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Old 11-03-2009, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy 8330 Calendar Sync/export problems -- please help

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I need to sync the calendar on my wife's 8330 with google apps calendar. Google Sync won't sync existing calendar items on the BB with desktop calendar. Tried exporting to ASCII using Blackberry Desktop, but only a fraction (probably much less than 50%) of the calendar items made it to the ascii file -- even though I specified +/- 180 days (basically everything on the phone) in the the ascii export setup.

Would upgrading BB Desktop from 4.5.... to 5.0 help?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Gotta do this because her calendar only exists on the phone and in BB backup files, and we need to get access on the desktop.

Not interested in Outlook -- just upgraded Office to Home version of 2007, which does not include Outlook. Nuked Office 2003 Office with Outlook because it was getting too flaky and MS doesn't support anymore.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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My experience with Google Calendar is that it will not sync your old Blackberry calendar items, just the new ones added after the install.
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Right.

So how can I get the existing calendar entries off of the BB so that I can upload them to Google Apps? (Without involving Outlook?)

Export to ASCII doesn't seem to be working correctly.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Why are you so against using Outlook the one time to get a nice CSV file of your contacts?
If you have the old install disk for Office 2003, re-install Outlook, sync, export the calendar, then un-install Outlook
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Yes, you have a point. But, I had many problems with Office 2003, associated with corrupted registry entries, Vista udpdates, yadayadayada, which persisted after I removed it and did a fresh install of Office 2007. I finally got that straightened out and I really don't want to go back there.

So instead, inspired by your comment, I put Outlook 2000 on another XP computer, installed Desktop Mnager 4.2.2 on that computer, and synced to Outlook 2000. No dice. Still incomplete transfer of calendar entries.

After further investigation -- I am new to BBs -- I have determined that the problem was caused by deleting and reinitiallizing one of the email accounts on the phone, which was the default calendar account. This caused all of the calendar entries at that point to be reassigned to device default, which doesn't backup over the wire. On deleting that email account, the other account on the phone got assigned as default, and all new calendar entries were by default assigned to that. THose were the ones getting synced.

Mystery resolved.

Thanks for your comment.
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