PalmOne PalmConnect USB Kit

PalmOne PalmConnect USB Kit

$39.99

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Here is a complete solution for connecting your Palm handheld to a Macintosh containing a USB port. The kit is compatible with the Palm III, Palm V, and Palm VII series handhelds. It includes a USB-to-serial-port adapter, USB software, and the Palm Desktop 2.1 organizer software (Macintosh) for managing your date book, addresses, memo pad, and to-do list. To connect to a Mac, you'll need to be running Mac OS 8.5.1 or later on a PowerPC processor and have a USB port. Note that for connectivity to a Macintosh with a serial port, you will need the PalmConnect Serial Kit.Features: Complete solution for connecting your Palm handheld to the Mac, USB-to-serial-port adapter and USB software, Palm Desktop 2.1 organizer software for Macintosh, Manages and synchronizes date book, addresses, memo pad, and more, Compatible with Palm III series, Palm V, and Palm VII handhelds

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Customer Rating: 2.78 of 5 (72 total reviews)

  • 4 starsIt does work!

    There are many bad reviews about this USB kit, but I decided to try it anyway. I have a laptop that has not serial port and a Palm IIIxe. Well, I went through the installation and everything went well but at the last step, it would not synchronize. I contacted Palm support and in a few hours (yep, not one day, or two days, but just a few hours) they sent me an email with the solution. And IT WORKED!.

    Here are my suggestions to others who want to give this USB kit a try: (My laptop runs Windows 98SE, btw)
    -Don't use the CD for the installation of the drivers... Look to the right and choose the PalmConnect USB kit software for your O.S.
    -On the download page, they include installation instructions that vary a little bit from those included in the CD. Make sure you follow the installation instructions on this Web page.
    -Before you synchronize, make sure that the HotSync software has Local USB and Local Serial checked. (This was the solution to my problem). To make sure, these options are checked, right click on the HotSync icon on the System Tray, and see if Local USB and Local Serial have check marks next to them. Now synchronize.

    This should do it! :) It worked for me! Everything runs a-okay. :)

  • 3 starsSo, it's a serial to USB converter, basically

    If you're like me, and stuck with an antique clockwork PalmPilot (in my case a III) from the days when the HotSync cradle connected to the serial port, the recent trend towards eliminating serial ports in PCs (and the fact that serial ports disappeared from Macs years ago) is something of a problem.

    If you're also like me in not really being able to justify an upgrade to a more modern Palm or Visor because you don't actually use the one you currently have very much, or don't have a compelling need to transmit color images of your address book via a built-in cellular modem, the PalmConnect kit offers a way to keep your ancient PDA synced for a substantially lower cost than buying a whole new PDA.

    The box contains a CD containing the appropriate software (I didn't use it since the Mac OS X Palm software is only available by direct download from Palm's site) and the converter itself. This, as you can see in the photo up top, is a little black box about the size of a box of Tic-Tacs with a rather short USB cable sticking out of one end and a female DB-9 serial connector on the other. Fortunately the fact that the initial market for this thing was iMacs didn't compel Palm to ditch taste and make the thing out of translucent puce plastic. It's plain, black and completely opaque.

    Plug the serial cable from your cradle into one end, plug the other iend nto a handy USB port and that's about all there is to it. Really.

    Since it's still basically a serial connection it's obviously not going to be as fast as a true USB cradle, and I'd personally have preferred (and been willing to pay for) a new cradle that had the serial-USB conversion built into the cradle base since it would have looked rather less clunky, but it does what it's supposed to, and I suppose you can't really ask for more than that.

  • 1 starsperfec nightmare

    Buy the PalmConnect USB kit and you will get a full-time job trying to troubleshoot this little thing. Apparently there are a lot of issues (mainly for windows XP users) and palm does not provide you with good support nor information.