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Sunday, September 30, 2007

How to Downgrade iPhone from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2 Guide

Several folks have been caught out in the cold with a bricked Apple iPhone with the the recent release of the 1.1.1 Apple iPhone firmware upgrade out just a couple of days ago. While I am not personally impacted by the problem, I ran across a site which shows users that are stuck how to downgrade from the 1.1.1 Apple iPhone Firmware to the 1.0.2 Firmware.

As with any hack or use of you Apple iPhone, user beware -- you could permanently damage your iPhone into an unrecoverable and unsupportable state that even Apple's Technical support will not touch. In addition, the hacks may be unreversable -- meaning your iPhone will forever be in the 1.0.2 version state. Make sure this is what you intend before diving in too deeply!

Here is an except from the how to guide:

1) Make sure you have a copy of the 1.0.2 firmware handy and decrypted
2) Reboot iPhone holding top (power) and home buttons *BUT* release the top button 10 seconds into it (right after the screen goes dark)
3) The iPhone screen will appear to be off, but start iTunes (latest version worked for me on the Mac)
4) Option+Click restore and select the 1.0.2 firmware ipsw
5) The phone will restart and error out at the end, this is expected
6) Shutdown iTunes
7) Launch the latest iNDpendence
8) Jailbreak the phone using a decrypted 1.0.2 (it will flash all sorts of error, but stick with it)
9) Activate the phone
10) It will show the SIM error but you should be able to get back in


The full text of the KMAC method can be found here. Holding the power button and the home button simultaneously for 10 seconds will put your phone into the restore state for the old firmware.

Optionally, here is a YouTube Video on the process that could help you out in your quest. Many folks have had great luck with it. If you are in the situation, good luck!

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Apple iTunes 7.4.3 Gets it Right for Vista 64-bit!

Apple released an update to their iTunes software with version 7.4.3 in the last day or so. Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive about installing it on my Microsoft Vista Ultimate 64-bit (x64) operating system due to the problems I had with a recent version of Apple iTunes, 7.4.2. So, with some concern as well as a curious mind -- I downloaded the latest version from the Apple iTunes website.

After a full download, the installation went fine. Then the moment of truth came, the start-up of Apple iTunes. Would I get the infamous:

"iTunes was not properly installed. If you wish to import or burn CDs, you need to reinstall iTunes."
Nope, not this time.

So, whether or not in version 7.4.3.1 the 64-bit (x64) and Vista problems were fixed or if my fix applied last week proved to be the solution, we'll never know. Yet, my Apple iTunes is still working!

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iPod Photo 20GB Drive Replacement Guide - Step-by-Step

If you iPod Photo's 20GB hard drive starts acting up on you, it may be time to pursue an iPod Photo hard drive replacement. I recently had to do a similar thing (and replaced it with a 60GB version) and I ended up very happy with it! This guide will help you in a short period of time to replace that pesky 20GB hard drive.

Two thoughts on the upgrade - 1) It is so easy that you can do it in less than 10 minutes with the right tools, 2) It is nice to have a steady iPod Photo with the full 20GB availabel for music and photos! This article and guide will take you step-by-step through the tutorial to give you all the information you need to complete a successful hard drive upgrade or replacement in just 10 minutes. While this may not be the first tutorial on an Apple iPod Photo hard drive upgrade, it may be the easiest to follow!

What do I need?
1. First off, you need a replacement drive for your Apple iPod Photo 4th Generation 20GB drive. The original drive models are Toshiba hard drives the MK2004GAL and the MK2006GAL. They are available for approximately $50 on eBay for either the MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive They both are ATA-50 pin model and are directly compatible with your Apple iPod Photo 4th Generation, as all 4th Gen devices use the ATA-50 pin technology.
2. If you want to avoid scratching up your iPod Photo's case, make sure you have a non-marring pry tool, similar to the one I mention in this article. Alternatively, you can use a small screwdriver if you can stand the nicks and scratches.
3. Your iPod Photo's wall charger and cable. Once the device is reset, you will need it to get it back into working condition.
4. An exacto knife or sharp object to remove foam cushioning from your old hard drive.

Now that you are ready, here is the step-by-step tutorial. Was this guide helpful for you? If so, please let me know with a comment!

1. With your iPod Photo facing up and towards you turn it so the right side is facing you. Slide your non-marring pry tool in between the plastic front of your iPod Photo case and the back metal case. Once inserted as below, pull the bottom part of the case out and downward until the clips release. Moderate force was required with my iPod Photo.
Pry Tool Insertion on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

2. Once the clips release the entire side of the iPod Photo case is released.
Opened iPod Photo case on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

3. Rotate the right side slowly and carefully to separate the back case of the iPod Photo from the front. Do not pull apart as the lock and headphone connector from your iPod Photo is still connected between the cases.
Rotate the case to expose the hard drive on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

4. On the bottom right of the iPod Photo is the battery connector disconnect this before removing any of the electronics in order not to damage your iPod Photo.
Disconnect battery from iPod Photo on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

5. Now, separate the the ATA 50-pin hard drive connector from your iPod Photo. You should be able to perform this with your fingers, but gently prying and wiggling until it releases. Do not apply too much force or you may bend the pins.
Separate ATA pin connector from iPod Photo hard drive on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

6. Now remove the old 20GB drive from the iPod Photo. The plastic bumpers around the drive release very easily. To remove the foam cushion material, use an exacto knife or similar tool to cut the foam from the drive where it is glued. Rather than gluing the foam cushioning to my new drive, it stuck pretty well by itself.
Replace the hard drive and transfer bumpers and foam cushion on Apple iPod Photo 20GB Hard Drive Replacement

7. Place the plastic bumpers on the new drive so they fit securely.
Secure the plastic bumpers around the hard drive on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

8. Reassemble your iPod Photo by placing the new 20GB hard drive back into the case - foam side down, then attached the ata pin connector to the new drive, connect the battery supply back to the iPod Photo, and finally snap the case back together.

