Category Archives: Samsung

FIX: How to setup the D-Link DCS-5222L Rev B Surveillance IP camera on Samsung SmartThings?

This post is about my experience of setting up the D-Link DCS 5222L Network Surveillance camera to the Samsung SmartThings hub. There is a note on the SmartThings app that says:

This device has not been officially tested and certified to “Work with SmartThings”. You can connect it to your SmartThings home but performance may vary and we will not be able to provide support or assistance.

In fact this is a bit misleading because the D-Link DCS 5222L camera is not picked automatically if the latest firmware “DCS-5222L_B1_FW_V2.14.04” is installed on the camera. I know this because I have two of these cameras on my home network and one was on V2.13 while the other was on V2.14.

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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE & Samsung Pay will NOT work in the UK.

I just had a chat with Samsung regarding the new Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch that is supposedly available from today in the UK.

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Before anyone in the UK rushes out and buys one, take note of these three important facts that Samsung failed to mention in their Gear S3 launch and advertising videos.

  1. The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier LTE version will NOT be available in the UK, meaning the smart watch cannot be used to make stand-alone phone calls. You will need your Samsung smartphone.
  2. Samsung PAY will not work in the UK.
  3. Your Samsung phone cannot be paired to some Bluetooth headphones while it is paired to the Samsung Gear S3 smart watch.

Read my transcript from a recent conversation with Samsung. Talk about mega disappointment and a total FAIL on Samsung’s part.

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Samsung Gear S3 smart watch looks like a great Christmas present idea. 

There are so many possible Christmas presents this year. 

Read my latest post on the MEGA DISAPPOINTING news about Samsung Gear S3.

I don’t currently wear a watch because I have my phone or computer to see the time, but looking at the features of the Samsung Gear S3 smart watch makes me think 2017 could be the year I start wearing one.

Samsung have come along way since their first smart watch.

I have & use both Android Pay and Samsung Pay on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, both are super convenient for shopping without the need for me to pull out my wallet, and the Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay…sweet!


It’s very hard to not like all the features of the Samsung Gear S3. Time will tell if I get one.

Cast device not connected icon on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

After a recent software update I notice on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, a cast icon in the top left hand corner of my screen. If I expand the notification bar it looks and says the following: Cast device not connected.

 

I cannot flick it off the screen, however if I long press anywhere on the notification the App notifications page for Facebook loads. By switching off the “Allow notifications” and then turning it back on, the Cast notification disappears.

facebook-app-settings

I am not sure if this has anything to do with it, but it removes the cast icon from my notifications.

FIX – Flashing stock ROM Odin3 FAIL on hidden.img

Odin errror hidden.image

I decided to flash the stock firmware (ROM) back onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as it was running some version that made it impossible to network unlock it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Stock ROM from SamMobile.com

I had to pay a few bob to download the ROM from “Rip Off” SamMobile.com, then went about installing it with Odin3.

But Odin3 frustratingly kept showing FAIL! with Hidden.img in the log section. (The FIX below). 

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FIX: Out of the blue my Note 3 randomly reboots.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 started to randomly reboot yesterday (20th April 2016). It was puzzling to say the least because I had not installed anything new and had only run some Google updates. The one or two apps that I had installed, I removed, but it made no difference. So I began to troubleshoot.

It rebooted if I did the following:

  1. Uninstalled an app or installed an app.
  2. Switched on / off WI-FI.
  3. Switched on / off data.
  4. Opened more than 3 or 4 Google Apps.

So I checked to see if there was a new version of my ROM. There was, so I did a backup, and then upgraded to the new Temasek’s unoffical Build v6.9 ROM. Sadly this made no difference. The problem persisted.

Then I checked GAPPS and noticed there was a new Open GAPPS as of the 20th April 2016. Coincidence!!!! I think not!

FYI: The one I flashed is called open_gapps-arm-6.0-stock-20160420.zip

It has updated a whole host of files and I am fairly confident I have found the cause of the problem.

Flashing stock ROM on Samsung Galaxy Tab S (SM-T800).

A few months ago I wrote about ‘Flashing BlissPop ROM Lollipop 5.0.2 on Samsung Galaxy Tab S (SM-T800)‘. I’ve upgraded this ROM a few times since then, but something went wrong recently, which has caused the sound to not work in all video playback across multiple apps. It is quite odd. Anyway I decided the best way to troubleshoot the problem was to flash a stock Samsung SM-T800 ROM and go from there.

I downloaded the firmware from SAMMobile . They have quite a few country versions, but I picked United Kingdom.

SamMobile SMT800 downloads

After I downloaded the firmware, I grabbed the latest Odin3 v3.10.7.exe and bin file, which needs runs in Windows 10 (and previous versions of Windows).  Here are the steps I followed.

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A possible fix for random reboots, keyboard hanging, slow searches on Resurrection Remix Lollipop 5.1.1

Screenshot_2015-08-02-10-08-10 (Mobile2)I have experienced some annoying phone issues over the past 3 to 4 weeks, which have stumped me somewhat until now. I have a custom ROM installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 called Resurrection Remix, which I upgrade every week or two whenever there is a new update,  that way I am always up-to-date. It is a brilliant ROM, but clearly one of the updates screwed things.  Here are the symptoms I have experienced.

Symptom 1: Searching something through the Google search bar widget, the search page opened up with the results, but scrolling down the page (thumb up) does nothing or it hangs for a few seconds. If I swapped direction and scrolled up briefly it would hang. After a few attempts the phone would reboot.

Symptom 2: At random times during typing the keyboard would hang, and the phone rebooted. My default keyboard is Swype.

Symptom 3: My phone would get very slow all of a sudden, very laggy and my RAM would run out and the phone would reboot.

Symptom 4: Random reboots.

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