can't sync Treo 650 to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy

Walter Garcia-Fontes walter.garcia at
Thu Nov 15 04:53:59 UTC 2007

* Florin Andrei [15/11/07 01:00]:
> Another upgrade, another set of problems with PalmOS synchronization.

Blame it on the stupid USB connection of the PALMS, only available when
pressing the sync button.

> On 7.04, doing a "modprobe visor" seemed to fix the problems. But on 
> 7.10, even after loading the visor module, when I push the sync button 
> on the cable, nothing happens on the system - I'm looking at the logs 
> and it doesn't seem to notice the PDA.
> Of course, Jpilot doesn't work.
> Anyone got sync working on 7.10 with a Treo?

It's working here. I changed the last lines in
/etc/udev/rules.d/60-symlinks.rules, commented out the linkes for the
Palm and introduced new ones that I found in some Ubuntu forum:

# Create /dev/pilot symlink for Palm Pilots
#KERNEL=="ttyUSB*", ATTRS{product}=="Palm Handheld*|Handspring
#*|palmOne Handhel
d", \
#                                       SYMLINK+="pilot"
# Create /dev/pilot symlink for Palm Pilots
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{product}=="Palm Handheld*|Handspring *|palmOne Handheld", \
KERNEL=="ttyUSB*", NAME="ttyUSB%n", SYMLINK+="pilot", GROUP="dialout", MODE="0666"
The visor module is loaded on bootup by the current kernel, I

Also notice that the PALM way of USB makes it extremeley sensitive to
small missconnections. What I mean is that normal USB devices are
recognized directly once connected, and if there is a problem it is
detected right there. But by syncing with the sync button if the Palm
has been slightly missplaced in the craddle, or there is any other
cable loose (the connection on the back of the Treo craddle sometimes
gets slightly off) then it will generate an error (you can see it at
the end of "dmesg" after synching, reported as "wrong address" or
something like that). 

So it happens to me from time to time that "/dev/pilot" is not created
after synching, and I have to check all the connections and eventually
it is created. 

Walter Garcia-Fontes               

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