9. Turn your 20GB with MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive replaced to your 20GB iPod Photo on and connect it via USB to your computer with iTunes running. You receive the message that the iPod Photo is in recovery mode and must be restored. Click 'Ok' to continue.
First connection to iTunes post upgrade on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

10. Go to the iPod Photo screen on iTunes and click on the button for 'Restore' to start the restore of the iPod Photo system software onto your new hard drive.
Restore iPod Photo Update software from iTunes on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

11. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to restore the iPod Photo with the message "Are you sure you want to restore the iPod Photo 'iPod' to its fatory settings? All of your songs and other data will be erased." Click on 'Restore' to complete the restore.
Confirm restore on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

12. In my case, I had to update the software to iPod Photo updater version 1.2.1 Click on 'Next' to continue.
New Apple Updater version 1.2.1 on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

13. Click on 'Agree' to accept the terms of the license. The restore will now take place on the iPod Photo. iPod Photo now needs to be connected to an AC Adapter to start up.
Accept the terms of the software license on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

14. Connect the iPod Photo to the AC wall Adapter for start-up.
Plug in iPod Photo to AC Adapter on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

15. iPod Photo correctly starts up with factory default settings. I choose the English language for my iPod Photo.
Select updated language on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

16. The iPod Photo shows the available space in the >19GB range, showing the completion of the MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive replacement. Now connect your iPod Photo back to your USB connection on your computer.
Hard drive has over 55GB of free space on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

17. The iPod Photo now connects to iTunes and iTunes recognizes that the iPod Photo now has a 20GB drive and begins to sync information.
iTunes connection complete on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

Congratulations, your iPod Photo MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive replacement on the 4th Generation iPod Photo is complete. Enjoy the reliable new drive!

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Fire Incident at Apple Store in San Francisco - 2 Fire Department Engines!

I know that the Apple iPhone is really hot, but it looks like they were really on fire earlier today. At the San Francisco Apple Store at 1 Stockton had a 2-alarm San Francisco Fire Department response to a fire alarm including hook and ladders! The incident, which happened shortly before 11:00am on Sunday morning before the store actually opened.

Ashley and I happened to be walking by to pick up a couple of accessories for her new Apple iPhone 8GB. You can imagine our surprise and the commotion around the front of the Apple Store with the fire alarm blaring. We arrived shortly before the Fire Department made their appearance.

Fortunately, no Apple iPhones, iMacs, or iPods were harmed in the incident. While the store was completely evacuated and two separate fire departments showed up, it appears that the incident was a false alarm. Speaking with an employee a few minutes later revealed that this has happened a couple of times since the opening for no apparent reason.

However, you do know those iPhones are really hot, apparently flammable as well! Below is a video and a couple of quick photos I snapped during the Apple Store fire incident in San Francisco.

Here are a couple of video clips I shot. In the last clip, you can see the firemen leaving, plus the Apple Store employees entering back in so they can open back up and sell all the iPhones, iPod Touches, iPod Nanos, and iPod classics that they can along with a load of accessories:


Picture 1: Second Hook and Ladder arrives to the Fire Alarm incident at the Apple Store
Apple Store Fire Alarm Incident with Arriving Hook and Ladder

Picture 2: Partial group of San Francisco Firefighters entering the Apple Store to check out the alarm and make sure everything is ok.
Firefighters enter the Apple Store on 1 Stockton to make sure everything is ok

Picture 3: Apple employee talks with a Fire Chief about the incident and the progress inside.
Apple Employee from the Apple Store checks with the Fire Captain or Marshall about the issue

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

USC Beats Washington or Notre Dame?

I was realy confused about who USC played today up in the Seattle, Washington. As scheduled, the USC Trojans were supposed to be facing the University of Washington Huskies. However, when looking at the television, I thought I was watching Notre Dame from the Navy and Gold unifroms that I saw.

While Washington was apparently supposed to be paying tribute to their last team to beat a #1 ranked college it, it just looked plain stupid. Stick with your uniforms, stick with your colors -- don't try to look like another team. Plus, the hats on the sideline were the traditional purple which made the navy and gold look even worse.

Does anyone remember how when Notre Dame faced USC and wore their 'lucky' green jerseys? How well did that turn out.

In terms of the game ending at 27-24 USC, it was not anywhere near that close. If it was not for the USC turnovers, the game would likely have been 49-0. On the same thread, are others unimpressed with John David Booty? Watching him the past couple of years, there has been a lot of mediocrity and very little excitement. I cannot remember him throwing a passing in the air for over 30 yards.

Tonight he was equally mediocre. Several receivers missed, thrown behind -- several of which lead directly to turnovers. I am almost at the point where I want to start calling for Mark Sanchez every game. Or perhaps, wear a shirt 'Bench Booty' at next Saturday's USC Trojans vs. Stanford Cardinals game at the Los Angeles Colleseum. What do you think?

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Ashley's New iPhone 8GB

I mentioned some weeks ago around the launch of the Apple iPhone that it was not a device for me. Primarily for two reasons, 1 - the lack of GPS functionality, and 2 - the lack of intergration for Corporate E-mail systems. However, Apple's new iPhone -- the 8GB version (MA712LL/A) turned out to be the perfect phone or iPhone for her!

Ashley's new iPhone 8GB (MA712LL/A) being unboxed and ready for use!

Ashley carries too many devices around in my opinion, an Apple iPod Nano, Motorola RAZR V3 phone, and a Palm Pilot personal organizer. In addition to all of those devices, she was out of space on her Apple iPod Nano 4GB. With that in mind and in search of the new iPod Nano, we elected to purchase the new Apple iPhone 8GB for here, especially given the recent price drop.

This is great news for Ashley, and just a few minutes after setting up iTunes 7.4.3 -- had the phone activated with her old phone number transferred over. Even better, this means a couple of things -- a whole new slew of Apple iPhone articles as well as additional Motorola RAZR V3 articles as I can really go to town on her old Motorola RAZR V3. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

RAZR: How to Install microSD Transflash Card

Some models of the Motorola V3 RAZR (including the V3m) have a place where you can install a microSD or Transflash card into your mobile phone. This card can be used to store music, photos, videos and much more! Smaller than a mini SD card at about 25% of the size, and insterts into your Motorola V3 RAZR.

