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Dead LifeDrive The microdrive died in my Lifedrive. With the dead drive it would boot to the PalmOne screen and stop. I replaced the drive and now when I plug it in to charge it will charge for a while then start to boot (on its own), and stop at the PalmOne screen. The replacement drive was purchased on eBay from someone who upgraded to a CF in his LD. I don't believe the current problem is the hard drive. Could it be the battery or is it the motherboard or something I won't be able to fix easily? Any guesses?

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I would guess you bought a dud micro drive or its been cleaned off. You could try a hard reset and see if it fixes itself. Perhaps the fellow cleaned off his information but hopefully he left the restore partition alone. You can rebuild that if you extract the files from the 2.0 upgrade and so on. There are a few tutorials on how and what to do on some of the hardcore LD sites.

Hopefully you didn't harm the board itself with a static discharge. I've seen a few guys do the swap and end up with a dead LD but usually they don't see anything at all.

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