Your Mio device is in fact a PDA, which has been crippled by Mitac to a so called PNA or PND.
A PDA stands for Personal Digital Assistant, a handheld device that was originally designed as personal organizer. PDAs have many uses: calculating, use as a clock and calender, playing computer games, accessing the net, sending and receiving e-mail, use as a radio or stereo, video recording, recording notes, use as an address book, GPS and use as a spreadsheet.
A PNA or PND stands for Personal Navigation Assistant or Personal Navigation Device. This means that although it is a full grown PDA it can only be used for a single purpose: Car navigation through one dedicated software program.
To get a PNA to behave like a PDA you will have to unlock its full potential. For this you must be able to access the Windows operating system.
I, myself, still have not unlocked my device. Why? I don't really need the PDA possibilities.
If need be i do a temporary or semi-unlock. This can be activated on a C310 / C510 / C710 by doing a softreset and then while starting keeping the two middle buttons pushed simultaneously on the right side of your device. You will then have access to the windows ce desktop. You will get a message on copying map files, first. Press NO! After that you might get a message about your storage card. Press the red cross. Now you're all set.
When you are done and want to close the CE environment completely you must do a hard reset. Everything will be back to normal.
Then why this unlock page? Obviously, there are always people who want more, others who want to push their device to the limit or some even do it for the kick.
Because it is possible and it is part of interest to a lot of mio users i write about it here.
I will describe 3 ways of several unlock methods used on the net. For other methods i refer you to the links on the right.
Skin-changer main options:
Setup without sd-card:
Setup with sd-card:
Installing and unlocking:
When WinCE has restarted you will see all the new icons.
By starting the C310auto shortcut you can perform the actions which are summed up before.
You can now start your application cab's, which you have copied into \Storage Card\Apps\CABs\ earlier
This program and way of unlocking works for C310 / C510 and C710. Tested it myself on my C710.
If you rename the unlock tool after your device, as mentioned earlier, e.g. c710Auto.exe, your device will automatically start the unlock tool after a hard reset. Mind you that the unlock program has to be in the root of the storage card for this to work.
You are all set.
You can now use activesync or install another MP3 player, alter your CE desktop, install and play games and all the other stuff you like to do.
First things first.
Make a copy of miomap.exe and copy this temporarily to your pc. Location: \My Flash Disk\MIOMAP\MioMap\
You can do this by using MioTransfer Hack or Bluetooth.
You have to be an active member with more than 6 posts in order to access the topic / file. So if you're not a member yet register first. You will not be disappointed for this is a very good and active forum on Mio topics. Unfortunately, the site is completely Dutch!
So if you don't speak any Dutch i advise you to use method 1.
You are all set.
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I will not be responsible for any damage to your device should you decide to unlock your Mio following the unlock procedure as described on this page or on one of the links provided here.
When you do this you will act out of your own free will.