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Guru I
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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

 


dpabst wrote:

Do I have to have a media card to connect with my PC so I can synch my emails?  My device says there is no media card installed, and Desktop Manager doesn't recognized the blackberry.  thanks.


 

 

hello,

 

the media card is only for multimedia features : music, videos, pictures. It has nothing to do with the Desktop Manager.

 

You seem to have a problem with the Desktop Manager. Please apply the procedure on first page of the current discussion, then install Desktop Manager. If you still have problems you can read discussions related to Desktop Manager or post a new discussion.

 

Thanks.




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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

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Thank you

 

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EDIT: Link Removed

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Registered: ‎03-15-2010
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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

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I happen to stumble acorss this thread -

but the very first part with the instructions and downloads

may not even relate to the current models...

 

Have - Blackberry 9000 - running v4.6.0.167

There is a 8GB micro-SD card installed.

 

I'd like to be able to plug in a normal USB cable,

and see the SD card

just like any other flash device, camera, mp3 player, etc -

 

I can see it via the Settings -> Options -> Advanced -> Memory

Can see these settings -

Media - on

Encrypt - none

Mass Mode - on

Auto Enable - prompt or yes - doesn't matter either way

 

app mem - 17mb free

device mem - tot 859mb  - free 854mb

media card - tot 7.3gb - free 6.9gb

 

If I try with no BB software installed on our PC - XP/SP3 -

I can get the Hardware Found, and it searches and installs - RimUsb.sys -

as the USB driver.

 

I can see it via the XP Device Manager - down at the USB entry -

as Blackberry Smartphone -

 

BUT - no virtual disk drive is shown or accessible anywhere......

 

The BB itself flips into clock face mode with the USB cable connected.

 

Have also tried this after installing the suggested Desktop Manager files.... 4.5, or 4.6, or 4.7 -

 

Guru I
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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

 


ps56k wrote:

I happen to stumble acorss this thread -

but the very first part with the instructions and downloads

may not even relate to the current models...


 

the initial post gives link of the software version at that time. Today, the versions have increased and this is a good thing. It does not render the whole post irrelevant in my opinion, because this has nothing to do with the device model at all.

 

 

 


ps56k wrote:

 

If I try with no BB software installed on our PC - XP/SP3 -

I can get the Hardware Found, and it searches and installs - RimUsb.sys -

as the USB driver.

 

I can see it via the XP Device Manager - down at the USB entry -

as Blackberry Smartphone -

 

BUT - no virtual disk drive is shown or accessible anywhere......


 

 

if you do your own thing disregarding the first post, don't expect everything to work as written. Especially if you trust your Windows installation to install its own version of the RIM drivers, then I cannot help you. The original post was about not letting Windows install junk.

 

 


ps56k wrote:

The BB itself flips into clock face mode with the USB cable connected.


 

this is the way your device is configured : use bedtime mode when charging.

 

 

 


ps56k wrote:

Have also tried this after installing the suggested Desktop Manager files.... 4.5, or 4.6, or 4.7 -


 

the initial post talks about USB & modem drivers, not about Desktop Manager files.

 




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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

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you of course noticed that BOTH of these are listed with the DESKTOP MANAGER or DEVICE MANAGER naming convention, though it does appear that the 4.5 package does not really install programs per se.... but the install screens indicate "Desktop Manager".

 

I will walk thru the process again - detailing the results and software variations...

Still - this is being done on a BB 9000 Bold - which may be different at this point in time compared to original firmware used at the beginning...

 

Wonder if anyone else with a BB 9000 Bold has been successful with accessing it as a flash drive ?

 

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How ?
To install the USB drivers, you have to download them on the download section of Blackberry.com . Surprisingly enough, except if you are a European speaking person you won't find it in the "USB Drivers" but in the "Desktop Manager" section.

Here are the direct links for the USB drivers for Blackberry in english, I recommend the 4.5 version since it works for me.

 
Blackberry USB and Modem Drivers ENG (DM4.6 B13)

  • File size: 16.988 MB
  • Date posted: 15-August-08
  • Download Software

BlackBerry USB and Modem Drivers ENG (DM4.5 B13)

  • File size: 12.33545 MB
  • Date posted: 24-June-07
  • Download Software


then just double click on the installation file.

