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Trying to download ".OPO" programs to a Workabout from 1998 - LOOKS like an "MX" model, but can't guarantee that. RCOM comes up on 'puter screen & says "Version 1.14f, Waiting for link...". WkAbout screen says "Remote Link = On, Baud = 9600, Port = C, Parameters = . I did this 5 years ago, haven't done it since, I am old & forgetful. What do I do to get Workabout downloaded? Thanx, Bill.

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  • sarasotactyt Feb 04, 2010

    Sorry, but Fix'Ya gave you the wrongly worded question - that was my first try on the Freebie forum. A better explanation that I put on the "Pay $12.99 forum" was this :



    Trying to download ".OPO" programs to a Workabout from about 2004 - it LOOKS like an "MX" model, but I can't guarantee that. RCOM comes up on 'puter screen & says "Version 1.14f, Waiting for link...". WalkAbout screen says "Remote Link = On, Baud = 9600, Port = B, Parameters = . I did this 5 years ago, haven't done it since. I also tried Baud = 19200.
    What do I do to get Workabout downloaded?



    ALSO... after data is collected, my program says "Select TRANSMIT on the Workabout" - can't find a "Transmit" selection.



    On the Psion, setting a remote link, only devices B, E, H, & R exist.
    My RCOM.INI on computer says "PHYSICAL=COM1" (I have 2 Com Ports, I also tried "=COM2"). And I made the Baud Rate in RCOM.INI match the Baud on the Workabout.

    Thank you,

    Bill Smith

  • sarasotactyt Feb 08, 2010

    I tried ALL of the following as advised.
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    " Soft reset To reset a Workabout mx, press Psion-Ctrl-Del. You will hear a short warning beep. The Workabout mx then turns off , abandoning all programs running at the time, without saving any data currently in use by them. The files in the internal memory (m:) will not be lost, however. This is known as a soft reset. Hard reset If, unusually, all the internal memory (including environment variables) is to be erased too, keep the Shift key held down while resetting the machine, i.e. press Psion-Shift-Ctrl-Del. You will hear a short warning beep. This is known as a hard reset. Cold reset If neither a soft nor a hard reset work, remove all power and wait a few minutes before restoring power. The machine must then be switched back on. You will hear a short warning beep. This is called a cold reset, and will also wipe all internal memory. What happens after a reset Following a hard or soft reset, or the temporary removal of all power, the Workabout mx displays the Psion logo and start-up message, as if switched on for the first time."
    Still the same - RCOM runs his DOS screen, rotating a slash bar, saying "Waiting to Connect". Workabout sits at command prompt "M>" and does nothing. I have reverted to using COM1 on my PC & Port B on the Workabout and 9600 Baud all around, because that was what was left on my computer from 5-6 years ago when it worked. There is SOME LITTLE THING I am missing or forgetting, because this DID work back then.

  • sarasotactyt Feb 10, 2010

    1) Not malware, this is a 10-yr old computer running Windows 98, it holds all my source code and has NEVER been connected to the internet NOR had any software loaded on it that was not loaded by myself from a "reputable" source : Microsoft, Psion, Crystal Reports, etc. (Although I DO understand your suggestion as legitimate).



    2) Cleaned Psion port, all new batteries including Lithium BackUp, still no help.



    3) I found another Workabout in the closet - same model, purchased @ same time. Cleaned him up, new batteries. Hooked it up & ran program, everything worked first time.



    4) Back to my ORIGINAL Workabout. I made SURE that ALL parameters were identical on the two Workabouts. Original one does NOT communicate, Closet one does so just fine.



    I HATE Psion - any other ideas? :)



    Thanx, Bill

  • sarasotactyt Feb 11, 2010

    Final problem appears to be a defective WorkAbout. I got another WorkAbout to hook up and communicate fine. I did appreciate the suggestions that were offered, although I still did not solve my initial problem. I will seek another manufacturer of HandHeld Computers in place of Psion next time.

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Use baud rate=19200, it should be ok.
Regards

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  • Muzahura Frank Feb 04, 2010

    Perform these operations on your workabout mx, then try to download again.


    Soft reset
    To reset a Workabout mx, press Psion-Ctrl-Del. You will hear a short warning beep. The
    Workabout mx then turns off , abandoning all programs running at the time, without saving
    any data currently in use by them. The files in the internal memory (m:) will not be lost,
    however. This is known as a soft reset.
    Hard reset
    If, unusually, all the internal memory (including environment variables) is to be erased too,
    keep the Shift key held down while resetting the machine, i.e. press Psion-Shift-Ctrl-Del.
    You will hear a short warning beep. This is known as a hard reset.
    Cold reset
    If neither a soft nor a hard reset work, remove all power and wait a few minutes before
    restoring power. The machine must then be switched back on. You will hear a short
    warning beep. This is called a cold reset, and will also wipe all internal memory.
    What happens after a reset
    Following a hard or soft reset, or the temporary removal of all power, the Workabout mx
    displays the Psion logo and start-up message, as if switched on for the first time.


    Regards.




  • Muzahura Frank Feb 10, 2010

    Ok, I have been off my desk for 2 days but Iam back. so you tried all with no success.. Now do a clean up of all your connection interfaces i.e workabout<>PC. after that, if no success still, cross examine your pc because it could be having some malware that keeps blocking the connection.


    Regards

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