Here is the how to guide, but first make sure your phone is fully charged before using the microSD / transflash card.

To insert the microSD card into your phone:
1. With your phone powered off, remove the back cover and then remove the battery. If you need help removing the cover and battery, please see this guide.

2. Gently place the microSD card on the cardholder as shown below.

How to install RAZR V3 microSD or Transflash card

Note: Don’t bend or scratch your memory card. Keep it away from static electricity, water, and dirt. The microSD card and its adapter can be easily damaged by improper operation. Please be careful when inserting, removing, or handling them. The writing / label should be facing up.

3. Replace the battery and the back cover.

If you want to remove your microSD / transflash card:

1. With your phone powered off, remove the back cover and then remove the battery.

2. Gently slide out the microSD card from the cardholder.

3. Replace the battery and the back cover.

Note: Be sure to use only recommended microSD cards (64MB— 2GB). Using non-recommended microSD cards could cause data loss and damage your phone. DO NOT remove your memory card while your phone is using it or writing files on it. Doing so will result in loss or damage of data.

Guide may compatible with MOTOKRZR K1, MOTOKRZR K1t, MOTOKRZR K3, MOTOKRZRmaxxK3, MOTORAZR maXX V3, MOTORAZR V3xx, MOTORAZR V9mm, MOTORAZR2V9HSDPA, MOTORAZRmaXXV3, MOTORIZR Z6, MOTOROKR E6, MOTOROKR E6, MOTOROKR E6e, PEBL U3, PEBL U6, PEBL-U6, Pico, RAZRmaxxV3i-mode, RAZRV3x, RAZR3xR, RAZRV3xv, RazrV3xx, RazrV3xxi, RazrV3xxv, RazrV6, RazrV6v, RazrV6vb, RazrV6vc, ROKR E1, ROKR E1 iTunes, SLVR RED, V3, V3am, V3b, V3c, V3c Rev2, V3cm, V3i, V3i EDGE, V3_iTunes, V3i_Screen3, V3iv, V3m, V3mm, V3m-Sprint, V3r, V3re, V3t, V3v, V3x, V3xr, V3xv

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

PSP: How to Restore Factory Defaults

I had to restore the factory defaults on my Sony Playstation Portable today. The PSP had become unresponsive after playing a game, and then some of the configurations were out of whack.

If you need to restore your Sony PSP to its factory default settings, here is how you do it:

1. Go to the Settings Tab on your PSP
2. Go to System Settings, press X.
3. Scroll down until you see Restore Default Settings and press X.
4. Press your right button on your D-pad to select yes in the confirmation window and press X. The settings on your Sony Playstation Portable are reset to the defaults.

Once you complete the process, your PSP should be restored to the factory default settings. It is important to realize you that it will not "downgrade" or change the version of your Sony Playstation Portable's firmware / software. It will only reset the actually settings to the system defaults.

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PSP: How to Hard Reset

There are times when your Sony Playstation Portable, or PSP for short may freeze, lock up, starts behaving badly, or even crash and reset. In my case, an occassional reboot or crash while playing or saving a game became a problem for. What you want to do is perform a reset or hard reset rather than just a simply soft reset via the power button or by pulling the battery from your PSP.

If you need to perform a hard reset on your Sony Playstation Portable, then here are the simple steps to complete it.

1. Take your Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) and hold the power switch for approximately 10 seconds.

2. After approximately 10 seconds the Sony PSP will shut off. Leave off for 30 seconds.

3. Flip your power button on your Sony PSP once, and in some cases twice. The Sony PSP will start up and should resume normal performance.

Did this method work for you and bring your PSP back to normal life? If so, let me know with a comment!

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Wii: Stream iTunes and MP3s, plus other media!

Connecting the multiple devices in your home to deliver a seamless experience can be very difficult at times. In my case the desire was to stream all of my music meticulously organized in iTunes to my home theater system so that I could stream all of that wonderful music through the best sound system in the house. If only everything was quite that easy.

One logical point for an integration in my home was through my Nintendo Wii and a WiFi connection. However, the path to accomplish it was not as easy as it might seem. You might think iTunes would connect direcly to your Nintendo Wii, or perhaps you could easily stream DLNA media servers to your Wii. However, neither of those are available options.

So, in an effort to easily and reliably stream music to my Nintendo, I went through a number of iterations, including even trying RSS feeds to to work. However, after significant effort -- I found a way to do it seamlessly and reliably!

To do this, you will be using Orb media management to facilitate the streaming and playback from your PC device to you Nintendo Wii. In addition, you will need the Wii Internet Channel installed -- if you have not downloaded it during the free period, it can be purchased via the Wii shopping Channel for 500 Wii Points, or $5.

Here is the how to guide, if this works for you, please let me know with a comment!

1. Go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and download the Orb 2.0 program.

2. Double-click the executable installation program to start the installation. Click on Next to continue.

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3. Click on I Agree to accept the terms of the license.

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4. Choose the Installation location for your installation. Take note that this is a 32-bit (x86) application, although it works fine on both Windows XP and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64) operating systems. Click on Install to continue.

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5. The files are not installed and registered on your machine so that the Orb 2.0 program will run.
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Nintendo Wii 4

6. Once the installation is complete, click on Finish to complete the Orb 2.0 setup wizard and start the program.

Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Nintendo Wii 5

7. If you have already created an Orb account, log on. Otherwise, sign-up and you are just a couple of minutes from streaming MP3 and other media to your Nintendo Wii.

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8. After logging in, select the types of files that you want to be able to stream to your Playstation 3. In addition to Audio such as MP3 and iTunes, you can also stream pictures, video, TV, and even documents to your Nintendo Wii!

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9. Complete the setup wizard by clicking finish and then locate the Orb 2.0 icon in your task bar and right-click, selecting configuration.

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10. Under media, choose the various music, video, and picture folders that you would like to stream or share on your Nintendo Wii.

