Palm Desktop with WINE

Discussion in 'Sync (Mac and Linux/Palm OS)' started by bpalone, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. bpalone

    bpalone Newbie

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    First let me state that I have been using the Palm Desktop for the better part of seventeen (17) years. There was a short period of time where I used J-Pilot, but I preferred the Palm Desktop. That was when I found that version 3.0.1 (the one that comes on the Handspring CD) worked quite well using WINE. The one drawback, is that you have to use a serial cradle for syncing.

    Just recently had to upgrade my OS and had an issue getting my Handspring Visor to sync. It turned out to be a permissions issue regarding the serial port. I know this is ancient technology, but it still does what I need done and I like it. Plus, I feel that my data is just a bit more private. Who really knows just what your cell phone is handing out these days?

    Here is my setup and installation, etc.:

    Dell Latitude D620, 4 gig memory

    Linux Mint 18.1 32 bit (edit) -> Mate Desktop

    WINE from repository

    Handspring Install CD

    After installing the Palm Desktop I could not get my Visor to sync. I didn’t recall having to do anything special on my older install, and was at a loss. After several hours of searching the internet, I found a piece of something that led to the solution. The thing to remember is that everything is a file in linux. Found that by changing the permission on /dev/ttyS0 allowed for syncing. So, added the following line to /etc/rc.local:

    chmod 777 /dev/ttyS0

    Rebooted to be sure that I could still sync and found that all was good. Now, I don’t have any experience with an USB-to-Serial, but might have a similar issue.

    I also don’t know if there is a way to get a USB Cradle to work with the Palm Desktop using WINE or not. I had a Serial Cradle, so no need to fight with it. Serial Cradles can still be found on flea bay and Amazon.

    Just thought I would pass this on, in case there are some other die hards like me or maybe some of the younger generation looking for a more simple solution to organization.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2018
  2. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Welcome to Brighthand, bpalone!

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  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    What jigwashere said, and a great first post!
     
  4. Hook

    Hook Phone Killer ;-) Arrrrr...f

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    Very nice, thanks bpalone. I may just have to try that with my Ubuntu set-up., though not sure how soon I'll have the time.
     
  5. bpalone

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    Thanks for the welcomes. Forgot to include my desktop in original post, so edited it.
     
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