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Old 01-19-2009, 10:10 PM
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Device Lock function breaks key lock

This took forever to find. After setting up security policies on my device including a password, I found that the key lock function would no longer work if called programatically (for example, I have Gyrator set to lock the keys if I put the device face down or upside down - in other words if I put it in my pocket - as long as the stylus is in). The key lock requires tapping unlock in two different places, but does not require a password. This is quite useful for preventing inadvertent answering of the phone or other strange things if your phone wakes up while in your pocket.

Unfortunately, after setting the security policies I wanted to use, it didn't work anymore. The set-up that got me was setting HKLM\Security\Policies\Policies\1023 (decimal 4131). Setting this to 0 means the device requires you to set-up a password to unlock the device - the password is effective at boot and after a time-out (this is what you set with the Lock control panel in settings->system. Setting it to one or any other value does not require, but does not prohibit a password.

So it seems I can't have both - the handy key lock feature for when I just want to put it in my pocket and the password for when it needs to be locked.

Now that said, I did find a program (TouchLockPro) that allows me to have both - but it's an extra program and it irritates me that a built-in feature isn't working like it should (IMHO). With TouchLockPro I can set a password and have it lock the screen with a stylus event or button. But I don't want to give up one of my buttons and I don't want to lock every time the stylus is inserted. Instead I'm seeking a password program to replace the built-in program.

Interestingly, this worked fine with the stock ROM. The specific function call that appears to have changed resides in coredll.dll which is in the XIP. When I went to a new ROM with new XIP, that's when this changed. No easy way to revert, and probably not advisable.

Now, anyone know of a good power-on password program to replace the built-in one? In the meantime I'll have to be damn careful not to lose my phone...
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