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Saturday, March 31, 2007

P2K Commander won't recognize my phone

Some quick tips for any of you out there that are having problems getting the P2K Commander software to connect your Motorola V3 phone (RAZR compatible) to your PC computer.

If P2kCommander dont recognize your phone please make sure to check the following:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of P2k Commander software. It can be found here.
  2. You must be running at least one of the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows XP SP1. There have been some successes with Microsoft Windows Vista.
  3. You may need the Microsoft USB patches installed, although not required if you are running Microsoft Windows XP SP2. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?amp;amp;displaylang=en&familyid=733dd867-56a0-4956-b7fe-e85b688b7f86&displaylang=en )
  4. The P2kdrivers must be installed, which are bundled with P2K Commander after version 2.8.
  5. If your phone is connected by USB and P2kCommander is started, try to connect your phone. The new devices must be appear and you must be point the p2kdrivers path to load it on your system.
  6. "hidden folders" which are not shown in filelist but are shown when viewing the phone: These are empty folders.
  7. P2kfilesystem does not show empty folder, but the phone does. To remove recreate the folder and delete it.(the folder not the files)


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Motorola V3 - P2K Commander Version List, Complete with Download Locations!

What version of P2K Commander software are you using? Did you know that there are 37 different versions of the free Motorola V3 (RAZR compatible) software available? Which one is the right one for you?

Well, if you have any of those questions are you are looking to simply download the latest version of the P2K Commander software -- you have come to the right place! I have most recently been using version 3.2.2 of the P2K Commander software, but will be upgrading and testing out the 4.9.8 version very shortly. As with most software, you will want the latest available to insure compatibility with your phone!

Update: The original provider of P2KCommander discontinued the site and I have updated the downloads below to be up-to-date with the most accurate locations. Currently downloads are available up to P2KCommander V5 and V6.

If at any point you find these no longer work, please let me know with a comment!

Below is the list of P2K Commander Software versions:

P2K-Commander_3.3.0_Deutsch.rar 29-Apr-2008 09:18 117K
P2KC_espanol.zip 04-Jul-2008 08:15 2.4K
P2kCommander-0.1.tar.gz 29-Apr-2008 09:18 318K
P2kCommander-V3.3.0-(Italian_Version)_by_flash.tato.rar 29-Apr-2008 09:16 126K
P2kCommander-V3.3.0.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:16 146K
P2kCommander-V3.3.0_Hun.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:15 139K
P2kCommander-V3.3.1.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:15 146K
P2kCommander-V3.3.2.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:15 146K
P2kCommander-V3.3.3.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:15 147K
P2kCommander-V3.3.4.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:15 288K
P2kCommander-V3.3.5.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:14 288K
P2kCommander-V4.0.5.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:14 120K
P2kCommander-V4.1.0.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:14 121K
P2kCommander-V4.1.1.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:14 124K
P2kCommander-V4.1.2.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:13 124K
P2kCommander-V4.1.3.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:13 124K
P2kCommander-V4.9.1.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:13 123K
P2kCommander-V4.9.2.zip29-Apr-2008 09:13 123K
P2kCommander-V4.9.3.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:13 121K
P2kCommander-V4.9.5.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:12 122K
P2kCommander-V4.9.6.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:12 122K
P2kCommander-V4.9.8.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:12 130K
P2kCommander-V4.9.C.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:12 296K
P2kCommander-V4.9.D.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:11 214K
P2kCommander-V4.9.E.zip 29-Apr-2008 09:11 139K
P2kCommander-V4.9.F.zip 29-Apr-2008 07:54 353K
P2kCommander-V4.9.G.zip 29-Apr-2008 07:54 353K
P2kCommander-V5.0.0.zip 30-Jul-2008 20:42 357K
P2kCommander-V5.0.1.zip 01-Aug-2008 20:55 357K
P2kCommander-V5.0.2.zip 13-Aug-2008 21:26 358K
P2kCommander-V5.0.3.zip 18-Aug-2008 22:09 358K
P2kCommander-V5.0.5-MR.zip 03-Sep-2008 21:37 376K
P2kCommander-V5.0.6-MR.zip 30-Sep-2008 20:48 378K
P2kCommander-V5.0.7-MR.zip 03-Nov-2008 08:26 379K
P2kCommander-V5.0.8-MR.zip 04-Dec-2008 14:59 417K
P2kCommander-V5.1.0-MR.zip 06-Jan-2009 21:11 419K
P2kCommander-V6.0.0.zip 04-May-2009 15:02 415K
P2kCommander-maX-V4.9.F.zip 29-Apr-2008 07:54 368K
P2kCommander_extras.zip 29-Apr-2008 07:53 558K

