Most of the information reproduced here, for convenience's sake, can
be found at the moto4lin's
supports AT and P2K modes on
these phones. The AT mode is
basically for Modem functionality and GPRS. Its the P2K
mode that lets you access your
phone's file system, and other features such as SEEM editing.
#Phone Set-up (A780 Specific):
Telnet access, LinLoader etc. are NOT
for the example on this page. All you need is the
phone and a USB cable.
Check/Set the USB port to modem mode.
On the Phone do:
Set the USB
port to Modem Mode.
This is under
Setup.... USB Mode.
#Desktop PC Requirements
You need root access for almost all of the operations here.
You need the following RPM's installed:
qt, qt-devel, zlib, zlib-devel, libusb,
(Note: You probably will also need minicom installed for
may as well grab it while you are installing the other stuff, so I
include it in the commands below.)
Obviously, most systems should have some of these installed, such as
libusb. To check the other ones do:
~# rpm -qa | grep
For example, I check to make sure I have qt-devel, I use:
~# rpm -qa | grep qt-devel
Showing that I have qt-devel, and that it is at least version 3.3, so I
If you are missing anything, install it with:
~# yum install <package
For example, If I did not have qt-devel, I would enter:
~# yum install qt-devel
Do the same for the other pre-requisites that you do not already have.
You can also get minicom now too:
~# yum install minicom
#Preparing to install moto4lin
We are going to get the moto4lin
source from a cvs repository. You might get an error from cvs at this
stage, ignore and proceed. Asked for password? Just press Enter.
~# cvs -z3
-d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/moto4lin co -P
This should download the source into a directory named moto4lin
On Fedora Core, we have to do 2 quick "fixes" to get moto4lin to
~# ln -s /usr/bin/uic /bin/uic
~# export QTDIR = /usr/lib/qt-3.3
Now compile the source.
~# cd moto4lin
~/moto4lin # qmake
~/moto4lin # make
~/moto4lin # make install
Should you receive any compilation Errors
you most likely do not have
the required libraries, try looking through the Error
figure out what you are missing. Don't worry about Warnings
. If Warnings
bother you, then I would
like to see you write code that never produces Warnings
when it is compiled. If
there are no Errors
, you have
Connect your phone to your computer using a usb cable.
One nice thing about the A780, and other, newer Motorola phones is that
they use a standard USB to USB mini cable. A special
Motorola cable is NOT
Now run moto4lin
~ # moto4lin
You need to run it under root to access the P2K mode on your phone, at
least until its fixed, or someone figures out how to run it as normal
It should say: '[info] Phone
' in the status line.
GoTo: Settings -> Preferences...
Set 'ACM Device' = '/dev/ttyACM0'
Then we need to figure out the following,
'AT Vendor ID',
'AT Product ID',
'P2K Vendor ID',
'P2K Product ID'.
Click 'Update List' -> retrieves a list of the 'AT Vendor ID' and
'AT Product ID' of all your USB devices. Find your cell phone's AT IDs
from the list.
(Once you have found it write it down, because an ODD thing is when moto4lin
is run under root, it does not save
any changes to settings)
Select 'Switch to P2K' -> if it is successful, it should say '[info]
Phone pluged as P2K' in the status bar of the main window.
Clicking 'Update List' again will now retrieve the 'P2K Vendor ID' and
'P2K Product ID' of all your USB devices. Write your cell phone's P2K
Alternatively you can search here
for the AT and P2K IDs of your phone.
The A780's info is:
AT Vendor ID - 22b8
AT Product ID - 3802
P2K Vendor ID - 22b8
P2K Product ID - 6009
Appearently, most A780's with late firmware versions will fail to
switch to P2K
If this happens, do the following steps:
(Trivial Note: The MING phones - E680 E680i, A780, A1200 run
Linux, not P2K on the AP (Application Procsessor). Putting the
phone in the mode where Moto4Lin can work is still called "P2K Mode" -
Us Linux users just have to go along with the P2K terminology.)
#Using Minicom to force the A780
into P2K mode - Optional:
Unplug your phone.
Start Minicom in setup mode:
~# minicom -s
Move to Serial Port Setup <Enter>
Press <A>, and change the Serial Device to /dev/ttyACM0
Press <Enter> and <Enter> again to get back to the
Move to Save setup as dfl. Press <Enter>
Move to Exit. Press <Enter>
Connect your phone.
After Minicom starts, the phone should return "OK"
Type the following (in minicom):
You will get a message telling you to disconnect. DO NOT unplug the phone
, Just quit
Do this by pressing <cntrl - a> <q>.
If you do:
~ $ cat /proc/bus/usb/devices
You shoul d see that your phone has changed it's identity. Its
product code should have changed from 3802 to 6009.
Start moto4lin, and it should see that the phone is already in P2K
mode. You should now be able to connect to it.
(Note: Since we have the source code for moto4lin, we could
change the AT commands it sends to the phone to put it into "P2K" mode
appropriate ones for the A780. I have not bothered to do this
since I do not
messing with my SEEM files everyday. Suggestion to the Moto4Lin
developers: Make is so that we can change the AT command to
phone mode in the settings screen.)
If its already in P2K mode, click 'Connect' to load up your Motorola
For the A780, you will not see the full Linux filesystem.
#Editing SEEM 0032_0001
The whole purpose of this, for me, was to enable Autoupdate of the
phone's clock. This is done by editing SEEM file 0032_0001.
We need to change 2 bits in this file. Moto4Lin makes this
You can find a reference of SEEM 0032-0001 here
Please not that this covers this seem file for other phones. Some
bits may be different or not used for the A780. I strongly
reccomend that you do not change any bits if you are not sure of thier
effect on your phone.
(Note: There is a bug in the phone that causes erroneos time
updates with some - North American, I believe - providers. See this
Click on Seem Editor.
In the Seem entry boxes, enter 0032, 0001.
Click Read Seem. (Note. it is a good idea to save your
original seem to a file before editing it.)
Your screen should look something like:
To enable Network time autoupdate, we need to change the very first bit
of this seem. Click on the box at 000_,_0 and set the 0th
(Note the differnce between bit order and bit number.). Do the
same for bit 2 of byte 55 (This is at 005_,_5 ).
One final warning
here about the possibility of rendering your phone
non-functional. If you do not want to continue, just click
Disconnect, and unplug your phone.
Click on 'Write Seem'.
If there is no other editing you wish to do, just click 'Disconnect',
unplug your phone. Reboot to see the changes.
(Note: Moto4Lin can also reboot your phone.)
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