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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.



Comments:

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2007-08-10, 05:17:04
anonymous from Philippines  
i have installed my motorola razr v3x properly..but it's not functioning well.the image appearing in my computer is dissimilar with my razr v3x. how can i transfer images from my phone to my computer if it is not functioning well.?
2007-08-15, 10:02:48
anonymous from Indonesia  
sabreww
2007-08-20, 12:40:27
ash_tay_08@hotmail.com  
Is there a way i can download the software for a motorola V3m Razr from us cellular..instead of buying the disk for downloadin pics to the computer>?

if there is a safe website or any website can u e-mail me please!!!

thanks!
2007-09-25, 11:57:50   (updated: 2007-09-25, 11:59:43)
anonymous from United States  
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If you just want to make a safe secure backup of your cellular phonebook on a Motorola, you should check out Backup-Pal.com/Motorola as we've just finished a major update.
We now have support for over 90 Motorola models including the Razr, Rizr, and Krzr phones.

No computer hassles
No wrong data cables
No wrong drivers

Plug it into your phone and push the button, Backup-Pal does all the work.


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2007-10-05, 02:04:25
anonymous  
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2007-10-05, 02:04:34
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2007-10-08, 18:53:15
anonymous from United States  
Idk if anyone still views this but here is a link that will help
http://www.motomodd..ticleId=54
2007-12-09, 11:46:21
anonymous from Kenya  
did not help me. give me a web address please
2007-12-17, 23:31:14
anonymous from United States  
The Tech Genius: Thanks for the location of the drivers. That totally fixed my problem.
2008-03-09, 17:21:37
anonymous  
can motorola v 270 be charched with laptop,my battery is empty
2008-03-21, 12:42:12
tORI  
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HEY I BOUGHT A MOTORIZR Z3 N TRYING TO CONNECT TO THE PC IS HELL I CANT GET IT WORK WHAT SHOULD I DO
2008-04-01, 07:59:17
eggman from South Africa  
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2008-04-17, 00:22:04
anonymous from Nepal  
hey man i am searching for a driver for my pc that will detect my cell:motorola l6.....will anyone plz help me?????i will be grateful 2 u forever!!!!!!!please send the solution to:theneupane@hotmail.com
2008-04-25, 01:46:59
anonymous from Albania  
I almost tried everything, I need a software/installer coz my pc
does not recognize my phone when i try to transfer files to my pc..
I have bought a USB cable but I dont have a cd installer, can u give me a free
download of a software that would be able to read my phone to my
pc? Please I really need one..here's my email address kindly send
me the installer..
fredi_ccs@yahoo.com

many thanks,,
2008-04-25, 01:47:45
anonymous from Albania  
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I almost tried everything, I need a software/installer coz my pc
does not recognize my phone when i try to transfer files to my pc..
I have bought a USB cable but I dont have a cd installer, can u give me a free
download of a software that would be able to read my phone to my
pc? Please I really need one..here's my email address kindly send
me the installer..
fredi_ccs@yahoo.com

many thanks,,
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