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Saturday, March 03, 2007

chocolatey os X


[click photo for gallery]

I recently got a LG Chocolate (vx 8500) with Telus, and phew... I like this phone. Out of the box it has no connectivity with OS X through iSync, and I couldn't find any third party application that provides elegant support for the vx8500. Anyhow... after searching around the net a bit I found out how to (somewhat inelegantly) connect with my iBook over Bluetooth and back up the contact list files from the phone, as well as upload mp3 ringtones, and otherwise fiddle with the filesystem.

I have made you a fancy graphical tutorial.

The software to connect to the phone is called BitPim (0.9.11 to be specific) - the version I used is from Appleology and is here.

A note on making ringtones... I used Audacity to:
1. crop the files to 15 seconds
2. fade out the end of the sound file
3. amplify the clip to make it loud enough
4. use the equalizer to cut out the lower frequencies to keep the phone's little speaker from going clunk clunk clunk.

So yea, so far I found the following folders on the filesystem:

/pim (seems to be phonebook information and call log)
/brew/16452/ms (my sounds - midi files)
/brew/16452/mp (my pictures)
/brew/16452/mds (mp3 ringtones)
/mmc1 (the microSD card (if installed?))

update: I got a USB cable off ebay (appears to be a simple straight through cable, labeled as a cable for the LG KG800 - guess its the same plug.) Anyhow its much faster than bluetooth, which is good when transferring mp3 files. To use the USB cable instead, in bitpim prefs click the "browse..." button beside the com port field, and select the entry for the chocolate. (click for screenshot.)

oh and here is a:

disclaimer!!!
this information is provided without guarantee nor warranty nor confidence that it will not kill your cat. if you mess up your phone and it blinks black and white and makes crying noises when you sleep, or anything else unpleasant happens, i take no responsibility for it.


Now if only OS X would support A2DP so that my sweet ass BT headphones would work satisfactorily for music.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How do you set the ringtones for use? Acess them on the phone? I can;'t seem to find them after I've uploaded them with Bluetooth.

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