LG Fathom FAQ

I’ve gotten plenty of questions about the LG Fathom via Twitter and other places, so I’ll outline all of them here.

1: What is the hardware in the LG Fathom?
A: The LG Fathom has a 1GHZ Snapdragon processor, 256 MB of RAM, a 256MB flashable ROM space, and a 256MB user-writable userspace. It has a Resistive touch screen (non-multitouch) and has both CDMA and GSM radios (GSM is International, also working on AT&T US and T-Mobile US)
It has three physical buttons on the front: Answer, “Start”, and End. It has a volume “rocker” consisting of an up and down button, a two-position camera button, allowing you to focus the shot, and then take the picture, a “Task Manager” key that can be assigned to any program, and a lock\power key at the top.
It also has a FULL QWERTY keyboard that slides out and forces the device into Landscape mode. The keyboard has a dedicated number row, but no dedicated period, comma, or other punctuation keys. It has an FN key, a SYM key, a Shift key, and a key to enable\disable XT9 predictive text. The XT9 key also is a shortcut key that can be configured to launch any program.
The display is 800×480 pixels, and is 3.2 inches across.

2: What is the software on the LG Fathom?
A: There are three “Official” ROMs from LG: V4 (which ships on most “Factory Restored\refurbished” items, all “New” items, and non-updated used phones. V5 was released by LG and V7 is the final release. All run Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (Unsure what build) and contain increasing amounts of OEM customization as you go to later versions. V7 Includes an upgrade to Office Mobile 2010, has a new Home Screen that emulates an Android one, and has photo editing software from Arcsoft. It also contains a custom LG Volume skin that breaks the ability to silence the phone’s ringer when there is an incoming call.
All versions contain a copy of Arcsoft PowerMobia for text messaging, that can be disabled with a simple registry edit.

3: Can I flash a custom ROM on the LG Fathom?
A: Yes! and it’s easier than flashing an HTC phone. You will need to obtain a copy of “LGNPST Lab” and a full tutorial is available in multiple places online. The main thing you need to remember is that you run a risk of turning your Fathom into a useless device if you do not backup your NVS file. The NVS file contains the IMEI, MEID and other radio information, and cannot be recovered if lost. I personally have forgotten to back it up on my first Fathom, and had to get it replaced. It is NOT RECOVERABLE and if lost, will be lost for good.

4: Can I flash other Android to to LG Fathom?
A: Currently that is not possible. You can however boot it from the SD card. There is work porting Android to the Fathom, but it hasn’t gotten very far as of late and has been extremely unstable. There have also been reports of some builds of Android damaging hardware on the Fathom, but these cases may be rare. (Use caution when playing with software not officially released by LG, as it can damage the device)

5: Can I flash Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 7.5 to the LG Fathom?
A: No. The Fathom is incompatible on multiple levels when it comes to Windows Phone. The three biggest are: Windows Phone requires 512MB of RAM, a capicitive touch screen, and 8GB of onboard storage. Unless these requirements can be worked around, it will not be possible to put WP7 on the Fathom.
HOWEVER, there is some hope, as Windows Phone “Tango” reduces the requirement for RAM to 256MB, and it may be possible to then boot it from the SD card. While there has been no work done to test this, it is a possibility.

6: Can I run other operating systems on the LG Fathom?
A: It all depends if someone is willing to develop drivers for it.

7: What carrier do you (pizzaboy192) use the LG Fathom on?
A: I use it on Verizon Wireless with a $30\month Unlimited data plan. I also have access to an Unlocked Fathom on the T-mobile network.

8: Do you develop a ROM for the Fathom?
A: I do. I named it the V6 ROM and It hasn’t gotten very far as of late. It’s available from the Downloads page with everything else I have. I am in school, so I can’t devote my whole day to working on it, and instead devote free time to building the ROM.

9: If I have questions\concerns\issues\did something stupid to my Fathom, can you help me?
A: Yup. Just contact me however possible. I get emails from all contact via social networking and this blog (so all comments and tweets go to me) and you can just email me. I”ll hopefully have a “Contact Me” page up today too. You’ll find all my stuff there.

10: Will my specific question be posted here?
A: yes it will. You probably aren’t the only one to have that question.

11: I flashed to V7 OEM and for some reason I can’t mute calls anymore. What can I do to fix that?
A: This one is interesting. LG’s shiny new Volume program that replaces the WM one seems to break the ability to mute a call. The easiest way (and the only one I can confirm works) is to disable LGVolume.exe from starting up. Either by deleting the file, or the startup shortcuts on the phone. You’ll loose the shiny new volume program, but gain the ability to mute the call.


33 Responses to LG Fathom FAQ

  1. DAGMAN5 says:

    Do you know any way to run g-sensor apps in the lg fathom?, it doesnt work.

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      Currently there is not a way to do that yet, as most g-sensor apps were written to use the HTC sensor system, which the LG Fathom does not have.
      It may be possible if someone can find a way to port it.

  2. DAGMAN5 says:

    Do you know some apps or games, that works on lg fathom gsenor of predetermined way?

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      I have not seen any yet, as most developers used the HTC platform as their sensor kit. I can see what I can find, but I haven’t found any games that are made better by using the sensor.

