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Old 11-26-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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I wandered into BB this morning & wandered out with the 950. Love the look. Can't get it to connect for the life of me. I know my wireless security is part of the problem. That's a secondary question (i do want to figure it out but really) I just really want to have my computer SEE the reader when it's connected via USB. And it doesn't. I've connected to the Sony store -- it authorized my reader. I didn't have to do that -- it was already listed, so it must be connected somehow. but every time i put the cable into my reader i get this "charging" message & I can't seem to either "see" it from my PC computer directory or make the Sony screen come up. Very noobie question here -- but can someone help me figure out what I'm doing wrong? It's turned on. IT's just that as soon as I plug it in, the screen changes to "USB" with a charging battery & I can't seem to get past that.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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If you haven't already, download and install the Sony Reader Library software. The device should show up on the left side of the library screen. You might also reboot the PC and do a reset of the reader (see user's guide). Congrats and good luck. It is worth the effort getting it all figured out.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:21 PM   #3
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I've downloaded & installed the Sony Reader Software to my PC. Somehow I've even managed to authorize my 950 on Sony.

I think I'm operating under some sort of basic misunderstanding. Since the 650 & 350 don't have wireless, I'm ASSUMING that the 950 can connect to my PC via USB. I just now read in the manual "the reader cannot be operated when connected to a computer via USB".

OH.

So, if I haven't yet figured out how to connect to my wireless, is there ANY other method to connect to my computer? How do I transfer files from my PC to my PRS 950 without wireless? Or is that the only way?

I know I'll get this, it's just that this initial connection part is always a pain.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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ok, i rebooted & um, I think it works. I have NO idea what happened but I just downloaded Austen's Emma from Google Books. So very cool.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:26 PM   #5
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You *should* be able to "see" your Sony in My Computer. You won't be able to use the device while it is connected to your computer via usb, though. You will need to use your PC to transfer books onto the device or onto an SD card plugged into the device (I store all my books on an SD card rather than the device's internal memory); rather than use the device to get books FROM the PC, you use the PC to put books ON the device... if that makes any sense at all. I hope I haven't just confused you further...
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:28 PM   #6
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Hum. I have apparently accessed the Sony store -- but still can't access my computer. Is wireless the only answer? Or should there be another way to do that?
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:30 PM   #7
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I've never been able to get my 950 to connect with my Wondows 7 64-bit desktop. My 350 connects fine. The 950 will connect to my Windows XP netbook though. All I got from Sony CS was disrespect after they found out I bought it at Best Buy. Sony CS can bleep themselves as far as I'm concerned. They are the most worthless CS I've ever dealt with except for AT&T of course.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:33 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=phenomshel;1237685]You *should* be able to "see" your Sony in My Computer.

This is via the USB cable, right? Strange. I plug it in and get that noise that sounds like my computer recognizes a new device. But when I go to My Computer, I only see my C: drive & my external drive, but no additional devices & certainly not my reader. Sigh. So near & yet so far. [insert dramatic emoticon here]
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:35 PM   #9
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I've never been able to get my 950 to connect with my Wondows 7 64-bit desktop. My 350 connects fine. The 950 will connect to my Windows XP netbook though. All I got from Sony CS was disrespect after they found out I bought it at Best Buy.

So you think it's a Windows 7 thing? I've got Vista on my laptop. If THAT is what it is, well -- I can try that. I'm not about to try contacting Sony after all I've heard.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:38 PM   #10
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I'm not about to try contacting Sony after all I've heard.
P, Don't listen to people on this!

Sony phone-in customer service can likely help you solve the problem just like they have always done with me for my 505s and 950.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:02 PM   #11
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Well, I may try Sony at some point, but I will say that my PRS-950 does definitely have an affinity for Vista. Windows 7? Not so much. I'm on my way. Thanks for mentioning that, Jack.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:06 PM   #12
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I got Windows 7, enterprise on a desktop and home premium on my laptop. Both 32-bit. My 950 connects with no problems.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:29 PM   #13
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I got Windows 7, enterprise on a desktop and home premium on my laptop. Both 32-bit. My 950 connects with no problems.
That certainly gives me hope that I'll figure it out eventually. Wonder if it has anything to do with the drivers? When I connected it to my desktop (Windows 7) -- it looked for drivers & gave up. Vista found drivers, installed them & voila!

So if anyone knows how to locate the right drivers, maybe that would do it. I love when my computer does it for me, but obviously it needs a helping hand now & again.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:31 PM   #14
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:40 PM   #15
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The forum has been very helpful & accurate.

I love the Sony. I've still got to play with it a lot more, but the readability is excellent. I love that I can find free books on Google and the Overdrive library site I've access to. I've got one or two books I'm planning to buy, but having just had my Internet card closed out due to fraudulent activity, I'm waiting for a new on to do that.

Haven't accessed gmail as yet. I'll be playing with it a lot this weekend.

The Sony store is terrifically sluggish (as I've read) on the reader. Once I find a book I want, it downloads in a flash though and that is really nifty.
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