- 04-14-2012, 05:03 PM #1
I just picked up a new Windows phone. I've had very few issues, except one which is getting Zune to work with the phone. I have tried every option to get Zune to work with the phone, and in short, it is quite clear that it never will, at least with the amount of time that I have to put into it. In short, the computer runs Windows 2003, and I did manage to get Windows Media Player 11 installed along with Zune, but Zune won't recognize the device.
That said, is there any way I can send music or videos to and from my phone without Zune?
- 04-14-2012, 05:51 PM #5
Are you running Server 2003, becaue there isn't any Windows 2003. I doubt that Zune will work on either one and short of emailing your self the files, or maybe some way with SkyDrive, I don't think you can get them on there.
- 04-14-2012, 05:58 PM #6
I'm not aware of a way to do it without Zune outside of Skydrive. Your original assessment is correct though. I doubt you would ever get it to work since the drivers probably don't support Windows Server much less a version that was last updated 5 years ago.
- 04-14-2012, 07:49 PM #7
This computer is old, but running Server 2003 it runs great, but running Windows 7/Vista, not so much. I'm not about to make the computer useless to get Zune and the phone talking, or upgrade just because of it at this point in time.
So let's assume Zune does not work.
There really is no other way?
- 04-14-2012, 08:12 PM #8
Can you borrow a friend's PC?
To get the most out of the Zune software, your computer should meet these system requirements:
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
Broadband Internet connection
04-14-2012, 11:56 PM #12
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Syncing musics and videos via Zune is annoying to me. The trick I use is to "enable" USB drive mode for my phone:
Windows Phone 7 USB Mass Storage Hack
However, please note that I'm not sure if this workaround works for you. It might not because your machine doesn't recognize the device in the first place.
- 04-15-2012, 07:06 AM #15
04-15-2012, 07:58 AM #16
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He needs a dumb phone... j/k! No seriously, I would do the SkyDrive thing. That's your only option other than buying a new PC or installing a Windows7/8 Consumer Preview. Also, just for ****s and giggles, connect your phone to a modern PC and make sure it works. My wife's Samsung Focus micro USB port stopped working and I went through **** and high water trying to get it work before I realized it was the micro USB port.
04-15-2012, 11:19 AM #18
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- 04-15-2012, 11:41 AM #19
I could probably figure out this issue with a dependency list myself, but now I don't have time to toy with stuff like that anymore.
I have got the sync working on a Windows 7 laptop, so it's not an issue with the phone.
Two other complications -- I moved in with my girlfriend and my computer is still at my mom's. I have been waiting until I can get someone with a truck to move the desk. That runs 2008 server (which I kind of need for my personal development projects), and while there may be some install check edits needed to install Zune, everything else should just work as expected.
The other problem is the CD ROM drives won't ever open on this thing. It doesn't make sense to replace one at this point, as I won't need this computer once I get mine. I have a copy of 2008 server and countless copies of Vista (I got more free as "promos" at launch time than anyone could ever possibly use) I could use, but hopefully I will have my own computer before I get this thing completely setup and re-formatted again.
The work laptop is actually somewhat new but it takes 15-30 minutes to boot and be usable and also has issues talking to the home PC due to the work domain+network config (long story) so in short, that really doesn't work too well for me.
At this point I do believe I have everything installed that I need, but there is probably some stupid configuration error somewhere. Perhaps something with user profiles or something fairly stupid.
- 04-15-2012, 04:30 PM #22
The only thing I miss about Android or BB: no proprietory app needed to read the phone. However, the pluses of WP7 out weigh the single minus over-all
- 04-15-2012, 04:41 PM #23
palandri-1215T palandri # lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 045e:04ec Microsoft Corp. Windows Phone (Zune)
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 13d3:5702 IMC Networks
Bus 006 Device 002: ID 13d3:3315 IMC Networks
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 093a:2510 Pixart Imaging, Inc. Optical Mouse
palandri-1215T palandri #
- 04-18-2012, 08:09 PM #24
I have Windows 2008 Server on my computer which I still have not moved yet. In short, I'm waiting to move a computer desk and I'm not about to move my computer only to rearrange the room again. If you saw the small desk I have now, you'd understand what a PITA it is.
As it turns out, I was using zune to view my videos, which did not give me an option to upload to skydrive, When I go through pictures, the send to Skydrive option is there and that will be good enough for me until I can get my computer.
- 04-18-2012, 08:18 PM #25
Anyway, I can upload to Skydrive if I go to the pictures menu and don't use Zune. I kept using Zune and not having an option, and the Skydrive app won't let me select videos to upload so I did not think I could. Sooner or later, I will get my own computer and I believe I will be able to get it working with Windows 2008 server a lot easier.
I'm new to the WinPhone I agree that I like how the Android is plug and play with USB on any computer for sure, but I really do like my Windows Phone so much better than any Android I've ever used there really is no comparison.