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Motorola RAZR V3 - Repair Tutorial & Guide - Tear Down & Rebuild

After a few weeks of work, as I mentioned in an earlier post -- I have completed the Motorola RAZR V3 series of tear-down and rebuild guides. These tutorials will enable you make any almost any fix or repair to your Motorola V3 phone.

Here are the most common usages for these guides:
- Replacement of the front cover (skin)
- Replacement of the back cover (skin)
- Replacement of the SIM card
- Replacement of the battery
- Replacement of a broken or damaged LCD display screen.

This is the complete list of guides, in the order that you will need to complete them:

  1. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the battery - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  2. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the SIM card - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  3. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the back cover - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  4. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove and replace the antenna - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  5. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the transceiver board assembly - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  6. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the front cover - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  7. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the camera assembly - Step-by-Step (Pictures)
  8. Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove and repair the LCD display screen - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

With the tutorial above you can completely rebuild and replace your Motorola V3 RAZR phone.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Blackberry 8800 - Warning on headphones and multimedia

On my recent trip to Las Vegas, I decided I was really going to try out the multimedia capabilities on my Blackberry 8880. In fact, I was brave enough to leave my iPod at home. I was trying to determine if the Blackberry 8800 could really be a replacement for the iPod.

Well, the news is that I really have no news. The reason being is that I was never able to use my Blackberry 8800's multimedia capabilities, even though I did bring it and my noise-cancelling headphones along with me. Guess why?

Ten minutes after take-off, I pulled out my Blackberry 8800, turning it on and turning the radio off and got ready to try it out. Then I went to plug in my headphones to the jack on the Blackberry 8800. Hmm, something was not quite right.....

Oops, I guess I forgot something -- the standard Mini-phone stereo 3.5mm headphone jack did not fit into the Blackberry's earpiece jack. What I needed and did not have was an adapter for the Blackberry 8800's 2.5mm headset jack. So, let this be a warning to anyone trying to watch multimedia videos or play music audio on your Blackberry 8800, you do need a 2.5mm headset jack to mini-phone stereo 3.5mm headphones jack!

I would recommend buying the Blackberry Stereo Headset piece from RIM's site -- however, it will not be available until May 1st!

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Almost missed my flight to Las Vegas today

I had quite an interesting morning today. I almost missed my flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Las Vegas (LV). The reason? I had to check my luggage for this particular trip.

Generally, when I fly it is only for a day or two -- so I can cut it pretty close on timing at the airport because I can fly through security. (Thanks to my United Premier Executive miles) I usually just walk to the gate and board.

This time, I forgot about the need to check your luggage in 45 minutes before the flight leaves. Halfway to the airport I remembered that, luckily it was Sunday morning so I could drive faster than I should have. Once I made it to the Parking Spot, I dropped off my car and headed over to the airport.

Entering the terminal, I had 4 minutes to spare before the baggage check closed for my flight. There were some lines, but there were some Easy Check-in kiosks that were not being used. I asked a couple of people if they minded me using them and I checked in. As I went to check my bag -- I was informed that flight was closed for baggage. Uh-oh.

Luckily, at the next counter down there was a United representative that agreed with me that it should have allowed me to check in and made it happen for me. Otherwise, I would have been stuck at the airport standing by for the next flight.

Coincidentally, this actually the second time this has happened to me on the way to Las Vegas. Last time, I was not as fortunate however. I wonder what that says about heading to Las Vegas?

