In the Ring of Elemental Command entry it states that:
"Each appears to be nothing more than a lesser magic ring until fully activated (by meeting a special condition, such as single-handedly slaying an elemental of the appropriate type or exposure to a sacred material of the appropriate element), but each has certain other powers as well as the following common properties."
It then lists the "other powers" (specifically - the protection and command ability of elementals, the attack and saving throw penalties/bonuses and DR bypass, being able to converse with elementals).
My clarification is does one get access to the "other powers" when the ring is dormant as well as the single listed spell or not?
Let me know what you all think.