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How to add ringtones and backup videos on a verizon vx8500 (aka chocolate) for free

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This will show you how to build a charge/data cable for the vx8500 (aka chocolate) and how to use the cable for uploading ringtones and backing up purchased vcast videos.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for the actions of those reading this page. Any damage to phone equipment, any fees incurred, or illegal activity is the fault of the reader, not the poster. I only provide the information for educational purposes only.
 
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Step 1: Gather necessary equipment...

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You will need the following:

1 Earpiece adapter for vx8500 (comes with the phone)
2 USB cable to mutilate
3 MicroSD card *optional*
4 Bitpim
5 Drivers (not necessary for linux, as for windows, you're on yor own.
i would try the drivers from my other phone tutorial first, they should work)

Step 2: Prep the Adapter (and start using bluetooth headsets)

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Using a sharp knife, carefully remove (DO NOT DESTROY) the rubbery plastic shield from the adapter. don't cut yourself.

Step 3: Remove the hot glue and jack

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Carefully, very carefully, break off the headphone jack and excess pcb.

Step 4: Solder up the wires.

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This is the hardest part of all. It's just as bad as soldering surface mounted components, so be careful, be patient, don't rush, and resist the urge to punch a baby if you screw up.

use these pinouts:
Phone USB
1 GND (black wire)
4 VCC (red wire)
12 Data + (green wire)
13 Data - (white wire)

solder the pins as indicated, please note, when i first built this i had the D+ and D- pins confused, so they may be backwards.

When you're done charring your fingertips and expanding your young neighbor's vulgar vocabulary, test the cable. using an EXTERNALLY POWERED usb hub, plug the cable in to your phone, ip the charge icon appears, you wired the power pins correctly. now plug the hub into your computer. (in windows) A window should appear telling you to install drivers. if it says something along the lines of "usb device malfunctioning/ not recognized" switch the d+/d- pins and try again. In linux, just open bitpim, if it recognized the phone, great, otherwise, try switching the pins, but first make sure bitpim is allowed to access the usb ports! (it only works for me if i run it as root)
salarys5 years ago
why not try this ringtone maker
I think you can get some help !
I didn't get an adapter with mine... D:<
iTHROWDOWN7 years ago
could this be used for the enV i have an orange one and i know the board in it is diffrent than the silver and green PM me if you know anything nice instructable btw
joe57005 (author)  iTHROWDOWN7 years ago
if it's from LG, then probably. as long as you have the cables and driver. check bitpim.org's list of supported phones (you may need your model number and firmware/os version.)
jonnyboy3237 years ago
Bit Pim Rocks. Thats what i use at least. I just have the cable from the music essentials kit. Jon
Cool! Looks like some work to do, but I don't have a Chocolate anyways.