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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop Phones
I recently found this blog entry, which explains how to use the Nokia PC suite on a Mac (via VirtualPC or Parallels):
I know there are Mac users out there like me who are complaining that Nokia does not have a Nokia PC Suite for Macs (or Nokia ‘Mac' Suite). I don't want to get into a Mac versus PC argument, but it should be made available even if we are only a small percentage of the market. So far, we resort to the iSync plugin to synchronize just the contacts and the calendar. The Nokia PC Suite offers a lot more. Fortunately, nothing is impossible. There is a way to use the Nokia PC Suite on the Mac.
You'll need to download the usbfix.sh script from the above link to your home folder, make it executable (chmod 755 usbfix.sh), and then do this in the OS X Terminal:
sudo sh usbfix.sh
This temporarily unloads some conflicting USB kernel extensions, until the next reboot. Full details are available at the above-linked blog entry, of course.

One could maybe even write a script which reloads the same extensions, if necessary, after having ended the VirtualPC or Parallels session: just edit the usbfix.sh script in TextEdit, replace all the kextunload entries with kextload, and save it with another name, i.e. usbreload.sh.

Anyway, I have tried it in VirtualPC 7.0.2 on a Mac OS X 10.4.9 PowerPC, with the latest Nokia PC Suite and a Nokia 6630 phone connected through the USB cable: it works, even if sometimes the connection seems to drop. On a PowerPC Mac, of course, it is rather slow! Now, if only one could use also the Bluetooth connection through VPC...
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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: yanokwa on Apr 05, '07 08:54:08AM

I can't speak for VPC but the recent builds of Parallels (v2.6, b3188.0) solved this problem.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: Sven G on Apr 05, '07 12:43:31PM

Yes for Parallels: but Virtual PC is still at version 7.0.2 (where the Nokia USB problem exists); and it seems unlikely that there will be any updates in the future, as Microsoft sadly seems to have decided to discontinue development of the Mac version of Virtual PC (which is an excellent program, even better than the PC version!).

Anyway, it would be cool if there could be something like a 7.0.3 update which resolves all remaining problems, but maybe this is rather unlikely.

At least, Apple and Microsoft should think seriosuly about Mac OS X 10.5.x compatibility for Virtual PC 7, considering that Leopard will be available also for G4/G5 PPC Macs and that Virtual PC is a very important application for many of us.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: MisterClicky on Apr 05, '07 08:04:41PM

Not for me and a 6610 via USB. Also my build 3188 is a version of 2.5xxx (I believe).



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Use the Nokia PC Suite..not with Parallels 2.5 or Nokie 6682..
Authored by: leoofborg on Apr 09, '07 10:48:48PM

There seems to be a known issue with 66xx and PC Suite with 3188. Now when I synch my 6682 it gets 90% of the way thru and then throws an error, and does not reconnect until I reboot.

When I had 1970 [a build of 2.0] I had no problems with Parallels.

If you haven't already, you should also go to the Parallels Forums and tell them about this.

Either spawn another thread for your 6610 or look for mine. Search Nokia PC Suite.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: delymyth on Apr 06, '07 01:40:13AM

Same as the comment before, I use the Nokia Pc Suite through Parallels since some months.
USB support was fixed in some old beta release and works perfectly fine here.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: le_fino on Apr 16, '07 08:32:29AM

I can't get either 6.82 or 6.83 to work with the C-42 cable (Windows BSOD) or Bluetooth (not found) with Parallels 3188. Very frustrating - should anyone have ideas, I'm all ears.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: Ilgaz on Jun 30, '07 07:19:57AM

Tested on Nokia 9300 (latest firmware) and connectivity cable coming free with it (DKU-2).

I just say, I should read this hint 2 days ago :) So my 100 virtual reboots, 20 cable driver installations were for nothing.

Works all fine! Can't thank enough.

(Quad G5+VPC Latest+10.4.10+Firmware latest+DKU-2 cable)
ps: Nokia bluetooth transfer speeds on pre N series are horrible, you didn't lose anything not being able to connect via bluetooth
ps2: Ever seen the quality of bluetooth stack of windows? :) Horrible, no less. Perhaps they don't include BT support for that reason. Let them don't see how horrible OS it is? lol
ps3: Based on the kernel extensions we unload (harmless), I think there were some Nokia project to support OS X out of the box (full!) and they cancelled it. The things we unload are actually related to things phone supports.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: newtonmcnay on Feb 15, '08 06:55:02PM

The blog that is linked to in this hint has a BROKEN link to the usbfix.sh file!! If anyone here that already had downloaded the file (and still has it) could possibly share it with me, that would be great! Preferably, the original hint poster. :) Thanks.



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Use the Nokia PC Suite via Virtual PC or Parallels Desktop
Authored by: Sven G on Feb 21, '08 12:51:06PM

I tried to answer to your email, but there were repeated errors in delivery; so I answer you here: sadly, I don't have that script anymore, but you could always try to email the Nokia Blog and see if they still have it...

Good luck! :-)



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