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My Lifedrive wont turn on...

My Lifedrve could not charge,so the battery finished completely.Now it wont turn on,or show any kind of 'life' in it.I tried soft reset but still no difference.Please help!!

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  • David Jacobs Mar 02, 2008

    My LifeDrive has the same problem. Been through all the Palm Support resets etc (none actually activated) and got an SRO number for replace / repair for $185. Red light on when in cradle but no activity from any buttons / resets etc. Dead. HAve used two chargers with same resuolt. Chargers work on a TX. So its the LD.



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Seems the LifeDrive Micro Drive is the killer on these Palms. Mine did the same thing and after extensive online research I found that the micro drive can be replaced with a Compact Flash card which is much more reliable. Apparently there are only certain CF cards that work with the LifeDrive though. I have found at least one retailer that sells a compatible CF preloaded with the Lifedrive software. The route I took for repair was to send it out to a guy that advertises his service on eBay. You send in the LifeDrive, he diagnoses it for $5, and can install the CF card with software for $89 (he waives the $5 if you have him fix it). I am looking forward to getting mine back in permanent working order! Here is the link:

Posted on May 13, 2008


Get a new charger..or return it..hopfully you got extended warranty. mine did the same and it took like 20 minutes just to have enough energy to restart.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007


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I im not mistaking this unit has a 1 year warrantee. I would contact the #v below to see how to get this back up and alive. Good luck 847-262-PALM

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