Recently my best friend made a small home workshop which I helped him get set up, during the process we found and old Palm Tungsten T5 I’d owned (and given away) many years ago. The charger was sadly nowhere to be found so I took it away to give it a clean. After some minimal effort searching ebay I found a suitable USB Sync / Charge cable for the paltry sum of around £4. I ordered one up and waited for it to arrive.
Some days later having forgotten about the wire and T5 my wife pointed out that the cable had arrived and that she’d told me it had arrived and I’m some kind of an absent minded idiot. Defenceless and laid bare with these entirely true allegations I took the cable out to my workshop and gleefully connected it up to charge. All seemed well until I was met with trouble in the form of Hotsync failing to do anything.
For some as yet unknown reason to me my Windows 7 laptop fails to Sync wih the T5 over USB. I’m not sure why this isn’t happening but it had me at a brief impasse until I remembered the T5 had Bluetooth! I’ll work on why the USB option isn’t operating as expected and I’ll describe what I did to get my T5 to perform a Hotsync despite the USB cable’s failings.
First off ensure that your Bluetooth adapter is running on your pc and you’ve also enabled it on your T5.
Assuming that Bluetooth is functioning correctly on both devices I opened my Bluetooth settings dialogue and checked that the following options were enabled:
- Discovery – “Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer”
- Connections – “Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer” and also “Alert me when a new Bluetooth device
wants to connect”
(Also if you don’t have it already, it might be worth enabling the option to show the Bluetooth icon in the system tray.)
Next open the “COM Ports” tab of the Bluetooth Settings dialogue box, the system will spool briefly thinking about whether you’ve already got any ports set up. If not (and in my case I didn’t) click on the “Add…” button…
A small window will now appear which presents you with two options for Incoming and Outgoing connections. Click on the option for “Incoming (device initiates the connection)” and then click the “OK” button.
Windows will now add a com port based on the next available number on the com port list, when it’s done it will list the new COM port in a list. It should read something like “Port: COM5 Direction: Incoming Name:…”.
- At this point we should now have a port which we can use with Hotsync to do a sync via Bluetooth.
We can close the Bluetooth Settings dialogue box down now and locate the system tray icon for Hotsync (which I have running as a service rather than only when Palm Desktop is running). Here I chose the option for the Hotsync Setup dialogue. I ignored all the tabs other than “Local” and in this tab I set the “Serial Port:” to my recently created COM port (in my case it’s COM5) and I left the option for “Speed:” as “As Fast As Possible”.
Now we can pick up the T5 and set it up to perform a Bluetooth Hotsync, open up the Bluetooth menu on the T5, ensure the T5 has a Device Name (I set mine to T5). Now click on the “Setup Devices” button to pair the T5 with your PC via Bluetooth. Three options appear, choose the “PC Setup” button and pair with your PC, you will probably have to input a passcode to pair, I went with “0000”.
Windows should run through the process of installing your T5 as a Bluetooth Device, once that’s all done go back to your system tray, click on the Hotsync icon and click he “Local” option (mine also has the USB option enabled, it doesn’t seem to affect it).
If everything has gone smoothly you should now be able to perform a Hotsync via Bluetooth, I initiated the process from the T5 and let it sync a load of old data that has some historic value to me…
Ah the Hotsync beeps, music to my ears.
Here we can see Hotsync running on Windows:
Now that I’m fully up and running I feel the urge to download hundreds of miniscule .prc files and fill the T5 with an amazing amount of mostly pointless crap. I do have a Bluetooth GPS module that I’m interested in seeing if I can connect to, but I fear that any sort of mapping software will be tricky to come by. If I manage to set that up I’ll write a post about it.
P.S The battery in the T5 (although indicating full charge now) is currently an unknown quantity – if I find that I get some regular use out of the T5 then I will replace the battery, you can find them on ebay easily and doing the swap involves de- soldering the battery leads from the board and then soldering on the new ones in exactly the same place.
I hope someone will find this post useful as having poked around on Google there are mostly just scattered forum posts on the subject and with Palm devices becoming older it’s going to end up very difficult to find any recent support on them.