F-07C Change Windows Home Premium to English

Using this tweak you can change the Japanese Language on the phone to English:

  1. Copy File lp.cab to C:\lp.cab
  2. Run cmd.exe as Administrator (Hold down the scrollball to right click on an item)
  3. Enter: “dism /online /add-package /packagepath:c:/lp.cab (you can copy and paste this to the command line), now wait for about 10-30 minutes until you see 100% completion and a new line scrolls out to enter another command in the prompt.
  4. Press the Windows Key + “R” key, and enter “regedit”, now delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguage\ja-jp (make sure before you do this that there is another pack displayed here such as ‘en-us’, if not then the install has failed / didn’t complete and you must go back to step 1)
  5. Press Windows Key +”R” key again, and enter the following (you can just copy and paste):
    1. bcdedit /set {current} locale en-us
    2. bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-us
  6. Now reboot your F-07C and the language should be in English

3G/GPRS DoCoMo Manager Translation

Here are some very rough translations of what the DoCoMo Manager is saying. I took Japanese for 4 years back in middle-school / high-school and revisited it for 2 years in college. I only know a few hundred Kanji so I got some help from my Japanese friend for the rest: Always_Fearless. Anyway its not so good but it will at least help someone out I know.

The Top 4 Tabs are:

Display Settings – Connection Settings – Cost Counter Settings – International Roaming Setting

Display Settings

[] Always Start With Windows (W) (Recommended)

[] After the connection is established automatically hide the connection manager in the tray (T)

[] Display this screen always on top (B)

Make them valid for those you did not check above [Reset(R)]

Software Update

[Start Software Update]

[] Automatically check to see if there are updates available

* While you are connected via international roaming, the cost will become very large. The computer does not check this automatically.

Choose a Skin:

Skin Names:

Skin Name                   Company                     Date

Simple Blue                 NTT Docomo           2010/04/28

Skin Menu Add Skin

There are some choices for available for update. Check and click [OK] button for the tickbox you want to use

  • [] Cool Black
  • [] Elegant Green
  • [] Pop Orange
  • [] International Roaming

[] Check the available skins for update whenever you are connected

[Okay] [Cancel] [Help]

Content of your Agreement

Cost Plan: Fixed amount Data Plan                             [Change (C)] {This menu = next SS}

  • Value Plan

Discount Service: Discount with fixed data amount

  • Consider free connections like (Wi-Fi)

FOMA Terminal: Dial Up Connection (FOMA F07C)                [Change APN (H)]

Setting for High Speed

[] Optimize for Connection Environment (Recommended)

Terminal You Use(A)                               [Optimize Settings for Upload (L){Goes to new ss below]

Settings for Packet Connection

Where You Connect  [(Connection Location) (F)]         [Add or Edit Access Point(B)]

How to Connect (J) [Connect Automatically (Only in Japan)]

Connect Manually[Second in Droplist]

MZone(Japan only no need)

64K Connection Setting

Connection Location (S) [Don't Use]                            [Add or Edit Access Point (D)]

Change Data Plan Menu

  • Fixed amount Standard Data plan
  • 64K Data Plan
  • HIGH-SPEED Data Plan
  • Data Plan (Packet Plus)
  • Family Wide
  • FOMA Plan
  • Limit Plus
  • FOMA Data Plan 22
  • Business Plan

These are all the plans and their spin offs, mostly Japanese Plans. Just the ones differing are translated. The duplicates with their minor changes are not.

Cost Plan(G)         [Select one]

O – Basic Plan(S)         O – Value Plan(W)

Discount Service(D) Discount Wizard

Discount Service

Settings for Terminal You Use

Names of the Terminals (L)

Name                                                            Phone Number

Dial Up Connection (FOMA F07C)

*If the computer cannot find FOMA terminal the computer is not installed properly or setting connection file is not configured properly. [Try to Search for Connection Again]

*See the help for mobile broadband connection

Optimize Settings for Upload Menu

 

HSUPA terminal you can optimize for HSUPA use.

If you don’t optimize for the terminal to use HSUPA, then you will be forced onto the lower tier connection. In order for this change to be applied you must restart Windows.