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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

Just for grins - tried the steps again - with my BB 9000 Bold -

 

If you also have a 9000 Bold - and this works for you, please let us know how you did it....

 

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1 - Installed the 4.5 link for USB Drivers. 

This appears to be a modified Desktop Manager software package, as all the screen titles and ReadMe files reflect DM, but in fact install no software programs.

 

2 - Verify settings on BB for micro card & USB connection.

yup - card is there, and -> Settings -> Options -> Memory -> setup as requested & SAVED

 

3 - Connect normal USB cable (from camera & other devices) to the BB

 

4 - Windows XP recognizes the connection, pops up with the usual USB messages.

    BB flips into charging mode icon with full screen clock face.

 

5 - USB icon on XP toolbar pops up and then goes away - normally it should stay there ?????

    This may be the problem - that the USB driver is not recognizing the later BB 9000 model ID

     and just exiting vs sticking around to act as the interface ??

 

6 - NO virtual disk found anywhere on XP

 

7 - XP Hardware Device Manager -> USB Controllers ->

    Blackberry Smartphone

    Driver - RimUsb.sys - 4.0.0.2 5/2007

    Details - this is the internal BB device ID - \VID_0FCA & PID_8001

 

8 - Nothing on the BB except the clock face.... no "prompt" if using that "setting".

 

Same as we walked thru previously - -

 

 

 

 

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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

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just tried the 4.7 version - no joy -

 

Have now found the 5.0 version - will try that one - nope - nothing changes

The driver is still using the RimUsb.sys file - 4.1.0.4 - 4/2008 -

 

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop/desktop_pc.jsp

 

https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=A8BAA56554F96369AB93E4F3BB068C22

 

 

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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

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BTW - the driver files getting installed - wind up here -

 

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\USB Drivers

 

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 Directory of C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\USB Drivers

03/18/2010  03:13 PM    <DIR>          .
03/18/2010  03:13 PM    <DIR>          ..
03/02/2009  04:50 PM           376,832 BbDevMgr.exe
03/02/2009  04:50 PM           270,336 BbDevMgrPs.dll
05/20/2008  06:33 PM            22,784 RimUsb.sys
05/20/2008  06:33 PM            12,076 rimusbnt.cat
03/18/2010  03:13 PM            22,178 RimUsbNT.inf

 

you can open the INF file with Windows Notepad and see the various BB model ID's it supports.

 

BUT alas - still no joy in getting the BB 9000 Bold connected as a plain USB drive to copy photos...

 

Guru I
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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

hello,

 

giving a lot of information is the right way to go ! This enables people here to understand and try to help ! good job.

 

 

 


ps56k wrote:

 

4 - Windows XP recognizes the connection, pops up with the usual USB messages.

    BB flips into charging mode icon with full screen clock face.

 

5 - USB icon on XP toolbar pops up and then goes away - normally it should stay there ?????

    This may be the problem - that the USB driver is not recognizing the later BB 9000 model ID

     and just exiting vs sticking around to act as the interface ??


 

 

after step 4, there is no reason for the USB icon to go away. I think it can be either a hardware issue (the USB connector is not tight for example) or a software issue (the USB drivers of your installation of Windows is buggy).

 

If I were you I would try to connect the USB cable on another USB port of your computer, or connect your device to another computer, if possible using another USB cable.




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Registered: ‎04-24-2010
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Re: HOWTO : use your blackberry as a USB device

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I had this problem for awhile.

I have a Bold 9700.  Using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

Installed the 5.0.1 drivers that are now available.

BB 5.0.1 USB Drivers: https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/contactFormPreload.do?code=A8BAA56554F96369AB93E4F3BB068C22&dl=...

I installed them after Desktop Manager.

Shut down my computer.

 

Started the computer and it now works.

 

Note:  I have noticed that if my phone is locked when I plug it into the USB port, it is not recognized.  If I unlock it first, it is recognized by Windows every time.

Hope this helps someone else!