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    Bionic car mode not starting

    I am not getting car mode when I place Bionic in car dock.
    When Infirst received the dock I attached phone and it worked. Now mount is in the car and it does not come up when I attach phone.
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    Does it show the phone is charging in the status bar?? And have you used the dock with any other usb cable... it says not to do that in the instructions... funny thing is... i would love it if i used my car dock and it never went into car mode.. i wish that was just an option that could be turned off

    EDIT: if you don't figure any fix for this... there's an app called " car mode control" that lets you turn on cardock whenever you want to... also found one for me to disable cardock when i don't want it running ... cool ... all because of your post and a little digging
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    Quote Originally Posted by b00mb00mchuck View Post
    Does it show the phone is charging in the status bar?? And have you used the dock with any other usb cable... it says not to do that in the instructions... funny thing is... i would love it if i used my car dock and it never went into car mode.. i wish that was just an option that could be turned off

    EDIT: if you don't figure any fix for this... there's an app called " car mode control" that lets you turn on cardock whenever you want to... also found one for me to disable cardock when i don't want it running ... cool ... all because of your post and a little digging
    There's also at least 3 apps that will prevent dock mode, Dock Nothingness, DockNothing Free and NoDock.

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    no usb

    I am not using USB other than to charge and connect to my computer.
    The phone does not turn on at all when placed in dock. I must manually turn on.
    My vehicle is older and does not have a USB connect. I am merely using the phone car charger.
    Thanks for the advise on the app.
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    Yeah that's what i'm sayin... the car dock came with a cable... it was supposed to be used with a car cigarette lighter charger with a USB chargr port... if you just used any old car charger you may have damaged the car dock internally and it won't switch your phone now... my car dock will switch my phone even when its not plugged into anything... i use it on my bicycle to hold the phone and it switches to car mode with no plug attached at all... and just to make sure ... you're talking about the motorola car dock specifically designed for the bionic right?? That's the only one that sends the phone into dock mode... and you said you have to manually turn the phone on... the phone should turn on just because it senses the charger being plugged in...
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    You might be able to replace the car dock under warranty, it sounds like something may have fried in either the dock or the phone. I would try and get a warranty replacement.

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    car dock charger

    I purchased the dock only. I placed the phone in the dock unplugged when I received it and it turned on. I used the motorola compatible car charger that came with the phone.
    Did this damage the dock or the phone?
    Thanks
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    If you used a charger or cable that didnt come in the same box as the car dock, it's possible (although unlikely) that the car dock has been damaged. I'd take it to a Verizon store and see if they can help you with it. They might just tell you to contact Motorola about warranty replacement.

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    I have returned the dock and am awaiting a new one with cable and charger.
    The dock must have been damaged. My wife's Bionic would not start it either.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Docks trigger apps on the phone with small magnets placed strategically in the dock which activate matching sensors in the phone. It does not have to be plugged in to activate the application. These are not very strong magnets so magnetic fields can interfere with them.....

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