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove and repair the LCD display screen - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove the front cover (also known as a frontplate or skin) on your Motorola V3 phone. This guide is the most common need, although it requires a lot of other guides to get to this point. Basically, you need this guide if you have cracked, shattered, broken, dislodged your LCD display screen or if it is no longer working correctly for you.

This guide assumes that you have successfully removed the battery, the SIM card, the backplate, the antenna/transceiver, the front cover, and the camera from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Step-by Step guide for Removing and Replacing the LCD Screen Display Module Assembly:

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, SIM, rear housing, antenna, transceiver board assembly, flip assembly cover, and camera assembly, as described in the procedures.

2. Use the disassembly tool to unseat the LCD screen display module assembly flex connector from its socket.



3. Carefully and gently lift one corner of the LCD screen display module assembly out of the flip assembly.

4. Avoid damage to the electrical components on the flex while carefully removing the LCD screen display module assembly from the flip assembly.

5. Carefully lift the LCD screen display lens away from the flip assembly.



6. To replace, align the LCD screen display module assembly to the flip assembly.

7. Carefully lower the LCD screen display module into the flip assembly. Ensure that all of the display none of the display assembly components are damaged.

8. align the flip display flex to the flex connector on the flip display assembly and gently press down on the flex connector until properly seated.

9. Replace the camera assembly, flip assembly cover, transceiver board, rear housing, antenna, SIM, battery, and battery connector as described in the procedures.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the transceiver board assembly - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove the transceiver assembly on your Motorola V3 phone. This guide assumes that you have successfully removed the battery, the SIM card, the backplate, and the antenna from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Step-by Step guide for Removing and Replacing the Transceiver Board Assembly:

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, SIM, antenna, rear housing and battery tray as described in the procedures.

2. Lift the transceiver board assembly out of the front housing with the metal tweezers.



3. To replace, insert the transceiver board assembly into the rear housing.

4. Carefully and gently press the transceiver board into position and until it snaps into place.

5. Replace the antenna assembly, rear housing, SIM, battery, and battery cover as described in the procedures.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the camera assembly - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove the front cover (also known as a frontplate or skin) on your Motorola V3 phone. This guide assumes that you have successfully removed the battery, the SIM card, the backplate, the antenna/transceiver, and the front cover from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Step-by Step guide for Removing and Replacing the Camera Assembly:

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, SIM, antenna, rear housing, and transceiver board assembly, flip assembly cover, and CLI lens cover as described in the procedures.

2. Unlock the ZIF connector and remove the camera assembly flex connector.

3. Carefully lift the camera assembly and flex out of the flip assembly.



4. To replace, carefully press the camera assembly into its slot in the flip assembly.

5. Insert the end of the camera assembly flex cable into its slot in the ZIF connector on the flip display assembly. Avoid damage to the flex cable.

6. Replace the flip assembly cover, transceiver board, rear housing, antenna, SIM, battery, and battery cover as described in the procedures.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the front cover - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove the front cover (also known as a frontplate or skin) on your Motorola V3 phone. This guide assumes that you have successfully removed the battery, the SIM card, the backplate, and the antenna/transceiver from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Step-by Step guide for removing and replacing the flip frontplate cover (skin, assembly cover):

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, SIM, antenna, rear housing, and transceiver board assembly as described in the previous guides.

2. Remove the 4 flip assembly screw caps.

3. Use the T-5 driver to remove the 4 screws from the flip assembly. Retain the screws for re-assembly.



4. Before removing the flip cover, note the locations of the smart buttons on the sides of the flip assembly.

5. Use the disassembly tool to gently pry off the flip cover.



6. Remove the smart buttons on the side of the flip assembly. Set them aside for reassembly.

7. Lift the flip cover away from the flip assembly. Be careful not to damage the display flex cable.



8. To replace, insert the smart buttons into the phone. Ensure the buttons contact their respective switches on the display assembly.

9. Align the flip cover to the flip assembly, gently press the flip cover onto the flip assembly until the flip cover latches engage.

