[VGA][WM 6.5 & 6.5.x]HDWall-Like Mod for Sense 2.5 - Updated 03-11-10 with more cabs!

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mwalt2

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[VGA][WM 6.5 & 6.5.x]HDWall-Like Mod for Sense 2.5 - Updated 03-11-10 with more cabs!

VGA HDWall
Update 03-12-2010
Well, I made some more cabs if anyone is interested. The 6.5 and 6.5.x versions are zipped together. Make sure you install the right one for your SYS. You can match screenshots to the names on the softkey bar. Hopefully some people like them. They are attached to post 3 and post 4.​

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It's HDWall-Like because you have to do more work to get your own images :). I don't have the knowledge to create a program like the one that exists for WVGA.

This mod is for VGA users running Sense 2.5 on their phones. I have only tested it with the current Sense_2.5.2012 VGA port, but it may work on the Sense_2.5.1921 VGA port. There are versions for both 6.5 and 6.5.x. This mod contains the 2012 Better_Background mod by amarullz and the a modified version of the bg4all mod I made following cookiemonster's instructions. For now, alignment is only perfect in portrait mode.

Instructions and cabs for creating your own images will be in post #2. I have simplified the process as best as I can, but it will take a little work on your part to get your own images.

The VGAHDWall mushroom cabs attached to this post will give you the HDWall picture above and also change WM6.5(.x) startmenu picture and make remove the opaque WM6.5(.x) start menu curtain. I have also attached various cabs to get the transparent slider, transparent curtains, transparent WM6.5(.x) start menu curtain, and transparent clock weather alarm date calendar.

Make sure you choose the right version for your OS (6.5 or 6.5.x)!


Please report any problems you may have (other than it not aligning right in landscape :)).

It should work well with almost other sense 2.5 mods (the only manila file required is 090a4ee8_manila and 4bfcbbee_manila, 285d005a_manila, and 0509ab83_manila are used for the better quality wallpaper).
 
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mwalt2

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Making your own VGAHDWall Backgrounds

16 March 2010 Update
Easier and quicker template for making vgahd.png, vgahd_softkeybar.png, and vgahd_taskbar.png posted by jorgepr13 <here>. Save as png-24.


*click thumbnail for larger view

Step 1: Find a 480x640 wallpaper you want to use
Step 2: Open image in photo editing program (photoshop in this example)
Step 3: Open appropriate .psd (if using photoshop) or make your own template for taskbar/softkey bar. For WM 6.5, you need a template of 480x52 pixels.



I highlighted the entire 480x52 pixel template and moved that selection to the top of the 480x640 wallpaper. For 6.5.x, you need a template of 480x36 pixels and you select/copy the top 480x36 pixels of your wallpaper.



Step 4: Copy the top 480x52 pixels into the 480x52 template and save the file as vgahd_taskbar.png.



Step 5: Open appropriate .psd or make canvas for the softkey bar. WM6.5 uses the same 480x52 pixel template. For 6.5.x, you need a 480x68 pixel template. Copy the bottom 480x52 (6.5) or 480x68 (6.5.x) pixels and paste them into the template. Save that file as vgahd_softkeybar.png.
Step 6: Save the 480x640 wallpaper as vgahd.png.



Step 7: Make a copy of vgahd.png (ie vgahdtemp.png) and rename it to homebackground.img with no .png extension.
Step 8: Copy vgahd_taskbar.png, vgahd_softkeybar.png, and vgahd.png to \Program Files\VGAHDwall (you will have to create the VGAHDwall directory there).
Step 9: Copy homebackground.img to \windows on your device (overwriting the current one if it asks).
Step 10: Install the WM6.5 VGAHDwall.cab (WM 6.5) or WM6.5.X VGAHDwall.cab (WM 6.5.x) to your device and soft reset. These cabs contain the appropriate registry settings for taskbar/softkeybar and sense background (assuming you copied files to the correct directories :)). They also contain the better background mod by amarullz (3 manila files) and the modifed bg4all (1 manila file).

Steps need to be done in order.

If you switch to a different .tsk, you will need to install the cab again to make the taskbar and softkeybar show your image.

If you want your start menu background to match, go to settings->Today->check box at bottom ("use this picture...") and pick vgahd.png. You will need to copy vgahd.png to a directory that it searched (ie \My Documents\My Pictures).

For a better look, you can replace stwater_480_640.jpg and stwater_640_480.jpg with your custom image. In the mushroom example in post 1, I saved vgahd.png as stwater_480_640.jpg. Then I re-sized vgahd.png to 640x480 (did not constrain proportions) and saved it as stwater_640_480.jpg. Copy both stwater_xxx_xxx.jpg files to \windows and soft reset phone. This will make the landscape start menu and titanium wallpapers look better.

Another tip to easily copy and overwrite files to \windows is to use cfcgui by chainfire. Just open the program and drag the files you want to copy to the white box in the upper left that says "drop files here....". It will copy files and restart sense for you (will still need to soft reset phone for taskbar/softkeybar and start menu to show).
 