Do you want to upload in the best way? Yes (Y)     / No (N)

[Restart] [Cancel]

Cost Counter Settings

Specific Connect Settings, (Specific Packet Connection, International Roaming, 64 data Connection)

[]Setting for the Alarm for each amount (C)

1000 yen (when you use)             Packet Connection           79,444 packets

64 Data Connection

[]Setting for the Alarm per 1 month (M)

1000 yen (when you use)           Packet Connection           79,444 packets

64 Data Connection

[] Setting for the alarm when you do not use connection (N)

64K data connection (when you use)  [5}  When you are not using for __ [Cut connection automatically]

Other Settings

Cost Counter

[2011 Year] [8 month] Delete the record of the setting before [Reset(R)]

* This setting is for the dial up connection wizard using this software

Always count when you use FOMA terminal connection (F) (Recommended)

Always count when you use Bluetooth connection (B)

Settings for each dial up

Name of Dial up (D)

o – Count(I) o – Do not Count(O) o- Confirm when connected (E)

Settings for International Roaming

*If you want to use international roaming, you need to get packet access point settings.*

o – The computer automatically will see if the international roaming is working or not when the computer starts (U)

o – Always set the international roaming to be available (I)

The setting of the international roaming for which company you connect to:

o – Set Automatically (A)

o – Set Custom (M)

Choose the Business Operator: Automatic

3G/GSM (GPRS) switch settings

*If you choose the connection company as custom abroad,  or set 3G to GSM, if the company is banned in Japan or does not offer the service into your region, then the connection will not be available(no service out of range) and in this case you need to see help.

*With your computer you cannot set the connection company*

The Setting for the Alarm of the Timer

Set the alarm ring before you use 30000 yen (~390$ USD) (L)

The computer is original set at 50000 (~650$ USD)
yen it also includes calling, SMS and Video calling.

*The cost of International calling is not included.

F-07C Keep Wi-Fi Alive

To keep Wi-Fi alive during Foma Switching you must go to Control Panel -> Device Manager -> Atheros WR6003 WLAN Adapter (under network) -> Advanced Settings

Change the Settings of Power_Save and RFKill to these:

If you set the device to any other combination other then this, it will cause the device to behave weirdly. Such things include sleeping immediately after switching back. Freezing and auto-restarting and other weird things.

F-07C Brightness Change

To change the brightness on the F-07C, you must  go to Control Panel

and click the brightness setting which is in Japanese. (very last choice, last row second column)

It says:

Brightness Settings

[Set the brightness by yourself(Manually)]

[Have Windows set it automatically]

Just check set the brightness by yourself. If you let windows choose, the light sensor (the bulbous thing next to the charge / msg light that turns different colors) will auto shift the brightness to whatever the light is like in your room.

F-07C TV Out + Sleep / FOMA Mode Change

To set the time the phone hibernates windows / sleeps windows or switches to FOMA mode, it can be set in the control panel (last row, first column to the left) here:

It roughly translates to:

When you change into mobile mode, the time before the computer begins sleep mode = [2 min]

When you change into mobile mode, the time before the computer hibernates (stops) = [1 hour]

If mobile mode hibernate (stop) time is less than the sleep mode time, then the hibernate mode will be considered the priority.

[Okay] [Cancel]

I’m sure you can figure out the times from the drop down menus from this. Just remember what hours looks like and what minutes looks like. Also ascending order comes into play here.

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To set the phone to change to TV Out mode go back to control panel:

Now click on the setting in Japanese that says Terebi… (3 column from the left, 2nd to last row ~ テレビ…)

It says:

When you connect the F-07C to the cradle, it will automatically change the computer screen into ‘only TV’.

Basically you can’t mirror displays or extend the desktop, it only allows one or the other. Either you use the external screen and have the phone screen be off, or you use the phone screen and the TV off.

The checkmark sets it to send the display to the TV when its docked in its cradle and something is plugged into the HDMI port.

F-07C Overclocking Guide

Download CrystalCPUID here: Download

Go to Multiplier Settings and change them to the following:

Go to Intel Enhanced SpeedStep and change it to the following:

Changing the multiplier to 12x will jump your CPU to 1.2Ghz

Check with CPU-Z (Download: here) that your processor is indeed running at 1.2Ghz (CrystalCPUID will always show the CPU as 1.2Ghz)

This will give your CPU a stable overclock setting. I have not experienced any blue screens or freezing / crashing using this setting.

