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Old 05-12-2006, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if it was necessary to have the Blackberry Desktop Manager software installed on the machine that you connect the USB cable to.

I had tried it with a PC that did not have BDM installed, after 2 hours, my battery level did not change (even though when connected there was a lightning bolt on the battery indicating that it was charging).
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You need BlackBerry Desktop Manager or BlackBerry Device Manager so that the BlackBerry drivers are installed. Without the drivers installed, charging is painfully slow. If you dont use the Desktop Manager, then I would recommend installing the Device Manager instead.
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Thanks Doug! I'll look into the Device Manager, but my gut feeling is that it's only for Windows (most of the PCs I deal with are Linux based). :-/ I guess I may just need to carry my charger around...
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Yes, it is Windows based. I havn't heard of any Linux drivers available. I doubt RIM will ever release any, as they are moving toward a completely wireless/web/OS independant solution.
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Ok, I hate doing this, but sometimes even a mod can be corrected slightly.

In the Windows world, you do not <i>need</i> desktop manager installed to charge your BlackBerry.

Connect the BlackBerry up, it'll try to find drivers, you don't have any, so let it go to Windows Update for them. It'll find the USB drivers and install them for your BlackBerry. Tada...will now charge over USB without desktop manager.

Previously, you could only get the USB drivers with desktop manager, but now that you can get them from windows update, desktop manager is not needed.

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Right, the problem is that I don't use Windows. I now have a second related question.. But maybe I should post a new thread instead.
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Without the drivers installed, charging is painfully slow.
I call BS on this one... The USB port provides power whether the drivers are loaded or not. This is why as soon as you turn on your computer, even before Windows loads, the charging icon on the BB will appear. It's not like the USB port says "Oh, the driver's not loaded, so I'll only supply 2mA of current."
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I call BS on this one... The USB port provides power whether the drivers are loaded or not. This is why as soon as you turn on your computer, even before Windows loads, the charging icon on the BB will appear. It's not like the USB port says "Oh, the driver's not loaded, so I'll only supply 2mA of current."
All I know is, I plugged it into a Linux machine with USB2 for over 2 hours, and the battery bar did not move.. I even turned the wireless off.
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The drivers will download from windows just like Zro said. I doesn't charge the unit without the drivers installed, really. I have experimented with it on machines that have user only rights. I think that the OS, not the USB port, says "Oh, the driver's not installed, so I'll not push any measurable current at all towards this unknown device so that I don't damage my onboard usb ports or damage this unknown device".
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