How to use the Nokia PC Suite in Linux
When I was about to start using Linux (Ubuntu) one of my concerns was being able to use the Nokia PC Suite since I own a Nokia mobile phone. So I tried to find a solution to my problem — the solution was to use Sun’s VirtualBox software to run the Nokia PC Suite since I couldn’t make it work under Winehq.
I downloaded a copy of VirtualBox and installed it on my Ubuntu notebook. After installing VirtualBox, I installed my Windows XP as a virtual machine and updated XP. Everything went smoothly. I downloaded the latest copy of the Nokia PC Suite for my mobile phone and installed it in the Windows XP virtual/guest machine.
After installing everything, I connected my Nokia phone to my notebook using the USB cable and enabled USB devices in the VirtualBox configuration for my Windows XP guest.
Everything went fine and Windows was able to detect the attached Nokia mobile phone but for some reason the Nokia PC Suite is unable to see the Nokia mobile phone.
For a while I thought that it’s a lost cause. I couldn’t use infrared ‘coz the notebook has no infrared. I’m already using the bluetooth of my notebook for the mouse and headset on the host operating system which is Ubuntu. I had only one option left for Nokia PC Suite which was the USB cable (or so I thought).
I decided to try something else. I installed another bluetooth dongle into my Ubuntu notebook to see if Linux would be smart enough to automatically configure the second bluetooth device. And sure enough, Ubuntu detected the second bluetooth dongle when I plugged it in.
In fact the bluetooth manager in Ubuntu was smart enough to add another separate tab for the second bluetooth. When that happened, I quickly tried configured VirtualBox to use the second bluetooth dongle and it worked. When I paired my Nokia mobile phone with the second bluetooth device under Windows XP, Nokia was able to recognize my mobile phone’s bluetooth connection without any problems.
I tried synching using the Nokia PC Suite and it worked. Everything I was able to do with my Nokia phone is now working. It would be nice if Nokia would just port the PC Suite into Linux but until that happens I would have to settle with my current setup and start trying to find alternatives in Ubuntu to do away with the PC Suite. For now, I’m happy with PC Suite under a Windows XP guest using VirtualBox (I needed the Internet Explorer 7 under the Windows XP guest anyway to test web sites I make 🙂 ).
Update: VirtualBox v2.0 has just been released. I hope I can try out the new version. The new VirtualBox 2.0 supports 64-bit OS guests.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.