All right, some of you may have noticed the CPU errors we've been getting at MoGu--growing pains for a growing site! I have recoded the whole site to straight code instead of using the CMS I was using--not because it was a buggy CMS, but because I can't afford my own server, which is what the CMS deserved! Bottom line is you should notice a much quicker site, and no more errors! Thanks--stick around, we're growing like crazy!
This guide is the first complete, fully detailed and documented guide on how to connect your Motorola phone to your Mac for
modding purposes. Many thanks go out to kingmob for his help in making this
happen, and for his guide which I expanded on to create this one.
NOTE: Moto4Lin does NOT support any CDMA phones, so if your phone model is a V3c
b> or V3m, or any phone from Verizon, Alltel, US Cellular, or any other CDMA carrier, then you will NOT be able to do
any Mac MotoModding. :(
Moto4Lin is the program we will use to do most of our basic modding of your phone. There is a lengthy process you can go
to compile it, etc, but there is a much easier way as well. Lets go with the easy way, eh? :) There is a guy who has created a script
which downloads the latest source code for Moto4Lin, compliles it, and uploads the compliled app to a web server. You can
latest version here, at the bottom of the list. If, for whatever reason, the
fails, this is the file I downloaded when
creating this guide.
OS X will tell you the file may contain an application-thats cause it does. :) Go ahead and hit download.
You will see the file on your desktop once it finishes downloading.
Double-click it to open, and OS X will let you know its unarchiving the file.
You will then have the file Moto4Lin.app on your desktop, with an icon that looks like a Pebl (don't worry, this works with Slvr,
Razr, Pebl... and more.)
Open up your Applications folder and drag the Moto4Lin file into it.
Ok, thats good for now, we have the program installed, now before we open it, lets move on to...
Finding Your Phone's USB ID.
We need to determine how OS X recognizes your phone so we can tell Moto4Lin how to also find your phone correctly.
First, though, if you have a Slvr, Pebl, or newer phone, make sure you are set to Data/Fax Connection instead of Memory Card
mode. To do this, go to Menu>Settings>Connectivity>USB Settings>Default Connection>Data/Fax Connection. Now, to get OS X
to recognize your phone, lets drop into Terminal and execute a few commands. If you didn't know already, to get to Terminal on
simply open the Applications Folder, and look inside Utilities. Then double-click Terminal.
You will see the Terminal window, which looks much like a simple text editor program. Type in the following:
ls -la /dev > temp
Then hit Return. Nothing will happen, thats ok. :)
Now, before going any further, plug your phone into your computer with the USB cable.
Wait a good 6 seconds or so, then type the following into Terminal:
ls -la /dev > temp2
and hit Return again. Again, nothing will happen except a new line
appears for you to type in.
Good, now type in the following and hit Return:
diff temp temp2 | grep cu
This command will return a string of text--what matters to us is the last part, the cu.usbmodem and then some numbers. THAT
is your phones ID that we will be plugging into Moto4Lin.
So, copy that string of text...
And lets Quit Terminal real quick just to avoid clutter. :)
OK, now open up Moto4Lin.
And click Preferences.
You will see the Preferences window displayed. On the first line, where it says ACM Device, highlight everything after "/dev/" and
Ctrl+click and hit "Paste" to put the USB ID we took earlier from Terminal into this window.
You will now see the correct device displayed there. Make sure and click "Set as AT Device", as your phone has a
different ID when in AT mode or modem mode as it does while in P2K mode, which the mode we use it in to mod. Also,
CHECK the "Auto Connect to device" box, even though it doesn't show that in this picture.
Now, go ahead and click "Switch to P2K" in that same window.
Then click "Update List"
Scroll to the bottom of the list you just updated, and you should see your phone there.
Select it and make sure to click "Set as P2K Device". Then hit "OK".
You should now see in your info box in Moto4Lin something like this:
If you do NOT see that last line--the one that says "Phone pluged as P2K", Quit Moto4Lin, re-open the program with your phone
unplugged, and plug the phone back in. The program should start it up and recognize it as a P2K device.
Now, hit the Connect/Disconnect button.
You should see the message "Try to connect" and then "[info] Phone connected as P2K".
Congratulations! Your phone is now connected to your Mac!
You can now continue to the other tutorials on Mac.theMotoGuide.com and get started modding your phone!