I bought a 2GB MicroSD card for my Blackberry Pearl, so I could store pictures and music on the device more easily.
I love the Pearl, but as you know, RIM has had a tortured history with Mac-compatibility. Thankfully, the Missing Sync for Blackberry, by Markspace, is a very good solution.
However, I had one last problem. My MicroSD card was not mounting on my Mac as a USB storage drive. Infuriating! I went through pages of Google search results, and no luck. I downloaded a freeware app, called Mount Me X, and no luck.
If the drive doesn’t mount, you can’t synch music or pictures. Drat!
Suddenly I had an epiphany.
I went the Blackberry and entered the password on it to unlock it.
Bingo. USB drive mounted, with no problems. Everything works fine now.
I guess Mac OS X doesn’t know how to get past the unique RIM security feature. The Missing Synch does, however, so it’s strange to me that it doesn’t unlock the phone for you. It asks for the password anyway, when it syncs.
In any case, I hope this post gets indexed and helps some other poor soul out there, in need of help.
The answer is – unlock the Blackberry Pearl 8100 manually with your password before plugging it into your Mac.
This has been a public service announcement.
Update: I have moved on, and given up on the Blackberry completely. See this post: Goodbye, Blackberry. Hello, iPhone.