10. Insert and tighten the 4 screws to secure the flip cover to the flip assembly. Avoid damage to the flex cable.

11. Insert the 4 rubber screw covers over the flip assembly screws.

12. Replace the transceiver board assembly, rear housing, antenna assembly, SIM, battery, and battery cover as described in the procedures.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove and replace the antenna - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove and replace the antenna on your Motorola V3 phone should it be broken or defective. This guide assumes that you have successfully removed the back plate from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Here is the step-by-step guide to Removing and Replacing the Antenna:

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, SIM, and rear housing assembly as described in the previous guides.

2. Use the metal tweezers to grasp the rubber antenna grommets and carefully remove them from the antenna assembly. See picture below. Set the rubber grommets aside for reuse.



3. Use the disassembly tool (non-marring pry tool) to release the antenna assembly as shown in the picture below.



4. Carefully lift the antenna assembly away from the phone.

5. To replace, align the antenna assembly to the phone.

6. Carefully press the antenna assembly into position until the antenna assembly latches snap into position.

7. Reinstall the rubber antenna assembly grommets into their slots. Each antenna grommet is uniquely shaped to fit into its respective position.

8. Replace the rear housing assembly, SIM, battery and battery cover as described in the previous guides.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the back cover - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove the back cover (also known as a backplate or skin) on your Motorola V3 phone. This guide assumes that you have successfully removed both the battery and the SIM card from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Here is the step-by-step guide:

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, and SIM as described in the
procedures.

2. Using a Torx driver with a T-5 bit (note, current V3 models require a T-6 Torx bit for the back cover housing screws), remove the screws at each side of the phone. Retain the screws for reassembly.



3. Release the four housing latches by inserting the pointed end of the plastic disassembly tool (also known as a non-marring pry tool) into the openings on the rear housing.




4. Carefully rotate the rear housing away from the front housing and flip assembly.



5. Use the disassembly tool to unseat the flex connector from it’s socket.

6. Lift the rear housing assembly away from the phone.

7. To replace, carefully align the flex connector to it’s socket on the rear housing assembly, then gently press down on the flex connector until it is properly seated in it’s socket.

8. Rotate the rear housing assembly so it sits over the phone.

9. Align the housing latches with the corresponding openings on the front housing. Gently press the housings together until the catches snap into place.

10. Replace the 2 housing screws and tighten to a final torque setting of 1.5 inch pounds. Do not over tighten.

11. Replace the antenna, SIM, battery, and battery cover as described in the procedures.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the SIM card - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another quick tutorial guide on how to remove your SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) from you Motorola V3 Guide. This guide is a part of the Motorola V3 RAZR tear down guide that helps you take apart and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR. This guide assumes that you have successfully completed the battery removal guide.

Here is the step-by-step guide:

1. Slide the SIM card out of the phone as shown.



2. Carefully lift the SIM from the phones.

3. To replace, insert the SIM into the holder, ensuring the keyed or notched corner of the SIM card faces the outside of the phone.

4. Replace the battery and battery door as described in the step-by-step.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the battery - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

This how-to guide is the first in the series of how to tear down and rebuild your Motorola V3 RAZR phone. In the first of the series, it will be covering how to remove or replace both the battery of your RAZR as well as accessing the battery through the housing.

Here is the step-by-step guide:


1. Ensure that your phone is turned off.

2. Press in and hold the battery door latch as shown to release the housing to the the batter.



3. Carefully rotate the battery cover upwards and lift it completely off the phone and set it to the side.

4. Push in toward the bottom of the phone and lift the end of the battery first, it will free and you can remove it from the phone.



5. To replace, align the battery with the battery compartment holder so the
contacts on the battery match the battery contacts in the phone.

6. Insert the battery, contacts side first at an angle, into the battery compartment and push down followed by the opposite edge of the battery.

7. Insert the bottom edge of the of the battery cover into the rear housing,
then push the top edge of the cover down and snap it into place and your phone is back it's original condition.

Congratulations, you have completed the battery cover removal and replacement!

