Kpilot

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Introduction

Kpilot allows your PalmOS powered handheld to exchange information with your KDE powered computer.

MEPIS 8.5

Kpilot is non-functional for KDE4, and currently has no developer to work on it. Consider using Jpilot instead or switching to an online system.

MEPIS 8

The technique listed for MEPIS 7.x and KPilot also works for MEPIS 8. Before you begin, however, it will be necessary to install

pilot-link

using the usual methods.

MEPIS 7.x

The following technique works on MEPIS 7 for a Tungsten T2 and a Tungsten E, following most of the tips listed under Troubleshooting below.
1. Make sure your handheld data are backed up before you start.
2. Using any installation method, install these packages:

kpilot libpisock9 

3. Connect your Palm handheld to the computer
4. Open Kpilot and do one of the following:
--Click Settings --> Configure Kpilot, and click the button Configuration Wizard in the main panel. Follow the directions to let Kpilot try to establish the relationship automatically. This routinely causes KPilot to crash, but you may get lucky.
--Connect manually by clicking on Settings --> Configure Kpilot and click on Device in the left panel. Set the following parameters:

Pilot device:  /dev/ttyUSB0 OR /dev/ttyUSB1
Speed: 115200 (unless serial connection, then try 19200)
Workarounds: None (check another choice if applicable)
Encoding: default, unless you know differently
Pilot user: user name for your handheld

NOTE: some users have found that ttyUSB0 does not work for them as the device name, but that usb: does.
5. If you are synching with Kontact for addresses, click on Addressbook in the left panel, and check vCard file as the Sync Destination
6. Handheld files (in Palm format) are stored here:

/home/UserName/.kde/share/apps/kpilot/conduits

7. Once setup has worked, you can perform a hot sync simply by starting KPilot and pressing the hot sync button on your handheld or its cradle.
8. KPilot's Palm DOC conduit does not convert text files to PalmDoc format and send them to the handheld. Nor does KPalmDOC, available in the repos. This is a minor problem because you can easily use KWord (save as Palm Document) or the online resource listed below to convert the files. Once converted, they can be transfered with KPilot's File Installer, and read with a reader such as Weasel or CSpotRun.

MEPIS 6.5

You will need the following packages installed:

libpisock8 or libpisock9, kpilot, korganizer, libusb-0.x.x, knotes (optional)

1. Connect your Palm to your computer with the USB cable.
2. Leave your Palm OFF.
3. Run KPilot
4. If the Configuration Wizard doesn't run then go to the Settings menu, select Configuration Wizard.
5. In the Pilot Info dialog blank the Device field.

Now, in this order (the order is important)...

1. Select the Automatically Detect Handheld & User Name button.
2. Let it get to about 5% in the detection process.
3. Turn your Palm ON
4. Run HotSync on your Palm and then press the the HotSync button.

It should detect your Palm and fill in the User name and the Device path.


In General Setup --> Device --> Workarounds, select:

Zire31, 72, Tungsten T5 (any Palm with OS 5 or greater, or if your Palm has the Media application).

If you have Palm Zire or Tungsten ensure you have the following entered in General Setup --> Backup --> No backup:

[a86k],ArmLog,[Arng],FATFS,GrxViewGifLibARM,GrxViewJpegLibARM,ImgFile-Foto,Jpeg-Foto,[lnch],Net Library,[PmDB]

Without this, jpeg-foto and other files will cause KPilot to crash.

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