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Posted: 16:35 11 Sep 05 #1
  • ynotsenrab
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where does one find this code number.
Posted: 16:44 11 Sep 05 #2
  • ba9rn
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Could be tricky in your case - not sure whether you can boot up your TTG yet! But assuming you can fire it up (albeit minus the maps!), here is how you find its device code:
http://www.tomtom.com/support/rightnow.php?ID=4&Language=1&M=1&Page=std_alp.php
Posted: 17:10 11 Sep 05 #3
  • ynotsenrab
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Hiya
I dont get nothing on my TTG only (NO MAPS FOUND!)so what do I do next?
Posted: 17:39 11 Sep 05 #4
  • conroyd
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Can you read the contents of the SD card when the TTG is connected to a computer via the USB cable. There is a file called TTGO.BIF which will have a line in it starting with DeviceUniqueID. This is your device code.
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Posted: 19:19 11 Sep 05 #5
  • ynotsenrab
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hiya
no nothing appears when pluged to the computer using the USB cable
Posted: 19:58 11 Sep 05 #6
  • conroyd
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Thats's odd. If the SD card was blank after a format then I would have expected when you turned it on that you would get a red flashing x in the bottom corner. The fact that it has booted up would suggest there is an OS on the SD card, so there should be something there!!

What Operating System are you using on the PC ?
Posted: 23:22 11 Sep 05 #7
  • jolly roger
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....."edited the contents of the file to leave a rude message "....

Hiya Conroyd.. which line did you edit? sounds like a fun thing to do =D
Posted: 07:54 12 Sep 05 #8
  • conroyd
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Edited post. Ttgo.bif is updated evrytime the device boots, edits to this file are not persistent.
Posted: 09:17 12 Sep 05 #9
  • jolly roger
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Thanks for that.. now to devise something really witty =D

I expect the password is for Linux, perhaps it needs the password routine to startup. Would make a handy security feature if it got stolen, except you could get around it by getting a new SDcard =/
Posted: 22:13 15 Sep 05 #10
  • dsmail
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So which lines "exactly" did you edit to create your message?

Dave
Posted: 08:52 16 Sep 05 #11
  • conroyd
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Well you live and learn. I had changed the DeviceUniqueId to read STOLEN DEVICE
and the DeviceSerialNumber to comething rude, but Ive just checked on my unit, and the TTGO.BIF file is re-created or updated everytime the device boots.

So good if you want to retrieve a lost device code. Not so good is you want to protect one.

Sorry for my instructions above, I'll edit them next.
Posted: 11:10 16 Sep 05 #12
  • dsmail
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Fair enough. I can't believe that no optional startup password protection has been built in to the units. It would have been so easy for them to do that....
Posted: 12:17 16 Sep 05 #13
  • conroyd
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The UserPassword in the ttgo.bif file changes every boot, so it's used for something.
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