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Dell Axim x51 will not connect to system

I have a Dell Axim that I sync with my Vista PC at home via the Windows Mobile Device Center and at work via Active Sync 5.0. At home I use a cradle and at work a sync cable. I did not put my PDA in the cradle this past weekend and when put it in on Monday, it would not connect. It would also not connect at work. I finally had to take the battery out long enough for it to essentially hard reset at which point it re-synced. As soon as I take it out of the cradle, the problem reocurred. I have updated the Windows Mobile Device software and am using the most current of ActivSync. There don't appear to be any driver updates on the Dell site. Thank you.

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Re: Dell Axim x51 will not connect to system

The only resolution I found for this problem for now is taking the battery out of the Axim.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

Re: Dell Axim x51 will not connect to system

Windows vista uses its own sync software, which is available on the windows marketplace
if your vista is original you can upgrade to this software
if you use xp version, just keep using the usual active sync

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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