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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Blackberry - How to hard reset a frozen device - Step-by-Step

A few days ago I wrote a post about doing a basic reset on your Blackberry device. That works great if your Blackberry is frozen, running a little sluggish, won't connect to the network, or you have the everlasting hourglass on you screen. However, if after that reset your device is still giving you problems, there are a coupole of other options.

In reality there is not a hard reset or complete reboot that you can do on your Blackberry device. What you can do is take out your battery and leave it out for 30 seconds. However, it does not do much more for the device than simply doing the normal reset. Your only real option for fixing the problem with your device is to do a complete wipe of the handheld. The wipe basically sets your Blackberry device back to the factory default and you would need to relaod your applications and then synchronize your data again. If your Blackberry is connected to a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), you may need to have your administrator update your Enterprise Activation

Here is the step by step:

1. Go to the Options on your Blackberry device.



2. Go to Security Options



3. Go to General Settings

4. Choose the options by clicking the click wheel or menu button and select Wipe Handheld.



5. Confirm you want to wipe the handheld by clicking on the "Continue" button. The message is "Warning, all application data will be lost! Message service and other services will be disabled."



6. The device will prompt you to type in the word "blackberry." Type in "blackberry" and confirm.

7. The handheld will wipe itself of all information. In some cases after 10 minutes the hourglass will still run. After 10 minutes, pull your battery and restart your Blackberry.

Congratulations, you have performed a "hard reset" or "wipe" on your handheld mobile device!

In addition, there are a couple of ways to perform this. Here is a video that you can use to look at the various ways to reset your Blackberry Device:


Guide, Manual, Installation, Install, Tutorial, Step-by-Step, How to, Instructions

This guide is compatible with or the compatibility includes: BlackBerry 7750, BlackBerry 7510, BlackBerry 7280, BlackBerry 7780, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7100v, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 7230, BlackBerry 7250, RIM 957, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7520, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7290, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7130g, BlackBerry 7100x, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7130v, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8707v, RIM 850, BlackBerry 7730, Blackberry 8700, Blackberry 8800, Blackberry Pearl, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8703e, Blackberry 8800, Blackberry 8830, Blackbery Bold 9000, Blackberry Bold 9700, Blackberry Tour, Blackberry Storm, Blackberry Pearl 8100, Blackberry Curve 8300

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

How to transfer music to your Blackberry as a mass storage device – Step-by-Step (Guide)

One of the great new features I am starting to enjoy on my Blackberry 8800 smartphone is the ability for it to play multimedia files and specifically Audio. (music) Surprisingly, there are a number of audio formats that Blackberry supports. Although I am not quite sure if it will completely replace my iPod, it is definitely a great new feature I am enjoying.

The following formats are supported by 8100 (Pearl) and 8800 series:

  • ACC - audio compression formats AAC, AAC+, and EAAC+
  • AMR - Adaptive Multi Rate-Narrow Band (AMR-NB) speech coder standard (Supported AMR-NB rates are 4.75 KBps, 5.15 KBps, 5.9 KBps, 6.7 KBps, 7.4 KBps, 7.95 KBps, 10.2 KBps, and 12.2 KBps)
  • AMR files must conform to the standards specified in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) document RFC3267, Section 5, on the the Internet RFC Archive web site.
  • MIDI - Polyphonic MIDI (.mid, .midi, or .smf)
  • MP3 - encoded using MPEG Part 1 and Part 2 audio layer 3 (Supported sample rates are 16Khz, 22.050Khz, 24Khz, 32Khz, 44.1Khz and 48Khz.)
  • WAV - supports sample rates of 8 kHz, 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz with 8-bit and 16-bit depths in mono or stereo (Supports WAV files created using audio codec GSM6.10.)
In addition, the following extensions are supported:
  • .avi containing PCM, MP3, and AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
  • .3gp containing MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
  • .mp4 containing MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
  • .mov containing MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
  • .aac and .m4a containing AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+
There are two ways to transfer music files to your Blackberry device. The first is to use the media manager within the Blackberry Desktop software. While a decent way to transfer, it not only requires you to have the Desktop Manager software installed – but the transfer is slower. The other method is to transfer the files via Windows Explorer once you have enabled your Blackberry’s microSD media storage card as a Mass Storage device. If you have not installed the your microSD card and enabled the Mass Storage device, you can see how to do that here. Note that transferring files and streaming media to the Blackberry from your computer is not supported.