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11. Finally, make sure you have the below settings. These setting will enable your Orb 2.0 program to directly stream the media to your Nintendo Wii over the LOCAL LAN network rather than being streamed out over the Internet and then back to your Nintendo Wii.

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12. Now turn on your Nintendo Wii and go to the main menu.

13. Now, go to the Internet Channel on your Nintendo Wii and go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and log into your account.

14. Select the music or playlists that you want to play on your Nintendo Wii and start.

15. The Nintendo Wii Internet Channel browser will ask you if you want to activate the control. Now, your music will start steaming -- just as you were looking for!

The side benefit is that now you can access your music or photos from anywhere over the Internet, provided you have your local home network setup properly!

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fixed! iTunes 7.4.1.2 Installation Issue with 64-bit Vista

Whew! Now my Apple iTunes version 7.4.1.2 is working again on my Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit (x64) operating system! Ironically, unlike I reported earlier today -- the import, ripping, and CD-burning inside Apple iTunes was still working. However, I kept receiving the pesky Apple iTunes Setup Assistance window with the following message:

"iTunes was not properly installed. If you wish to import or burn CDs, you need to reinstall iTunes."

First, let me say to the Apple iTunes folks that this message was completely mis-leading. The product still functioned correctly, just the error messaging was inappropriate. Not really the best user experience. (Yes, I know 64-bit operating systems are 'technically' not supported by Apple. How long can they continue this though? It is bordering on unreasonable.)

Here is how you can fix the issue: If it works for you, please let me know with a comment below!

1. The problem is with the Gear Software driver for 64-bit operating systems which is integrated into iTunes. What you need to do is visit the Gear Software website and download the right driver for your operating system and processor type. Here is the website: http://www.gearsoftware.com/support/drivers.cfm

2. The right version for me was the middle one: Driver installer for AMD64 and Intel EM64T processors: Windows XP Professional x64, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition. I downloaded the file and saved to my desktop.

3. I ran the installation and completed the install for the Gear Software 64-bit drivers. It is just a series of 'next' and then it completes.

4. Fire up iTunes version 7.4.1.2 and it works as it is supposed to again!

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iTunes 7.4.1.2 Installation Problems with Warning on Windowsw Vista

Apple itunes 7.4.1.2 problems warning

A couple of weeks ago, Apple released version 7.4.1.2 of their iTunes software that help you manage your music and other media in relation with your computer. While the upgrade process is usually seamless given the Apple Software Update, this time it failed consistently over a several day period. A bad sign, given that it failed during the download of the combined iTunes and QuickTime updates -- only 11MB through the ~50MB or so package.

After the failures, I turned to Apple's iTunes download to get the complete version and complete the upgrade. The download worked fine and the installation completed without any further problems. Then I attempted to use iTunes...

Before even starting up iTunes, the Apple iTunes Setup Assistance window pops up with a warning message:

"iTunes was not properly installed. If you wish to import or burn CDs, you need to reinstall iTunes."

Update: This issue has been fixe! Check my post for the solution: http://www.somelifeblog.com/2007/09/fixed-itunes-7412-install-problem-64.html

Since I import most of my CDs to rip them in iTunes this presents quite a significant issue. I went ahead an rebooted the machine just in case something was a little off on the Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit (x64) system. After reboot, still the same problem message occures every single time I start up iTunes:

"iTunes was not properly installed. If you wish to import or burn CDs, you need to reinstall iTunes."

Heeding the advice of the Apple iTunes 7.4.1.2 warning message, I went ahead and uninstalled my Apple iTunes 7.4.1.2 completely. I then rebooted my machine and installed Apple iTunes 7.4.1.2 from scratch. Still the issue persisted with the now annoying message:

"iTunes was not properly installed. If you wish to import or burn CDs, you need to reinstall iTunes."

I have installed iTunes and upgrades to Apple iTunes probably close to 20 times at this point. This is the first time I have encountered anything of this sort. Now I know that Apple states that they do not support the 64-bit versions of Windows explicitly, but it would seem that if previous versions worked then this one would as well. Who knows whether it is a Windows Vista or a 64-bit issue, but hopefully it will get fixed in the next release.

Apple should really start explicitly supporting the Windows 64-bit explicitly as practically all processors produced today are strictly 64-bit or higher.

Hopefully I can do some research and resolve the issue. Has anyone else had this problem?

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

USC Clobbers WSU Cougars 47-14 at Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum

Today did not look like the best day to attend a football in Southern California. However, despite the threatening rain clouds we headed down to Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum to see the USC Trojans take on the Washington State Cougars. This is the first game of three that we are attending this year, with the other two being Stanford and Oregon State. While the game was not supposed to be ultra-competitive -- it was the kick-off to PAC-10 league play for USC, which makes every game important.

Ken and Ashley at the USC vs. WSU game on September 22, 2007

While we packed like it was going to continue to rain, we hope that clearer skies would prevail near downtown Los Angeles. Our hopes for a dry afternoon were somewhat dashed when a downpour started to hammer us new Hollywood while we were on the 101 Freeway. As we approached downtown, the rain lightened and gave way to cloudy skies.



We generally get to the games a few hours early to avoid the traffic given we live about 40 miles from downtown. That gives us a good amount of time to wanted the stadium grounds, visit tailgate parties and eventually end up at the LA Sports Arena. While the arena is rarely used for any big events these days, it is setup as it's own sort of tailgate party with great Mexican food outside and beer, wine and drinks inside. Given a couple hundred seats inside and several widescreen televisions, you can relax, kick-back and enjoy that games while you wait for the USC game to start. Not to mention the added plus of clean restrooms!



Just before the game started and the clouds had cleared, perhaps that week's biggest bonehead aware goes to Washinton State's (WSU) Lance Broadus of Woodland Hills, CA. Not only did he decide not to come out with the rest of his team's captains while USC started coming out, but he decided to mix it up with the USC players. While I can appreciate his enthusiasm, it just borders on stupidity. Not to mention his head-butt of the USC players during the walk-out (see arrow in picture above where he is the midst of 3 USC players. Lance Broadus was lucky to come out of there alive.



