Connect to computer, ALWAYS wants to load drivers!

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    I've had my Droid 2 Global for almost three months now, and for the most part it's great.

    One thing, though -- when I decide to use it at my desk and connect it to My PC desktop running XP Pro, mostly to keep it charged, EVERY TIME a program starts that wants to install Motorola Driver 4.6.0.

    At the Motorola icon in the tray, I've checked "Do nothing when connected." It stays checked, so it's not that.

    What I want when the phone is connected is this:
    *charge my phone
    *let me look at the directories using Windows Explorer
    *let me copy files into and out of the phone's memory card

    Nothing more, nothing less. And oh, yeah, I don't have or want any music on it.

    Thanks for any help you can give me for setting the phone or the computer so I can keep it simple when I connect.
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    Drivers

    You know, mine did that for awhile. But for the life of me I don't remember what I did to stop it. I'm not sure I did anything, maybe it stopped on it's own. I may have deleted everything Moto from my computer, but not sure that would help either. Hopefully someone else can give you more info. Sorry!
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    Have you installed the drivers from the moto website? That should fix it....
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    I'll need WAY more detail than that. Motorola has several websites. "The drivers" is terribly vague. And the problem I've got is that the phone keeps trying to load the drivers, when I don't want to do a single thing using Motorola software. I learned with my Razr that Motorola software is squirrely and the best thing to do was to avoid it.

    I want the phone to just look like a hard drive when it's connected to the desktop. Does some Motorola software somehow start up and then do nothing?

    I just read the thing about antivirus. Is that an answer to my question or a separate topic that's part of your signature?

    Thanks.
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    Check the SBF link in my sig. I have linked to the drivers you need in this post.
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    Its part of my signature. Just google Motorola drivers and its the first one, not hard to find at all. Heres a link anyways though - USB and PC Charging Drivers - Motorola Mobility, Inc. USA. I havent had any problems out of the drivers and you will need them anyways if you ever have to SBF.
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    Did I tell you that I'm new here, and I'm new with the Droid 2? I guess I didn't tell you that this is the first smart phone I've had.

    Thus, being new here, I don't know for sure whether your signature is the stuff below the line or the stuff over under the avatar. I'd like to know what SBF means, as it's probably not Single Black Female, but none of the other 35 definitions I can find mean anything to me, not even the ones that sound vaguely computerish. Sequential Block Filemanager sounds most likely, though, but I like knowing what something is before I inflict it on my computer.

    Also, I had a couple of questions in my previous post, and I'd feel more comfortable if you'd answer them instead of pointing off to the side behind some curtain.

    Lastly, I uninstalled the one Motorola program that was on my computer, and behold -- when I connected the phone last night, nothing happened, just as I want. However, I just checked to verify, and now connecting the phone inspires the installation program that says it will install Drivers 4.6.0. And the computer no longer sees the card on the phone.

    I've learned that if you understand more about a device than the bare minimum to get the job done, you're way way better off. In that light, would you be so kind as to tell me why I need any drivers AT ALL when I don't want the phone to do a damn thing except be there?

    By the way, as to the link you provided in your signature, here's the part that I think is your signature:
    Droid 2 Global: Liberty Rom with EpicBlue n Bold Theme.
    How to SBF your D2G!
    Need help? Try searching. It is often faster than waiting for a response as you will likely find an instant answer.
    If I helped you,please click here sign up for a dropbox account and earn us both an extra 250MB.


    As I mouse over that stuff, I find five links. I don't know if I want to SBF my D2G, but I'm guessing that's the one I want. Right?

    I'd sign up for dropbox to help you out, but I've already got a large subscription. Sorry.
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    Can you check your RSD download link. I was unable to get it from that link.
    google served me well tho
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    lets see if this helps you.
    this link USB and PC Charging Drivers - Motorola Mobility, Inc. USA

    will answer all your question about the drivers. as for connecting your phone to look at the sd card. I know on a D1 you have to mount your SD card. Not sure on your phone.
    You should be able to charge your phone without drivers. But you will get the annoying pop up box when you first connect your phone. hit cancel.
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    lets see if this helps you.
    this link USB and PC Charging Drivers - Motorola Mobility, Inc. USA

    will answer all your question about the drivers. as for connecting your phone to look at the sd card. I know on a D1 you have to mount your SD card. Not sure on your phone.

    Sigh. I bet "mount" doesn't mean place the card into the phone. I'm an audio/video installer so I know how lame it must sound when someone (me) doesn't understand some ordinary word that's used in a specific technical way... but what does "mount" mean?


    You should be able to charge your phone without drivers. But you will get the annoying pop up box when you first connect your phone. hit cancel.

    Yeah, well, if the Motorola software didn't make me hit "Cancel," then "Yes, I really freakin' mean" it in another window, then "Finish" in the original window, I might not mind just cancelling the action!




    By the way, when I'm typing, is there some way to get rid of the hyper ridiculously happy dancing banana and... and Black Coke can ( ? ) off to the right of the text window, that keep on moving and distracting me? They alone make me want to exit from this site!
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    It might even be better if you went to the droid 2 section and not the droid 2 global section. Not saying we can't help you but the phones are different in some ways.
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    Regarding your last paragraph--really? I don't get either one of those icons/emoticons, I just have a blank screen to write on.

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    RSD Link fixed. Thanks for telling me. Google does work well to, you just have to go through a few dead links to find a good one :p

    New or not a bit of common sense really goes along way. Not trying to insult you but it is really self explanatory which link to click. I told you to check the SBF link in my sig. There is only one link regarding SBF, so it should be more then obvious. As to what an SBF file is, its not really relevant because I didnt tell you to use the SBF file. Simply to check that link, but on a side note, I can not tell you what SBF stands for because I forgot :p. Anyways, if you read over the post you will find a link saying "Moto Drivers and RSD Lite: Download." You need drivers, so seeing mention of drivers is a logical place to start. The RSD Installer is in there and the Moto drivers are in the zip file I link to. They are labeled clearly inside the archive.

