Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hackintosh: boot0 gibberish fix

I encountered this issue when creating my Hackintosh, boot0 gibberish that you see in the screenshot above.  This is how I fixed it:

Download and install Chameleon Wizard from here.

Update it to the latest version if prompted.

Click on the Install tab at the top.

Then based on your current setup choose the appropriate install method.  I have OS X on a standalone drive and Windows on it's own drive so my install method would be Boot0md.  They are pretty self explanatory.  Make sure the correct Target partition is selected and then click the install button.  Now once you restart you should no longer see the previous boot0 errors.

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Moto X like Notifications on your Android 4.0+ device

If you are envious of the Moto X notification system or just wish you could see something pop up on the screen when you got a new message for example, check out the free app DynamicNotifications (formerly known as Active Notifications).
DynamicNotifications brings Moto X like notifications to your Android 4.0+ device.  The free version includes everything you most likely would want, you're able to customize the look (background, foreground), block certain apps, and set the display duration to name a few options.  There is a premium version for $0.99 that includes additional features such as being able to use it as a lock screen, night mode, custom brightness, etc., but the free version is pretty complete.  Battery life might take a little hit since the screen will come on more often, but if you want visible notifications it might be worth it.  

Best of all, it doesn't require you to root your device.

Check it out, I highly recommend it.

Google Play Store Link

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AT&T Nexus 4 Data Speeds Slow APN Settings

**Updated 09.11.2013**

I recently purchased and switched to the Nexus 4 from an iPhone 4S and was receiving poor data speeds on AT&T, like 0.01Mbps down.  I found multiple APN configs online but none of them seemed to work for me. I finally came across one that did and hopefully it works for others.  Keep the auto-generated APN settings profile and just create a new profile with the options below:

Settings>Wireless & Networks>More...>Mobile networks>Access Point Names:

Name: AT&T HSPA+
APN: phone
Proxy: <not set>
Port: <not set>
Username: <not set>
Password:<not set>
Server:<not set>
MMSC: http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
MMS proxy: proxy.mobile.att.net
MMS port: 80
Authentication type: <not set>
APN type: default,supl,mms,hipri
APN protocol IPv4

**Added 09.11.2013**

This part was key for me.  Go to your phone and dial *#*#4636#*#*.  You should now be in a Testing Settings section. Go to Phone information and scroll down and it should say WCDMA preferred.  Change this to GSM auto (PRL).  I found that this option works best for me.  You can experiment and try other options to see if you can get better speeds or if you have Straight Talk, etc.  I originally saw someone suggest LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL), but it didn't work for me.

I'm now getting around 8.0Mbps+ down and 1.0Mbps+ up.

If you have a grandfathered iPhone unlimited plan you should be able to keep it.  I've read on the AT&T forums that people have switched phones multiple times and retained their grandfathered unlimited iPhone plan, so don't switch plans unless that seems to be your last resort.

*While it shouldn't be necessary you could reboot the phone.

Good luck.

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