I try not to banter on too much about technical jibber-jabber on here, but
I'll make an exception this one time because I couldn't find many answers
myself with Google
I have a Palm Vx. I have an iBook. I want them to be roll around in the
sack with each other. Unfortunately, the iBook has no serial port. Instead,
these cute puppies only have USB ports, which is fine and dandy for newer
handhelds but not for my poor Vx.
USB to Serial dongle? Maybe. Instead, I found a
German company and supplied by MadsOnline. I figured, "Hey, maybe I can use
the IR port for something useless like changing channels from my iBook."
I bit the $58 bullet, bought the dongle, plugged it in, and... had no signs
of life from OS X saying what was going on. I pointed my handheld at the IR
and ran the HotSync on it but no success. I played around with networking
on my iBook, making cute icons pop up on my menu, but that was just
Finally realizing that maybe downloading
would be a good idea,
I did that, installed it, and tried again. Again, failure. At least, it
. So I goofed around, hoping maybe the
would have some
sort of answer. Oh, crap, that'd mean I'd have to compile stuff, which
means I'd have to grab that hefty
Development Tools beast from Apple
just to run gcc.
That was all yesterday. Today, I finally realized my folly. Instead of
following the directions
of the Palm Desktop Installer, I foolishly
did not reboot like it so kindly told me to. This meant that the Conduit
Manager which detects HotSync requests wasn't loaded, which meant that my
attempts at poking signals to the IrDA wasn't doing squat
So, I run the Conduit Manager, fire up the Palm and run the HotSync, and...
lo' and behold, the thing syncs!
In short, do the following:
- Install Palm
Desktop on the iBook, making sure to either reboot like
it tells you to (you poopie) or run the Conduit Manager
- Plug-in the MadsOnline USB
- Point the IR of the USB IrDA to the IR on the Palm
- On the Palm, run the HotSync program, choose "Local" and "IR to a
PC/Handheld," and press the big square button in the middle.
- Wait as magic is performed in this beautiful wireless syncing process!
I recommend not
unless you're planning on integrating existing data with the Apple
Addressbook and iCal. iSync does a poor job handling categories, and I find
that jazz to be essential to my organizational processes, I just bail all
of Apple's gadgets and use Palm Desktop.