While the typographic errors are humorous I think you supplied your own best clue. Unless HOTSYNC is running, it does not sync.
I own a Zire 72 and lately I have been noticing a peculiar thing. When my plam is connected to my PC, and I press sync on the handheld, nothing happens. After this I open plam desktop on the pc and subsequently the hosync manager too. Then I just open the customize option in hotsync on the palm desktop and without changing anything, jus click okay. Presto, next time I prees hotsync it immediately starts . Any ideas please, as to where the problem could be?