While we did have a little rain during the first quarter, it did provide some pretty scenery. Check the shot above of the Goodyear Blimp in the rainbow above the Colosseum. The seats in the 23rd row in section 15 were a great improvement from our visit last year against the Ugly Ducklings, aka Oregon Ducks.



The game was pretty fun, although exciting for the USC fans as it was one-sided. As the final was 47-14, it could have easily been 63-0 without much effort. John David Booty got in some good plays -- just have not seen him go deep yet this year. Marc Sanchez also got a good number of snaps in the 4th quater, although the final drive stalled with his interception.

It was a good start for USC in the PAC-10, back in two weeks against Stanford!

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Sony PS3: Stream iTunes and MP3s, plus other media!

Connecting the multiple devices in your home to deliver a seamless experience can be very difficult at times. In my case the desire was to stream all of my music meticulously organized in iTunes to my home theater system so that I could stream all of that wonderful music through the best sound system in the house. If only everything was quite that easy.

The most logical point for an integration in my home was through my Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) with a 60GB hard drive and a WiFi connection. However, the path to accomplish it was not as easy as it might seem. You might think iTunes would connect direcly to your Sony PS3, or perhaps you could easily stream DLNA media servers to your PS3. However, those seem to be a little bit problematic, working but have some serious inconveniences.

So, in an effort to easily and reliably stream music to my Sony Playstation 3 (PS3), I went through a number of iterations, including even trying RSS feeds to to work. However, after significant effort -- I found a way to do it seamlessly and reliably!

To do this, you will be using Orb media management to facilitate the streaming and playback from your PC device to you Playstation 3 (PS3)

Here is the how to guide, if this works for you, please let me know with a comment!

1. Go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and download the Orb 2.0 program.

2. Double-click the executable installation program to start the installation. Click on Next to continue.

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3. Click on I Agree to accept the terms of the license.

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4. Choose the Installation location for your installation. Take note that this is a 32-bit (x86) application, although it works fine on both Windows XP and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64) operating systems. Click on Install to continue.

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6. Once the installation is complete, click on Finish to complete the Orb 2.0 setup wizard and start the program.

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7. If you have already created an Orb account, log on. Otherwise, sign-up and you are just a couple of minutes from streaming MP3 and other media to your Playstation 3! (PS3)
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 6 8. After logging in, select the types of files that you want to be able to stream to your Playstation 3. In addition to Audio such as MP3 and iTunes, you can also stream pictures, video, TV, and even documents to your PS3!
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 7 9. Complete the setup wizard by clicking finish and then locate the Orb 2.0 icon in your task bar and right-click, selecting configuration.
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 8 10. Under media, choose the various music, video, and picture folders that you would like to stream or share on your Sony Playstation 3. (PS3)
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 9 11. Finally, make sure you have the below settings. These setting will enable your Orb 2.0 program to directly stream the media to your Playstation 3 over the LOCAL LAN network rather than being streamed out over the Internet and then back to your Playstation 3.

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12. Now turn on your Playstation 3 and go to the main menu.

13. Now, go to the WWW (Internet) Browser on your Playstation 3 and go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and log into your account.

14. Select the music or playlists that you want to play on your Playstation 3 and start.

15. The Sony Playstation 3 WWW browser will ask you if you want to activate the control. Now, your music will start steaming -- just as you were looking for!

The side benefit is that now you can access your music or photos from anywhere over the Internet, provided you have your local home network setup properly!

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Nintendo Wii: How to Hard Reset it! (Soft Reset too!)

In some cases, you may find that your Nintendo Wii is behaving badly. It seems that most of the problems have come from older games (Gamecube or Wii Channels), or possible from the Wii Internet Channel. In that case, you want to perform a soft reset or even a hard reset on your Nintendo Wii to bring it back to factory conditions.

The problem? Well, resetting you Wii is not necessarily obvious.

However, you Ninetendo Wii can be reset in a couple of differnt ways and this may restore some reliability if your Nintendo Wii is either freezing or locking up on you.

Here is how to reset your Nintendo Wii:

1. First, the easy way. A soft reset of the Ninetendo Wii. If you Nintendo Wii has just started acting up and there is no reason to perform a hard reset then follow this instruction. Simply press the reset button and hold down for 2 seconds on your Nintendo Wii Console.

2. Now, for the more advanced hard reset. Interestingly, the Nintendo Wii has NO hard reset facility to be accessed through the machine or via buttons. The ONLY way to hard reset your Nintendo Wii is to UNPLUG it for 5 minutes. Once it is unplugged it resets itself and your badly behaving Nintendo Wii should be restored.

Note: By hard resetting the Nintendo Wii, it will not delete any information on the SD Card that is used for storage. If you wish to delete this data, stick it into a computer with a multi-media card device or a digital camera and reformat it.

Did this tutorial work for you?


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Nintendo Wii Channels -- My First Experience!

My frequent travel schedule of late has not provided much time to keep up with my Nintendo Wii or the happenings in Wii World as of late. The only good news on the travel front is next week I acheive Hilton HHonors VIP status of Diamond, if you travel enough, you might as well get the benefit. However, I digress. The past couple of weeks I had the opportunity to make my first try with the Wii Channels.

While some folks may have known these following things for awhile, there were some definite new learnings for me:

1. I tried out the Weather and News channels. I had visited the Weather Channel briefly right when I got my Nintendo Wii last December, but not too much time with it. I filled out the required questionnaires for both Wii Channels and accessed them. While they provided relevant Weather and News information, not sure if I will continue to access them. I do not usually look for news or weather on my Wii, do you?

2. I went to the Wii Store to see what else was available. What was news to me is that you could pay anywhere between $3-$10 (or 300 to 1000 Wii Points) and download classic Nintendo games. Pretty nice! A couple of freebies were out there including "Everybody Votes" which is a cool gadget where everyone in the Wii community can vote and predict the outcome of the votes.

