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Not sure how it happened, but years worth of contacts, and word files, etc. completely gone from my HP iPAQ h1940. It appears to have hard booted maybe from not charging soon enough; never happened before. I have soft reset, but everything looks like when I bought it. I have not backed-up in 2 years because my windows computer doesn't work properly so I bought a Mac instead of fixing PC. I have nothing on Mac for the iPAQ h1940.
Is there any solution? These are very important contacts and Word docs where I kept notes on books I was writing. I have become very sick and therefore little money or even energy to get what I needed to back it up. Please help with info to either restore my data or can I take it somewhere where it can be done?
Eternally greatful for your time,
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Re: HP PDA h1940
I just found the most protracted set of instructions to reset it for reference.
1. charge on ac only = 8 hrs
2. remove battey, soft reset, reinsert battery
3. charge on ac only = 30 minutes, remove battery, remove power, hard reset then soft reset.
4. charge on ac only = 4 hrs
5. Power off. Soft reset.
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Select the "Bluetooth" icon from the Today screen of your iPAQ h1940. Click on "Bluetooth Settings." Touch the "Turn on" button.
Select the "Accessibility" tab from the Bluetooth menu and select "Allow other devices to connect" and "All devices." Click "OK."
Click on the Bluetooth icon in the upper right-hand corner of your Mac. Click "Turn Bluetooth On."
Select "Set up Bluetooth Device" from the Bluetooth menu and click "Continue." Select "Any Device" and click "Continue."
Select your iPAQ h1940 from the list of devices and click "Continue." Input the passkey number from your Mac into your iPAQ.
Select the type of syncs you want with your iPAQ and Mac and click "Continue."
Select "Browse Device" from the Bluetooth menu on your Mac and select the iPAQ from the list. Click "Browse."
Add or remove files from your iPAQ h1940 by clicking on them and dragging them into a file on your iPAQ or on your Mac. Close the window when you are finished and select "Turn Bluetooth off" from the Bluetooth menu.
Click "Turn off" on the Bluetooth icon on your iPAQ h1940.
Hi. While holding power button, and pressing reset will do a hard reset to your PDA (reset the device to its factory default settings). So if your PDA is working well, don't do it. As for the syncronization with your Vista PC; Winodws XP uses the ActiveSync software for syncronization, and for Windows Vista, Microsoft developed a brand new syncronization software called "Windows Mobile Device Center". It can be downloaded here: (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/help/synchronize/device-center-download.mspx). When you download/install this software to your PC, you should be able to connect your PDA to your PC without any problem, and definitely without changing any OS in your PDA or PC. Hope this helps.
Somehow, the file that stores all of your contact and calendar data got corrupted, and the Calendar program crashed when opening. To fix the problem, rename the pim.vol file on the system root (it's a hidden file; I use Total Commander for file browsing on my device, which shows hidden files by default) to something like pim.vol.bak. You should now be able to open your Calendar, Contact, and ActiveSync again.
I don't know if you are still around and checking this, but it came up at the top of a google search, so hopefully, anyone else who finds this problem will be able to see the solution without having to hard reset their device.
Hi, I have same problem. After upgrade bios to version 1.10 my ipaq h1940 don`t start windows. When switch ON appears HP logo, time line go to end, and ipaq stay block. No possible switch OFF and no starting windows.
Let's clarify a few things, when you try to access files on your PDA in file explorer or within a program it will not let you open it. I would try updating your bios and see what happens. Here's a link to where you can get it.