Oh, if you want to overclock to any other speed, set the multiplier to that speed. Basically 6.0x = 600mhz, so 7.0x = 700mhz 10.0x = 1Ghz and so on. 12 is the maximum!

 

 

F-07C Died!

My little F-07C died a horrible death today! I was cleaning / packing and I came back to the device to check for phone calls / txts and it was not charging anymore. I tried and tried but I could not revive it. The microusb charge port on the device has completely died. None of the cables I knew worked are working anymore. Once the device dies that will be it for it. I’m so sad I fell in love with this little thing.

Sigh… I did manage to figure out a lot of things(like how to keep Wi-Fi on when the phone switches between Windows and FOMA). If you all still want to know them let me know, maybe I can write out a guide for them.

As for me I am going to go take a shower in tears.:(

Got External Battery Charging Working!

It turns out the F-07C requires a special Japanese cable that only pins out 5V and GND (ground). Nothing else will work. I tried maybe 11 of my USB cables in combination with many mini/micro usb adapters I have and they all had pins for data it seems. The best kind of cable for this device is a Japanese Data/Charge switch. The following can be had for it (Only in Japan):

Black Switch for Data/Charge from ビックカメラ

Black Switch for Data/Charge from Tokyo Mobile

Black Switch for Data/Charge from Yahoo Japan

Apparently this converter shorts (sold out -> this is the new version) out the pins for data in a USB cable in order for it to charge the device also.

Anyway, I got it working using the Sanyo Eneloop charge cable and converter it came with. I ordered one from Japan using White Rabbit Express. I highly recommend you check them out. They can order nearly anything from Japan and have it shipped to you in 3-4 days.

Sanyo Eneloop Booster Stick (Came out to 60$ with EMS 3 day shipping – This price beats out many other JP only companies selling the stick for 50-70$) I get around 4~5 hours with this 1.2Ghz, lowest brightness etc.

They can also help import those charge cables if necessary.

For the battery I have been using, I use this one here. It has 16000mAh. Seeing how the internal battery is on the F-07C (1400mAh) you can imagine the boost. It is only a tiny bit bigger than the phone itself(see the pic in the first impressions – about not being able to charge the phone – the block under the phone that its connected to is the battery {it can fit in your back pocket, around the size of a bulky external hard drive} I get about 22 + hours @ 1.2Ghz, lowest brightness settings + all the tweaks. To tell you the truth I haven’t ever ran out of juice using the battery pack with the F-07C without recharging it. If you want power on the go, this your best bet.

Be wary the first one I got was a dud (charge lights didn’t tell the truth, battery didn’t last any time), but Amazon is AMAZING. I firmly stand by them and always will. They sent out a replacement with next day shipping and gave me 30 days to return the broken one. I took that time to do some testing and comparing.

First Impressions / Mini Review of F-07C

It came!

I purchased the device last Wednesday, it shipped Friday, got to me this Monday.

Initial Impressions. I LOVE this little thing. I did not realize how small it really was. I was shocked and amazed its nearly the same size as my iPhone length and width wise. Depth wise its about 2 iPhones stacked on top of each other.

This isn’t a device that works out of the box. It could take the average user 1-2 weeks of tweaking / trial and error to get the device working to a point the user can be happy with. Granted while the device has its faults, it’s one of the most capable UMPC’s I have tried to date.

The last UMPC I owned was the Fujitsu u820. I have to say, this device, while much smaller and lighter runs circles around it. In every shape in form I believe. I was a bit skeptical going in to be honest because lets face it, the driver support for the GMA500 was a disaster and it severely crippled the u820. I read some good things about the GMA600 though and so I ended up pulling the trigger.

Initially when getting the device I was astounded at how fast it actually was at 600Mhz (Mind you I deleted like half the crap they put on this thing). When I boosted it to 1.2Ghz the thing flew! I just can’t get over how such a tiny device has so much power. It does not (to me at least) get that hot when unlocked. If you have it hooked in to the charger and unlocked, it does get quite hot. Once the phone threw me out of Win 7 into MOAP(s) and said ‘Mode Switched to prevent overheating’ LOL! I think thats pretty cool they took that precaution. I am not worried about heat though. After some reading about the amount of heat Atom CPUs can tolerate I disconnected that annoying fan they put in the u820, which I am sure is the same one they put in the cradle for this thing.  My u820 has been fan-less since early 2009 and have had no issues :)

