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My Palm

My Palm

Palm Tungsten T

Recently A couple of years ago I bougth a new Palm Tungsten T from Mindaugas Kilikevičius.

My reasons for choosing this model

First impressions

Reflections after some longer use

Hotsync with Linux

If you have an ancient kernel (e.g. 2.4.20 or older), you will need to patch the kernel for working USB hotsync.

Previously I used ColdSync with my m500. Unfortunately it does not work with Tungsten T. I used coldsync 2.3.1+20020318-1 from Debian unstable. (I haven't tried any recent versions, as I'm quite happy with pilot-link.)

Pilot-link works. Just make /dev/pilot a symlink to /dev/ttyUSB0 (m500 and Tungsten T3 use /dev/ttyUSB1 instead). I used pilot-link 0.11.7-3 from Debian unstable.

visor.o from 2.4.20 still oopses occassionally. Both with m500, and with Tungsten T. Newer kernels have this problem fixed, as I haven't seen it in a long while.

I've also successfully hotsynced with it through IrDA on my ThinkPad. Just make /dev/pilot a symlink to /dev/ircomm0. Again, pilot-link works while coldsync doesn't.

IrDA hotsync is more reliable and easier to use, but it is also slower. Data transfer speeds are only 3-5 kilobytes per second.

Bluetooth hotsync is much harder to set up (you have to make your computer a PPP dialup server, then use network hotsync). Data transfer speed is the same as over IrDA, but there are no cables, and you don't have to keep your Palm aligned the right way to point at the IrDA window. I now mostly use Bluetooth hotsync to upload new programs/databases to the Palm.

I have not yet found a way to upload a file into the extension card. This is needed by all ogg/mp3 players that I've found. I use a USB SD card reader. (And I use TCPMP or AeroPlayer for audio playback.)

Next, Internet!

Palm Tungsten T + Sony-Ericsson T68i + Bitė GPRS

This is a description for configuring Internet access (GPRS at Bitė, one of the largest GSM operators in Lithuania) on a Palm Tungsten T with a mobile phone (Sony-Ericsson T68i).

I wrote this from memory, after several hours of intense torture experiments. I did not try them from scratch.

First you need to configure GPRS on the phone.

  1. Menu -> Connect (8) -> Data comm. (7) -> Data accounts (1) -> Add account -> GPRS data
  2. Name: Banga GPRS
  3. APN: banga
  4. User id: (empty)
  5. Password: (empty)
  6. Save
  7. Make sure that the new account has CID=1
    If not, remember the number.

Then you have to configure Bluetooth to make the phone talk to the Palm.
If Infrared is enough for you, you can skip this section.

  1. On your Palm select į Preferences -> Communication -> Connection
  2. New
  3. Name: Bluetooth to my phone
  4. Connect to: Phone
  5. Via: Bluetooth
  6. Enable Bluetooth on the phone: Menu -> Connect (8) -> Bluetooth (4) -> Options -> Operation mode -> Automatic; then Menu -> Connect (8) -> Bluetooth (4) -> Discoverable
  7. Device: Tap to find and select your phone
    Most likely you'll be asked to enter a password. Make something up. Then your phone should ask you for a password. Type the same string you entered on the palm. If you have the chance, select Add pair or anything similair. I did this much earlier and do not remember all the details at the moment.
  8. Model: Standard GSM works, despite the warning

And finally configure network on the Palm.

  1. Preferences -> Communication -> Network
  2. New
  3. Service: Banga GPRS
  4. User name: gprs
  5. Password: gprs
    It does not matter what username and password you enter, but they both must be nonempty.
  6. Connection: Infrared to GSM Phone or Bluetooth to my phone
  7. Phone: *99#
    If the GPRS account on you phone had CID different from 1, for example, 42, then enter *99***42#.
  8. You could also select Details and change the PPP timeout to Never -- with GPRS you pay for the number of bytes transferred and not for time spent online.
  9. Enable Infrared/Bluetooth on the phone
    E.g., Options -> Receive item (3)
  10. Click Connect and see if it works. It does (or should).
  11. Click Disconnect and be happy.

Some useful programs I've used

There are some free email programs: Eudora, GNUGotMail. I do not use them because I read my mail on my home machine only (directly or via SSH).

Some things I'd like to find, but haven't looked for yet

Feedback: mgedmin@b4net.lt marius@gedmin.as


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