1. sumorabbit's Avatar
    I dont know if this is widely known or not, but I just found it and I'm freaking stoked. I like setting my screen to never lock on my ipod touch while driving, just to avoid an extra button push or two when changing music.

    It frustrated the living **** out of me that 5 minutes was the longest time my Samsung Focus could stay unlocked. And I found the solution, full details and registry path+instructions below. This edit works, I've had my screen activated for the past 30 minutes without locking it to test it out.

    Samsung Focus v1.3 updated to 7.10.8107 through registry edit method on xda

    I have the Windowsbreak interop unlock, instructions here

    The WindowBreak Project - Windows Phone Hacker

    (to windowsphonehacker, or jaxbot, whoever is responsible deserves a cookie. I love the interop access it provides along with the fact that it's well...free.)

    Get WP7 Root Tools installed.
    [XAP] WP7 Root Tools 0.8 for MANGO - xda-developers


    Ok, now here's the path:

    Registry\Local Machine\ControlPanel

    yea, it's that simple. Now in the ControlPanel, there are two values, one called DisableNever, one called ShowNowPlayingMediaArt.

    Tap DisableNever, and simply change the 'value data' from 1, to 0. Save and restart your phone. I just powered down and then back up. Idk about a soft reset (holding the power until it shuts off).

    Once rebooted, go to your Settings, Lock+wallpaper, and tap screen lock. Your options on the drop-down menu now say:

    30 Seconds
    1 Minute
    3 Minutes
    5 Minutes
    15 Minutes
    30 Minutes
    never


    I rebooted my phone a few more times just to make sure there wasn't going to be an error or a bricking in doing so. And after performing various tasks, rebooting, trying other tasks, rebooting, and then leaving the screen unlocked to test duration, it's on 33 minutes (stopwatch, yea, I'm bored) and hasn't locked yet.

    As a repeat of my mini-disclaimer, I don't know if this has been pointed out before, is well known to the point no one even types about it (didn't find anything searching but, that could be my search skills), or if I actually did discover something cool. Have fun with this guys, I'm ecstatic.
    baba.bhagat likes this.
    01-21-2012 02:07 AM
  2. baba.bhagat's Avatar
    good one boy :)
    01-21-2012 07:41 PM
  3. sumorabbit's Avatar
    The more I search the net, the more I believe I may be the first to have achieved this functionality on a focus.


    This is pretty awesome!
    01-22-2012 12:55 AM
  4. sumorabbit's Avatar
    Enable Screen Timeout Never Option - xda-developers

    Dang, haha. It has already been found and discussed. Oh well. Still, neat hack.
    01-22-2012 05:11 PM
  5. bigkevbosky's Avatar
    I don't know why this isn't an option already. Obviously its in the code of the OS if we can get to it. Why didn't MS enable this? If you forget to lock your screen you deserve for the battery to die - its your own fault.
    01-23-2012 01:39 PM
  6. sumorabbit's Avatar
    I don't know why this isn't an option already. Obviously its in the code of the OS if we can get to it. Why didn't MS enable this? If you forget to lock your screen you deserve for the battery to die - its your own fault.
    Well, according to some of the articles/posts/blogs related to that exact question, it would appear that samsung believed the super amoled (spelling?) screen couldn't handle being left on for extended periods of time, such as overnight, or it would degrade in quality.

    Other than that explanation (which didn't come from Samsung, or at least he didn't cite a source, and I couldn't find anything official about it elsewhere), it remains a mystery to me as well. I can tell you one thing though, since I did the hack, I'm far happier with my phone. It was the little things, like this, that I missed when coming to Wp7 from iPhone. I don't want microsoft to copy apple at all, I just like certain features like this to be universal, since it's a hardware thing, rather than the OS if the Samsung rumor above was true.
    01-23-2012 11:29 PM
  7. jimski's Avatar
    Well maybe so, as my Surround has always had that option. But then, I hear that a Focus can disable 3G, and revert to Edge. That's something I would like HTC to offer me. Would save lots of battery while using WiFi.

    Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express
    01-24-2012 12:49 AM
  8. Leapo's Avatar
    SAMOLED has burn-in issues. Leaving the screen unlocked on a fixed image for an extended period of time would burn that image into the screen permanently.
    01-28-2012 11:29 AM
  9. sumorabbit's Avatar
    SAMOLED has burn-in issues. Leaving the screen unlocked on a fixed image for an extended period of time would burn that image into the screen permanently.
    True enough.

    But for side loading apps and using wp7 device manager on my computer, not having to remember to keep tapping the screen to keep it from locking is pretty convenient.
    01-29-2012 09:53 PM
  10. Jaer007ll's Avatar

    yea, it's that simple. Now in the ControlPanel, there are two values, one called DisableNever, one called ShowNowPlayingMediaArt.
    02-20-2012 07:23 PM
  11. passness's Avatar
    well done! thanks.
    03-22-2012 09:20 AM
  12. imant5's Avatar
    cool hack technique! Very useful! With this feature, I didn't have to start my games from the beginning because no lock screen! :lol:
    03-22-2012 02:34 PM
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