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I found this on the Palm website about the frozen Palm Logo screen


Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Jun 08, 2014

You may be stuck in a loop-


After you do a hard reset, try naming the palm something other than what the name was before hand and see if that profile works.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Nov 27, 2013

Its probably the motherboard which needs replacing. There are other posts on this site with the same problem, try referring to them.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Nov 27, 2013

When you say you perform a hard reset on it how did you go about the hard reset? Did you use a code? There are various ways of carrying out a hard reset some use coded and these codes usually end up deleting some of the system files in the unit and cause such damages as you are experiencing now. What you need to do is download the OS setup from the units website and install it fresh on the unit this should correct all errors which were caused by the hard reset.
Hope this solution has been helpful?

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Jun 23, 2011

Hi you should update the software of the Palm Lifedrive Handheld you can got to manufacturer website and download the software.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Aug 04, 2010

You may be experiecing failure of the microdrive. Those are typical of it failing or having failed.

Having said that have your tried the hard reset buy holding the 5 way down while sliding the power switch? This is slightly different than the older secure but you need the update 2 to have it. This will erase and reformat and reload the entire system a bit more thouroughly than the older secure erase.
It might get you out of the cycle which is more important.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on May 24, 2010

Yes, is the only answer I can offer you as I have the same problem. The best advice I have found is.. replace the hard drive with a new micro drive or flash drive.

Love is... knowing my name is safe in your mouth when I leave the room.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on May 24, 2010

When you see the first screen (the orange one) hold the UP button as the bar moves across the bottom of the screen. Let go right before the screen goes to the silver logo. If it continues and opens Prefs, then you need to delete the program causing it to reboot. If that doesn't work, do a Hard Reset. A Hard Reset will erase everything on your lifedrive, so only do it if you have to. Hold the Power Button while you push the reset button. Continue with the instructions to finish erasing your device.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on May 24, 2010

To wipe all user informations from your device, slide and hold the power button to the right, and whilst keeping it in that position, briefly press the reset pin with the stylus pen (or, if it is missing, a paper clip would do). Release the power switch only when the reset screen comes up. Then, press the D-pad's Down key. This process will take some time (up to 25 minutes).
Hope it works for you.
By the way, if you happen to miss the LifeDrive user guide, feel free to download it from this location.
Cheers! Carlos

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on May 22, 2010


After taking the first 2 screws out you need prize open the cover. There are two indented areas between the front and back plates near the bottom of the device on each side. Behind these areas are clips, and can be released by pushing inward whilst prizing apart the two plates. Prize all the way along until back cover comes straight off. You might want to do do this on a warmer day or when the device has been in a warm house for a while as the materials will be more flexible and less brittle.

Hope this helps ya


Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Feb 12, 2010

Try and remove and reseat the battery to reset the device.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Jan 15, 2010

Normal 0 HI there,
Normal 0 The best thing to do is to go to the free palm chat service they offer. I have used this and it worked good for me. Here is a link to the free chat service. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a Palm Chat. From there click on the link that says Chat Now and follow the online prompts. Best wishes...I hope this will help you.

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Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Nov 27, 2009

You need to have the 2.0 update installed before the secure erase will work properlly. You can download this from the Palmone website. It updates the hidden directory and changes some of the palm os so that it will now do a reset and restore properlly.

Thats the only thing that I can think of that fits your description.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Aug 31, 2009

Missing files can be reason of power interruption or virus attack (less likely). However you may try to sync back if you have used Palm Desktop before.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Aug 23, 2009

Usually those symptoms mean a motherboard problem or a battery problem. Both are replaceable and worth doing if you use your LD.

You can try a power reset. Plug the LD in and hold the 5 way button down then reset the Ld using the reset button. You may need 3 hands to do this. Sometimes this will reset the power section and get you running.

Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Jul 30, 2009

You have two options one is of course a replacement drive but the other is replacing the little hard drive with a flash disk. The flash drive is nothing more than a 4gb compact flash memory card that happens to use the same connector as the Hitachi hard drive. Of the two I'd go flash myself.

The flash disk is faster and uses far less power so your battery life can increase by quite a bit. I think it is something like 10% of the power. Next to the display this is the single biggest power item. I've heard of the useful battery life increasing anywhere from 3x to about 6x after doing this. You can get the drive or flash from several places online. These are the same CF cards as used in many cameras. Most also offer the installation service.

Here is a link to one place but do a few searches and compare prices etc. Just search for lifedrive, flash, drive or lifedrive hard drive replacement and you should get quite a few.


Palm LifeDrive... • Answered on Jul 22, 2009

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