Battery life wise. I kept the FJ023 service on because if you disable it, the touch console ceases to work. I use the console to easily start applications, turn on Wifi / SD among other things. With this I get about 1 h 30 mins or so before it throws me into MOAP(s). When in MOAP(s) many features will not work (like the camera) due to low battery life (it conserves it for you). You can still text and call though which is very nice. I did this at night and went to sleep. Woke up and my the phone was still chugging (after about 7 hours of sleep mode). I had some missed calls and txts. I think thats pretty neat that it has somewhat of a reserve battery stash for strict phone business. I really want to hook this puppy up to my 16000mAh battery (seen in picture above) but as you can see I can’t get the connector port to act right with me! I am sure I could have a lot of juice to pump from there. I also ordered an Eneloop Booster Stick from Japan for a more pocketable battery reserve.

Pluses:

  • GMA600 fully supports hardware acceleration in almost everything! DXVA and Direct3D included (Sadly flash does not however, but there is a way around this) I cannot stress enough how amazing this thing is. It completely blows me away at everything I through at it (mind you after some tweaking and settings adjustments) Many of the games that failed miserably on my u820 are not only playable, but work 100% flawlessly!
  • The keyboard / trackball combo is very very nice to use once you get used to it (I did almost instantly, much more than I can say for the u820′s nub – that thing was horrible)
  • This is much better IMO than the nub used for the u820, I can easily navigate and play lots of games almost effortlessly with it.
  • Keyboard is backlit! (Since I use the device mainly at night in bed for browsing, gaming and viewing
  • Resume / Hibernation / Switching is very very fast. Switching when clocked at 1.2GHz is almost instantaneous. Resuming takes all but about 15 seconds.
  • Fast startup! When you disable many of the annoying included Fujitsu thingies, startups can be very very quick from 35-45 seconds (I haven’t timed any of these they are all estimates)
  • Many other things I can’t think of to name!

Hurdles:

  • The first aggravating thing I stumbled over is the charger. You CAN NOT I repeat, CAN NOT charge this device using anything other than the supplied AC to USB adapter through the micro-usb port. While charging the device can be done through the proprietary port, it’s still very frustrating. Every time you try to connect a device you get this:

  • I’m going to have to rig up something better than this first attempt at getting USB to work:
  • Lol. It looked much better to begin with until I got frustrated and chopped / cut everything to hell. I could not figure out the proper pinouts for the life of me. 2-7 should be 5V, 10, 11 should be D+ D- for USB and one of the #’s stated should be ground. None of these worked for me. I did manage to get the display to try to output HDMI video though. So I know at least its reading the pins / wires, but the combo’s I tried lead to no avail.
  • Wi-fi automatically switches off whenever you switch to MOAP(s). This is very very frustrating. I have disabled everything in the Atheros properties panel to prevent it from sleeping / going into power saving mode. I changed my power plan options to reflect ‘maximize performance’ and still it does it. I can’t tell what exactly is happening when the switch occurs. It does not hibernate. Maybe it sleeps? If so disabling these options would have solved the issue. I am not sure. I am going to write a script to launch the wifi on whenever waking from sleep mode and see if that does anything.
  • Sometimes the network sharing of drives from my other computer ceases to show up on the device. When trying to make the connection from other computers, it times out. Restarting the Wi-Fi does not help. It will randomly appear / work sometime later. Not sure what the cause of this is.
  • No USB port or helpful port to go into USB. As stated before it requires a lot of effort and time to make your own or a lot of money (around $200+ shipped) to get a cradle.
  • There seems to be interference with the unit’s speaker whenever using 3G modem / Wi-Fi. Its subtle usually, only heard when you directly place your ear up the speaker, but sometimes it gets very loud when a lot of data is being transferred.
  • I cannot for the life of me figure out how to change the screen brightness. In Power settings nothing happens when changing the slider. I read in the manual you have to go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound but this does not exist in the control panel! It also states the second bulb thing (that appears to be a light) is a light sensor that changes the brightness automatically. Whatever service is managing this is probably taking over the brightness control in the control panel. I have not figured out what it is to stop it from happening. The brightness adjustment also can get on your nerves after a while and drains battery life.
  • I can’t seem to get the 3G Modem to work in Win 7, but I know I am close. I have gotten it to receive / send packets of data but the ones received aren’t proper chunks and the network access reamins null. Ishman pointed out he could not get the AT&T connection manager to work for him. This is true. The [B]newest[/B] version of the manager indeed does not see the F-07C FOMA card. But, if you use the 6.9.115 version found [URL="http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/en_US/download/Setup-ACM-6.9.115.exe"]here[/URL] it sees the card, can see your telephone number and communicate with the card (It’s also the last version of the manager to allow you to change the APN). Here is the thing. I [I]know[/I] I can get it working hopefully if I can switch the connection method from PPP to IP. There is an option to do this in the manager. Here is the conundrum though. When starting the manager it warns you saying “A non AT&T based SIM modem blah blah blah was detected, do you wish to set up a new profile for this device?”

