New version of Nokia PC Suite available

(Via Darla)

Nokia has released a new version of PC Suite, 6.82 Release 27.

There is a vague list of changes (look in Darla’s post if you’re interested), but no major functionality enhancements as far as I can see. I’m still waiting to see if they’re serious about mobile music – they’re shortage of A2DP capable devices and lack of support for their customers’ existing music collection continues to leave me doubtful. I couldn’t care less about their “Improved mobile music experience with Nokia Music Manager” – I’m hardly going to move my iTunes library to their crappy software to find out what exactly they’re trying to sell me here.

I’ll say it again: if you want to succeed in that game, give me integration into what I already have, i.e. iTunes and WMP. Anything else is a waste of your R&D budget.

Darla: Nokia PC Suite Wish List

Darla Mack is collecting stuff she’s like to see in Nokia’s PC Suite.

Let me add some:

  • An uninstaller that REALLY uninstalls everything, without the need to download one of 15 different versions of Nokia’s own registry cleaner
  • An installer that doesn’t mess up my system when I upgrade
  • A setting to let me decide on “last name, first name” instead of “first name last name”. Right now I have to buy extra software like this to do that.
  • I agree on the podcasting support. Let me add ‘Syncing to iTunes’ (and I mean *syncing*, not appearing as a mass storage device in iTunes, including play count support)

While I may appear critical, let me just state that PC Suite still is one of the best synchronisation suites around (with the exception of ActiveSync) – compare that to Samsung’s or (my god…) Motorola’s software….

Stay away from Nokia PC Suite 6.8.x

You may have read about my problems upgrading to Nokia PC Suite 6.8.21. I managed to go back to a working version 6.7.22, which at least got me into a working state again (this is about my work phone, so I NEED this to work!).

When I read that 6.8.22 was out (no link to protect the innocent), I thought that they surely addressed the installation problems (it mentions something in the release notes) and installed it right away. But again, no luck – “no available connection types” ;(

OK, I told myself, let’s go back to 6.7 again, then. Imagine my surprise when the treaded “no available connection types” hit me again! I uninstalled, ran Nokia’s registry cleaner, re-installed, re-booted – no luck.

Doesn’t it make you wonder why they come up with a registry cleaner application, instead of incorporating this into their installers right away?

Anyway, searching Google brought up many more people with the same issue, like here and there. But – no real solution.

Yesterday, finally, I found something: the problem seemed to originate in registry keys that could not be deleted. I tried creating a new user with local adminstrator rights, but still no luck (makes you wonder about what these Microsoft programmers are smoking, sometimes…). Finally I found a hint somewhere: I needed to start by editing permissions on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to include my user (“Everyone” is really not everyone, but the name of a group) and add full access, then I could edit all the other non-deletable keys by editing permissions, adding my user, and delting them. This took quite some time…

Next, I ran Nokias’s registry cleaner, just to be safe, and rebooted. I the re-installed PC Suite 6.70.22, which is working fine now. I won’t touch newer versions with a flagpole…

Can anybody explain why Nokia can’t use the registry properly? I mean, adding keys I can’t delete, or can’t even read the values? Give me a break.

Thanks for three weeks withput synchronisation and many hours of wasted time, Nokia. I was close to picking up a different brand phone to avoid the problem.

Nokia PC Suite 6.8 Upgrade Problems

Shared pain is half the pain“, as we say in germany ;)

” Re: Problem in Upgrading/Installing the New Nokia PC Suite 6.8
Here are the error message:

Error 1904.Module C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite6\BkMrk.dll failed to register. HRESULT -2147024770. Contact your support personnel.

And many more of those error if you click Ignore.”

Good thing I found a german version of PC Suite 6.7.22 here. Unfortunately Nokia insists that I want 6.8 and will not let me download older versions easily. Guys, you may want to re-think that. At least provide links to older version through some expert links on the support pages, please.