If you take the memory card out of a Palm Pilot Personal and install the Palm III card — voilà — you have a Palm III!
It’s a little smaller than a corn chip (but not as edible, so don’t dip it in guacamole).
They even have doors on the backs of their cases for swapping memory cards with little fuss.
If you’re comfortable swapping electronic components, upgrading your Palm device will be a snap.
You lose all your data when you change your memory card, so make sure that the copy on your PC is current. Remove the large access door at the top of your Palm device. If the unit fails to run, gently press the memory card into the bracket to ensure that the card is seated correctly. Reinstall the memory door (or install the new memory door if you’ve installed a Palm III memory card). After you’ve replaced the memory card, you have what amounts to a brand-new Palm device with no data. If you’ve seated the memory card properly, the unit should run perfectly.
Also, if you’ve installed a number of add-on programs, you lose them, too. Would you have a brain transplant with no anesthesia? Often, you can simply press on the door and slide it upward and off the case. Turn your Palm device so that the memory card faces you. If anything goes wrong with the new card, you can put the old one back in. Insert the new memory card into exactly the same position in which the old card sat. If it’s a Palm III memory card, make sure that the two little infrared bulbs point toward the top of the case. You can perform another Hot Sync to restore all the information in the standard Palm organizer applications. If the unit fails to run, reopen the case and reseat the memory card.
If you’re anxious about fiddling with chips, just take your time and follow these steps: 1. Press the power switch to see whether your Palm device turns on and runs.
Perform a full Hot Sync to back up your information. If you’ve seated the memory card properly, the unit should run perfectly. Press the power switch to see whether the Palm device turns on and runs.