i got my nokia 7200 to play ball with my compaq evo (running ubuntu dapper) via infrared, after a flick with Gnokii, and then gammu (can’t remember url). Gammu finally worked, and i backed up my phonebook to a text file, something i’ve always wished to do (Nokia PC suite on windows used to use some format i didn’t verify, but looked like binary to me, and that defeated the purpose of backing up for me. If it ain’t accessible, it aint a backup!)

if i have more time in the future i’ll investigate the whole mobile phone on linux thingy.

here are the things i did

  • i installed irda-utils (i’m not sure if that is necessary but i did.)
  • installed gnokii (which i couldn’t get to work with my phone
  • compiled and installed gammu, because it isn’t in dapper
  • read the documentation in /usr/local/doc/gammu or /usr/share/doc/gammu
  • copied the sample config file to my home directory, and renamed it to .gammurc
  • uncommented the line that has a comment above it saying “other nokia phones with infrared”
  • edited the line that said port=… to point to my infrared device node (/dev/ttyS1)
  • ran ‘gammu –identify ‘
    in the terminal, and it worked.
  • read the documentation to see the available commands.
  • I suppose gnocky is a gui for this tool, but i haven’t checked. couldn’t compile it due to missing packages on my system.

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