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  • HowTo: The first step of setting up PhoneControl with RR

    After spending so much time searching and reading, I thought I'd share this howto with people who wants to use PhoneControl with RR but don't know where to start with. So here we go:

    1. You need a Bluetooth dongle that uses Widcomm driver.

    There are other ways to connect your phone like cables or IR but I'm not going to cover that. The recommended USB bluetooth dongles from PhoneControl.NET are Belkin F8T012, Belkin F8T013, and Jabra A320s. Anycom USB-200 and USB-250 also uses Widcomm driver and also has been reported to ship with the latest version than other vendor, might be another good choice too.

    If you decided to go with the above mentioned dongles then jump to step 2, otherwise, read on.

    If you already have a bluetooth dongle like I did and didn't want to waste it, you'll need to find a "patched" Widcomm driver that can function with your BT dongle. For me the DLink BT-120 and also a generic (no brand) BT dongle which originally recognized as "Microsoft Generic Bluetooth" device worked with Widcomm 5.0.1.802. However be warned this takes a lot of try and error, so it's definitely easier to buy a BT dongle that's already shipped with Widcomm driver.

    2. Install the Widcomm driver

    After installing Widcomm driver go to your device manager and make sure there's no "Microsoft Bluetooth Bus Emulator". Sometimes this driver gets loaded right after you plug in your BT dongle and before you install the correct driver, it'll create conflict or error later on, if you see two bluetooth icon on your taskbar than you probably have it. To resolve this, most vendor instruct users to "Update Driver" on the real BT dongle again.

    3. Make your PC a headset

    This is why the Widcomm driver is required because it allows you to set your PC as a headset to your cell phone. The basic idea is:
    phone -> BT dongle -> PC (audio gateway) -> speaker and mic

    Open up "My Bluetooth Place" from "My Computer", then "Services", make sure "Bluetooth Serial Port" and "Audio Gateway" is set to auto start and turned on, then back to "My Bluetooth Place", make sure BT connection is turned "ON" on your cell phone, then click on "Add new Device". Your phone should show up in the list, select and next, pick "Serial Port" and "Audio Gateway" from the service list, then finished up the setting menu.

    The following link from phoco's website also has the same info although it's a little outdated: here

    While going through the above procedure, you have already "paired" your phone with your PC, check your phone under BT paired device, you should see your PC's name. If you have the option to "auto-connect without confirmation" on your phone I suggest you use it, so the next time you won't be asked for connect confirmation or even password.

    4. Try it with PhoneControl.NET

    Try standalone first. Note the phoco bundled with centrafuse won't work in RR, you'll need to get the full PhoneControl. Walk through the setup wizard should be pretty straight forward, and you should be able to test your phone to see if it works. If it works in standalone most likely it'll work in RR. I've tried DFX 2.5 and BMW e36 skin, so far and they both worked fine. Note you won't be able to auto-load phoco using a trial version because the "try-or-buy" will be blocked, but you can still test it by starting phoco first then RR.

    And that's it!! You have got one step closer to make this whole "phone" thing work, play around with different functions and post your finding here please.

    The most difficult part for me is finding the right widcomm driver, widcomm 5.0.1.1200 + Phoco 1.7.9 seems to work better/faster than 5.0.1.802.

  • #2
    good post!

    I use phonecontrol 1.5.Xxx and it works fine with my phone independently of Road Runner...
    My problem is when I try to connect RR and my phone across phonecontrol, it's not possible. I have a message "try to connect", but no connection... I use Iphone skin.
    How I can configure RRconfig that it works? Or what is a possible solution?

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    • #3
      I have tried widcomm 5 but it didn't work too well.. so i have gone back to 4 and i haven't had any connection issues.

      also i use hibernation and i found that when the pc resumes, phoco would connect but the sound wouldn't transfer the to pc.
      to fix this is used in the ExecTBL.ini
      "onsuspend","close_phoco"
      "onresume","resume_phoco"

      also if you have a mixer file called phoco, this will load each time you have a call, so you are able to lower certain frequencies or making the volume louder.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jdi View Post
        good post!

        I use phonecontrol 1.5.Xxx and it works fine with my phone independently of Road Runner...
        My problem is when I try to connect RR and my phone across phonecontrol, it's not possible. I have a message "try to connect", but no connection... I use Iphone skin.
        How I can configure RRconfig that it works? Or what is a possible solution?
        Tried 1.5.x also and got the same problem, I had to manually connect the serial port service so phoco will continue to load in RR. But I'm not seeing this anymore in 1.7.9 and the loading time is MUCH faster.

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        • #5
          MSUN,

          Can you please let us know what phone you are using with PhoCo and Roadrunner?

          I have tried several times to get my Motorola V3x working through the carputer.....without success. Your detailed instructions may well be the answer!
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          • #6
            I tried Nokia 6230i and 6555b, where 6555b is using 6510 profile.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the write up.

              I am attempting to get my windows mobile 6 equipped blackjack to work in my RR skin. The was very useful. Thx.
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              • #8
                HTC Touch (Windows Mobile 6 pro), D-Link bluetooth usb dongle(wincomm 5.x drivers came with it). Took a while to get it configured properly and unlock the phone, but all works well now.

                Now I just need to configure PhoCo to load in digital fx skin. FreeFone doesn't do sms or read the phonebook well.

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                • #9
                  Empezza did you ever get your V3C working?

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                  • #10
                    PhoneControl discontinued, hopefully there'll be another solution available in short future.

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                    • #11
                      there is freefone but i still need to get the phone to connect over serial

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                      • #12
                        I read that centrafuse is going to be releasing a phonecontrol replacement in an upcoming update, and it supposedly works with most if not all phones. So maybe they'll release it as a stand alone product for us to purchase.

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                        • #13
                          I read that today on their site. I just bought PhoneControl a week ago, and I am not impressed that its already been discontinued.

                          If they offer a standalone for purchase that would be great.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dmistry View Post
                            Empezza did you ever get your V3C working?
                            Nope

                            I could get it to read the phonebook, make and receive calls but no audio through the PC.
                            Gave up trying in frustration.

                            Will keep an eye on future developments from other sofwtare now that PhoneCo has ceased.
                            Max Perry

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                            • #15
                              Emp, I think it may have something to do with the bluetooth dongle i am going to try and see if i can find one of the once that was recommended on this site somewhere

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