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    1. Get Lockline Insurance asap. If you lose or spill water on your pricey Treo, your carrier is not going to replace it. (Yep, Lockline does call your phone to verify that you do still have it and that it does work before insuring your Treo.) Best monthly $6.00 you can invest for your peace of mind and Treo insurance for the unexpected.

    2. Get a SD card. If your trusted unit resets and you lose ALL your data, well you are SOL if the material is not hotsynced to your computer. (Personally, I do not backup my files to my laptop I use my SD card) Well worth the investment, trust me.

    3. Get Backupman or another backup program. (costs about $10.00) Allows you to automatically backup your programs and settings to your SD card. I have a 1 GB. I cannot tell you how many times it has saved me from lunacy. (Both a SD card and Backup program are invaluable if you lose your data away from your home, computer, or you need to get out of auto Reset Hell, etc.)

    4. Learn how to Soft Reset, Warm Reset: (hold the Navigational button up while one quick ***** to the reset hole in the back. Hold the up button until you see the Palm symbol. Hard Reset: Hold the On/off button and ***** the reset button. The hard reset will wipe your unit clean and you will need to either restore from your SD card and using a backup program or manually reinstall all your programs and settings.

    5. Try and avoid Reset hell by testing software for compatibility. Make sure you maintain enough Memory on your Treo. I use "Proeo fSA" which alarms me if my memory and battery is below a certain percentage.

    6. To create memory on your unit if it runs low; delete all read emails (i.e. Sent messages), delete or move pics to your card. Check for 3rd party programs that you really don't need and delete them.

    7. Get essential software such as Powerrun, DirAssist, FileZ, Butler, Today, ClockPop5, Switch5, Softreset, SoundRec, Snapper, PDANet, etc. for maximizing your Treo. (These are some my choice software but there are others.) When you purchase a software save your passwords and registration codes. (I have a "Saved" file in my email program on my laptop for stuff like that). You will probably need them again and it's a hassle to have to contact the developer.

    8. Utilize sites like Freewarepalm.com and Palmgear.com for your software needs. (Always test software right after installing.)

    9. Yes the average person is going to think the Treo is a Blackberry and may even ask you how much it costs. Grrrr

    10. Blue Tooth is a joy, but it may be a headache getting setup. I think it is well worth it if you find it is a problem to get it up and running. Nothing like wirelessly syncing files or using it with PDAnet to surf the net when away on travel. If your computer does not have built in BT, you will need to purchase a BT Dongle. I've had both the Dongle hardware and now built-in BT on my new laptop and they both work.

    11. If you have the need to call Sprint Customer Service, etc. and do not get what you need: CALL BACK, if you do this enough, you are apt to get someone agreeable or the help you need.

    12. Research first. If you have a question or problem and need answeres, do a "Search" on the forum here first. In addition to getting the help you need you will probably save yourself some... well comments. Not that folks here mind helping (well some folks) but it's probably been answered or asked here before.

    13. TreoCentral.com is the best place for Treo resources, period. You can google and call your carrier but I have found that what you need to know is really found here with a few clicks of your keyboard.

    14. The Treo is meaty and like any electronics will take time to get to know and you may have to work out some kinks but it is a fine unit. Just don't expect absolute perfection. Not that you may not get it, but you probably won't. But what you will get is a Smartphone that really rocks!

    P.S. Oh and that little blinking star *in the top left corner is called an Asterik and is an alert that you have a SMS or an alarm that you need to check. Just click on it.

    Disclaimer: These are my thoughts and opinions. Hopefully they may help newcomers as we all were once new and had questions and in some cases problems. That's why folks come here... yes and also to see what's new and interesting in Treoland.

    Enjoy your Treo and utilize this forum!
    "Everyday is a Gift, A Blessing, An Opportunity!" - GM

    Phone history: Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo Centro, Pixi, Centro again, 800w, Treo 755p, Palm Pre
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    Great advice!

    Get an uninstaller and put it on first. There are several good ones around.
    I also run a backup on backupman just before I install any new programs. Make a backup of your backup. I transfer the entire contents of my SD card to a file on my computer so that if I lose my Treo (knock wood) I can load to a new SD card and backup from my saved backups.

    Some programs just dont work well together. Always run a trial of the software you are looking at to make sure it works with your setup. Almost everyone runs at least a 15 day trial before you have to buy and that should be enough time to tell if its a good fit with your system, or if you even want/need it.

    Work with developers, before you blast anyone online, give them a chance to reply to any ?s you might have.

    I've had a 300 a 600 and for the past year or so a 650. They are not perfect. You will need to add software and some accesories to do much of what you want if you want to use the devices to their full potential. Then again, I've easily spent an additional $2,000.00 on added software and accesories for my Thinkpad to make it do what I want it to do.

    That said, I do beleive that the 650 is the closest thing out there to a mobile office you can hold and operate in one hand.
  3. #3  
    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyMom
    12. Research first. If you have a question or problem and need answeres, do a "Search" on the forum here first. In addition to getting the help you need you will probably save yourself some... well comments. Not that folks here mind helping (well some folks) but it's probably been answered or asked here before.
    There's been a few of these threads which peeps can search for ....not all were made stickies.

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=76198
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...d.php?t=108492
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=82079
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=93810
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=92676
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=64916
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...ad.php?t=93534
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...d.php?t=106786
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    Edit: LOL, I didn't follow my own guideline by not searching.

    Anyhoo, thanks Jack, I learned some new things going to a couple of the links you provided.
    Last edited by GeekyMom; 05/08/2006 at 11:51 AM.
    "Everyday is a Gift, A Blessing, An Opportunity!" - GM

    Phone history: Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo Centro, Pixi, Centro again, 800w, Treo 755p, Palm Pre
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    That's not what I intended . SOmething at the top of the list is real handy for new arrivals so it bears repeating. We need to collect all these and put em in ONE sticky.

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