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[TIP] Disable Camera Sounds (root required)

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May 12, 2010
Ah... just having fun with root...!

So, if you want to get rid of the camera sounds, follow these steps on your rooted X10:

Rooted X10 using the root tutorial (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=711907).

Busybox installed (download from market)

Fire up your favorite terminal emulator on the phone or launch a shell using "adb shell" (requires android sdk) and run along:

First make the /system partition writable:
# mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/mtdblock2 /system

Checkout these files:
# cd /system/media/audio/camera
# ls -l sound0
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0             9164 Feb 21 02:48 no_sound.ogg
# ls -l sound1
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0             4384 Jun 29 04:33 af_success.ogg
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0             6515 Jun 29 04:33 self_timer.ogg
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0           10806 Jun 29 04:33 shutter.ogg
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0            5987 Jun 29 04:33 start_rec.ogg
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0             6279 Jun 29 04:33 stop_rec.ogg

And there are more directories like sound2 and sound3. OK so basically, just replace each of the sounds under soundX folder with no_sound.ogg
# cp sound0/no_sound.ogg sound1/af_success.ogg
# cp sound0/no_sound.ogg sound1/self_timer.ogg
# cp sound0/no_sound.ogg sound1/shutter.ogg
# cp sound0/no_sound.ogg sound1/start_rec.ogg
# cp sound0/no_sound.ogg sound1/stop_rec.ogg

So when you've got sound1 folder fully patched, simply copy it over sound2 and sound3:
# cp sound1/* sound2/
# cp sound1/* sound3/

Et Voila!

(You may have to restart the Camera app by killing it via Task killer application or simply restart your phone)

Further development:

Want the phone to say "Say Cheese..."?

You can basically record your own sounds in "ogg" format and replace them in the respective folder either sound1, 2 or 3... but just make sure that you record sounds which are under 5 seconds or so... longer sounds really doesnt make much sense and I really don't know how the Camera app is designed to handle it... YMMV.