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Weird Tungsten E2 problem - won't turn off.

by dahewitt555 / January 4, 2007 8:01 AM PST

I've had my Tungsten E2 about a year. It hotsyncs fine, accepts data and displays data fine. I didn't add any software recently (there is 3rd party software but it's over 6 months old). I didn't even drop it. But, starting 2 days ago it won't stay powered off. After I switch it off, after 10 seconds it's back on again! It does this with or without the power cable. Without the power cable plugged in it powers down in a day. And it won't do a hard reset. I ran antivirus software on my PC but it says it's clean. The Palm website doesn't say anything about power staying ON. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Tell me exactly how you do a hard reset.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 8:22 AM PST

No checking the web please.

Also, we just changed years so who knows what new software bug you've found.

Me? I write PalmOS applications so I could by mistake cause such an issue. This is why a hard reset is needed.


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Hard reset
by dahewitt555 / January 5, 2007 12:18 AM PST

Thanks for your posting.
I tried a hard reset by pressing and holding the power button, then pressing the reset button on the back. I waited about 15 seconds. Nothing happened. (I also tried a soft reset, by pressing the reset button and nothing happened either.)
You have a good point about changing years, perhaps I should delete the third-party applications.

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My Tungsten E2 won't turn off either......
by MargotNP / January 4, 2007 11:24 AM PST

I have had it about a year and a half, no problems so far. I am a novice in using PDA's. What can the cause of this problem be and how can I fix it?

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As noted above.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 5, 2007 1:24 AM PST

If some third party program had an issue, then???

Sync it, hard reset and erase then re-test. Don't sync it so you can test with a clean machine.


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Problem solved.....log on to
by MargotNP / January 5, 2007 7:25 AM PST

The "won't shut off" problem is related to a birthday reminder that extends over the new year. My friend's birthday is the 5th of Jan and I had set a reminder for 7 days prior. If it had been 4 days it would not have been a problem. Opening contacts and deleting the birthday reminder solved my problem. Hope others are sucessful too.

Best to all in the New Year!

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Shame on PalmOne. Link to...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 5, 2007 10:02 AM PST
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Turning off bday reminder worked
by dahewitt555 / January 8, 2007 12:25 AM PST

Thank you very much - changing the setting for the birthday reminder for January 5th fixed the problem of my Tungsten E2 not turning off. I viewed the link you provided, now I know. My E2 is working fine now, Thanks again!

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Kudos to MargotNP on this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2007 12:28 AM PST

They clued me in on this old bug. I just added a more direct link on the issue.


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turning off birthday reminder
by marielle53 / January 3, 2009 3:24 AM PST

I am so glad that I read your posting. The same thing has just happened to me and I changed the birthday reminders ( I had 3 of them ) as you instructed. The problem was fixed just as you described .
Thank you !

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Thanks for this posting.
by grampjoe / January 5, 2009 12:18 AM PST

I've had my Tungsten E for about 5 years and this is the 1st time that I ever had an issue with birthday reminders in January. And I think this would be the 2nd year that my son-in-law's birthday was in there.

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Thank you!!
by Nikki88DK / January 5, 2011 6:35 AM PST

Thought my Tungsten E2 was heading to the trash until I came across this thread. Thank you VERY much. Mine kept powering up and dying by the end of the day. I had a birthday reminder set for January 7th. Just shut the reminder off and's working perfect again. I love the internet for reasons such as this!!!

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