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Change your TouchPad's boot sound (Homebrew) [webOS 3.x] 9

by Adam Marks Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:35 pm EST

This tip is only for devices running webOS 3.0 and higher

When you first turn on (or reboot) your TouchPad, you get a soft sound that plays over the speaker letting you know it's on. While it's not a bad sound, it may not be the sound you would like when the TouchPad turns on. Using some Homebrew magic, you can easily change that boot sound, just as you could change things like the boot logo or Exhibition time background. All you need to do is find your favorite MP3 file, rename it to "boot.mp3" and then copy it to the /usr/palm/sounds directory on your device. Once you reboot your device, the new sound should play. Continue reading after the break if you need step-by-step directions.

Thanks to kryptonite_2448 in our forums for finding this tip

There are 2 relatively easy methods to do this using either Internalz Pro (on-device solution) or webOS Quick Install (using a PC)

Using Internalz Pro

  1. If you do not already have the MP3 file on your TouchPad, connect the TouchPad to the computer and put it in USB mode, copy the boot.mp3 file to your TouchPad (remember where you put them), and then properly eject it from USB mode
  2. On your device, open Internalz Pro
  3. Swipe down from the top-left corner to bring down the Internalz Pro Application dropdown menu and select "Preferences"
  4. Scroll to the bottom of Preferences and turn "Master mode" on, and select "YES" to the warning prompt.
  5. Swipe down from the top-left corner to bring down the Internalz Pro Application dropdown menu and select "Close" to return to Internalz Pro
  6. Navigate to the folder on your device where you put the png file. Note that the main USB drive is /media/internal/, so if you put the files in an "downloads" folder in the USB drive, you will want to navigate to /media/internal/downloads/
  7. Tap on the boot.mp3 file and select "Copy"
  8. Find and select /usr/palm/sounds/ then tap "Select"
  9. Access the Internalz Pro preferences again and turn off Master Mode
  10. After the next time you reboot your device, the boot sound will be changed

Using webOS Quick Install

  1. Put your phone in Developer Mode by typing "upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart" without the quotes (or "webos20090606" for the less adventurous) and selecting the "DeveloperMode" app.
  2. Switch Developer Mode to ON (you may need to press "Submit" a second time if it asks you for a password)
  3. Connect your TouchPad to the computer, but do NOT put it in USB mode.
  4. Open webOS Quick Install on your PC
  5. Select "Tools" then "Send File"
  6. Press the "..." button and find boot.mp3 file on your computer
  7. For "Destination Folder" put in "/usr/palm/sounds"
  8. Press "Send to Device"
  9. Follow the directions above to access Developer Mode, but this time turn it off.
  10. After the next time you reboot your device, the boot sound will be changed


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Thanks for the shout out!

You should backup the original boot.mp3 on your touchpad first before doing these steps just in case you want to roll back to it.

I was just going to say that. This guide not mentioning to backup the original file is dangerous.

Mines not working For me on my Touchpad, and how do you do a backup of the original boot.mp3

When in Internalz, you can do a couple of things. 1. Just change the original "boot.mp3" to something like "boot-orig.mp3" or 2. Copy the original "boot.mp3" to the USB side of your diretory. You can then store it there, or put a copy on the computer. If worse comes to worse, I'm sure a fellow member can post the original mp3 somewhere accessible.

Cool idea. Could I just find the original sound on my TP navigating it through my PC?

Also, is it crucial to turn Dev Mode off? I generally leave it on and don't experience any problems.

worked for me, but I can't seem to change the panel.mp3 sound

That is awesome, thank you so much. Do you know if there is a way to change the sound when you shutdown or restart?

Yes, follow the exact same instructions. However, instead of "boot.mp3" you will see "shutdown.mp3"