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MP3 Ringtones on LG Fusic (LG LX 550)



I received an LG Fusic LX550 with my Sprint Plan about 6 months ago. There didn’t appear to be any simple way to put MP3 ringtones on it, unfortunately. After some research (mostly through Howard Forums), I found a way that I could get these ringtones onto the phone without a whole lot of trouble.

This tutorial requires
1) An MP3
2) An LG Fusic / LG FX550 phone.
3) Windows XP (untested otherwise)
4) USB Data Transfer Cable for the LG Fusic

First, prepare the mp3. You probably don’t want an 8 minute song as your mp3 ringtone. I’d suggest keep it at ~30 seconds maximum. If your phone rings for more than 30 seconds… you really don’t deserve a cell phone. I used WavePad trial edition, then very easily trimmed, adjusted volume levels, and resaved my mp3. You can go with low quality, since it’s on a cell phone. I encoded it at 128kbps, mono channel. Rename this saved file to “MP3.mid”.

Next, connect your phone to your Windows XP computer, and install drivers as necessary. My computer actually found the drivers on its own, here’s what I did. After it’s connected, right click on My Computer, go to Manage. Go to Device Manager and find the device that doesn’t have drivers installed (should have a yellow exclamation by it). Right click on it, select Update Driver. On the following screen, select “Yes, this time only”, for letting Windows Update search for a driver. Next check “Install the software automatically”, then click Next. When it finds it, the driver won’t be WHQL certified, so you’ll have to click “Continue” to let Windows install it. Wait a few minutes, and the driver should be installed. This might introduce a few more “Unknown” devices to the Device Manager, so repeat the same process until all relevant Devices have drivers installed.

Next, on the LG Fusic. Go to Tools => Music Composer => Compose Melody => Keyboard Mode. Play a key, then save it as MP3. We will be overwriting this and using it as the MP3 ringtone later.

Next, install BitPim for Windows XP. From their website, “BitPim allows synchronization of Phone Book, Calendar, WallPapers and RingTones and manipulating the embedded filesystem in CDMA cell phones”, but we’ll only be using it for last one, “manipulating the embedded filesystem in CDMA cell phones”. Once installed, assuming your phone is still connected via USB, setup and configure your phone. I knew mine was connected when it said “Other CDMA phone on COM6 – Detected”, with a green Circle next to it. Go to the View menu, and ensure that “View Filesystem” is checked. On the left pane you should see “Filesystem”, near the bottom. Open that, and in the next pane you should be able to navigate to “/melodyComposer”. Drag and drop “MP3.mid” from the first step into this window in BitPim, overwriting the existing file.

Finally, on the phone go to Settings => Sounds => Ringers => Caller ID => My Melodies => MP3.mid. And wha-la, presto, sha-zaam.

Worked for me as described. Let me know if your experience varies from the above.



68 Comments »

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    October 18, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Wow, that’s actually really cool. Thanks Televator.

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    geman Said,

    October 22, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    thanks a million rd bomb for the sprint website!!!!!

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    Jason Said,

    October 23, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    This page has been helpful to me in finding, downloading, and installing the modem drivers, and downloading bitpim. But when I open up bitpim and try to detct my phone it gives me that “other cdma phone on com 8”. But I can’t get the data from the phone so therefore I can’t send the data to the phone. I tried going in and manually finding the phone in the list but LG FX550 is not even there. What else do I need to do??? I feel like I’m so close!

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 8:16 am

    Hmm, so it connects but you can’t see the filesystem…? Is it a Sprint?

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    Jason Said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    Nope I’m with Aliant Mobility. And my phone is an LG Fusic 550. Just picked it up last month.

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    Ah. Dunno how much help I can be then. Maybe some of the previous comments can help you out?

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    Jason Said,

    October 27, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    Nope I did everything above. I guess my phone is not supported. Worth a try I guess.

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    Pandaman Said,

    January 24, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

    hey, the BitPim program isnt recognizing that any phone is connected and ive plugged my phone in. please help!!!

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    Meinolf Said,

    April 12, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

    For the part with the driver install you need to go to this link (http://www4.sprint.com/pcsbusiness/support/downloads/index.jsp)
    And download the Sprint PCS Connection Manager for Phone as Modem/USB Cables install that and your phone will work with the Bitpim software after that it works great.

    Next, connect your phone to your Windows XP computer, and install drivers as necessary. My computer actually found the drivers on its own, here’s what I did. After it’s connected, right click on My Computer, go to Manage. Go to Device Manager and find the device that doesn’t have drivers installed (should have a yellow exclamation by it). Right click on it, select Update Driver. On the following screen, select “Yes, this time only”, for letting Windows Update search for a driver. Next check “Install the software automatically”, then click Next. When it finds it, the driver won’t be WHQL certified, so you’ll have to click “Continue” to let Windows install it. Wait a few minutes, and the driver should be installed. This might introduce a few more “Unknown” devices to the Device Manager, so repeat the same process until all relevant Devices have drivers installed.

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    April 12, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

    Thanks Meinolf.

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    Ronald Said,

    April 24, 2008 @ 7:32 am

    HEY MEN!!! it works really good… THANKS!!!

  12. gravatar

    Gerardo Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    Thanks Raydbbomb, you rock!

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    DJ Said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

    I did exactly what was instructed and everything worked fine up till the part where I drag and drop the “mp3.mid” files into the melodyComposer file.

    My mp3’s are in the file but do not play on my Fusic. I changed the name of the mp3’s to end with the file type as .mid but when I drop the ringer into the musicComposer file, the file type of the ringer changes back to .mp3. Is this suppose to happen?

    Another problem I’m having is now I’m not able to access my music Composer anymore on my Fusic. When I do toggle into the music composer. The Fusic restarts itself. O.o

    I’m baffled, can someone help me with this?

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    Raybdbomb Said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

    My guess is that you’re not actually changing the file to a .mid file. Your windows explorer isn’t setup to show the extension, so it looks like you’re changing it to foo.mid, but in actuality it’s foo.mid.mp3.

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    Lola Said,

    October 3, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

    Everything is perfect up to Bitpim.
    I have no freaking clue how to use it.
    Like, I just want to know where I drop my music file.
    Which folder?

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    The7thcrow Said,

    November 7, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    i down loaded the lge cdma installed it its not listed in ports and my fusic isnt detected in bitpim what do i do

  17. gravatar

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    March 20, 2009 @ 3:25 am

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