changing the product code to the Default Nokia codes (Debranding) will allow for very latest firmware updates otherwise it may take some time even months before you can upgrade to the latest firmware.
4. Keep a Copy of Application installers as Some applications installed on the Memory Card may no longer work and will need to be re-installed, it depends on what Application data was stored on the phone memory.

Updating Your Firmware Guide
There is 2 ways to update your Firmware on the 5800:

1. Nokia Suite
The Nokia Suite is the latest Nokia application that allows you to Update firmware on your phone. You connect the phone to your PC via the USB cable and the Suite will show you which updates are available for your Phone.

2. FOTA (Firmware Over The Air)
This a new way to get Firmware Updates where you can download Updates Directly to your 5800 via Internet connection (preferably WLAN). It is generally a faster way to Update and saves the need for a PC or USB cables.

To start FOTA
1. Type *#0000# on your key pad or Select Device Manager from phone menu or another way is to hold down Green Call key to start Voice Activation and speak Device manager (English version)
2. Select Options then Check for Updates and connect to internet
3. Update process first check if updates are available then start update process.
4. If you are not able to get the latest updates it is because you have a Operator Product code rather than a default Nokia product code, to change this you will need to Debrand your phone details in Section 2.

For More Details on FOTA NokiaFOTA

2. Debranding

Debranding is a term used when the Operator Firmware is replaced with the Manufacturers Firmware. This requires the Product Code to be replaced with a default Nokia code. This allows for the very latest firmware updates to be installed in your phone.

The Nokia 5800 updates are not quite so severe and it does not completely wipe all the phone memory which allows you to retain your contacts and some applications (dependant on product code)

Debranding does invalidate your warranty! Even though you could easily change back your code, a repair centre could refuse to carry out repairs if they notice the changes.

5800 Product codes
The product code for a 5800 can be found under the battery and is a 7 digit number starting with 05XXXXX. Different product codes contain different language packs, 0558982 is the code for Euro1 RED phone and contains English, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
Use the Nokia product code for your region unless you want different or additional languages. Here is the list from NokiaUsers

Getting Started
Tools: PC with XP or Vista OS, Software, Phone USB cable and 5800. I have changed my Product code with this system using Windows Vista. The Best way i have found is to use the OGM Suite with a JAF PKEY emulator. The good news is you only need to change it once.The Nemesis Suite commonly used to Debrand the N95 does not work on the 5800 at present. Some people have used the Phionex phone Suite to change the code but have had problems with the codes it uses.

Debrand Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
1. Download the 5800 Debranding Apps Zip folder i have provided.
It contains 2 applications and important release notes regarding Anti virus and Firewall settings. The PKEY folder is password encrypted password = sjc77

2. Install JAFSetup_1.98.62.exe
3. Connect your 5800 to PC via USB cable and select USB mode: PC Suite. DO NOT open Nokia PC Suite.
4. Make sure your Firewall is active on your PC. Read the release notes about anti virus i provided in the Zip.
5. Unzip and Run the JAF PKEY v5.0.exe from the desktop and click GO. When the error dialog box appears Driver not installed click OK to run the application. Shown below:

6. If you Firewall alerts you select Keep Blocking.
7. Select the Tab BB5, then tick Prod. Manager, then Click the SERVICE button on the right. Shown below:

8. Now a new dialog box will appear and with the current product code should appear (if it doesn't click read values)
9. Enter the Product Code you want to use and click the Write Values button. Shown below:

10. Thats it! Now you should have a new product code and you can update your phone with the latest firmware using FOTA or the NSU mentioned in Tip 1.

I would also unistall/delete the 2 aplications as the J.A.F will show as a Trojan if you are using AVG Anti-Virus.

Thanks to nottinghamjazz Blog for initial info.

3. Nokia Suite 3.7.22
 In Feb 2013 the latest Nokia Suite version is 3.7.22. It it a really useful App  to backup, edit, Instal apps, save space by deleting old data, Check for Firmware versions. It is a One stop shop for all your 5800 needs.
There are occasional updates to Nokia Apps like Here& Now and  Internet radio.

