Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

June 27, 2006

Unlimited time on any e815 game demo

Filed under: category euthanized,Hacking,motorola e815,Motorola phone — Sagacious Himself @ 3:07 pm

Pay close attention to the bold and italicized parts.

What you’ll need:
– Access to Get it Now
– A data cable
– Working version of BitPim
– Some patience

Note: Even if you do not have BitPim or a data cable, this will still be helpful to you. See steps 4-13 especially.

1. In BitPim, browse to the Brew directory and look for a file named prefs.dat
2. Delete that file (Don’t worry, It’ll come back) Deleting this file
will allow you to download any demos you might have already tried, even
if they’ve expired and/or you’ve deleted them.

[this is NOT possible on the e815 from the data cable. This only works for the v710. Instead go into the programming menu, switch to the TEST get it now server, start get it now, go back into the test menu, and set get it now back to the default server.   This deletes the prefs.dat.  Now any expired demos that you had PREVIOSLY deleted can be downloaded again – S.H.]

3. Restart the phone. This doesn’t mean read this and don’t restart you phone, oh no. Actually restart it, otherwise this will not work.  [this is not necessary for the e815]
4. Find a game that you want that has the demo enabled.

Now pay attention, this is the part people mess up, despite its simplicity.

[some people alledge that this still works for the e815.  I have been unable to confirm this.  Apparently one must hit CLR the very instant the download reaches 100%.  Good luck with that]

5. Download the demo by pressing OK when it is highlighted, and wait patiently for it to finish.
6. When it is finished, don’t mash buttons like a 4 year old playing video games!
7. You should get a message saying “App installed successfully. Would you like to run it?”
8. Press Clear (the button that says CLR right above the end key)
9. You should now see the previous screen with the demo as an option. Press OK again.
10. You will briefly
see the downloading screen again and shortly receive the same prompt
saying, “App installed successfully. Would you like to run it?”
11. Press Clear (are you starting to see the pattern here?)
12. Repeat this process, it goes like this: OK, wait 2 seconds, Clear, repeat
13. Each time around, it adds time to the demo. For example: If it is a
5 minute demo, each time you do it, it adds 5 minutes to the demo time.
You can do it 3 times, and have a 15 minute demo, or you can do it 1000
times, and have a 5000 minute demo.
14. I wouldn’t recommend the latter, because there is an easier way to get a longer demo, as I will explain shortly.
15. In the case where the demo has an expiration date displayed, it will extend the expiration date each time around.
16. Be wary! When accessing Get it Now you will
be charged airtime. Do this on a night or weekend so you don’t use up
all your minutes and get billed (that defeats the purpose of getting
the free game!)

Now for the best part. You might say, “You lying bastard Marcus you
said unlimited, I don’t want to sit and press buttons forever!” And I’d
say, “Shutup and let me finish!” And finish I will.

Note: The following only applies to demos with time limits, not expiration dates.

[this does NOT work for the e815, but only the v710.  The e815 has evil ACLs so the files are beyond deletion]

17. When you believe you have accumulated enough time on your demo, or
just get bored, or mess up, exit to the main screen and then go into
Get it Now to view your handywork.
18. “Holy Crap!” yeah I know pretty cool, but you’re not quite done. Hook up your phone and open up BitPim.
19. Browse to the brew directory and there should be a folder with a
four or five digit number as the name and a .mif file with the same
20. If you have more than one game, it’s tough to determine which
number corresponds to which game. Open up the folder and look for clues
in the filenames. For example: 300 bowl has files named (where
xxx is any of various extensions.)
21. Right click the .mif file and click save. Remember where you save
it and remember what game it corresponds to. What I did was save the
.mif file in a folder with the name of the game.
22. Unplug phone and launch the game.
23. You will get a message that says, “This game is a demo version. You
may purchase the app by selecting ‘Buy Now.'” and you will see the
option of “Buy Now” at the bottom of your screen.
24. Press down on the directional pad and that will change to “Run”
25. Now play your game to your hearts content.
26. When you finish your demo time, don’t delete the game.
27. Just go into BitPim and right click the corresponding .mif file and select overwrite.
28. Browse to your saved file and select it.
29. Restart your phone and voila! Your demo has now been restored to its original length.
30. Obviously, you can repeat this process as many times as desired and continue to restore time to your games.

So there it is. I do believe I’ve got everything correct here, but if I
don’t, let me know. Also if you have anything to add, please do so. If
someone finds a way to restore the games with an expiration, that would
be coolness. I’ve tried overwriting the .mif file with one from another
game, but the game just disappears from the Get it Now menu.

For those that may be inclined to do some BREW hacking, I’ve been reading up on BREW a lot and the reason you can’t replace the .MIF with one from another game is that:

For an application named 10358.MIF, there will be a directory named
10358. Inside directory 10358 there will be a .sig file. The first part
of the name could be anything, but there should only be 1 .sig file so
it doesn’t matter so much what it’s named. The .sig file is the
Verisign signature of the .MIF file. When you power up your phone, all
of the .MIFs are compared against their .SIG files and if any are
invalid, they get deleted.

mirrored from:

I’ve modified the instructions to ACTUALLY work for the e815 in right angle brackets.  Otherwise these are the directions for unlimited game demos on the v710

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