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Okay to do a hard reset?

by amingle / April 10, 2007 1:00 PM PDT

I have been using my Palm TX for a few months now without any problems. In the process of finding new applications to use, I have installed/uninstalled many programs. Now that I'm fairly established using it with programs I like, is it okay to do a hard reset to start the PDA over and just install the programs I want, to make sure I have all the "junk" out of there?

I may just be freaking out about what the dreaded hard reset actually does, but if there's potential of it harming my system, I definitely do not want to do that, as the Palm has been working great. I know for a PC it can't hurt to format/reinstall Windows every now and again; just wondering if that concept carries over to Palm OS as well, and, if so, if a hard reset is the way to do that.


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I wouldn't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 10, 2007 11:13 PM PDT

This is not Windows. I own a collection of Palm/PalmOne device and write software for them.

If you want you can do the hard reset after a Hotsync but that puts you back to what Hotsync backed up. Not much is lost for me and there is no difference in performance.

I do suggest uninstalling any app you don't use EXCEPT things that PalmOne issued. I broke my BlueTooth by meddling deeper and cleaning out a file I didn't know at the time was a support program for BT. While I figured out how to fix that without must work or loss I think I learned a lesson that meddling there is not for the feint hearted.

So, just delete apps as they let you and you should see the soft reset times drop as you clean up.


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by amingle / April 11, 2007 3:22 AM PDT
In reply to: I wouldn't.

Okay thanks for the advice. I know there's alot of files that Palm OS needs to operate, so I guess based on your experience it would be difficult to sort out what exactly would be required or not.

I do uninstall the programs using the "delete" function, but I also use FileZ and see lots of other files as well. That was why I asked.

I also do know that a Hotsync will restore things the way they were before...if I were to do the hard reset, I would create a new ID, for a fresh start, and reinstall just what I wanted. Then the OS would still have the files it needs. I just didn't know if there were any other negative effects to doing this.

Thanks for your advice and experience!

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Hotsync didn't fix my gaffe.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2007 6:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmm....

There are files that are not backed up that get installed from Palm via other avenues. Very strange stuff.

FileZ is GREAT but you can blow a hole in something so keep a copy of any file you delete.


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