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Lifedrive won't power on

When I plug the Lifedrive into an outlet, the battery light shows thats its charging, but unit still will not turn on. I've tried everything, including replacing the battery, and still nothing. It is out of warrenty. As far as I can remember, absolutely nothing has happened to it, Its been taken well care of, and all of a sudden, it won't power on anymore. Any help offered will be appreciated, as there are a lot of info in the unit that i'm in need of. Thanks

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Re: Lifedrive won't power on

When you plug the unit into the wall to charge, poke the reset hole in the back of it at the same time. This should reset the internal recharging mechanism in the Palm. Let it sit for a couple of hours and then see if it will come on.

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