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Old 03-21-2008, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, so I'm new around here; I just got my Pearl last week. I looked a few pages back and couldn't find answers to these exact questions. Any help anyone could give me would be awesome.

1. I was having some trouble with the call logs and SMS text logs deleting themselves. I checked the memory in the status menu, which reported that the phone had almost 600 kilobytes unused file space. Then I checked again a few minutes later and it was down to about 420 kilobytes, so I went ahead and disabled content compression. Will this for sure take care of the logs being deleted? I have the phone set to delete the calls and texts only after they've been there for 30 days.

2. John Clark(e?) posted a guide that showed how to delete unnecessary files and applications from the phone. However, it was using a program that only worked on windows, and I have a Mac. Is there a Mac analog for this program?

3. On that note, is there a Mac program for sync-ing the contacts, calendar, and files (media) that's better than PocketSync that I don't have to pay for?

4. I'm planning on buying a microSD card, but only want it so I can have caller id pictures and ringtones for a good majority of my contact list. I've heard conflicting information concerning whether this is possible. The user guide implies that you can assign a picture or music file that is stored on the microSD card to a caller ID or ringtone function, but someone at the store said you can't. What have you guys found?

5. Can I assign ringtones to all members of a group at once, rather than doing them all individually.

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1. You're DANGEROUSLY low on memory with 600kilobytes free. You need at least 20 times that amount. Somewhere in the 10-12 MEGAbyte range.

2. There is no Mac version of Desktop Manager what will do what you are looking for.
You'll need to find a Windows PC and use that.

3. Missing Sync by Mark/Space is better than PocketMac. It's worth the $40 or so for it.

4. You can't put any contacts on your SD card. Ringtones yes... contacts no. You can store photos on the SD card and use them for contact images if you want.

5. No, you cannot.
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1. No, that will probably not do all you need.

2. You do need Desktop Manager for OS loading/upgrading. There is not a Mac version.



3. Lots of Mac users like MissingSync. See the Mac Users section here.

4. You can assign a Media Card stored ringtone or picture for a contact. A picture will be saved and transferred to the device memoryt when made a called I'd photo.



5. Not sure what you mean. The address "groups" are for sending mail and messages and you can't assign a ringtone for that. You probably mean something else I am missing in your question.



Good luck.

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Thanks for the help. Just so I'm clear:

1/2. I'm gonna need to get a hold of a PC to free up my file memory. I'm below the 12 megabytes for ringtones and the 2 for pictures, so I don't know of any other way to free up space.

4. I'm sorry, but I'm a little confused on this one. Hypothetically, if I were to buy an 8 gigabyte card, and somehow fill it with picture and ringtone files, and then somehow have enough contacts in my phone to allow me to assign each picture and ringtone on the card to a unique contact such that there would always be 8 gigabytes of pictures/ringtones assigned to play and show up on the screen when that picture's/ringtone's assigned contact called, that would not take away from the phone's memory, correct? And therefore, by extension, I could have many contacts with custom ringtones and caller id pictures assigned without having any pictures or ringtones in the device memory, but only on the microSD card? Otherwise I don't see the point in owning the card unless you're trying to use your phone as a gigantic photo album or an mp3 player.

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1/2. Correct. You need a Windows PC with Desktop Manager.

4. The pictures and ringtones will be stored on the SD card.
If you assign a ringtone to a contact, the ringtone will remain on the SD card and be "called" by the handheld OS when it needs to play that particular ringtone. Device memory is largely unaffected.

Contact photos work a little differently. If you have a photo on your SD card, and wish to assign it as a contact photo for caller ID etc., what actually happens is that you're asked to crop a small section of that image, and assign it to your contact. The small section of that image is actually attached to the contact record, and does indeed take up some space in device memory. The full photo is stored on the SD card... and the smaller thumbnail crop is stored in device memory with the contact.
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thank you for clarifying that... only the cropped image is stored in the device memory with the caller ID database.
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******. And I assume that there's no way to get those cropped images to be stored on the SD card?

If not, about how much memory does each cropped image store on the device? If the ringtones folder and the pictures folder are both empty that will be an extra 14 MB that would normally be filled with data. Is there a limit on how many contact records can hold caller ID pictures?

Sorry to ask so many questions.

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as far as i know, the cropped images are stored on the device and i want to say that each one is approximately 10-14 kb
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Hmmm... Alright, and what if I were to use the same exact picture (cropped) for multiple contacts? Is there any way to prevent the device from making multiple copies of the same cropped picture for each contact, and instead just have them use one? I have several groups on my phone that would use the same picture, so this would save me a whole lot of space.
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Is there any way to prevent the device from making multiple copies of the same cropped picture for each contact, and instead just have them use one?
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Default optimal technique for getting JPEGs to Contact Pictures?

OK, so on my Windows PC hard drive I have a whole bunch of JPEGs - typically 1MB in size ...
And I want to select some of them (say 30) to become my Contact Photos, and associate them with Contacts in my 8800 Address Book ...
So I have to copy them across, and at the same time reduce their size to a few kB - and with as little effort as possible ...
(I am not an Outlook user nor can I be) ...
And even though I have looked through FAQs, Wikis, google etc. I cannot find the optimal way of doing this ...
I am sure its documented somewhere - can anyone advise where?
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