Backing up is fairly easy. You have 3 options, DKU-2 data cable, Bluetooth or Infrared (IrDa). I use a DKU-2 cable because cable is faster than the others. If you choose to go with Bluetooth of IrDa then your PC MUST have the respective adapter or as some call it dongle.
Secondly you need to install Nokia PC Suite. Nokia PC Suite v6.82 is the latest but to me v6.4 is the best to date. It really doesn't matter which one you install, both will get the job done...if you want better flexibility though v6.4 is the way to go.
You can find the PC Suite on the CD that came with the phone, if you don't have the CD you can download it from Nokia's website, here's the link http://europe.nokia.com/A4144903. You WON'T find v6.4 on Nokia's site because they only keep the latest versions on their site.
You will certainly see an improvement in audio quality using a better headset, I don't have to do any tests to know so (smile).
It's possible for a 2GB MMC to work with the Nokia 6230 BUT you need to have firmware v5.24 or higher. You can check your firmware by typing *#0000# in standby mode...where you see the battery and signal indicators. The speed will differ depending on the MMC and Manufacturer of that MMC.
The older technology was called MMCs, the newer technology is called MMC Plus! for the full sized MMC and MMC Mobile for the reduced sized MMC Plus!...where you fit the smaller sized MMC in an adapter before putting it in the phone.
Regardless of this, some MMC Plus / MMC Mobile are faster than others, pay attention to the read and write speed before buying a card. The older MMCs normally maxed out at 2.5MB per second whereas the newer ones (MMC Plus!) range from about 6MB - 32MB per second. Be sure to note that you will pay more for higher speed MMC Plus! cards. For best results DON'T go below 6MB per second read & write speed. The MMC Plus! which reads at 32MB per second may be a waste because the phone won't be able to utilise all that speed, I am yet to find out what MMC speed the 6230 max out at. If anybody knows they can share it with me (smile).
MYKL I hope my answer will be of great help. Take care.
@OJ- i've been reading your comments and they are really helpful. i hope that you can help me out with some concerns...
how do i back-up data on my 6230 before i flash/upgrade to 5.5?
can i expect a reasonable improvement in the audio quality with a better headset?
will a 2gb mmc work with the 6230? still with the same speed?
To B. MEADOWS: Well you have to look elsewhere and forget about the Nokia offices. Take the phone to any repair shop, if they don't facilitate the service I'm sure they can recommend a source for you. Take care and thanks for reading.
Original Jamaican, I have followed your advice and information on this site and am very grateful. I have two 6230's and would like to get them flashed to upgrade to v5.24(or better). But when I checked with Nokia to see where the closest place is to do that(Atlanta Georgia, United States)There is nowhere to do it. Nokia suggested that I mail in the equipment, but they would not flash the phones unless there were actual problems with the phones(which I do not have actual problems with the phones). Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Hey i love the phone but can anyone tell me what software to use to ff mother
I am having problems using the music player. I cant seem to have the player pick up mp3 files from the memory card. Can any1 help me with this ! i refresh its track playlist but then again it doesnt pick the tracks in the memory !!!
Also can any1 confirm if they have used the HS-20 headset with this set ? this is the hands free kit available now with the Nokia 3250.
Please email me at mubeanw @ yahoo.com
i have a problem connecting to pc suite. can someone tell me how or give me another program similar to pc suite please . very urgent
my friend seems like u have the best GSM phone forum ruleddd as the best this phone is the best!!! i want 1 again as i said i have a 6230i at the moment i dont like it its got software problems even though i have the latest fw in the 6230i stil gives me problems soo annoying!!!!!! 6230 rulessss best phone ever ..hopefully il be getting 1 soon i hope so!!!!!! my 6230i is doing my head in
You can also take it to any phone repair center that flashes phone or even an individual if they are into the phone flashing thing.
TARIQ: Sometimes we all face memory loss with our 6230. Sometimes it happens for various reasons. Many times it just cannot be explained.
In your case it appears that part of the song is stuck in memory. First of all do a factory reset, turn off the phone, take out the battery, SIM card and Memory Card (if you have one in your phone). Leave everything out for a few hours, even for a day if possible. Try this first and if it doesn't work then you can try what I did to my own phone below.
There was a point in time I was able to reclaim some lost space but it can be very tricky. Originally my phone had 7.3MB and then for some reason it went to 7MB then 6.9MB gradually. It never went lower than 6.9MB.
What I had to do was to full up the rest of the phone memory and then transfer everything to the PC using my DKU-2 cable.
You can try filling up the remainder of your phone memory with one big file or multiple files and if you don't have a data cable for your phone then just use the phone buttons to delete all the stuff you filled the phone up with. It worked for me sometimes but there were times when I just could reclaim any memory at all.
