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Authored by: SOX on Jan 19, '04 12:01:27PM
Palm Hotsync is totally babmoozled by Fast user switching. It seems to pick one user and prefereintially tries to hot sync to that user if that person is logged in (background or foreground). The only way to force it to sync to a particular user is to make sure all other users are logged out when you press the hotsync button.

I cant quite figure out what the pattern is concerning which user it picks to be the lucky winner. It's not the person that installed the palm software. Its not the owner of the palmsoftware files. I'm begining to suspect its the one with the lower UID. Or maybe it stores this in a preference somewhere.

another problem occurs if you are using a palmConnect serial-to-usb adapter. Here (and this is documented on palm's lame support pages) you must unplug, wait, and re-plug the device in. If you dont the device will not always be recognized and the hotsync fail. It seem to help to plug the device in when the user you want to sync to is the only user logged in. I suspect this nutty behaviour has something to do with the fact that the device drivers for the usb-to-serial are stored in the palmDesktop software and not actually installed.

The web is filled with remedies that work for some people and not others to get palm's to sync. There seems to be a lot of inconsistency. And it seems that the software install is pretty hostile, and leaves marks that cant quite be uninstalled. Numerous people report their systems display signs of knowing about past users and devices. and solutions seem to work differently for people had palm softawre installed inially and those who are installing it for the first time.

What I am about to try is the following. I plan to set the permisssions on all the palm software so that only one user can execute it. I suspect this will force it to devote its attentions properly.

Palm should be ashamed. The tech support is worthless, ask the same questions 10 times and you will get ten different responses.

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This hint is wholly incorrect
Authored by: osprey1 on Jan 28, '04 06:58:29AM

I cannot get any hot sync to sync.
I would like to at least try "fast user switching". How do I turn in on? Dont know where to find it on my computer...

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