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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm synch Apps
I struggled for a long time with v4.0 of the Palm Desktop software - my Palm has v3.5.3 of their software, and I have the USB connect kit. I could not get it to work via the ports on the back of the Mac or via those on the keyboard. Finally, I tried the two USB ports on the back of the LCD display -- and it works passably. If the Palm fails to sync, I swap to the other USB port and the problem clears immediately. I have to change ports about ever five to six synch operations. But at least it works.

I sure wish some bright person would solve this issue -- it's clearly a bug. My money is on Palm, as they've been lukewarm at best to Mac support. I think it's purposeful to force users to pay for the next upgrade.

[robg adds: I haven't had any synch issues, either with my previous Palm IIIx nor my current Tungsten (the cradle is plugged into an eight-port USB hub). Can anyone confirm the problem, and more importantly, that using the LCD USB jacks on an Apple monitor may fix the problem?]
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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm synch
Authored by: seven5 on Jun 02, '03 10:03:34AM

The word is sync -ed



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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm synch
Authored by: jonahlee on Jun 02, '03 10:13:56AM

Yea, since moving to OS X I have had PALM syncing issues. many times starting the sync, then stoppping it, then having to unpug and replug the USB adapter, and then on hitting hotsync again it will sync. That was on a Dual 800 G4 connected in a Blekin hub. I recently got a dual 1.42 Gig and a Macally hub, and the Palm sync seems to be fine now.

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- Jonah Lee



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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm synch
Authored by: hoeveler on Jun 02, '03 04:33:22PM

I cannot confirm about the LCD USB ports, but I just fixed my problem by switching the Palm USB-Serial adaptor from my Belkin USB hub to a USB port on my USB 2.0 PCI card (any internal USB connection would probably be the same). I use the Belkin USB hub in conjunction with a manual KVM switch to allow my PC and Mac to share the Palm cradle. It works OK with my PC, but the Mac has never had consistency in syncing.

But- as a footnote: if it is any consolation, my PC running XP seems to have needed me to switch the driver for the USB-Serial adaptor from the official "signed" Micro$oft driver to the "unsigned" Palm driver in order to work! If I left it with the "official" Microsoft driver, the whole computer would just reboot randomly! (And they say that you can't crash XP!!! HA!!)



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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm sync
Authored by: steepndeep on Jun 02, '03 04:26:30PM

My set up is also Palm OS 3.5.3, Palm USB Connect kit, Palm Desktop 4.0. I used to have a lot of problem sync-ing, too. More often than not, I have to unplug and replug the USB cord before pushing the HotSync button for it to work.

The solution I found is connecting the device via a powered USB hub. It now works 100% of the time.



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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm synch
Authored by: jneilson on Jun 02, '03 05:34:17PM

I have only had problems using HotSync on my Palm Tungsten since I installed the driver for the ultra-thin keyboard. Pressing the HotSync button on the cradle causes the Palm to try and connect to the Mac but it never does and I have to reset it. If I manually navigate to to HotSync app on the Palm than it works fine.

No response from Palm & I am not holding my breath.



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LCD USB ports may work a bit better for Palm synch
Authored by: pkelly271 on Jun 02, '03 06:04:10PM

I had the same problem after adding the keyboard.prc. I found that turning the driver on - only when using the keyboard, solved the problem.



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I Highly Recommend Pertech USB Hub.
Authored by: CyborgSam on Jun 02, '03 07:37:20PM

I was having USB voodoo, with a Wacom Graphire, USB Floppy, Zip 250, Memorex CF reader, Epson 820, Palm cradle, Apple keyboard, and Kensington mouse. I replaced my Dr. Bott hub with the Pertech and all voodoo is gone. I found out about this hub from some PC group, they were raving about it.

It ain't Mac beautiful, but it works better than anything else I've tried.

http://www.pertech.net/

Sam



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