  • When you click yes it allows you to set up the card, BUT it does NOT allow you to change to IP from PPP. After you set this up, it disappears never to be seen again. But it does see the device.

  • You can’t edit the profiles within the program. You can only set up and edit new profiles that are not for the device you just set up. It is very frustrating knowing this is all I need to do and can’t get to it. I’m going to go digging for the conf files and try editing them manually. Also another factor that comes into play here is how the phone is set to in its ‘Overseas Settings’. You can go from ‘Auto’ to ’3G’ to ‘GPRS/GSM’. All these modes play a role in how the modem behaves in Win 7. If you switch it to GPRS/GSM, the modem will not function at all in Win 7. So it is between 3G / Auto to figure out some combination of getting the modem to work.
  • I will note that I DID get the modem to get network access using the DoCoMo manager initially after messing around with some settings when I first pulled the phone out of the box and began playing with it. However I could not get the internet to pop up and then to make matters worse I got a phone call. After going back to Win 7, I could not remember the settings I had to get to that point. Trying to get back, the DoCoMo manager would successfully connect with IP but display a yellow ‘yielding’ triangle in the tray… a.k.a no network access :(
  • It’s a Japanese Keitai this means little to anything will work on the MOAP(s) side of things.  No 3G, no I-mode, no GPS, no Wi-Fi, no Email no pretty much anything. All these are features bound to DoCoMo’s service and UIM cards. Trying to use these features will result in a ‘Cannot Use this feature with this UIM’. You can however do: Calling / txting (in Japan, they don’t SMS, they use e-mail for pretty much everything so when you do receive a SMS it comes into your mail inbox and has a format close to like an email – Nothing fancy here), use the pedometer / workout manager, alarm clock, timer calculator, notes etc. All the usual phone features that don’t require some sort of service or internet. Sadly nothing will change this, not even a Hyper-Sim. You can always buy a DoCoMo USA Plan and put the phone into overseas mode. I am sure all the features will work then. I am still trying to figure out exactly how the device works, hopefully try and manage a rom dump, though that won’t come until I get settled in Win 7.

Skype: It works perfectly. Smooth video with your contact the the front facing camera delivers a lag free visual. The only issue I ran into with choppiness was when my friend tried to stream me his 1920×1200 resolution desktop running a fullscreen Youtube video :P , then things did not go so smoothly. Can’t fault the device for that one though haha. If you want when I get a chance I can try to set up another session and make a video for you of it in action.

Oh and for the videos posted about the device having poor video power, its complete crap. The device ships with a slew of outdated software / drivers which I am sure many people are failing to change and on top of that he’s using Internet Explorer!!!!! Flash ships on this machine at version 10.1, we are now on 10.3, so that is one thing to fix, and also get Chrome! Though flash is at fault here too, it provides no native hardware acceleration with the GMA600. To watch HD Youtube you will have to use CyberLink DVD 11′s Youtube tab (works just like the iPhone / iPad version of Youtube, has a touch interface too!)

Here is a video of my F-07C playing 720P .mkv’s of some movies flawlessly using GMA600 HW Accel:

Edit: After some traffic to it, Square Enix shut it down! Here is a replacement

I will be making more videos of various things. One being a games test. I managed to get this thing to run Unreal Tournament @ 1024×600, Maxed out settings @ full FPS. Too bad I have no way of hooking up a mouse and keyboard… yet. LOL

Overall, if you have the patience, perseverance and determination, you can make the device work / fit most of your needs. At least I think :p