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Dell Axim X50v Device Spotlight


A02 ROM Update Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:42 pm
Dell has released a system update utility for the Dell Axim X50 and X50v. The update includes the A02 English ROM image for Windows Mobile 2003 SE. I have included some links below. The Aximsite link takes you to a thread that provides plenty of information about the update including a lot of users that have already gone through the update experience. To be sure I maximized my benefit from the update, I followed Dell's recommendation to re-install everything after I performed the update. My update for the X50v went without a hitch even though it was a lengthly process. Here are a few things to note when performing the update.

Before I start, I would like to note that this is why I would only choose to support Palm devices. Updating the ROM for the X50v is a difficult process that can be overwhelming for the average handheld user. I have never had to go anything as involved as this with a Palm update.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Sorry, but the upgrade utility only supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP. In addition, you will need your USB cardle and power to the cradle in order to proceed with the update.

Registration Information
From past experience, I have learned to keep a list of software in SplashID with all applicable registration information. Of course, you can use SplashID or any other application just as long as you record all this information in some form or fashion. I take this a step further by actually storing the software installations in a dedicated folder on my PC. I will keep this folder updated whenever I download the latest version.

Backup
Backup everything. I mean everything. If you have not already, you should develop a habit to backup your device regularly. I use MobSync to backup everything on my CF memory card, my SD memory card, and the Built-in Storage memory. Then, I use the provided backup utility with ActiveSync to backup the main memory. Finally, do not forget to back up the folder that ActiveSync uses to synchronize files between the PC and the handheld. To locate the folder, just go to the settings in ActiveSync for files. Better safe than sorry.

Note for SplashID Users: Be sure to backup your database on your desktop. If you reinstall all your applications as recommended by Dell, this will save you some trouble.

Upgrade
The Dell utility walks you through the update process, including saving the current ROM. Be sure you save the current ROM to your computer. After the update, you will need to hard reset your device. Be sure to take the Dell out of the cradle before you hard reset the device.

DO NOT PLACE THE X50V BACK IN THE CRADLE. PLEASE READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BEFORE PROCEEDING.


You have two options in restoring the software on the device. The first option, as recommended by Dell, is to re-install the software on the X50v. The second option, which does work, is to restore the backup you created before performing the update. While it does work, there is some functionality that you be missing. One feature alleviates the problem when you accidently hit the wireless button and it enables/disables the wireless connection. The update changes this behavior by requiring a second push of the button before it proceeds to enable/disable the wireless connection. The feature is not available if you choose the second option not recommended by Dell.

Restore (Recommended by Dell)
Before synchronizing the X50v, go ahead and delete the partnership on the computer using ActiveSync. I am not sure if this is necessary, but I like taking extra precautions. On the X50v, you will need to rename your device if necessary. By default, it is named Pocket_PC. If you want or need to change it, go to Settings -> System -> About. Then, go to the Device ID tab to rename your device. Now, you are at the same point you were when you first got your device. Well, you are one step ahead, you have your registration information, your software, and your backups. Now, it is just a matter of re-installing all your software.

Restore (Not Recommended by Dell)

Before synchronizing the X50v, configure ActiveSync to operate manually. In ActiveSync, go to Options -> Schedule. Under Desktop Schedule, change selection to manual. Now, place the X50v in the cradle. Restore the backup you created before you began the upgrade. You will need to soft reset the X50v. After the rest, you can configure ActiveSync back to operate continuously. In ActiveSync, go to Options -> Schedule. Under Desktop Schedule, change selection to continuously.

Aximsite Forum

Update for Dell Axim X50v

I will go ahead and put the link to the update for the X50 - QVGA.

Update for Dell Axim X50

Happy upgrading,
Lance
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