V325 info compiled and submitted by 911medic
Please NOTE: due to transfer from the style this we emailed to me (formatted
for posting on VBulletin) to this web page format, I still have a little
clean up to do!!
I AM NOT ALTERING THIS CONTENT IN ANYWAY!!!
Mark, here's the info I've compiled. I wrote it with a broader audience in
mind, so it reads like a forum post. Feel free to modify and use whatever
info you like. My main goal was to bring together some of the info
regarding the V325 that is peppered thru various threads on the board.
As a new V325 user, I found a lot of useful info here to help me get my new
phone modified to accept ringtones/transfer files. The problem: it takes a
lot of searching, as most of the info appears to be geared toward other
phones (but works with the V325) or is buried 6 pages deep in a 10 page
thread. Someone here recently asked me if I'd post step-by-step
instructions showing exactly how I modded my phone, and since I'd been
thinking about making a guide anyway, here it is.
The vast majority of useful info can be found here in two sub-forums, the Motorola
forum--specifically the CDMA Moto Discussion and PC Software
sub-forums--and the Verizon Motorola
forum. Searching both of these forums for "V325" (in the thread title
only) will yield a lot of useful threads. A couple of specific threads from
these forums you'll want to read are this
one and this
one. In fact, this guide is basically a re-write of kevlo911's
great thread on putting ringtones on his V325. My goal is to coalesce
the info that is found throughout that thread and several others on this
Another great resource is Mark Venture's
site. It's not geared toward the V325, but has tons of useful
info/guides/links that will be necessary to modify the V325. A great deal
of the information I'm presenting here is Mark's hard work. It's just not
readily apparent that it applies to the V325 (as of this writing).
As you might already know, the V325 is a CDMA phone; keep this in mind as
you may run across information regarding software that wasn't designed for
or doesn't work well with CDMA phones.
My phone is a new V325 (just purchased about 2 weeks ago), with firmware
version R9-1_X_05.28.1CP. To find your firmware version, go to
Menu-->Settings & Tools-->System-->Device Info-->Other Information-->S/W
Version. I'm assuming I have the latest version of the firmware, as my
phone is so new (as of this writing). You may be able to get your phone
flashed to the newest firmware version by taking your phone into a Verizon
OK, enough background info, here's the guide:
What you will need:
-A V325 (duh!)
-A PC with USB ports (Windows XP SP2/Windows 2000 SP4 required if using the Motorola Software Update program)
-A USB cable for connecting your PC to your phone. Not all cables are
created equal, apparently, as some work while some do not. Look at Mark Venture's FAQ for info
and even links to sites that sell cables. To be on the safe side, you
should buy your cable for the V325 directly
from Motorola. I tried my wife's data cable that came with her
Cingular Blackberry, and it works. It initially said "unauthorized charger"
on my phone display, but it still charges/transfers files/SEEM edits fine.
-V325-specific USB modem drivers. HowardForums member a1b2c3d4e5 has made
it easy by posting
a link to a modifed
DriverTool which will automatically install the correct drivers for
the V325. Be advised, the USB drivers for the V325 don't work for the V710,
E840, etc., so if you need to connect those phones to your PC, you'll need
to download the original, unmodified DriverTool
here), and switch between the different drivers as you switch phones.
Software Update (MSU), which you'll use to put your phone into the
proper "mode" to accept the change you need to make. This program is free,
but requires Windows XP SP2/Windows 2000 SP4 to run. Alternatively, you can
use Motorola Phone System Tools (PST), described below.
-Motorola Phone Tools (MPT), which you'll eventually use to transfer files
to your phone. You can find more info on MPT here. MPT is not free.
-P2KSeem, but not just any P2KSeem. You need to download this modified
for V710," as P2KSeem is one of those programs that doesn't normally
play well with CDMA phones.
-Motorola Phone System Tools (PST) can be used instead of MSU to place your
phone in the required state for doing the SEEM edit you're going to do.
However, this program is not available for free (at least not legally).
-DriverTool (unmodified). If for some reason the link to the V325 modified version of
DriverTool is broken, you can modify this version yourself, as described in this
post. It's a bit complicated, but it will work. You may also need
this version to connect other phones to your PC, as described above.
-BitPim or P2KCommander can be used to
further modify your phone, including removing stock pictures and/or
ringtones from your phone (which MPT cannot
do). I haven't used P2KCommander, and I understand it may not work
well with CDMA phones, so use at your own risk (you can read more about it here). I have used
BitPim, and while its capabilities are limited with the V325, you can browse the phone's file system and make modifications. Information on properly
configuring BitPim is available here on Mark Venture's
Your phone comes with capabilities that have been disabled either by your
phone manufacturer or phone carrier (such as file transfers using MPT).
Re-enabling these features requires editing a type of file called a "SEEM."
You can read more about SEEMs here. For
those more familiar with PCs than phones, it's sort of akin to modifying the
BIOS of your computer. If you've ever used WPCREdit/WPCRSet, you'll be
doing something similar with P2KSeem.
WARNING: Modifiying your phone will void your warranty, and
you run the risk of something going wrong and basically killing your phone.
Step 1: Download the required programs listed above, and any optional
ones you choose. With your phone disconnected from your PC, run the V325
DriverTool program, then connect your phone. Windows should automatically
detect and install your phone, and it should show up in Device Manager as
"Motorola USB Modem", using the usbsermptxp.sys driver.
Step 2: With your phone disconnected, install MSU as described on this page. Once the
program recognizes your phone and displays its ESN Number (as described on
the install page), your
phone is ready for the SEEM edit process. Note that the install
instructions state that MSU may install a different modem driver, so if
you're having trouble getting things to work, you may need to run the
DriverTool again after performing your SEEM edit. I did not have this
Step 3: Install P2KSeem for V710 (just unzip the files to a location
of your choice, as there's no installation program).
Step 4: With MSU still running, start up P2KSeem by clicking on the
P2KSeem.exe file. Then follow the instructions EXACTLY as they're shown on this page,
starting where it says "P2KSeem for V710 should say 'connected' in the lower
left." Go all the way through where it says "To verify your SEEM edits were
saved..." Once you're sure you've successfully SEEM edited your phone, you
can exit the P2KSeem and MSU programs.
Step 5: Now, you get to see if it worked! Install Motorola Phone
Tools (MPT), and run it. Don't worry if the Multimedia Studio icon is still
not selectable yet. There's still one more thing you need to do. You have
to fool MPT into thinking you're using a V323M. To do this, you have to
push F6 while in MPT. Select the "communications" tab, and click on "change
modem." Click next twice, and then select "do not automatically detect the
driver" and click next again. Choose Motorola CDMA and scroll down to
V323M. Click next and finish. Your phone will be redetected by the
program, and the Multimedia Studio icon should now be selectable. Now,
you'll have to do this each time you want to access Multimedia Studio,
unless you make MPT think you're using a V323M more permanently. To do this
follow the instructions in this
post and shown in this
post (though with a different phone). The only change I'd make to the
posted instructions is that with the latest version of Motorola Phone Tools (v. 4.2.1a), the detect.inf file says "Driver=v323xuc" for the V323M, so
that's what I changed the V325 to. Now, MPT automatically starts up using
the V323M driver and Multimedia Studio is selectable right away.
You'll probably want to use Multimedia Studio's File Transfer Studio instead
of Melody Maker as Melody Maker modifies your files as they're transferred,
decreasing the quality. A great guide to making your own tones to transfer
can be found here. Also,
you can use BitPim to transfer stock files from your phone. Follow the guide here.
Using MPT, you'll only be able to see pictures you've taken or ringtones
you've uploaded, not the ones that come with your phone.