Hey. I recently got ahold of an HP iPAQ h5555. It's unable to turn on. I have a proprietary USB cable for it that I bought on Amazon and whenever I plug it into the iPAQ, it just flashes a white screen for a split second before turning off, again. I've tried leaving it alone without its battery for over an hour and I even tried plugging the USB cable into the wall with a 5V USB AC adapter and I still can't get it to turn on. It also has a dead battery that's completely flat and unable to be charged. I'd buy a new one online, but they're very expensive. I wonder if this is a hardware problem or a software problem since the operating system might be bricked. Can you please help me fix this?
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The device may require a new battery to turn on if the problem is caused by a dead battery. You could try replacing the battery, or you could take the device to a repair shop to have it replaced if you can't find one. You may also need to perform a hard reset or reinstall the operating system if the issue is caused by software. However, it is essential to ensure that the battery is functional prior to attempting any software-related fixes. I believe you can get a similar one via https://amzn.to/3EvPtqr
Testimonial: "I would buy a new battery for it, but they're very expensive on eBay. I've tried every method that I could to try and perform a hard reset, but none of those methods got it to work, again. It's also impossible for me to reinstall the operating system because it won't turn on. By the way, I can't take it into a repair shop because there are no repair shops that repair devices like these that are this old."
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always start with the simplest answer first so make sure you have WiFi turned on.
Think back, have you changed the wireless security on your router? If so you may need to re-enter the network details or add your iPAQ's MAC address to the access control list on the router.
In the bottom right-hand corner of the home screen you should have a small HP Wireless symbol, if you tap it you should get your HP Wireless control panel on screen and can 1: turn WiFi on and off, 2: manually enter the WiFi network details and 3: search for WiFi networks in range.
This could be due to a few issues, try these soloutions in order below:
1) If you have a jacket connected to the ipaq it could be preventing the ipaq from locating correctly on the connector. Remove jacket and try insering again.
2) Check that active sync is set up to detect the device on the usb port. The cradle for the ipaq may have a serial and usb connector. Ensure that just the usb connector is attached to your laptop. Try connecting again.
3) You may need to uninstall the USB cradle if it was connected before installing active sync. Try the following steps if this was the case:
a) unplug the USB cradle
b) uninstall active sync
c)Click start then click control pannel then click system. Then click on the hardware tab.
Look for the device under USB, right click on the device and then select uninstall.
d) restart the laptop
e) Install active sync
f) ONLY after active sync has installed you can now plug the cradle back into the usb socket.
g) Now connect the ipaq, it should now detect it.
open active sync on ipaq and connect the cable with pc and ipaq. if not recognised perform a soft reset on ipaq. also check in active sync on pc >file> connection settings> allow usb connections is checked
Was it charging over the weekend? If not, try to recharge the device again... Those devices would on occasion drain the batter overnight -- didn't happen all the time and was apparently caused by unusual software/applications combinations... The battery could be going bad again as well.
When you attach your ipaq, you should be able to go into My Computer and view the ipaq as a removable storage device, seeing the actual files and folders located on your ipaq. I would attempt to transfer the files via copy and past if Activesync cannot do it. If that solves the problem then its simply that Activesync is encountering some sort of memory overflow, if it still cannot sync then there is a problem with transfer protocol its using.