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  1. #1
    Randy S
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    Wife and I each have a Motorola V195...ancient phones, I know, but
    they work well for us. We used to be able to plug a USB cable into any
    PC and charge the phones, but that recently stopped working and we'd
    like to know why.

    We've tried 3 different USB cables and at least half a dozen different
    PC's at home and at our respective workplaces. Both V195's 'wake up'
    when the USB cable is plugged in, but neither phone actually begins to
    charge.

    We also have two AC chargers, both of which continue to work
    perfectly, but we'd sure like to regain the capability to charge via
    USB. Any ideas?




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  2. #2
    SMS
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    Re: V195's no longer charge from USB

    On 12/1/2012 5:09 PM, Randy S wrote:
    > Wife and I each have a Motorola V195...ancient phones, I know, but
    > they work well for us. We used to be able to plug a USB cable into any
    > PC and charge the phones, but that recently stopped working and we'd
    > like to know why.


    In order for a Motorola V195 phone to charge from a computer's USB port
    (or from a non-Motorola charger) you need a little adapter:

    <http://dx.com/p/mini-usb-5-pin-charger-adapter-for-moto-v9-32597> but
    no longer available. This adds a resistor across two pins of the
    Mini-USB connector and fools the phone into thinking it's plugged into a
    Motorola charger), it accomplishes what you see at
    <http://pinoutsguide.com/CellularPhones-A-N/razrv3_charger_pinout.shtml>.

    The alternative for a PC is to install Motorola Phone Tools. This will
    install the USB driver for the phone and it will charge from the USB
    port of the computer. You used to be able to find this for almost
    nothing (less than $3, with a cable) but no longer. If you used to be
    able to charge the phone from the PC then somehow the USB drivers for
    the Motorola phone were on your PC.

    You might also try
    <https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/83049/p_country_code/US>
    even though the V195 isn't listed it still may work.

    Unless you do one of these too things, you'll likely see "Unauthorized
    Charger" on the phone. I have two of the V195S phones that I use for
    traveling to other countries since they are quad band. I bring along the
    little Mini-USB to Mini-USB adapter that adds in the proper resistor so
    I can use any USB charger.



  3. #3
    Randy S
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    Re: V195's no longer charge from USB - SOLVED

    On Sun, 02 Dec 2012 16:21:15 -0800, SMS <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On 12/1/2012 5:09 PM, Randy S wrote:
    >> Wife and I each have a Motorola V195...ancient phones, I know, but
    >> they work well for us. We used to be able to plug a USB cable into any
    >> PC and charge the phones, but that recently stopped working and we'd
    >> like to know why.

    >
    >In order for a Motorola V195 phone to charge from a computer's USB port
    >(or from a non-Motorola charger) you need a little adapter:
    >
    ><http://dx.com/p/mini-usb-5-pin-charger-adapter-for-moto-v9-32597> but
    >no longer available. This adds a resistor across two pins of the
    >Mini-USB connector and fools the phone into thinking it's plugged into a
    >Motorola charger), it accomplishes what you see at
    ><http://pinoutsguide.com/CellularPhones-A-N/razrv3_charger_pinout.shtml>.


    Good to know, thanks! I never had that adapter, nor did I have special
    USB cable, so those solutions aren't how I was doing it before, but
    still it's good to know and may help me (or others) in the future.

    >The alternative for a PC is to install Motorola Phone Tools. This will
    >install the USB driver for the phone and it will charge from the USB
    >port of the computer. You used to be able to find this for almost
    >nothing (less than $3, with a cable) but no longer. If you used to be
    >able to charge the phone from the PC then somehow the USB drivers for
    >the Motorola phone were on your PC.


    Bingo! Until a few months ago, both computers here at home were
    running XP and had Motorola Phone Tools (MPT) installed because we
    thought we'd like to sync contacts between Outlook and the phones. We
    did an initial sync, then never again, so when we upgraded to Windows
    7 we skipped the installation of MPT on the new PCs.

    So just now, I installed a copy of the Motorola driver and bam!
    Charging works, and it didn't even require a reboot.

    Thanks for the info!




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