Here is the step-by-step:

1. Connect your Blackberry to you computer via the USB cable.

2. If you have properly enabled your Blackberry as a Mass Storage Device, your Blackberry's microSD card will show as a removable drive on your computer. For this guide, it happens to be on "Removable Disk" G:. Double-Click.



3. Double-click on the Blackberry folder



4. Double-click on the music folder



5. The folder should be empty.



6. Copy your music files to your Blackberry. Depending on the size, transfer time may vary.



7. Disconnect your Blackberry 8800 from the USB cable and go to the Multimedia icon on you Blackberry. You need to disconnect when you use the Mass Storage device method as it disables direct access from the Blackberry when connected to the PC via the USB cable.

8. Click on the Music icon.



9. Click on the Media Card folder



10. Select your Music folder



11. Select your Song



12. Play your music and enjoy!




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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

How to move and organize icons – Blackberry 8800 – Step-byStep (Guide)

For the longest time, I had a ton of extra icons on my Blackberry menu, and they were all out of order. The list went on and on, and I could not figure out how to organize them the way I wanted to. Then, by accident on my new Blackberry 8800 I figured out how to do it and I felt really silly – it is pretty easy to arrange, move, and organize the icons on your Blackberry!

The list of icons that can be organized include: Setup Wizard, Messages, Push to Talk, Calendar, Address Book, Google Talk, Compose, Saved Messages, Call Log, Google Maps, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Media, Blackberry Messenger, Browser, Media Net, Profiles, Tasks, MemoPad, Alarm, Send Voice Note, Voice Dialing, BrickBreaker, Calculator, Password Keeper, Help, Search, Personal Email Set Up, Options, Set Up Bluetooth, Manage Connections, Lock, and Turn Power Off

Here is the step-by-step.

1. Roll your trackball (Blackberry 8800 or Blackberry Pearl) or click wheel to the icon that you want to organize.



2. Press or click the Menu key button on your Blackberry and the “Move Application” option will appear. Click the trackball on the option and then you can use the trackball to scroll the icon to where you want it. Congratulations, you have moved and organized your Blackberry icons! Optionally, if you have a traditional click-wheel, just hold down ALT+ClickWheel and you will get the option to move the application!



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This guide is compatible with or the compatibility includes: BlackBerry 7750, BlackBerry 7510, BlackBerry 7280, BlackBerry 7780, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7100v, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 7230, BlackBerry 7250, RIM 957, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7520, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7290, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7130g, BlackBerry 7100x, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7130v, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8707v, RIM 850, BlackBerry 7730, Blackberry 8700, Blackberry 8800, Blackberry Pearl, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8703e

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How to delete, hide, and remove icons – Blackberry 8800 – Step-byStep (Guide)

For the longest time, I had a ton of extra icons on my Blackberry menu. The list went on and on, and I could not figure out how to delete them, or at least hide them so I would not have to view them. Then, by accident on my new Blackberry 8800 I figured out how to do it and I felt really silly – it is pretty easy to hide, delete, or remove the icons on your Blackberry! No worries either, because it is easy to restore them.

The list of icons that can be hidden or removed include: Setup Wizard, Messages, Push to Talk, Calendar, Address Book, Google Talk, Compose, Saved Messages, Call Log, Google Maps, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Media, Blackberry Messenger, Browser, Media Net, Profiles, Tasks, MemoPad, Alarm, Send Voice Note, Voice Dialing, BrickBreaker, Calculator, Password Keeper, Help, Search, Personal Email Set Up, Options, Set Up Bluetooth, Manage Connections, Lock, and Turn Power Off

Here is the step-by-step.

