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Skipping over calibration because of a Broken touchscreen

I have a Palm VIIx, with a cracked screen. The screen contents are visible, but, the touch pad is non-responsive. I still want to hot-sync with it, to use it as an IR storage solution, but, it's stuck in the calibration screen. How do I get past calibration without a working touch pad?

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SOURCE: I have a Palm TX.

I,d suggest that you may have a sticking Button/Switch.
It appears that, another command is being constantly requested by the PDA. first check the battery regarding the amount of charge being held, and for how long. replace battery if discharging.
then i,d suggest having the PDA Serviced, constant usage of these with sweat/food particles/general dust. can cause a button to stick/jam. for example the power on/off or volume up/down button (s) may be making a constant contact, rather than make/break.

Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Jul 03, 2008



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SOURCE: can I hot sync z22 palm without the touchscreen?

The cable with the synch button is for the e2.

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