PocketPC devices

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How to set up a PDA Success with using a PDA on MEPIS Linux depends on the handheld OS and hardware being used.

Palm devices

PalmOS devices have traditionally worked pretty well with Linux. All interactions depend on pilot-link, an application that is not installed by default with MEPIS Linux. On MEPIS Linux 8.5, users have had success using Jpilot to sync data to the desktop, though without integration into KDE applications such as Calendar or Contacts.

Preliminaries Make sure your handheld data are backed up before you start. Make sure all your device entries are correct, including spelling and capitalization If you are using a Palm device that has been used on another PC, restore the factory defaults (hard reset) Make sure that the modules you need are loaded: visor, usbserial and uhci_hcd or ehci_hcd. See the Wiki on handling modules, linked below.

Setup The following technique works on MEPIS with many Palm devices. Using any installation method, install these packages: pilot-link jpilot libpisock9

There is a more recent version of Jpilot available from Debian Testing (Squeeze) that installs without problem on MEPIS Linux 8.5

Connect your Palm handheld to the computer

Open Jpilot (Start Menu > Office) and click on File > Preferences > Settings, and select the appropriate Serial Port from the pull-down menu. When using a cradle On M 8.5, the choice of usb: will usually work. Press the hotsync button on the Palm device, then click the hotsync icon on the lower left in J-Pilot. It should start syncing. Sometimes, you may need to wait 5 seconds before pressing the JPilot icon. Once setup has worked, you can usually perform a hot sync simply by pressing the hot sync button on your handheld or its cradle.


Other PDAs At the present, synching a PDA that's running Windows Mobile 2003 or 2005 OS is somewhat difficult, as is any RIM Blackberry PDA. However, there are active projects working on this and you can use Bluetooth to move files. Check the sites linked below for new developments.

Troubleshooting Go through the preliminary steps again. Be sure that the modules are loaded. Plug your handheld directly into the PC (no hub).

Links and Guides

MEPIS Wiki: JPilot: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Jpilot

MEPIS Wiki: PalmOS devices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/PalmOS_devices

MEPIS Wiki: Module loading: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Loading_a_module

Palm OS device reset primer: http://www.tankerbob.com/palm/resets.htm

MEPIS Wiki: Blackberry http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Blackberry

MEPIS Wiki: PocketPC devices: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/PocketPC_devices

At the present, syncing a PDA that's running Windows Mobile 2003 or 2005 OS is somewhat difficult. However, there is an active project working on this, which has had some success using SynCE.

A version of the software is in the repos, but you can also try to install the most current stable version or the development, see this page.

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