1. Roll your trackball (Blackberry 8800 or Blackberry Pearl) or click wheel to the icon that you want to hide.



2. Press or click the Menu key button on your Blackberry and the “Hide Application” option will appear. Click the trackball on the option to hide the icon. Congratulations, the icon has been removed from your view! Optionally, if you have a traditional click-wheel, just hold down ALT+ClickWheel and you will get the option to hide the application!



You can always restore the icon by again clicking on the Menu key, and selecting the “Show All” option. Then, simply choose the one you want to restore and click on the “Hide Application” option again.

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This guide is compatible with or the compatibility includes: BlackBerry 7750, BlackBerry 7510, BlackBerry 7280, BlackBerry 7780, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7100v, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 7230, BlackBerry 7250, RIM 957, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7520, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7290, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7130g, BlackBerry 7100x, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7130v, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8707v, RIM 850, BlackBerry 7730, Blackberry 8700, Blackberry 8800, Blackberry Pearl, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8703e

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Trip Report – Oahu, Hawaii

Our recent 5 day trip to the main island of Oahu, Hawaii was a short by sweet trip. While we did not have much time, we had a great bit of fun. Staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki on a great deal, the resort served as a great base for our adventures.

We hit a lot of major attractions there including the North Shore, Whale watching, Kualoa Ranch, Masumoto's shaved ice, and even had a chance to relax. You can read the details and itinerary of our adventures below:

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Blackberry 8800 - VPN Connectivity via Bluetooth Modem

More good news to report on for using the Blackberry 8800 as a broadband Bluetooth modem from your laptop on the Cingular EDGE GPRS network. After seeing some chatter about other devices, and especially those not supporting VPN or IPSEC connectivity -- I needed to give it a try since my connectivity was pretty reasonable.

I quickly fired up the Bluetooth modem on my laptop and connected via my Blackberry 8800. (how to guide here) I then tried out the IPSEC VPN connection over the Cingular EDGE network and was able to connect immediately. Just a couple of minutes and I was able to sync my Outlook with Microsoft Exchange.

So, the rumors about the VPN not being supported over the Cingular network are untrue. At least for the Blackberry 8800.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Blackberry 8800 - Internet Speed Tests - Cingular EDGE

Impressive. That is the word that I am using to describe the Blackberry 8800’s performance on the Cingular GPRS / EDGE network when used with the Microsoft Standard Modem with Bluetooth link. I did some additional testing today on the connection after some questions I received about quality and speed of the connection.

The basics questions were what kind of speeds was I getting on the connection, dial-up like speeds, or if it was competitive to the speeds that you get on the Sierra Wireless Aircards or other competitive products. I did not have the exact answer, and although it felt like broadband access, I wanted to find out.

So, once again I setup my Blackberry 8800 phone via Bluetooth (guide here) to test out the Internet connection speed via the GSM / GPRS / EDGE network with Cingular wireless. In order to do a broad comparison, I ran tests with CNET’s Bandwidth Meter, SpeakEasy (Los Angeles), and with Toast.net.

All the tests were run from the area around my home, which traditionally has not had the greatest reception. However, in this case the EDGE signal measured 5/5 of five. So, I will let you be the judge on whether or not the speed is up to par.

Here are the impressive results:

1. CNET's Bandwith Meter measure the performance at 174kbps, basically 3x as fast as the 56k modem connection and half of what you might expect on Cable/DSL



2. SpeakEasy's Speed Test measured the downstream and upstream performances separately. The measured speed was 210kbps downstream and 84kbps upstream.



3. Toast.net's Internet Performance and Speed Test measure the throughput at 131k just slightly over 50% of what their measured DSL speed of 229k comes to.



Hard to tell which is really the most accurate, however the SpeakEasy measurements seem to resonate with what I was seeing on my machine. I have the NetPerSec tool (outdated, I know) sitting in my taskbar and it seemed to clock in the mid 20k's pretty consistently and even peaked above 35k or so transiently. In any case, a pretty decent measure.

As you can see from the tests, Cingular's GPRS / EDGE high speed wireless broadband on Media.Net performs relatively well through the Blackberry 8800 series handheld device. This will definitely serve as my airport and hotel internet connection replacement on future travel!

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