One of the first things I noticed when I got my Treo 650, was that it did not
come with the Note Pad application. That was quite annoying as I had several
Notes on my old Palm IIIxe that I would have liked to bring across to my new
toy. A further check revealed the Expense application was also missing, which
wasn't a problem as I never used it.
What I was also looking for was a voice recorder application. I had thought
that SoundRec was going
to be the answer, until I found a web forum message that mentioned transferring
the missing applications from a LifeDrive or Tungsten to the Treo, including the
Palm Voice Memo application. I'd much rather stick with official Palm
applications, mostly for compatibility with fellow Palm users (eg, transferring
my Palm IIIxe Notes to my Treo).
That got me thinking. I'd recently joined the
Palm PluggedIn program and
downloaded the new SDK and Treo
simulators. I checked and there were some LifeDrive simulators and Desktop
software available. That's all that's needed.
These instructions describe how to get the Expense, Note Pad, and Voice Memo
Palm applications and corresponding Windows Desktop sync support files from a
LifeDrive installation to a Treo. It is quite likely you could just use a
LifeDrive Desktop installation instead of the Treo one, but I prefer to keep
system changes to a bare minimum and have detailed how to modify an existing
Treo Desktop installation with the LifeDrive files.
Besides, I use VMware so I could
temporarily install the LifeDrive software on a dedicated virtual machine,
transfer the required files to my real installation, then restore my virtual
machine to its pristine state.
VMware isn't exactly the typical sort of software you might have, though, so
here's what I'd do without it (please note that I haven't tested this):
Make a backup of my existing Palm data that's on my PC, just in case.
Uninstall my Treo desktop software and install the LifeDrive version.
Follow my instructions below to find the required conduit files and make the
various registry files. I'd make copies of all the various files and keep
them in a safe place. That way, if I ever need to re-install my Treo
software in the future (eg on a new computer), I won't need to mess around
with the LifeDrive software again.
Uninstall the LifeDrive software, and reinstall my Treo software.
Before doing anything with the LifeDrive files, check and make sure all the
Treo software is working, synchronizing, etc, and that no data has been
lost. You did make backups earlier, right?
Make the required modifications to the registry files as described below, to
have them match up with the Treo desktop software settings.
Copy the various LifeDrive files to their correct locations, install the
registry settings, and register the OCX files.
Please, do not contact me requesting copies of the files.
They are copyright by PalmOne and I will not redistribute them. Requests for
files will be immediately trashed.
Unzip the Desktop software and run the setup.exe file to install it.
Unzip the Simulator software. Run the PalmSim.exe file to run it.
Right-click on the Simulator then select Settings, Communication, Redirect
NetLib Calls to Host TCP/IP.
Extract Filez.prc from the Filez zip and drag-and-drop it onto the running
Simulator to install it in the Simulator.
Extracting the Palm Files from the Simulator
Run Filez and copy the following files from the Internal drive to the
Documents folder of the External Card (create the folder if it doesn't
already exist). You don't need to copy all the language files; you can just
copy the language you've configured your device to use:
†The Compression files as found on the LifeDrive may not be
suitable. They are about 100B, while files more like 40KB are probably
required. The 40KB files are available from
TreoCentral web forum post.
Open the Palm Desktop. Select Custom from the HotSync menu. Set the
LifeDrive Manager conduit to Synchronize and Backup.
Right-click on the HotSync icon in the SysTray and make sure Network is
Start the HotSync application on the Simulator. Tap Network. Select Modem
Sync Prefs from the Options menu. Tap Network. Tap OK. Select LANSync Prefs
from the Options menu. Tap LANSync. Tap OK. Select Primary PC Setup from the
Options menu. Enter 127.0.0.1 as the Primary PC Address. Tap OK. Tap the
The Palm files will be found in: C:\Program Files\palmOne\<your
HotSync name>\Internal Drive Backup\Documents. They cannot be
installed via HotSync. The files must be transferred to an SD card, then
copied directly into the Internal memory.
Card Export II can be used
to copy the files to the SD card. Use Filez to copy the files from the SD
card into the Internal memory.
Copying the Required Palm Desktop Files
The following files need to be copied from the LifeDrive Palm Desktop
installation to the Treo Palm Desktop installation:
C:\Program Files\palmOne\Components\Resources (NOTE: my Treo Desktop
software already had the required Expense files installed!)
Extracting the Desktop Components Registry Information
Go to Start > Run and run "regedit".
Go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\U.S. Robotics\Pilot Desktop".
Export the "Expense" branch as "Expense.reg".
Export the "Memo Pad" branch as "Memo Pad.reg".
Export the relevant "Component#" branches (# starts at zero and
works up - you may need to renumber the exported entries before installing
on the destination system, see below), use the file names:
"Note Pad Component.reg".
"Voice Memo Component.reg".
Go to "Extensions\All Users".
Export the "Expense" branch as "Expense Extension.reg".
Export the "Notepad" branch as "Note Pad Extension.reg".
Export the "Voicepad" branch as "Voice Memo Extension.reg".
You will need to check the "* Component.reg" files so that the
components on the destination system will be numbered from zero with no gaps
(may not be necessary, but probably safest). Open regedit on the destination
system to see what, if any, components are already present in the registry.
You may also need to edit the "* Extension.reg" files if the
destination Palm Desktop software was installed in a different folder from
the source Palm Desktop software - fix the folder names as appropriate.
Register the Desktop Components
Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
Enter the following commands:
cd \Program Files\palmOne
Assuming the *.reg files have all been edited as necessary for the
destination system (see above), double-click on each to install.