Text truncated on device

O2 Xda Orbit in cradle

The problem

Here’s something that I found annoying a few weeks ago, until I found a hack: when I have particularly long text notes stored in my Outlook tasks and then synchronize them with my Windows Mobile 6-powered O2 Xda Orbit phone/PDA I discover that the notes are truncated. I get this message at the foot of notes:

[Text truncated on device]

Which is really annoying, because I track a lot of projects using these notes, and on a couple of occasions I’ve lost notes that I really needed to refer back to.

The hack

After a search on the Web I discovered on the PocketPC magazine forum that there is a hack to get around this. The forum topic is ironically called “Active Sync MS Mobile 2005 Truncated Contacts Issu”.

  1. Download and install a Registry Editor for Windows Mobile — I used the demo version of Resco Explorer 2007.
  2. Open up your Registry and apply this hack: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ActiveSync] “BodyTruncation”=dword:00005000.
  3. Switch off the screen, then reboot the PDA.
  4. Wait 3-5 minutes after rebooting to absolutely make sure that the Registry has been updated.
  5. That’s it … when you next sync your PDA you should be able to sync longer notes.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

4 thoughts on “Text truncated on device”

  1. For some reason, that photo really (and presumably unintentionally) conveys many of the different aspects of your personality, there’s the geeky gadget phone (obviously), but look deeper and you see a glass of milk, a ‘Join Me’ mug and a ‘madonna and child’ picture… All you really need to add is some Real Metal CDs, Mahjongg and a picture of Jane to convey the whole Gareth.

  2. Hi, I have found this site vary interesting , and thought i might shoot a majour problem i have with my O2 Orbit. I didnt use the damn thing for about a month and seems that it’s battery is 100% drained , and when i connect the AC or USB charges wont seem to work , no signs of charging or lights (green or red) .. i read somewhere in the net that when the battery is completely drained that it’s not possible to get it charged with the standard chargers ? is that true ??? if so how may i get this charged?

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