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Connecting a Motorola V phone with your PC - USB Data Cable problems

 

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I bought a new, unlocked Motorola V400 mobile phone on ebay. Since this phone has a (VGA resolution) camera, I wanted a data cable to connect the phone with my PC.
The data cable allows to transfer pictures, mp3 files and address book data between phone and PC (Outlook).

I found various offers on ebay that were very low priced.

"Motorola V551 V300 V330 V400 V600 USB Data Cable + CD"
($1.99)



The description for this product is typically like this:

  • 100% Brand New High Quality USB Data Cable w/ Driver
  • Quantity: 1
  • Start syncing data for your phone with this USB data cable with driver.
  • Connect your cellular phone with your PC/Laptop by the USB port to perform data transfer, fax and modem operations on GSM and TDMA products.
  • USB Driver is included. Driver configures the computer's COM port 4 (COM4) to be a USB port so that TrueSync can be used with the cable.
  • Note: TrueSync does not allow or recognize a USB connection; however, this data cable will configure the computer's COM4 to be a USB port. After installing USB driver, choose COM4 as your connection in TrueSync.
  • USB is supported on Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, not supported on Windows 95/98 1st Edition or Windows NT.
  • Act now while this offer lasts!
  • For use with: Motorola
  • Compatible with: A630 / A830 / A835 / A840 / A845 / A860 / A920 / A1000 / C305 / C341c / C343 / C343cr / c390 /c698p / C975 / C980 /E310 / E398 / E550 / E815 /E815m / E1000 / E1070 / M800 / M900 / ROKR E1 [E790] / T720 /T720c / T720i / T722 / T722i / T725 / T300p / T730c / T7 / V60 / V60t / V60c / V60g / V60i / V60p / V60s / V60v / V60x / V65p / V66 / V70 / V80 / V120 / V120c / V120e /V120t / V120x / V260 / V262 /V265 / V265m / V266 / V276 / V300 / V300m / V330 / V330i / V400 / V400p / V500 / V501 / V505 / V510 /V525 / V525m / V535 / V540 / V545 / V547 / V550 / V551 / V551j / V551m / V555 / V557 / V557p / V560 / V600 / V600i / V600m / V620 / V635 / V635i / V710 / V710m / V810 / V872 / V975 / V980 / V1050 / MPx220 / Timeport 270 / 270c / 280 / 280g
  • CMOTV60XDAT5
  • 206939"


I bought a combo of
  1. cable
  2. driver CD
  3. travel charger

for $0.99 plus $5.95 shipping.

With sales tax it came to $7.02. I already had a travel charger and a car charger, but hey - a spare charger cannot hurt, or?

The product arrived within 4 days.

I put the CDROM in the laptop (Windows XP),
plug the cable in the phone,
other end of cable goes in laptop's USB port.
[pause]
computer recognizes new hardware
but fails to install the proper drivers.

I spend 12 hours over 2 days downloading various drivers and software tools.

Appears that the content of the driver CD (P2K drivers) is indeed needed, but you can download it for free from many many sources on the web (legal downloads)

Ideally you will also want a software application that does the synchronization. The drivers alone don't do you good. There are illegal copies available on the web, or in P2P file sharing networks, or you can buy "Motorola Phone Tools" from these guys:

http://www.bvrp.com/customers/motorola/upgrade/US/

As I said, I am not a computer novice, and after combined 12 hours of trying, I figured the cable may be bad. My cable has a print "V60" on it. Maybe not quite as compatible as I thought?

I went to the mall and bought an official Motorola Data Cable ($27.50 including sales tax).
Plugged it in, worked right away.
For 27.50 you don't even get a driver CD and of course no application either, but you get a functioning cable.


What about the cables on ebay? I found out that this is no single occurence. Many other customers have made the same experience. Those $0.49 cables are not working reliably.

Can can I do? Sure, I can mail the defective cable back to the ebay seller and get a refund of 99 cents (actually a loss after paying for shipping it back!)

The way I see it, I got a spare travel charger - which actually does work -, and hopefully one more positive feedback, all for $7.



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2009-01-16, 12:29:59
anonymous from Netherlands Antilles  
I have to say is that the motorola software do not work with Window Vista,you have to update it on the internet.But after you use it a couple of times you get a Window message 'Motorola mobile phone not respond or un known error or error code 10.
2009-01-18, 05:48:05
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2009-01-21, 04:57:48
zahid_ahmad_khan@yahoo.com from Pakistan  
please send me the data cable installation cd for motorola c975 set
thanks
2009-02-02, 09:32:42
anonymous from India  
hi,
i have a motorola handset.......earlier i could transfer pictures from it to my laptop using a data cable but since last few days,when i connect the data cable,it shows 'digital camera has been found' on my laptop screen.
i can't transfer anything now.......
please help.
2009-02-06, 08:42:17
raeddib2001@yahoo.com from United Arab Emirates  
i cont to coniction wis my usb i need help plz
2009-04-18, 18:02:27
anonymous from Iran  
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I have got motorolav3x and now I can not connect my phone to my computer by USB and I cannot install connecting program I bought it 2007 what can I do?
2009-05-17, 15:15:37
anonymous from United States  
Motorola Phone Tools v5.00

Download: http://rapidshare.c..intin.rar
PASSWORD:www.darkg405t.com

Note you will need the password to extract the files also you will need winrar or some program to extract the .rar file containing a legit full copy of the program you all seek say thanks and have a nice day.
2009-05-29, 19:58:55
anonymous  



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2009-08-11, 07:58:40
EMAN from Philippines  
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Hello guys, I have this annoying but cool motorola cellphone - the A835!

But I cant connect to PC because I dont have CD driver, please give me a copy please inform me here please... new_beginning@ymail.com...

A great help to reply on my email! thanks Guys!

Eman of the Philippines
2009-12-10, 03:05:42
karl_444@live.com from Pakistan  
hello i have motorola l6 but i cant transfer any data like sounds or picture from my pc to my cell phone through data cable if u have any software or driver for this so please tell me through my email karl_444@live.com
2010-02-22, 20:49:54
anonymous from Bangladesh  



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2012-03-30, 06:23:48
anonymous from United States  
ammata hukkanna wesawo thopilage USB cable eke konnak PC eke gahala anith kona puke gahaganin.Wesawo
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