  3. DAGMAN5 says:

    Heyyy, i have found this video, does this work on the lg fathom?

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      It does not.

      • DAGMAN5 says:

        i was founded this thread is this a way to port an android rom for the fathom? (MIUI)

      • pizzaboy192 says:

        We would need a working Android base first. The tutorial is basically how to change a standard Android ROM into a MIUI ROM. We’ll need more than copy and paste to get Android running.

  4. DAGMAN5 says:

    excuse me for my ignorance, does this tv out cable works on our lg fathom?is strange see this, because the lg fathom “dont supports tv out”.

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      I don’t think that it will work.The Fathom does not have a micro HDMI port.

      • DAGMAN5 says:

        thanks for your quick reply…

  5. DAGMAN5 says:

    Do you know if the fathom may be updated to Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5?

    Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is the new windows mobile 6.5 based os.


    • pizzaboy192 says:

      It probably can be, but there is no need to since it works fine with the current version of Windows Mobile. Windows Embedded Handheld is based on 6.5 anyways, as is what the Fathom runs (6.5.3 or 6.5.5)
      If you can find a OEM and SYS for it, I can try cooking it.

      • DAGMAN5 says:

        Microsoft will continue providing support to Windows Embedded Handheld, even as a new device came out this year (Motorola), but, now windows mobile is “dead”…

      • DAGMAN5 says:

        Now, Windows Embedded Handheld is starting to grow, and rumors say rumors say will be the competence of an blackberry, and even be used in tablets. Microsoft is thinking in ocupe all the mobile market.

        windowsphone7 VS android & iphone (GENERAL USERS)
        eindows mobile embedded handheld VS blackberry (BUSINESS)

  6. DAGMAN5 says:

    can you cook an lg ally rom for the fathom? the specifications are very similar

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      There aren’t many parts of the Fathom that are similar to the Ally. Processors, memory, touch screens, and many other parts are completely different. There is an Android ROM available, but it boots off the SD card. There isn’t much of a way to change that.

  7. kush says:

    hey hi there..
    i am using LG fathom. i have updated its software, but after updating i am getting few erors like, when ever i am getting any call, i cant put my cell on silent mode. my T9 is always on. i don’t know how to turn off it. i cant use more then 2 running apps at the same time. like nimbuzz,skype same time. it says.. low memory.. hence i have not any data on handset memory.. all data is on memory card. n memory card is also having space upto 2 gb.. now help me please..

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      T9 can be turned off in 2 ways. If you’re using the SIP, just press the XT9 button in the bottom corner of the keyboard. If you’re using the hardware keyboard, press FN and the XT9\Messages button. Should fix that problem.
      To mute a call, stop LGVolume from starting up.
      To have more running applications, you’ll need Chainfire’s AutoClosePatch to set the memory ceiling higher.
      The low memory is a message about working memory, not storage memory. Increase the amount of working memory you have using that patch, and you should be fine.

  8. ARUN LEMBOY says:

    i deleted lgvolume .exe from startup.but wen i did softreset it comeback again,,,how to disable that permanently?

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      Not sure why it is still coming up. I’ll look into it and let you know what I come up with.

      • ARUN LEMBOY says:

        yup..i tried evrything, going to registry turning that active key to 0 in LG volume, and today i even deleted the entire volume folder(HKLM\SFTWRE\LGE) from the registry .but,no use.there is a volume.exe file at “windows” i couldnt delet it by any means.is that causing the problem?what the lgbutton.exe?volume key?

  9. ARUN LEMBOY says:

    if possible,please extract that music and arcsoft gallery from V7 and upload as cab files. else a small tutorial on Hoe to extract and convert to cab :-)

  10. arun says:

    hello,,what happened to you??!!!! this forum seems to be dead,,,,i wana know lot of thngs dude..how to cook using ervius kitchen:)elaborate please

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      I’ve been close to giving up on my phone recently, because it’s just been letting me down.
      I am still working on a better ROM, but school and personal life come first. I have some test builds, but they all have some issue. I’ll hopefully get it all sorted as soon as possible and release a fixed ROM soon.
      To make matters worse, I can’t seem to post on PPCGeeks anymore. Not a huge issue, but it means I can no longer weigh in on discussions there.
      If you’d like, I can pack up my kitchen, and send it off to you for you to try your hand on building your own ROMs. It’s rather easy.

      • arun says:

        yeah i am ready. but the thing is,i am newbie in this and i don’t have any basics knowledge on how to cook,i downloaded files like decrypted ROMs, ervius kitchen and as usual waiting for your tips and suggestions.

      • pizzaboy192 says:

        I’ll see if I can put up a tutorial later this week if I’m not too busy.

  11. i hawe problem my lg fathom…. when i click haret is written jumping to kernel and i cant run android What can I do to?

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      You might have better luck posting on the forum thread where you found the Android build that you are using. I know that a new one just popped up on XDA, so you may find lots of help there.

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  13. Keon Osborne says:

    Hi, is there anyway to extract Arcsoft PowerMobia Message from the rom? I know everybody hates it, but i actually like it. Can you help me please?

    • pizzaboy192 says:

      I do not know how to extract it. You could check on PPCGeeks to see if someone there could.
      Hope that helps.

      • Keon Osborne says:

        Ok I’ll check it out, thanks anyway.

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