OK, since so many people are asking, I have taken the time to compile the information about BitPim, Wallpapers and Ringers into one single HOWTO file. I'm sure I will need to add or modify things as this goes along, but here it is all nice and typed. Cheers.
P.S. is there any way to get a Moderator to make this thread Sticky so it's right at the top for everyone when they come here???
-You *cannot* download wallpapers to your Slider any other way. You *cannot* download
---ringers that aren't bought from Virgin any other way. Please prove me wrong and write a
---HOWTO explaining the process.
-There is at least one other way to download files to the phone, using a program called
---GAGIN. GAGIN only runs on NT-based Windows platforms (Windows NT, 2000 or XP). BitPim
---has versions for NT or 95 based Windows OS, as well as MacOS 10.1 and Linux.
Hardware I'm using:
-Kyocera SE47 Slider phone (duh)
-Kyocera Serial port data cable for SE47. USB may work as well.
Software I'm using (all FREEWARE):
---use to upload files to your phone, or download files from your phone.
---Version 0.62 will work, 0.7-test1 should also work but I haven't tried.
---use to make the 128x116x24bpp Windows BMP files for wallpaper.
---Be sure to get the base package. You'll probably also want the plug-ins as well, but I'm
---not sure you need them
---use to resample recordings to 16kHz mono and save them as 24kbps CBR MP3 files
---you need to get the 1.2.0 beta version of Audacity. The 1.0.0 'stable' version wont work
-LAME MP3 encoder: http://mitiok.free.fr
---use to allow Audacity to save resampled recordings direct to MP3 format
---You only need the DLL, you can ignore the rest of the stuff in the archives. Put the DLL
---in your windows/system directory, the tell Audacity where to find it. (It will ask the
---first time you try to encode an MP3 file.)
-If you have previously installed the Kyocera Desktop software, UNINSTALL it first.
-Download version of 0.62 of BitPim and install it
-Connect your computer to your phone via the data cable for the SE47
-Go to the 'View' menu, and make sure 'View Filesystem' is checked
-Click on the Filesystem tab to see the directory structure of your phone.
-Open the /user directory on your phone. This is were everything is going. It will also
---cause BitPim to attempt to connect to your phone.
-To save a file to your phone, right-click the directory to save in and select 'New File...'
---Pick the file you want to download from the dialog box and click OK. You can't rename
---things in the dialogue, so rename any files you need to before downloading them to your
-To download a file from your phone, right-click the filename and select 'Save As...'
-To Delete files, right-click the filename and select 'Delete' (duh)
-Use IrfanView or your favorite image editor to make a graphic file that is the right size
---and color depth for the Slider. The largest image the Slider can display is 128 by 116
---pixels. (The screen is 128x128, but the top 12 rows are reserved for status icons.)
---Images must be 24-bit color depth (24bpp). I assume you can figure out how to do this
---on your own.
-Once the image is formatted correctly, save it as a Windows BMP file.
-Rename the file to 'BmpX', where 'X' is a number from 1 to 25 (no leading zeros). The file
---must have NO extension ('Bmp6.bmp' WON'T work). You may need to get to a command prompt
---to do this, as Windows makes it hard to remove registered file extensions.
-Save the renamed file on to your phone using BitPim. Put the file in the directory
---'/user/mypictures'. Remember it *must* be named 'Bmp1' to 'Bmp25' with no extension.
-Open the Doodler application on your Slider, under Games.
-Go to 'My Pictures' in Doodler. Scroll down using the arrow pad until you see the image
---you just downloaded.
-Make sure you DO NOT click the 'Edit' button. If the image is large, you'll probably crash
---your phone and have to take the battery out to restart it.
-Click 'Assign' and select 'Wallpaper'. Click OK
-Close your phone and admire your new wallpaper!
-Ringers can be either MIDI files (*.mid) or MP3 files (*.mp3). MP3 files must be encoded
---at 24kbps constant bit rate. MP3's must be at 16,000 samples/second (16 kHz). MP3's
---must be MONO (not STEREO). You can use Audacity (or something similar) to split a
---stereo recording in to two mono tracks, then mix them into a single mono track. Again,
---I leave it to you to figure this out. This is a phone HOWTO, not a recording HOWTO.
-Save the MIDI or MP3 file, *with* the appropriate extension, on to your phone using BitPim.
---Put all ringer files (MIDI or MP3) in to '/user/sound/dnld' directory. Remember you can
---only have 10 downloaded ringers on your Slider, so you may need to delete some off first.
-Open your phone, go to 'Settings - Sounds - Ringtones' and your downloaded files should be
---at the top of the list.
-You must do the above step before the ringtones will show up in 'Settings - Sounds - My
---Ringtones'. If you go here before opening the Ringtones menu, you won't see the files
---you just downloaded.
-Just select the file you want to be your ringer and enjoy!