Windows 8 forum


Palm OS & Windows 8

by spiderman180 / February 16, 2014 7:39 PM PST

I recently got a new laptop that runs Windows 8.1 and I'm having trouble w/ the Palm HotSync. It still works on my old laptop that ran Windows XP, I have everything installed properly, the sound chimes when I push the button to perform the HotSync, but I just can't get the computer to recognize the PDA (or vice versa). I noticed that "The selected port, COM1, is not available at this time. HotSync Manager will open the port when it becomes available." I've tried all my USB ports to no avail.

Is there anyone who might be able to assist me w/ my attempt to unite my old tech w/ my new tech?


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Palm OS & Windows 8
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Palm OS & Windows 8
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2014 8:16 PM PST
In reply to: Palm OS & Windows 8

I can't see which model Palm Pilot and well, COM1 is serial and USB is USB. I have some notes about Windows 7 and sync at;threadListing but it looks like the serial sync works still and USB is indeed dead. Bluetooth sync works still. I'm not syncing yet on 8 but I see no reason for it to not work on serial or Bluetooth.

BTW, I just updated a few old PalmOS apps I wrote over a decade ago and the host laptop was Windows 8.

Collapse -
by spiderman180 / February 17, 2014 1:56 PM PST
In reply to: COM1?

I downloaded drivers from Acecca which <snap> fixed it right away! Apparently the jump from XP to 8 (or 8.1) required different drivers; I was lucky enough to find them after I had already posted this - but thanks!

Collapse -
If you would be so kind.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2014 11:49 PM PST
In reply to: solved!

Please add your solution to the link I noted. I know about acecca but can't install that due to the legacy system this runs on. We pickled the dev system about 6 years ago.

Collapse -
by spiderman180 / February 18, 2014 1:58 AM PST
Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2014 2:02 AM PST
In reply to: solution
Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?