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How to Hotsync your Palm over Bluetooth
Posted on 5-Aug-2003 20:01 by M Freitas | Filed under: Articles

This article shows how to configure a Bluetooth enabled desktop or laptop and a Palm to perform a Bluetooth Hotsync.

In this article we used a Palm Tungsten T and a Bluetake USB Bluetooth (version 1.3.2.7). We also assume you have already paired the Palm and your computer. Do so before you continue following this guide!

Check out other Geekzone Bluetooth Guides for more step-by-step pages!

Before we start make sure you've installed the Palm Hotsync software. If you are using a Palm Tungsten T, download this update before proceeding. If you're using a Palm Tungsten W and want to use Bluetooth, make sure you have this update.

First we need to know exactly what COM port the Palm will use to establish a serial link with your computer. Right-click the Bluetooth icon in your System Tray, and select Advanced Configuration. Select the Local Services tab, and you'll see a dialog like the one below. Take note of the value in the Bluetooth Serial Port service. In this case it's COM9. You can close this dialog without changing any setting.




Next step we'll configure the Hotsync program to wait for incoming connections on this COM port, in addition to any other in use (the USB for example). Right-click the Hotsync icon in the System Tray and check the Local Serial option.



Now right-click the Hotsync icon in the System Tray again and select Setup. Change to the Local tab and make sure you check the COM port corresponding to the one found in the previous step. Close this dialog. This is all is needed on your computer.





On the Palm side we will create a new connection to this computer. Open the Prefs application, and switch to Connection.




You'll see a list of connections and will tap the New... button.




You can assign any meaningful name to this connection. Select the values as indicated in this image. Tap the device name to choose what computer will be the server in this situation. Make sure your computer or laptop is in discoverable mode.




You can tap the Details button and set the speed to the maximum allowed.




From the launcher, tap on the Hotsync application. Using the list under the big icon in the centre of the screen, change the Hotsync default to have the connection name just created. USB Hotsync will not be affected since it's started from the hard button in the cradle. Tap the icon icon and the Hotsync will start.




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