3. The bummer of the day was that the Wii Internet Channel or by another name -- the Wii Opera Internet Browser is not a free download, anymore. Apparently it was free until June 30th, 2007 and then the Wii Shopping Channel began charging $5 for the browser. While not a large amount of money, it still seemed to be nickel and diming you for something that should have been included with the Wii anyways. Still, I ponied up and spent 500 Wii Points so I could have the Opera Version 9 browser with Internet access on my Wii.

Have you purchased anything on the Wii Shopping Channel or used various Wii channels? If so, let me know below!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Psyclone PSC01 and the Motorola 6416 HD/DVR

Some months ago, I posted about my pleasure in experience with my Psyclone PSC01 multimedia source selector for my home entertainment system. While it does not support the newest popular interface, HDMI -- it does support component video, optical audio among others. And since my Sony Projection TV (KP-51HW40) does not support HDMI, no skin off of my back. :-)

In this update to the previously posted review, I have had my Psyclone PSC01 configured and working for the last six months. It has been a solid device for me, offering fairly seamless integration of all my major devices (Wii, PS3, DVD, and HDTV) to my home theater system and dated Sony ES receiver and wide-screen projection TV. Not a complaint was in sight until my recent Verizon FiOS installation.

I had enough problems with my Verizon FiOS television service installation, but it also introduced a problem with my Psyclone PSC01 source selector. For some reason, when the Motorola 6416 HD/DVR was connected to the source selector it caused a ton of interference with all of my other devices. While the Nintendo Wii was ok, both the Sony Playstation 3 and the Sony DVD player had lines scrolling across the screen making the images unrecognizable.

A couple internet sites stated that if you had multiple grounded from products, creating a ground loop and thus you get horizontal scrolling bars. After removing a third prong from the Sony PS3, I still had the lines.

I even tried to reduce the signal strength of the the Motorola 6416 HDTV Receiver and DVR, but it was not successful. At the end of the day, I had to route the video signal from the Motorola 6416 directly to the television left the optical audio on the Psyclone PSC01. This cleared up the issue, even if it is not the most convenient.

Has anyone else ran into a similar problem?

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Monday, September 17, 2007

RAZR V3 - Save Your Voice Notes as MP3 Files

If you have a Motorola RAZR V3 or similar device you might have the desire to take and save voice notes from your cellular phone. And if you have been able to connect via P2K Commander, then you may want to store those voice notes as MP3 files and then transfer them to your personal computer.

With that in mind, here is a basic how-to guide on how to save voice notes on your Motorola RAZR V3 phone as MP3 files for future usage.

Here is the step-by-step:
1. Go to Message Center --> New Message --> New Multimedia Message
2. Press the Menu key then choose Insert
3. Choose voice record to select that option
4. Press and hold the voice key while recording whatever you say for up to approximately 20 seconds.
5. When you have finished recording a blank screen will pop up like your about to send a text message, press 'ok', but do not type anything to the SMS text message.
6. Send it to yourself, someone else or a number of your choosing.
7. Go to your outbox and open the message you just sent, the voice record will play, press the menu button and choose store.
8. Choose file, press store, store only, give it a file name and you are done, the file has now been saved as an MP3 file.

Did this solution work for you? If so, please let me know with a comment.

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Low Level Format of your Hard Drive Done Easily for Free

With my newer, or newish at this point Dell Dimension e520 -- I have started to prepare my old Dell Dimension 2400 for disassembly. The main reason of course is to provide addtional funding for things to post on this blog. For example, since the new computer only supports SATA hard drives, the Ultra ATA drives in my old computer and specifically the 250GB backup drive is no longer necessary. Probably an easy $50-$75 on eBay there.

As with any hard drive, whether it is for a desktop computer, laptop, or Apple iPod -- you should be very concerned with just doing a basic format of the drive and then dropping it on a site like Craigslist or eBay. Because, even though a Windows format may wipe the data out from the operating system view -- the data is not overwritten and can be recovered easily by someone with minimum technical skills.

What you want to pursue is data destruction or a low-level format to overwrite all the data several times to make sure it is not accessible by any prying eyes. So, without a current toolset in hand, I set out to Google to find a good tool -- hopefully for free. Initially, I searched for (without quotes) "windows format hard drive low level" which brought me to a tool and site as the number one result -- Active Kill.

While it was a free download, the unregistered version only writes all zeros to your hard disk which is not a very thorough our secure method of wiping, erasing, or destroying the data on your disk. Any other methods such as the effective Gutmann method are not supported without paying for the full version.

The goal here was to find a tool that hopefully was free of charge. After entering a few additional search terms like "wipe hard drive data" and "disk cleaner freeware format" I came across a pretty good product, DBAN, or Darik's Boot and Nuke (Hard Drive Wipe) at http://dban.sourceforge.net/.

The tool here, both free and effective is a great application that can be used to delete all the old data from your hard drive. Plus, the process is relatively seemless and effective.

First you need to visit the site and download the latest ISO version which is 1.0.7 as of this posting. Then, you simply burn that ISO image to a CD/DVD and then reboot your machine. Follow a couple of simple prompts (be very careful on which drive you work with if you have multiple drives, as it does destroy data) and approximately 2 hours later your hard drive is effectively wiped using the very effective Gutmann method.

Now they are ready for eBay! Were you able to use DBAN? If so, let me know with a comment.

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Remote Desktop from Windows XP to Vista is Broken

No question, Remote Desktop is broken in Windows Vista Ultimate when connection from Microsoft Windows XP SP2. As I mentioned yesterday, I performed two "well" known fixes to try to get around the problem with connecting via Remote Desktop to Microsoft Windows Vista. The bottom line, the session freezes or hangs once the logon completes and the desktop screen starts to render. From that point, it is end the program or kill the mstsc.exe process.

A short recap:
1. The problem only occurs when connecting over a WAN connection to the Windows Vista Machine. I remember it working fine over my local LAN, and there have been a couple of other posts show that.
2. I made sure I had updated to the latest Microsoft fix, Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP (KB925876).
3. I even tried making changes to the TCP/IP stack using elevated priveledges in Windows Vista and configuring the stack to "netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled" from the command prompt.