    Again I am not trying to offend you here, but things are labeled fairly clearly.

    On a side note, the dancing banana, if you use FireFox internet browser with the Ad Block Add On, you can right click on it and should see an option to block it. Not much else you can do really except the quick reply box at the bottom of every thread. Oh and if you need to reference something some one said, use the quote button to make it more clear. If you need to quote multiple posts hit the multi button on those posts then hit the quick reply. Hope thats helpful!
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    I happened to work out that the dancing banana can be made to split if you turn off emoticons.

    Don't worry about straight info being taken as an insult -- submit a lot at remotecentral.com, where the installers sometimes get harsh with dumb questions, or worse yet newbies who get explicit answers and then argue about them.

    In that light, I don't mean to argue, but I guess your answer to "why do I need drivers" is "you need drivers." I vabuely remember going through a similar thing with my Razr, which would charge just fine on the computer until one day a program came up suggesting that I needed drivers. The combo of Razr and desktop never worked right after that, and I'm trying to avoid a similar outcome.

    Thanks for the help. Since we're not being concerned about insults, I'll be sure to come back and complain in great detail if it doesn't help me out, but I'll also come back with thanks if it does. I love it when a problem's resolution is in print so others can read about it later.

    Again, thanks.
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    Yep, same thing happened to me. I called Motorola tech support and had to get elevated two tech levels before someone knew what to do.

    Tap Settings, Tap Applications, Tap Development, Tap USB Debugging. Check mark USB Debugging.

    Problem solved.

    Please post back if this works for you.
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    Thanks. Trying it now. Note that I have not tried any of the other ideas, and I don't know whether you meant for me to try them first.

    Done. Connect phone. Get the "Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard." I have no idea whether I want Windows update to search for software, so I say yes, this time only.

    Wizard is searching for Motorola ADB Interface. The Wizard cannot install this Hardware. I hit Finish.

    I can now look at the directory of the phone using Windows Explorer. When I reconnect the phone, the phone has a window that says it's connecting for USB mass storage, and Windows does not try again to install the Hardware.

    Looks like it's set up the way I want it. I'll report back if any changes, and thanks to everyone!
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    The rest of us may have forgot about USB debugging because you have to have it it on to root, and sometimes apps require it like older versions of chainssd(superuser/root) so alot of us have it turned on with out thinking anything about it :p
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    to op you are in the wrong section, this is d2g. Also, every phone is different from the next, even if its the same model. Just about everyone is root user with usb debug on. Sbf is same as formatting your computer hd. Don't be rude when you are asking for help. I don't understand why you could not explore the drive to begin with? First thing I did when I opened my d2g was connect to computer and throw some mp3's to add music then look around.

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    On the first post it says he has a D2G. So @ErnieGilman, you should update your profile to specify D2G not D2.

    I think thats irrelevant here.

    How was he rude? I never saw any rude comments from him. He was very understandable when I made a comment that could be interpreted as rude, but was not my intention.

    How is any of that relevant to his problems? He already solved his problem for now so there wasnt much reason to revive the topic at this point.
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    Ok, I'll change my profile. I thought I had mentioned the correct model in my original post, and another poster here pointed out that I forgot the G in my profile, so... did you go to my profile to see what phone I had, instead of reading my posts?

    EDIT: I changed my profile. I had not noticed that the phone model is under my avatar to the left of the post. But the first sentence of my first post in this thread started with "I've had my Droid 2 Global for almost three months now...."

    Read Post 15. Also, I am totally new to smart phones, as I mentioned. Again, reading my profiles instead of my posts? And, oh yeah -- when you first got your first smartphone, were you automatically a root user with usb debug on?

    I suspect that, being on this forum, you've forgotten that there was a time when you did not know about this, and since you're only exposed to people who have taken the time to find out about this forum and write for help, you have no idea how large is the percentage of Droid 2 Global users who have no idea what that is and could not care less. You're like the Democrat who has never met anyone who voted for Bush -- yet no matter how you cut it, about half of the entire population did. Be aware that you're out of contact with a large percentage of the population!

    This is not at all a bad thing unless you happen not to know it, and then act as though you're in the vast majority.

    Thanks. Nobody had ever said that before, and it's nice to know. Now... why would I want to do to my phone the same thing as formatting my hard drive? That erases all programs, including the operating system. Also, I last formatted a hard drive in the late seventies.

    I did not intend to be rude, and sometimes people take direct questions as rude, such as "I asked this and such and you answered that and the other, could you now answer this and such?" I can't help it if "direct" equals "rude" to you.

    When I first plugged the phone in, the window asking me to install drivers came up. I went to Windows Explorer and saw something that was the phone, but it apparently was the Android stuff, not the hard drive. The simple answer is that I could not do it because it did not show up on the computer.

    Also, the first time I connected it to my desktop holder, a website opened and started playing audio! Worse yet, the connection at the desktop holder was flaky, so it kept disconnecting and reconnecting. And every time it reconnected, yet another copy of the website opened up. At one time I had five of them open, each playing audio on top of one another.

    I'm glad you were able to do that.

    But wait a minute -- you say "every phone is different from the next," then you advise me and interrogate me as though my phone should have worked identically to yours. Question your assumptions. I'm sorry if that statement of fact is rude. Facts are often rude. I mean, we all manage every day to forget that we're going to die some day, but it's true, and what could be more RUDE than to be told you're going to die ? ! ! !
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