Bought a used Palm IIIxe and the backlight does not work. I hav e correct AAA batteries in and I know to push and hold the power button but still no backlight. Please advise. Do I, for example, need another type of internal battery requiring the back to be unscrewed and opened?
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A very basic question would be if you've fully charged the battery pack. It is very likely to have gone dead in the interim, which means you'll have to reload everything (other than the ROM-based software that came with it) once the unit returns to life.
hi betty .. the m515 is a nice machine still, and worth getting to know .. the card slot is for storing extra things its not needed to run the m515 ( you can put in an SD card if you want to store a lot of stuff but the m515 has lots of memory inside already ... you can charge the battery or run the unit on the charger ... push the top right button and the unit should come to life .. if you hold the on/off button for a few seconds then it will turn on or off the display backlight .. if the unit fails to start then you can do a "reset" .. that will reboot the machine and fixes most problems.. the top of the stylus unscrews .. this gives you a small probe that can be used to reset the machine .. on the back near the top is a hole marked "reset" .. poke the probe in there to reboot the palm ... if you want to do a "hard reset" (erases all data) then hold the power button in while you poke the reset .. that will give you a choice to "erase everything" .. if you chose to do that then you would be starting the palm like it came out of the factory .. all phone numbers and such would be erased ... that should get you going .. there is a tutorial included in the palm that can get you started .. if it works on the charger but not on the battery or if the battery goes dead quickly then new batteries are not expensive but you need a really small torx tool to get the back off to change it .. you can take it with you to the hardware to match it up with one .. if the battery is ok then you should be enjoying you palm about now ..
faded screens are always a bad sign usually, it indicates light water damage on the motherboard. other times, it's significant of a ruined lcd screen or both Regretfully, water damage is almost impossible to repair you could try putting the device in a bag of rice for two days and see if that fixes it. I highly doubt it will though
1- Poke the hole in the back where it says reset. This will in essence reboot your Palm.
2- Make sure the Auto-Off after: is set to 2 minutes by going into the Preferences, Power section.
3- If your Palm is not holding charge, connect the Palm to charge it. Turn the Palm on and make sure the battery at the top has a lightning bolt going through it. This will let you know it is charging. Then, push the reset hole in the back to reset the Palm. This should reset the charging mechanism in the Palm and allow your battery to hold power.
If the Palm does not hold power after step 3, you may need to see about getting it serviced.
At first, before to want to be sure where is the problem is, you must do these sample tests:
1) Take out your battery and plug your power cord into your phone without battery. If :
Power is on, there is definitely, your battery is bad and cannot hold a charge.
If nothing happens, your internal battery may be dead and cannot hold charge so all info in your ROM of course has been washed away except the pre-load software by Palm.
2) At this step, you need to open your Palm if you know how to do to check for any bad connection between cable and use your volmeter to check the voltage output of your inner battery or can be called reserved battery whether it is have any power. If your reserved one has correct output voltage as in specs then check all connection around your power supply part to see any crack or defect. Please reviews the link below for detail:
I hope these info will give you some hints.