Still after all those changes, I cannot connect from my Windows XP Professional SP2 laptop to the Microsoft Vista PC over an internet connection WAN through my home router. So, I decided to pursue a different route other spending hours than tweaking the configurations, searching Google and calling Ashley to ask her to make changes she should never have to make to my computer. :-)

What did I do? I decided to install Virtual PC 2007, with a fresh copy of Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit (x86). The process took about 90 minutes and the results may surprise you. Instantly upon firing up Windows Vista Ultimate in the Virtual PC session, I could connect to my home pc running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit (x64). No session timeouts, no hanging or freezing -- flawless, leveraging my shared virtual network connection from my laptop.

Is that crazy or what? I was glad I did their rather than troubleshooting my laptop and my FiOS router at my house. Sounds like I would have blown hours without a solution. Does this make sense to you? My only conclusion is that connecting via Remote Desktop from a Windows XP machine to a Windows Vista machine over a WAN is broken. Plain and simple.

Microsoft, can you fix this? It is quite a pain to fire up the Virtual PC everytime I want to connect!

Remote Desktop is also known as RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), RDC (Remote Desktop Connection), or Terminal services.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 - How to Increase the Battery Life

One of the most important parts of your Motorola V3 RAZR phone is the battery. The reason of cours is that without it, your phone will cease to function. This means that you want to make your battery last the longest after each charge and increase the useful life of it so you do not have to replace it every six months.

Out of the box, several settings and techniques on your Motorola RAZR V3 are not configured to maximize the length of the battery. For this reason, this guide will instruct you on both phone system changes and behaviors that you can take that will dramatically increase the life of the battery on your Motorola phone.

Are these tips helping you out? Please let me know with a comment!

1. Treat your battery kindly. What does this mean? Outside of initial battery conditioning where you completely drain and then recharge your battery, never use up all of the battery between charges. If you are getting close to running out, shut the phone off until you can charge it again!

2. When charging, minimize the amount of times that you do not completely charge the phone. If possible, always wait until the Motorola RAZR V3 phone presents the "Charge Complete" message on your phone.

3. Reduce animations and screen savers. To do this, go to Settings --> Personalize --> Screen Saver --> Picture and set it to none. This will disable the screensaver and save a ton of battery life.

4. Bluetooth wireless settings off by default. To do this, go to Settings --> Personalize --> Home Screen --> Home Keys --> Smart Key and set one for Bluetooth. Since your phone has Bluetooth, assign the Bluetooth setup menu to a softkey for fast access. Then, turn the Bluetooth radio off and leave it that way. You can activate Bluetooth anytime you want with only a few keystrokes, and then turn it back off after use.

5. Screen use minimized by Settings --> Initial Setup --> Display Timeout, set to 1 minute. This will keep your screen lit for the shortest time greatly reducing battery consumption.

6. Screen backlight minimized by Settings --> Initial Setup --> Backlight --> Timer and set to 20 seconds. This will turn the backlight setting to the lowest possible, which will again greatly increase battery life.

7. Key volume reduction by Settings --> Audio --> Ring Detail --> Key Volume set to 0. Louder sound and volume will reduce batter time.

8. Battery Saver for light detection by Settings --> Initial Settings --> Battery Saver set to off. Some phones have a built-in light meter, that monitors the amount of light available to the phone to determine if the backlight should remain lit or even come on at all. Disabling this feature will speed up the phone and reduce the number of commands in it's timer cycle, therefore reducing the amount of used battery due to the fact that most of these phones do not have light meters or are flip phones and only have the screen open and on for short period of time.

9. Screen brightness reduction by Settings --> Initial Setup --> Brightness and reduce the brightness from 6 to to a lower level, possibly 0. Settings around three seem to be great without causing eye strain.

10. Change how often you switch between cell towers Settings --> Network --> Network Setup --> Search, set to slow. This will increase the time between charges, because the phone will not switch between cells towers so often.

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Audi A4 Road Test at 20,000 Miles - 2.0T FSI B7

It has been another 5,000 miles since I reported in on my 2006 Audi A4 2.0T FSI (B7). It has been a quick 5,000 miles, but has also included a Neuspeed ECU upgrade to provide a "chipped" horsepower of at least 240hp from the little 2.0L turbo engine. I must say that the last 5,000 miles of the car have been the best.

Until mile 20,002 this was going to be a flawless report on the B7 Audi A4, however the Audi started to experience a problem at mile 20,002. As Ashley and I were driving down to Cason, California on September 8th for the Los Angeles Galaxy game, a check engine light promptly came on as we transitioned from Interstate 10 West to Interstate 405 South. Having not heard a thing at the time, I did not know what to think since the car was still running normally.

A quick run through the manual by Ashley while I was driving did not give too much assistance, however it did state that you should stop immediately if the light flashes or turn to red. I pulled over, stopped and hit the 'check' button to have the Audi A4 2.0T cycle through the tests. No issues to report with the engine or cooling system. Good news. The only concerning factor was that there was a little bit of oil on top of the engine. Although, it did no look fresh, seeing that after the issues raises some concerns. However, We continued our trip without issue.

On Monday, I called the dealship, Rusnak Audi of Westlake Village to see what the issue might be and in order to arrange service for the vehicle. After speaking with the service advisor, the assumption is that the issue has to do with an oxygen sensor or some other component of the emissions causing the warning. That since I could not get the car in for a couple of weeks due to travel, it was not a huge concern. Only if the service light starts to flash would the concern continue. Unfortunately the car does not go in for another couple of weeks. It will be interesting to find out what it is and if I am "responsible" since the car now had the Neuspeed ECU modification in it.

Other than this minor issue the past couple of weeks, the car continues to be relatively flawless. The only other news on the car is that there have been no other issues, and the car looks almost better than after the lot after getting the end of summer coat of wax.

I say relatively, because my main issue with the car is something I could have prevented by buying the right model, a quattro. That is really the bottom line, if you are getting an Audi A4 and are going to drive it at all -- get the quattro, there is a huge difference in the handling.

