Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Motorola V180 Hacking


With a little help from a USB data cable and P2kman you can easily add new pictures and ringtones to your Motorola V180.

You need the following things :

1. Motorola V180

Motorola V180

2. Mini USB data cable - a lot of MP3 players and Digital cameras use these cables too

Mini USB Data Cables

3. Drivers so the Motorola V180 can talk to Windows [ you must register - it's free ]


4. P2kman
is the program you use to add and remove files from your V180 [ you must register - it's free ]

P2kman



Adding Pictures

Note : You can not upload regular size pictures. The pictures must be small or the phone won't show them correctly.

You can use the web site like PXN8, Resize Pic or these others to resize your images easily online.

The size I use is something like this or smaller :

The image should be about 160x255 pixels


At this point you must have :

a) the drivers
installed

b) p2kman installed

c) be able to see your phone and its files in p2kman ( try clicking Update List if your phone is listed )

  1. Click pictures on the left side.


  2. Click the button PC >>> Phone


  3. Find the picture you want to add, click on them [ hold the CTRL key while you click to chose multiple pictures ] and click Open. P2kman may freeze for a few seconds when you add files, this is ok.


  4. In the bottom of p2kman you will see a status message like :

File upload... /a/mobile/pictures/picture.jpg ok

Now in your My Media section you should see the new picture. The picture can now be used as the wallpaper for the main screen, a picture to for one of your contacts and whatever else.




Adding Ringtones

Use p2kman to add the small audio files (wav, midi, mp3, polyphonic) to the audio directory.

At this point you must have :

a) the drivers
installed

b) p2kman installed

c) be able to see your phone and it's files in p2kman (try hitting update list if your phone is listed)
  1. Click audio on the left side.


  2. Click the button PC >>> Phone


  3. Find the audio files you want to add, click on them [ hold the CTRL key while you click to chose multiple files ] and click Open. P2kman may freeze for a bit when you add files, this is ok.


  4. In the bottom of p2kman you will see a status message like :
File upload... /a/mobile/audio/IheartYou.mp3 ok

It is very important that you do the following

If you do not do this your ring tones will not show up

  1. Click the file TempToneDB.db - click the button Delete File(s)


  2. Click the file MyToneDB.db - click the button Delete File(s)


  3. Turn off your phone - then turn it back on.


Now your ring tones will show up in your phone. If the audio files was named , "Ringtone5.mp3" then the ring tone will show up as "Ringtone5" in your phone.

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