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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices PDAs etc.
The 10.4.9 update broke "drive mode" functionality for Palm T5 and LifeDrive models, and Palm seems unwilling to do anything about it. Symptoms of the problem include the Palm device hanging (soft reset required) and even Mac USB ports becoming unavailable until a restart is done.

Today I discovered CardExport II, which is supposed to provide drive-mode-like capabilities to Palm OS devices with expansion card slots. I installed a trial version to see if it would work, and now I can see either of the devices I could once see with Drive Mode (albeit one at a time). Better than nothing, though it's $14.95 I shouldn't have to spend if Palm was doing its job -- and it seems to indicate that the problem is on Palm's side, not on Apple's.
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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: robogobo on Jun 28, '07 08:53:33AM
You can also try The Missing Sync (http://www.markspace.com/). It allows you to mount an SD card on the Desktop, as well as being vastly superior to Palm Desktop for perfectly integrated data syncing between Palm device and Mac. At $39, it's a bit pricey but worth it. I've been using it for years.

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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: PowerBookman on Jun 28, '07 08:59:48AM

My LifeDrive doesn´t mount anymore using DriveMode or The Missing Sync. I have 10.4.10



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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: sniggas on Nov 21, '07 03:08:33PM

Hello All,

I think that i have found a solution to the drive mode problem, but i am not sure of the full effects of it. I have seen through the IORegistyExplorer which extensions are used when you plug in your Lifedrive. and i have seen that it uses the IOSCSIArchitectureModelFamily.kext. I replaced this extension with the one from 10.4.8 and i have drive mode again. Hope this helps.



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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: robogobo on Jun 28, '07 09:01:59AM

I'd also add that The Missing Sync requires that an application is installed on the Mac, which means thumbdrive type use is restricted to machines that have the app installed. CardExport2 seems to only need a .prc on the handheld, which means you can mount the volume on any machine, any platform. I'm going to try it.



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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: iMacC2DGuy on Jun 28, '07 09:14:57AM

I tried CardExport and it didn´t work.



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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: pcurtner on Jun 28, '07 09:48:51AM

Another vote for Missing Sync. I've been using v5 and love it, new release looks good as well. Being able to use that 1gb SD card as a backup/storage device is well worth the price, assuming you also have your sync cable...



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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: robogobo on Jun 28, '07 10:11:06AM

Ok, so here's the skinny. I tried CardExport2. It works (after a forced soft reset of the handheld, make sure you do this). It works really well. It's about twice as fast as the Missing Sync, which still works on 10.4.9 (where's the hint warning about upgrading too quickly? 10.4.10 was just out 2 days ago). Plus the ability to use CardExport2 to mount the SD card on any machine is really great. The Missing Sync is a must for replacing Palm Desktop anyway, and it's nice to have the ability to mount the card as a feature. But its need for the application on the machine is a limitation that might not allow you to drop a copy of The Big Lebowski on your buddy's computer after he's so impressed that you carry the whole film on your handheld. CardExport2 really turns your Palm into a stand alone external drive. So, which one? I think both.



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10.4: Recover Drive Mode functionality on Palm devices
Authored by: urnjr on Sep 07, '07 01:11:34PM

I have both a MacBook, a G4 iBook and a PPC iMac all with OS 10.4.10 installed. Drive Mode on my LifeDrive works fine on the iBook and iMac but does not work on the MacBook so apparently it is the Intel version of OS 10.4.10 that broke Drive Mode. This of course is neither here nor there if you need it for your Intel Mac BUT in my case I wanted to drag and drop some photos on to the LifeDrive and discovered that it was possible using my iMac and iBook.



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