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Old 05-31-2008, 03:38 PM   #31
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Gee whiz Bob, you are one fast poster here. I always get such helpful information from you.

I do have a PC we when travel. My DH always takes his but my software is on my laptop and not his. I guess the software isn't an issue is it, DUH! SO then the answer would be yes, I do have a PC with me.

My cell phone and PDA are different.

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The Sony does require the driver for the reader to be installed before it will charge from the pc. You may want to plug it in before you leave to make sure it loads the driver ok without the software disc. I just tried it on my wife's laptop running vista and it found and loaded the driver fine, but better safe than sorry.
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The Sony does require the driver for the reader to be installed before it will charge from the pc. You may want to plug it in before you leave to make sure it loads the driver ok without the software disc. I just tried it on my wife's laptop running vista and it found and loaded the driver fine, but better safe than sorry.
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I will give a charge on his. We both are running vista on our laptops so hopefully I will have the same outcome. You are so right....better safe thn sorry
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The Sony does require the driver for the reader to be installed before it will charge from the pc.
That's not true. I have the 500 and have charged it on a machine without the Sony driver installed.

That said, the 505 doesn't even need a driver.

I'm not sure why you feel this is the case.

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Old 05-31-2008, 06:16 PM   #34
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I tried to use the laptop to charge my 505 and the red light would not go on until after I had installed eBook Library and rebooted. After that it was fine.
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That's not true. I have the 500 and have charged it on a machine with the Sony driver installed.

That said, the 505 doesn't even need a driver.

I'm not sure why you feel this is the case.

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Oh yea, you're right. I plugged my reader in the computer to charge before I did a thing.
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:10 AM   #36
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I will probably take along the charger just in case. I use an Ipod for my music but now I have the Sony that may change
I would take the charger as using one rather than USB charging is much faster and allows you to keep reading at the same time! On the other hand, I'd doubt I'd swap from an iPod for music...
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That's not true. I have the 500 and have charged it on a machine without the Sony driver installed.

That said, the 505 doesn't even need a driver.

I'm not sure why you feel this is the case.

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Are you sure it didn't automatically install the driver when the device was plugged in? The Sony won't charge from a typical usb charger because of the need for the driver.
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Are you talking about USB charging, Bob, or charging from a USB cable with a "PSP" tip? The latter will certainly work with no device drivers, but all reports indicate that neither the 500 nor the 505 will charge from a "dumb" USB charger, or a PC without the Connect software installed.
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Old 06-06-2008, 01:02 PM   #39
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Are you sure it didn't automatically install the driver when the device was plugged in? The Sony won't charge from a typical usb charger because of the need for the driver.
Yes, I'm sure. Next time I need to charge it I will try it once again on a machine that has no driver.

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:18 PM   #40
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The 505 needs USB mass storage drivers, these are present on all OSes, the 505 charges from all OSes including windows without the connect s/w installed.
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There are AA battery charging options for both the Sony and Kindle discussed in this thread so you really do not need to worry about battery life for either devices. You can get AA batteries almost anywhere in the world so even the most demanding mobile warrior should have easily available power options. Battery life is good on all these devices except iliad it seems.
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