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More pre-made cabs

cabs attached
 

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reserved for more pre-made backgrounds and user-created ones
 

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ezzie

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WoW! Rock on man, I've been wanting to use this for awhile but the original never worked correctly for my poor old diamond.

Can't wait to work with this!
 

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well i got it to work once by doing my own ..when i tried again only the top and bottom would show up and the reg wallpaper .followed the steps to a T
really need a program like the one for qvga lol oops wvga i meant
 
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uuuggghh

how do you uninstall this? i changed my mind about wanting it and now it wont uninstall and it's really frustrating because my phone now looks retarded and i dont feel like hard resetting when i just spent two hours tinkering with it to set up this new rom the way i want it
 

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well i got it to work once by doing my own ..when i tried again only the top and bottom would show up and the reg wallpaper .followed the steps to a T
really need a program like the one for qvga lol oops wvga i meant
Well, if you can't get the wallpaper to work, just select your wallpaper via the menu-home wallpaper-weather wallpaper on homepage. It should show up then. Make sure to install the cab (and reset) after doing all of the other steps like put homebackground.img in \windows and vgahd.png in \program files\vgahdwall if you are trying to get everything set all at once (of course, changing the wallpaper the normal way might be simpler).

how do you uninstall this? i changed my mind about wanting it and now it wont uninstall and it's really frustrating because my phone now looks retarded and i dont feel like hard resetting when i just spent two hours tinkering with it to set up this new rom the way i want it
It's simple enough. You can take apart cabs with a program called cab2oem. Google will probably find you a link. Then you can see what files are inside and know where they go.

Anyway, to get rid of it delete the following:

from \windows
285d005a_manila
0509ab83_manila
4bfcbbee_manila
StartMenu_Background_Screen_480x640.png
StartMenu_Background_Screen_640x480.png
homebackground.img
stwater_480_640.jpg

from \program files
delete entire \vgahdwall directory

Finally, set your tsk again.


That's it. You will be left with what was cooked in your ROM.
 
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that's very nice looking! what about preparing one with this simple background? should look awesome..

i tried to prepare one by myself but the taskbar and bottom bar did not become transparent,they were still black.. dunno what i did wrong??
 

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etoy

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i'm trying on wm6.1/sense 2.5.2012 but still have no luck. the wallpaper shows up but the taskbar and softkeybar are still black. do i have to use some kind of transparent taskbar cab or the two 480x52 files are skin textures for them? maybe it's not 100% compatible with wm6.1..?

i did a cab:

the reg strings from the .rgu are imported

manila files and homebackground.img go to \windows\

vgahd png files (wall/top/bottom) go to \program files\vgahdwall\

i'm missing something?

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nvm..from what i've read the wm6.1 taskbar and softkeybars are not skinnable.. :(
 
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I keep looking to the templates... and I think it will be easier using the slice tool (photoshop) and save for web & devices...

You make everything in the same window... it will separate the taskbar and softkeys... and you can save the complete image


If the slices are not shown, select the slice tool.

If they still dont show, make them...

With the slice tool selected:
-you can edit them by r-click (Edit slice Options),
there you can type the name (that's how that slice will be named when you save it)
-you can drag them to put them in place with the slice tool selected too.

When saving, select 'Save for Web & Devices...'
click the slices to select the extension, change quality if you want, ect


EDIT: Changed templates to png-24 preselected
added homebackground.img creator (a simple script that copy vgahd.png and renames it), place in the same folder of vgahd.png, and r-click > run as admin

EDIT2: Added the MakeCab... just place all in the same folder and run the script (r-click > run as admin) it includes the homebackground.img creator...
 

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mwalt2

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nvm..from what i've read the wm6.1 taskbar and softkeybars are not skinnable.. :(
Thanks for confirming it doesn't work with 6.1. I've updated the post with the info.

I'm using "Blond" and my phone looks awesome. Thanks mwalt2!
Glad you like it :)

I keep looking to the templates... and I think it will be easier using the slice tool (photoshop) and save for web & devices...

You make everything in the same window... it will separate the taskbar and softkeys... and you can save the complete image


If the slices are not shown, select the slice tool.

If they still dont show, make them...

With the slice tool selected:
-you can edit them by r-click (Edit slice Options),
there you can type the name (that's how that slice will be named when you save it)
-you can drag them to put them in place with the slice tool selected too.

When saving, select 'Save for Web & Devices...'
click the slices to select the extension, change quality if you want, ect
Thanks, that does simplify things and works well (once I remember to save as png24 :)). I've updated post 2 with a link to your post. I'm a photoshop noob, so I had not used the slice tool before.


edit - One other thing I've noticed is that the manila wallpaper is sometimes brighter than the taskbar/softkeybar images. It seems that manila changes this and can cause there to be a noticeable line between the two. One fix is to change the brightness +5 and contrast +6 (or so) for the taskbar and/or softkeybar. This will make it appear more fluid and the separation to be less noticeable.
 
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