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Ipaq 2215 will not boot

I own a Hewlett Packard Ipaq 2215. I do not know what happened or what I did wrong, but it will no longer boot. I have tried soft reset and hard reset several times. I remembered to reactivate the battery according to the revised instructions that came with the device. The only things that have happened have been a very brief flickering of the screen. Then the Bluetooth and battery recharge lights come on and stay on for a while. I have not been able to duplicate the flickering of the screen on a consistent basis. I have replaced the battery also without success. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to go with this or has my wonderful PDA turned into a paperweight?

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  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2007

    Same problem here. Bought a new battery, but it still will not come on. It will just flicker the windows icon with the word start. Can't figure it out.

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2007

    I have the same problem, it happened after the battery became very low and I was unable to get it charged for several days. When I did plug it in the yellow and blue LED lights remained on continuously. I was able to turn the lights off by preforming a hard reset and turn them on again by doing a soft reset but it will not boot.

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How do you know that new battery is anygood
many are old sat on self for years and no good now.
this device is 14years old now. 2003 reviews show it.
so what do you do with it?
games?
diary?
my guess integrated WiFi , using that? with home router?
can it run Whatsap or Skype?
maybe battery charging is failing?
why not just take the cash to fix this old PDA
and buy a used, smart phone, some are like $20 now .
old and slow and small but miles ahead of any PDC.
just thought.

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SOURCE: rx1950 freeze on soft reset

You can do a hard reset by doing the following...

01) Press and hold down the "Calendar" and "iPAQ Wireless" buttons.
02) While holding down these buttons, use the stylus to lightly press the "Reset" button/hole on the back of the iPAQ until the screen goes blank.
03) Release the "Calendar" and "iPAQ Wireless" buttons.
04) Press the "Reset" button/hole again (so that it resets/powers on.)

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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SOURCE: doesn't turn on-tried everything-hard-soft reset

Did you try replacing the battery?

Posted on Dec 03, 2007

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SOURCE: Ipaq 4155 wont turn on, dont charge, dont anything, is totally death

Hello,

I had some similar experiences with these ipaq's when I was working in a specialised service center. I'll try to give some help or tips through the internet, altrough if i could have seen or diagnosticate these pda's myself it would have been more easier. First of all these problems have 2 main causes. Most of the pda's comply with one of them, it is very rare that a pda will develop this problem by having both causes.
The first cause is the hardware one. A component called the main voltage convertor is broken. It's a small chip that uses the voltage given by the main battery to convert it's value to various tensions required by some of the components on the pda's main board. If some sub-parts of this chip fails to work, the result will appear as the problem you face, In this case there isn't much to do. Most service centers will replace the whole mainboard because that particular chip is very hard to find as a replacement and difficult to desolder from the board.
The second cause could be a major firmware / ROM memory corruption. These things can happen out from nowhere. In my time working for service centers I've tried to isolate a pattern for this problem but without much succes. However it seems that most of these problem tend to appear durring charging cicles due to power spikes or drops on the main AC voltage supplied to the charger. This is only a supposition, I'm not sure yet on this cause. What to do here? Well this problems are fixable but first of all you must be sure that this is a software problem, not a hardware one. So let's diagnosticate some things.
Try to charge the pda. Ignore any lights or beeps or whatever your pda is showing on the screen. As long as the charger is connected the charging process is based on the most primary charging circuits on the pda's motherboard. If the pda is not charging or cannot hold any charge (when you unplug it the screen fades away or it simply doesn't do anything else) maybe that circuit is broken (this is a a sign of serious hardware problems ) or maybe the battery is to old/weak. Batteries don't die out of nowhere, if you remember your pda to work and have some 2-3 hours of standby time it's imposible that now, suddently the battery has drained out so much that even if charged it can't hold out at least 30 min.
So we will assume that you charged the pda for at least 2-3 hours and you see some sign that the battery is working. The next step is crucial. TRY TO PUT THE PDA IN BOOTLOADER MODE. You will achieve this by pressing (and keep them pressed!) the following buttons : power, the far left and right buttons near the control pad (joystick or whatever some people call it) and reset button. You may need another person to help you press these buttons. the order should be the following (first power, then the 2 keys, then reset button for as long as it takes to enter bootloader mode). YOU SHOULD SEE A WHITE SCREEN WITH THE HP LOGO.

If your pda fails to do that, there is nothing more you can do to restore it in a DIY fashion. Probably the bootloader is corrupted or you have a hardware fault. Only a specialised HP service center can help you now. In most cases this will end up with a motherboard replacement.
If your pda does that, then there is a chance to fix it. We will need to probe the bootloader for direct data acces. This is needed for having the ROM memory (and operating system) rewritten. A small program called Mtty will be required to access the bootloader via an usb link.

Please make this tests first and then reply with your results. If anyone of you is in situation #2 there may be a chance.

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SOURCE: can't get soft reset screen on Ipaq travel companion rx5915

Hi,
Try This:-
To perform a factory reset and return your HP iPAQ to factory settings:

1. Press and hold the Quick Launch and Rotate Screen buttons.
2. While holding these buttons, use the stylus to lightly press the Reset button on the HP iPAQ until the device restarts.
3. When the HP iPAQ restarts, release all of the buttons, and then remove the stylus from the Reset button. The HP iPAQ restarts and powers on.
Mike @ compurepair.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

stevefah
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SOURCE: HP-iPaq 2215 battery replacement

Hi, Jim--
When you take the battery out of an IPAQ you're performing a hard reset. I've got 4 different IPAQs and it does the same thing on all of them.
My solution was to back the IPAQ up using the internal backup program (back up to IPAQ storage) and then replace the battery, then restore the last backup.
Saved me a heck of a lot of time. It's been hard to remember to back up everytime I add a program or change data majorly, but it's probably the best thing to do.

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