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Can't open palm pilot IIIxe on computer (Vista)

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I also think Palm has been considering migration to a more Unix based version of Palm for a while now.

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/04/palm_surges_wit.html

It makes me wonder how much time they will want to spend on legacy support.

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VIsta does not support your early generation Palm Pilot.

It barely supports the current TX but there are workarounds.
Hope you kept your old computer for a backup. :+) but its understandable if you didn't.

They recently released a more stable version but plenty of users still have difficulty. The workaround is to load files for any third party product (docs, videos, images) via the SD memory card.Users reported they could update via bluetooth or wi-fi for the Palm's own software. However, this is not an option for your model.

Later models with an SD card option still have to be initialized and prepared for the Palm from an older XP computer first. It's a workaround, not a match. I'm not up to date so users may have a stable sync system/method now with Vista. Check the forums.

Your model does not have an SD option this as it is an early generation model. You may continue to run this older model on older computers.

I am not recommending you buy a new personal device until you research on Brighthand and other user forums. Take advantage of other peoples experiences re: Vista. It will save you a lot of grief and help you decide when and whether to upgrade.

from Wicki and product info:
The first two generations of PDAs from Palm were referred to as "PalmPilots" which upgraded to external memory slots and firmware-upgradeable flash memory after the Palm III series.
The next versions of Palm used Palm OS 3.1. These included Palm IIIx with 4 Megabytes of memory. Compare this to the TX which has 128 MB of non-volatile storage and current OS of 5.4.

The TX released in October of 2005, as part of Palm's Fall 2005 product cycle. It features 802.11b, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. It was priced at $299. It runs Garnet, version 5.4.9. It largely replaced the earlier, costlier T5. <In my experience, It usually runs as low as $200 during Black Friday (Thanksgiving time). With discounts and indirect rebates, it can go as low as $150. FYI, With the move to Smartphones, this model will not have continued development from the company. >

On top is a slot for SD expansion cards. The slot is also SDIO and MMC compatible. 2 GB cards are usable directly.
<in my research, Only SD, not SD HC (high capacity) cards are compatible. 4GB SD only cards are difficult to find now that SDHC are the norm. It's not a issue for me since those also use more power. 2GBs can be had as low as $6 with creative dealing.>

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

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    Laura Pon Nov 07, 2008

    Mr. Giverson,
    You list PalmIIIx as the problem but run a Blackberry image and Blackberry tags for your product. It's confusing since Blackberry is not Palm. So sorry if my Palm answer doesn't relate for your Blackberry. Maybe I am confusing your image profile with your product tag.
    If you are staying with your Vista, look into a Palm TX which goes on sale during Black Friday for $200 and use a credit card which provides purchase protection. It'll extend the warranty. Ebay and Palm Used also have similar prod but those tend to ship incomplete and why bother when you can get a brand new setup that is complete.

    Epilogue to Palm, Vista, SDHC: Nov 2008
    Demitri from PalmPowerUps has released a stable version of SDHC power drive ($20-25). It allows Palm users for those supported to now run cards greater than 1GB (E2 and lower) and 2GB. San Disc,Transcend, Adata and others are listed. 4GB cards now about $10 with deals in BMs. Users reported running 16+GBs which is great for travelers to contain movies, audio and other mega files.
    Vista for PIMS is very stable and I have no complaints for what it doesn't do. Card reader to update all other stuff and way better than the crappy small file hotsync cable.

    Palm doesn't support legacy products. BrightHand and Dimitry take care of that for the community.
    It works and there's so many new and old ways of using Palms still. At least it's stable.
    I looked into a Blackberry as a phone and lamePDA but got skittish from the learning curve for newtech products. I want my phone to simply dial and receive calls, not attend a 2 week university class. Just kidding, i'm sure it would not take that long to learn but it's more phone than I need.
    So I totally relate to Mr. Giverson if he hasn't moved on to a new gen of Palm.


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