On that last point, has anyone caught the images of the new 2008 Audi A4? The car is stunning, taking several design queues from the Audi A5 line. There is no doubt that in 2009 when the lease on this 2006 Audi A4 is up, I will be eyeing the latest Audi S4 model that will hopefully be introduced by Audi in the later part for 2008!

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Remote Desktop Freezes when Connecting to Vista From Windows XP

After some adventures with my ActionTec MI424WR router yesterday, I was able to get remote desktop access setup to my Windows Vista machine externally. For some reason, I thought I had tested it out and it was working yesterday. Apparently not.

Today, I began having a problem where shortly (<10 seconds) after connecting to Windows Vista Ultimate via RDP / RDC (Remote Desktop Protocol / Remote Desktop Connection) from my Windows XP SP2 laptop, that the connection freezes or hangs. In fact, it is so bad that I cannot even perform a basic function before it freezes.

Generally speaking, I see the logon screen on my Windows Vista Ultimate PC. The background shows and I can even see the task bar and open applications. However, nothing completes rendering. Interestingly, the RDP client on my local Windows XP SP2 desktop is actually completely frozen. Additionally, the mstsc.exe process is not consuming CPU or memory.

At this point, I cannot even successfully exit the Windows Remote Desktop application and have to right-click on the application in the task bar to exit. Even once I do that, I still have to complete the "End Now" dialog to forcefully shut down the application. The other alternative is to end the mstsc.exe process in order to exit from the bad state.

I did some searching on Google today and could not find an appropriate solution that anyone has posted on. In fact, I performed several adjustments per a couple of suggestions, but none of them worked well. I also verified that I am running the latest version, Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP (KB925876). Installing it again made little difference in the process or the problem.

The next step was finding some Google items in regards to some of the TCP configuration that you can tweak on Windows Vista, including Ultimate x64 (64-bit). What you need to do is run from the command line on your Vista machine that is the host (not the client) is the command "netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled". If that does not work, you can easily re-enable it, just type in "netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal". This particular fix did not make a bit of different for me, even after having the Windows Vista Ultimate machine rebooting.

A note here is that even if you are logged on as an administrator, you must run the command prompt in "elevated" mode in order to execute the netsh commands. (Which is a major annoyance) What you need to do is find the command prompt (or cmd.exe) on your start menu, right-click and select run as Administrator. At which time you will be warned for Windows Vista elevation and then be able to complete the task.

There were also some suggestions about disabling IPv6, but I did not go that far as it did not seem worth the effort.

The crazy part is that Remote Desktop from Windows XP was working fine on my local LAN, now it is only through the WAN that is broken. In terms of the WAN connection though, I have checked the appropriate ports and verified that the equivalent of a port 3389 for TCP and UDP are available and open.

Anyone else have ideas on how to fix this? I'll keep searching and update if I locate a fix.

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RAZR V3 - Sync Phonebook into Microsoft Outlook free!

A little over a week ago, I gave a short tutorial on how to export contacts from your Motorola V3 RAZR's phonebook so that you could either back them up, or import into a PIM (Personal Information Manager) of you choice. Utilizing a tool like P2KTools enabled a quick read and export of these contact to a standard CSV (comma separated values) file that you could use as needed.

While that is useful for backing up the contacts on the phone, for most of us who use Microsoft Outlook -- it only gets us part of the way there. In reality, what we really want to do is synchronize (or sync) our contacts from the RAZR's phonebook with Microsoft Outlook and preferably for free! With that need in mind, here is another how to guide on getting those contacts into Microsoft Outlook in just a couple of quick minutes.

Here is the step-by-step guide, remember -- this guide already assumes that you have exported you contacts to CSV from P2KTools. If you have not completed that step yet, please visit this page to do so.

Did this how-to work for you? If so, let me konw with a comment!

1. The first thing that you need to do is rename that phonebook.csv file you created into a file with the extension .txt, or a text file. The reason for this is that you need to edit the file in Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet and while it is called a comma separated values file (CSV), in reality P2KTools creates a semi-colon delimited values file that is not recognized by Microsoft Excel.

Sync contacts by importing CSV into Microsoft Outlook for Motorola V3 RAZR
2. Once you open the file in Microsoft Excel, delete the first couple of rows for the groups that will not import into Microsoft Outlook. In my case, there were 3 rows that needed to be removed. Perform a save as and select the type of file as Comma Separated Values (CSV) -- name the file phonebook.csv.

Save as CSV file for import into Microsoft Outlook from RAZR V3
(Sidenote: There are several other advanced things you can do with Microsoft Excel that would enable you to build a more detailed file for Microsoft Outlook. You can group and combine rows for multiple contacts -- such as home, mobile, work into one line for import. This guide will not cover the advanced manipulation)

3. Open up Microsoft Outlook and choose File --> Import and Export... to start the Import wizard for Microsoft Outlook. Choose the 'Import from another program or file' and click on 'Next' to continue.

Synchronize contacts from RAZR V3 via Microsoft Import and Export Wizard
4. In the next option, choose the 'Comma Separated Values (DOS)' and click 'Next' to continue.

Select file type to import Microsoft Contact from Motorola RAZR V3
5. Browse to the document location that you saved the CSV file into and select 'Replace duplicates with items imported' and click on 'Next' to continue.

Select file to import Motorola V3 contact from
6. Choose your contacts folder as the destination to sync your contacts into and click on 'Next' to continue.

Choose the contacts folder to import your contacts into

7. From the "Import a file" dialogue, click on the 'Map Custom Fields' button to mapp the Outlook fields to the fields from your Motorola RAZR V3.

Choose custom mapping to map the file from your Motorola RAZR V3
8. Choose the two fields to map into your Microsoft Outlook. Map the name and the phone number by dragging and dropping. Once complete, click on 'OK', and then on 'Next' from the previous screen.

Drag and drop the fields to map the fields from your Motorola V3 RAZR CSV file
9. Contacts begin to import into Microsoft Outlook.

Watch the contacts import!

10. Now your contacts show up in Microsoft Outlook and have been synchronized from your Motorola V3 RAZR phone for free!
Completion of the Synchronization from your Motorola V3 phone

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