It's weird because I am getting the feedback that it is plugged in (the ping). I also went into the device manager and it shows 'Palm Pre USB device' under disk drives as well as it being enabled. Not sure what the problem is, but I need log off. Thanks again for your help. I'll look into manana.
I have found a workaround to increase the ringer volume on the Pre(From PreCentral.net). All the built in ringers on the Pre are in the /ringtones folder when looking at the Pre as a USB drive. They are all mp3 files. Use a program called MP3 Gain to analyze the db volume level of each file. The files all pretty much had very low db volume levels around 92db. This explains the low ringtone volumes! Use the program to boost the volume levels of each file to 100db. Viola! All the files are now markedly louder and there is no distortion. The MP3 Gain program can be found here: http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/download.php .
(1) Download the topmost version of mp3gain.
(2) Install and run mp3gain.
(3) Attach the Pre to the computer in USB mode.
(4) Copy the ringtones out of the /ringtones folder on the Pre onto a folder on your computer. Keep these as backups.
(5) Make another copy of /ringtones onto your computer. You'll be modifying the versions in this copy.
(6) In mp3gain, "add" all of the files from the directory you will be modifying.
(7) Change "Target Normal Volume" to 100.
(8) Select all of the ringtones shown within mp3gain (such as by clicking on the first and then shift-clicking on the last).
(9) Click "Track Gain." This will modify the ringtone files to the new gain.
(10) Copy the modified ringtone files back into the /ringtones directory on your Pre.
(11) Close any windows you might have open that show the Pre drive (per the above instructions, the mp3gain window shows files on the computer hard drive).
(12) Click on the "safe hardware removal" icon on the lower right (in the icon tray) and select the Pre USB drive (probably always the last drive).
(13) Disconnect the Pre and adjust your ringtone volume on the Pre downward, because it's now going to be too loud.
Instructions for Ubuntu / Debian Linux are basically the same except you should use the "Synaptic Package Manager"
Do a search for Mp3gain there since its apparently native to Linux anyways.
Heres some more info on the open source program MP3Gain:
MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume.
MP3Gain does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead,
it does some statistical analysis (using the replaygain algorithm) to
determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear.
MP3Gain can adjust the volume in a completely lossless way by modifying the
mp3 file directly, without decoding and re-encoding. This works with all mp3
players, i.e. no support for a special tag is required.
MP3Gain can also add replaygain compatible tags to mp3 files.
Canonical does not provide updates for mp3gain. Some updates may be provided by the Ubuntu community.
Levi4u, not to be a bug, but I was able to find the drive for my phone. It was actually under another name for some reason. Anyhow, I'm going thru the list. It looks as if I can only change the volumes of the original ringtones and not the ringtones I add. Is this correct?
Just realized that they didn't show up because they are Mp4 files and not Mp3. Not sure if there is a way to convert them or not...