4. Nokia Maps & Free navigation for life!
Nokia announced back in 2010 that they are giving "Free Navigation for life" on New Smartphones. This includes the 5800 which therefore means you can use your phone as a SatNav for life or as long as you own the phone. The Map data for each country has been free from the start but the voice navigation was not free. To get he latest maps you can use the Nokia Suite and select which countries you want which will then be stored in the phone. The satellite view (with trees and buildings) does require an mobile data or WiFi which may not be free. The latest version of Nokia Maps is v3.06 has a home screen feature with various options. The Map Mode allows for a 3D effect in Map and terrain mode while the Satellite view show google earth style buildings and landscapes.

5. Freeware

I have created a separate Freeware Page HERE. Below are a few examples of freeware applications.

6. Video Converting for the 5800

The Nokia 5800 can play video formats: MPEG-4 (MP4), H.264/AVC, RealVideo 7,8,9/10, WMV 9, 3GPP formats (H.263), and Flash Video (including .swf and .flv)
MP4 is a common video type frequently used on the internet. It is also the most reliable format for Converting videos for the 5800.
The 5800 can play .WMV9 files but i have found playback problems with every .WMV i have tried. They can also play MP4 with H.263/AVC video codec but i have found that some play and other will not. It can however play.FLV files via the Flash player which are commonly used on Youtube. The Divx mobile player used on N95 can play .AVI video files but it is not currently compatible with the 5800, but hopefully soon the will release a S60 5th edition version.

Aspect Ratio
The 5800 has 16:9 aspect ratio screen it can play other sizes like 4:3. When converting files i would always keep the original aspect ratio to avoid stretched details. The 5800 phones built-in video player has 3 Aspect ratio settings Original, Stretch and Zoom. The 5800 screen resolution is 640x360 so there is little point having larger video Scale sizes like 768x576.

Main Screen Scale Sizes for 5800 are: (Video Preview Compatible)
640x360 Widescreen 16:9
480x272 Widescreen 16:9
640x480 4:3
480x360 4:3
320x240 4:3

Gallery Video Previews
The 5800 shows a Preview Image for video files which makes it easier to find the video you want to play. If the Preview image does not show up and instead you see a broken video symbol, then this is because the Video files Aspect ratio is not exactly correct. You should be able to play the video without any problem even if you cannot see the preview, i.e 480x272 will show previews while 480x270 will usually not show previews. I would use the Video Scale Sizes listed in the section above for converting videos.

Converting Videos for the 5800
My favourite freeware application for converting Video is SUPER by eright. The good thing about this application (apart from being free) are the settings. They allow you to manually set bitrates and exact Aspect ratios. I recommend converting videos into MP4 formats as other types like .WMV9 have problems in playback.
The Screenshot below shows the correct settings for converting mp4 videos for 5800. Make sure to set the Output Video codec to MPEG-4 and Output Audio Codec to AAC LC.
The variables to remember are: Video Scale Size, Click the "More" box twice to set your own sizes (depending on the original source) Video Bitrate Kbps, which depends on the original quality and your own preference/file size.

7. Remove Deleted Artists from Music Library Fix.
Nokia 5800 and 5530 fix for "File corrupted operation cancelled" error on Music Player.
You may have noticed with early 5800's (firmware v.10 & v.11) there was a problem with the Music Artist lists. I found that around 8 songs came preloaded on my memory card like Che DuBois, Joe Bagale etc. I deleted these Artists but they were still showing after a Library refresh and when you tried to delete the entries an error message would come up saying corrupt file. The refresh problem now seems to have been fixed with v.20 but old artist entries will still show up and need to be manually removed.

I found that this manual clean up fixed the Refresh problem and now deleted artists no longer appear in the Artists list.

Problems Associated with this Fix. You will loose Playlists References not the Music tracks.

Manually remove deleted artists from Music Library
1. Connect your 5800 to you PC in Mass Storage Mode
2. On your PC you will need to have allowed to "Show" hidden files, do this from Explorer/Tools/ Folder Options/ View and select "Show hidden files and Folder"
3. Open your SD memory card/Removable Disk in My Computer on PC
4. Go to E:\ Private there you will see 3 folders 101f8857, 101ffca9 and 10281e17 . Shown below left.

5. Go to Private\101f8857\Cache\E there you will see .dat files. Delete all the .dat file BUT NOT the E Folder. Shown above right
6. Now go to Private\101ffca9 there you will see another .dat file, Delete the dat file NOT the folder. Shown below Left.

