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DateBk6 - How to Install a Palm OS Application

Comprehensive instructions for New Users:

For the SIMPLEST installation (skip to next section for a more advanced install):

Right-Click the the download link for <Core Program: Click Here> to right of Download Icon. If you see a FILE DOWNLOAD - SECURITY WARNING dialog (see example in next section), just click on Save button.

Your web browser will typically display a dialog something like this (depends on your operating system):

Click on SAVE button to save the file and note where you saved it. Wait for the application to finish downloading, then go to the folder where it was saved and double-click the datebk6-v61a-s2.prc file (or whatever version was displayed under the filename in the above dialog. That should automatically invoke the palm Install tool and set the program up for installation. Then hotsync to copy to handheld. On Handheld, you will see a DateBk6/INSTALL icon - just click on that and you will be all set.

if nothing happens when you double-Click on the PRC file or you get an Access Denied message due to some installation problem in the Palm Desktop, or some corruption in windows, follow the directions in the More Advanced Install below to use the Palm Install Tool to select the prc file (there is only one file to install in this case) then hotsync.

 More Advanced Install.

First locate the download link for the File and click on it. For example, in the case of DateBk6, you will want to click on the link labeled Windows Exe in the right sidebar of the DateBk6 web page or DbFixIt Web Page as this provides the simplest way to install the program. Mac Users - see right sidebar for instructions.

Your web browser will typically display a dialog something like this (depends on your operating system):

In this case, you always want to SAVE the file (do not click Open or Run from this location). If you do not get a dialog with the Save option, try RIGHT-CLICKING the URL link. This display shows the '6.0a, s1' release of DateBk6 - you will see something different depending on what program and version you are downloading.

You will then get a standard File Navigation dialog. Store the Executable in a location you can easily find. A default location might be: C:\Palm or C:\Sony where your Palm software installed.

Click on SAVE button to save the file. Wait for application to finish downloading.

Opening up the Archive

Run Windows Explorer and navigate to the directory where you stored the EXE file and then click (or double-click) on the EXE File. If you see a dialog saying "the publisher could not be verified", just ignore it and click on the RUN button. Click OK on the dialog that then appears saying:

Preparing File for Installation

Using Windows Explorer, navigate to to where the files were stored (the default is C:\Program Files\Pimlico\{ProgramName} where {Program Name} is "DateBk6" or "DbFixIt" etc.) and look for a file with a name like READ-ME-FIRST and click on it. It's always good to review the contents of that file BEFORE installing the application as there may be things you need to do first (for example, sometimes you will need to delete an older version of the program).

To install the application, you will usually be able to just click (or double-click) on the PRC file. So in the case of DateBk6, you would navigate to:
 c:\Program Files\Pimlico\DateBk6 and then click on DateBk6.prc:

You should then see the Palm Install Tool put up a dialog similar to this one (precise dialog depends on what version of Palm Desktop you are running, etc.). Make sure that the popup list at top right shows YOUR correct HotSyncUser name (so you install this for the correct profile if you have more than one).

Then repeat the step with DateBk6-resources.prc as there are two PRC files for this application.

You may want to install other files depending upon the application. For example, with DateBk6, you may well want to install a default icon file. In that case, you would click on the Icons folder and click on the file Icons-DATEBK.prc which would install the default color icon collection. If you want to install the help database (the InfoTips that appear when you tap on the 'i' in the circle at the top right of many dialogs. To do that you would click on dbSetup6.prc. So you might then be looking at:

Installing Application to your Organizer

Put your Palm Organizer in the HotSync Cradle and press the HotSync Button. The new program files will be downloaded to your Palm Organizer, and its icon should now be displayed in the Palm's main applications screen, ready to run. By all means run the program to see how it works. Keep in mind that there will usually be a very comprehensive manual available for separate download. In the case of DateBk6, it's available as:

a zip file: www.PimlicoSoftware.com/datebk6-v60a-manual.zip
Self-extracting executable: www.PimlicoSoftware.com/datebk6-v60a-manual.exe

Trouble-Shooting Tips

Double-Click on PRC file causes something weird to happen or results in ACCESS DENIED type message.

If something weird happens when you click on the PRC file, you may have the PRC extension associated with some other application (this will usually be an error, although it is not "illegal" for some other application to use the PRC extension for its own files). You may also get an Access Denied error message under Vista.

In that case, launch the Palm Install Tool (Tap on START button, Programs, Palm Desktop (or Sony Handheld, etc.) and then Palm Install Tool. Then use the File navigation window to move to where the PRC files were stored and click on the PRC files you want to install.

File fails to install or hotsync crashes.

Hotsync might crash if it attempts to install a defective file. If necessary, you can navigate to C:\Palm\{HotSyncUserName}\Install (where {HotSyncUserName} is the folder name that was based on your user name) and delete the files there before starting over (they're just copies, so don't worry about deleting them).

If you still have a problem, try removing and re-installing your desktop and conduit software.

Datebook database stops synching after Install

This happens to a few people, and it appears to be either an anomaly or an install error of some kind. In any event, removing and re-installing the conduit software will almost always correct this type of problem.

More Questions about downloading? go to the tech support page.

Experienced User?

If you know how to handle zip files, just download the zip archive from the URL provided and extract the files. The READ-ME-FIRST file has installation notes - be sure to read them first as you will not necessarily install all the PRC files in the archive (some are utilities, etc.).

Double-Click on the DateBk6.PRC and DateBk6-resources.prc files to set up for install and then hotsync to copy to your Palm Organizer.


Downloading & Installing Software for a Macintosh
(Courtesy of www.Handango.com)

Step 1: Download the software

  1. Remember that you only need to download the software if you have not already done so. If you already it installed, you do not need to download it again (there is no "trial" version of these programs).
  2. It's best to Option/Click a URL for download so you get a Save-As type dialog for saving the file. The download link is on the main page with the Download Icon. You will always want to download the ZIP file.

Step 2: Prepare to install

  1. Go to the place where the file was downloaded to (likely your Desktop).

    For a .ZIP file, you'll need StuffIt Expander to unzip and access this file.

    • If you already have StuffIt on your Mac, it will have already unzipped the file and created a new folder on your Desktop.
    • If you don't have StuffIt on your Mac, open a new browser window and go to http://www.stuffit.com/expander/index.html to download a free evaluation version. Once StuffIt is installed on your computer, double click on the .ZIP file you downloaded. This should create a new folder on your desktop.
    • Open the new folder, and you should see a list of files, including .PDB or .PRC files.

Step 3: Install

  1. Select "Install Handheld Files" from the HotSync menu. Click "Add to List", select the .PRC file(s) you downloaded or unzipped. Click "Add File".
  2. Make sure the correct User Name is selected.
  3. Once all the .PRC files you want to install are listed in the Install Handheld Files list, exit this dialog box. If installing DateBk6, be sure to install both DateBk6.prc and  DateBk6-resources.prc at the same time!

Step 4: HotSync

  1. Make sure your handheld is in its cradle and the HotSync Manager is running (check for the red/blue HotSync icon in your lower right system tray on your Mac).
  2. Press the HotSync button on your handheld's cradle.
  3. Once the HotSync operation is complete, check your handheld's main applications screen to confirm that the application(s) are now on your handheld.

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