Throw Away Hardware

August 7, 2009 at 05:32:15
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon XP 2500+/
From the number of no replies to the postings in this forum, and particularly the problems I've had with my Palm m500. I'm just considering it a piece of throw away junk if it malfunctions. That's generally the idea I get from the lack of support from manufactures and owners. Nowadays its cheaper just to buy a new one or used than get a headache trying to figure out how to fix a broken one. My lesson learned was: don't put any crucial info. you can't afford to lose on the darn things. P.S. I won't be buying another one.

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August 7, 2009 at 07:46:12
They probably dont support it anymore because its 8 years old...

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August 14, 2009 at 08:25:54
Agree about the lack of responses, but I think it's, as you say yourself, many PDAs are sold as cut-down computers but they work differently and repairs aren't as easy, so they tend to be throw-away items. Hence the importance of using the ability to back up any data onto a PC. Another problem I've found with PALMs is that the data is kept in a proprietary format - difficult to access with a pc, so it tries to force you into keeping to PALMs I guess.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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August 27, 2010 at 12:19:23
Firstly, before you throw it away, Palms can have problems turning on. I've worked with Tungstens on the higher end, and Zires on the lower end. When the Palm(tm) reaches a certain threshold beyond a low battery, it can completely shut off, and even when plugging it in, it may not work.

Here is what may work for you. Press the reset hole briefly. Then, hold down the Power button and hold down the Reset button/hole for about a minute. Plug both ends of the adapter snugly into the wall. Plug the Palm(tm) in for twenty-four hours, leave it alone, and hope and pray it works. When you've waited 24 hours, again, hold down Power while you press in the Reset hole for 30 seconds. Do not unplug the computer.

The Palm(tm) will bring you to Setup, after which you will need to enter all your info. As you just brought your Palm(tm) back to life, your data in memory is completely gone.

If the above guidelines did not assist you, then you need to replace the battery, by ordering a kit on Amazon(tm) or eBay(tm). If you're uncomfortable doing this, ask a technician to help.

If you honestly don't care about your computer, toss it, but remember to recycle the rechargeable battery in accordance with your state (or nation).

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