If none of the above works you can turn off the phone, turn it back on and do a factory reset then go through each menu and set them up to your liking. I know this may sound strange but I actually got back some lost memory by doing a factory reset and then going through each menu and customising them the way I want.
If none of my tips works after trying them over and over then you will have to visit a Nokia center, tell them the problem and they will know what to do. They will either flash
your phone with the same firmware or they might just do a backup and empty phone contents procedure. It will cost you if your phone is no longer under warranty but that method should fix the problem.
Memory loss is what I fear the most with this phone because it can be the hardest thing to get back and Nokia themselves doesn't seem to have a clue how to reclaim it back either. Good luck and I hope it works out for you.
I have been having a problem i was downloading a 6.2 mb song and the battery ran out i was placing it in the images folder in gallery now the folder shows 4.2 mb for nothing and i cant use the memory so is there a way to format 6230 phone memory or something
JUDE, having a 1GB is the way to go BUT it can be very addictive, you may find yourself putting stuff on it everyday. I have a full length 'high quality' movie on mine and my 1GB is begging me to put on more movies. The length of the movie is 2hr. 5min. and the file size of the movie is 99.7MB...less than 100MB, isn't that good ?
To Original Jamaican
Thanks 4 the input again thanks so much. Just imagine my MMC 512 is not working properly wen i put an mp3 file in 2 the card it corrupts the files making it not to play at all. Am returning it today and hope to get another one. Thanks a lot you are sureley very helpfull and indespensible.
I just came back from the dealer & we tried out the MMC and it was faulty also on his phone(he has a 6230i as well) we also tried 2 other cards and they all failed so i'll move on 2 a diff brand a 1gb card thanks again.You ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!
As I said, If NONE of that WORKS you just have to do what I did once again and take out the MMC and put it back in until the password lock have disappeared. Have faith.
I'm sorry about your problematic memory card. Let me tell you my story and then you can try a thing or two with yours.
I assigned a password to my MMC (not recommended). One day I used my Card Reader put some stuff on the phone and I don't quite remember what happened before the MMC went back into the phone but let's just say that it wasn't smooth sailing in terms of shutting down the Card Reader in Windows XP before taking out the MMC out of the Card Reader.
When I put the MMC back in the phone it was password locked...now remember, I assigned a password so I said to myself no problem. I put in my password about 10 times and it didn't work so I took out the MMC and re-insert it back into the phone and tried again, same thing, I had to take it out and put in back in about 8 times before it accepted the password. Ever since that I disabled the password for good. I realised that EVEN if I DIDN'T assign a password from the beginning, the phone would have prompted me for one in that rare instance, which is what you are facing now.
Shola, take my advice, you can do it, you can restore your MMC back in a normal working condition. Try turning the phone off, then take out the battery, memory card, SIM card and leave them out for a while. Sometimes when the battery is out for a while it restores several things in the phone...you can say it frees up the RAM (Random Access Memory).
If it still doesn't work do a factory reset then turn off the phone immediately, once the phone has shut down, press and hold the power button for 30 secs. or more, then take out the battery and MMC and leave them out for about 5 mins.
If NONE of that you just have to do what I did once again and take out the MMC and put it back in until the password lock have disappeared.
A question, ARE YOU SURE NOBODY FOOLED AROUND YOUR PHONE AND PUT A PASSWORD ON YOUR MMC ? Because if somebody did NONE OF WHAT I'M TELLING YOU WILL WORK UNTIL A PASSWORD IS TYPED IN THE PHONE.
I have given you all my suggestions, there's nothing more I can say to help you.
For the record though, the password feature is VERY RISKY and is done at the owner's risk. If the password should be forgotten the MMC will ONLY work in the phone which assigned the password to it UNLESS a similar case like SHOLA's should happen where the phone falls or some unusual and rare malfuntion happens, in that case NOT even the phone which assigned the password will be able to use the MMC. Once you assign a password it WON'T work in any other device, whether it be a phone, digital camera, MP3 Player, GPS and other devices that uses MMC you name it...NOT even a Card Reader! In fact, you NEED to remove the password BEFORE inserting the MMC in a Card Reader because Card Readers DON'T ask for passwords, instead the computer WILL FREEZE and you will have to remove the MMC from the Card Reader for the computer to stabilize again. A friend of mine said he assigned a password to their MMC and forgot the password and ended up throwing away the MMC...that is how SERIOUS this password protection is! There's NO BYPASS, you HAVE to remember the password in order to unlock the MEMORY CARD !!! Nokia 6230 owners use this password lock feature at their own risk!!! Don't say you weren't warned.
To Original Jamaican
thanks 4 the input again thanks so much. Just imagine my MMC 512 is not working properly wen i put an mp3 file in 2 the card it corrupts the files making it not to play at all. Am returning it today and hope to get another one. Thanks a lot you are very helpfull