7. Finally go to Private\10281e17 There you should see 4 files 2 are Mp3 files other are Podcast files. Delete mpxv2_2.db & mpxv2_2.db-journal for Mp3 files list and Delete pcv6_1.db & pcv6_1.db-journal for Podcast files list. Shown above right
8. Close all windows and disconnect your Phone. Go to Music Library and it should automatically start a refresh.

8. Changing Your 5800 Font

It is fairly easy to change your font on Nokia 5800. You do not need any external applications but you do need to create a Font Folder with the Files inside.

You can use any Open Type Font (.OTF) from your PC usually found in C: Windows\Fonts. True Type fonts (.TTF) do not work correctly and should be avoided they can cause errors. You can simply copy a font from your PC usually located in C:\Windows\Fonts just make sure it is an .oft type. If you use fonts from your PC i would avoid thick or large fonts.

Below are some examples is different fonts i have created. Click image to enlarge.
Click on the Name to download Left2Right Harlow Solid Italic, Eurostile, Pristina, Calibri , Bauhaus93.

Creating your Font folder
1. Create a folder called "Fonts"
2. Place 4 copies of the same Font in the folder.
3. Rename the fonts: s60snr.ttf, s60ssb.ttf, s60tsb.ttf and S60ZDIGI.ttf
4. Now the folder is ready to move to the Phone.

Transferring New font to 5800 phone
1. Connect the phone in "Mass Storage" mode to your PC.
2. In "My Computer" go to Removable Disk or Memory Card.
3. Navigate and open the "Resource" folder (create one if it does not exist).
4. Copy the "Fonts" Folder into the Resource folder.
5. Close open windows and Disconnect the Phone from PC.
6. Restart your Phone and you should see the new fonts.

To Reset Original 5800 Font
1. To Reset your Phone to the Original Default font simply Delete the Font folder that you created in E:\ Resourse\Fonts and Restart your Phone.

9. YouTube on your 5800

Update 2013: Nokia no longer support the Youtube 2.4.4 for 5800 at the Nokia store but you can still download it from the link below
Google have created a 5800 Application for Youtube, But what is the difference between using the standard WEB browser and this New Application? I have created a simple guide to compare the two.
Google Youtube App. YouTubev2.4.4.

Youtube App fro 5800
This application gives you easy access to Browse videos and view favourites. It has a finger swipe action in landscape mode when browsing video thumbnails. When playing videos there are onscreen display buttons that allow you to fast foward etc. 


YouTube from your WEB browser
When you type into your web browser you will be directed to the Mobile version of the YouTube website. You can view the pages in both Portrait and Landscape mode. There are 2 types of video player available a Standard Video Player and Flash Video (beta) both of which work on the 5800. Once you have searched for a video, if you click on the video image it will play the video in previous setting style, But if you click on the title ie. The Beatles -- Help! it will open a window that will allow you to switch video type by clicking "Switch to Flash Video (beta)" or Standard Player. The Standard player (shown in the lower image) plays in full screen with the ability to change to aspect ratio video the 5800 player controls. The Flash Video (top image below)however does retain the progress/play bar at all times but the picture & sound quality is greatly improved over the Standard player.

The Google Application is a really quick way to access Youtube and the video playback and search feature work well but for me the improved image & sound quality available from the Flash Video(beta) via the WEB browser makes this easily the best choice for viewing Youtube on your 5800.

10. 5800 Best Tips & Tricks Visual bookmark

UPDATE 2010: I launched a mobile version of this website back in May 2009. I used which was originally a free service, it is no longer a free service although my account is still valid. This has lead to very slow bandwidth allowance and the pages no longer load properly. I am looking into a new Mobile version.

You can still download the Visual Bookmark from . but the page load is TOO slow to use.
I will remove the GetJar Bookmark soon and hopefully have a new improved mobile version soon. 
If you want to create V.Bookmark for your website, you can learn how to do it from WapReview
Please note that if you view the mobile version on a PC it will not show a simulated webpage/mobile device rather than actual website that you will see on your 5800.

10. Opera 12 Web browser 

Opera 12 is a web browser for Symbian devices. It has a stylish visual bookmark for your 6 favourite websites. Opera offers tab browsing, fast page loading with Opera Turbo features compressing webpages by up to 70% for faster browsing. you can also sync you mobile browser with your PC. You can also share web content from Opera Mobile on social networks. For more details and download visit Nokia store Opera