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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Gain 250 - 300KB of memory on the metropcs vx3200

I was poking around in my phone’s file system the other night and noticed that @metro uses about 250k for the interface files of the application manager… but there are two copies of these files: one copy is for English, the other is for Spanish. If you’re like me, you won’t be using the Spanish language feature, so these files are just wasting space.

As an experiment, I deleted all of the files in /brew/es/. Everything still works and I was able to gain about 250kb of space on my phone for additional apps/ringtones/wallpapers.

I then loaded /brew/en/brewstarting.bmp and /brew/en/brewexiting.bmp into Photoshop and converted them from 32bit (millions of colors) to 8bit (256 colors) and sent the 8bit images back to my phone. The difference was barely noticeable on screen for the 1 second you see the @metro logo, but it saved me an additional 50kb or so.. enough for another mp3 ringtones or a few wall papers depending on color resolution. I then decided to replace the stock images with custom images cause the @metro ones were lame. you may be able to replace them with 1px x 1px images or something to save even more space if you want

This works on my vx3200 but probably will work on any phone with @metro as long as you can access the file system

4 Comments Leave Comment

what stock images. I am also using 3200 and metropcs,
but I am not seeing any folder or images other than brewstarting.bmp and brewexiting.bmp.

Great work by the way on gathering all the info. You provided exact directions otherwise.
I have images and tones on my phone,
but do you know how to get rid of or replace that intensly bright metroPCS white screen during
startup of cell?


Comment by Raju — Tuesday, November 8, 2005 @ 2:41 am

brewstarting.bmp and brewexiting.bmp are the stock (standard) images :)

You can’t get rid of the metro logo that shows for a second right at power up :( you can change the image that shows after that from the buildings to a different image if you like

Comment by swiftlytilting — Tuesday, November 8, 2005 @ 5:00 am

can any body help i locked myself out my phone now i can use it what should i do?

Comment by sonny — Friday, September 19, 2008 @ 10:34 am

Hi I am having trouble with deleting my log of things I don’t want! How do I delete it?

Comment by Amanda — Thursday, October 9, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

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