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  1. tubs's Avatar
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    does handspring offer some sort of firmware updating thing, so that I can update to a later version of palm OS?
    -tubs
    PS: I do not yet own a visor, but am planning on purchasing one--this is not a deciding factor, springboard modules were the main one :-)
    on a side note: if some sort of firmware upgrading is not offered, doesnt that fly in the face of the upgradability provided by the springboard modules?
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    Well...

    The Visor (all models) are not flash upgradable, but Handspring can (and has) released patches that fix system issues. Palm's 2 major upgrades (3.3 and 3.5) haven't really changed the OS all that much. Most of the 3.3 update, HS included in their v3.1 (USB, better greyscale support). And the biggest thing in 3.5 is support for color devices.

    If you are worried about the longevity of your device, purchase a Prism or Platinum. They run version 3.5.2 and software developers should be supporting that version of Palm OS for the next several years. Actually, even if you got a deluxe, you would be hard pressed to find software that won't run on it (aside from color only apps of course) for the at least the next year or 2.

    >>on a side note: if some sort of firmware upgrading is not offered, doesnt that fly in the face of the upgradability provided by the springboard modules?<<

    Not really, in theory, the SB module could upgrade the OS for the purpose of using that 1 module.

    Just my .02 on the subject.

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    thanks :-)
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    Originally posted by sluggo
    ...Most of the 3.3 update, HS included in their v3.1 (USB, better greyscale support)...

    This is incorrect. Handspring's version of 3.1, 3.1H3, does NOT improve the grayscale support over Palm OS 3.0.

    Palm OS 3.0 added support for 4-level grays, and Palm OS 3.3 added support for 16-level grays. 3.1 only supports 4-level grays.

    USB support is specific to Handspring's versions of the Palm OS. The generic Palm OS - any version - does not support USB.
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    MPM,

    >>USB support is specific to Handspring's versions of the Palm OS. The generic Palm OS - any version - does not support USB.<<

    3.3 was supposed to add usb support to Palm OS (hence the reason why Palm released USB cradles/adaptors for their devices).

    I never saw any issue with greyscale and my VDX (aside from streaking which a hackmaster hack fixed).

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    Originally posted by sluggo
    Well...

    If you are worried about the longevity of your device, purchase a Prism or Platinum. They run version 3.5.2 and software developers should be supporting that version of Palm OS for the next several years. Actually, even if you got a deluxe, you would be hard pressed to find software that won't run on it (aside from color only apps of course) for the at least the next year or 2.


    Errrr... what about PQA's? That's the biggie with not being able to fully geek out with Yadayada or Omnisky, innit?

    Perhaps handspring might see their way clear to release a patch that gives us DLX owners that capability.
    ...the patron saint of the easily amused...
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    sigh.

    (deja vu)
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    Originally posted by dredhead
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    Errrr... what about PQA's? That's the biggie with not being able to fully geek out with Yadayada or Omnisky, innit?

    Perhaps handspring might see their way clear to release a patch that gives us DLX owners that capability. [/B]
    It would be nice if they did, but if you use Yadda yadda or Omisky, don't you get full web anyways? If so, then what's the point of using PQAs?

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    Many sites served by PQAs are accessible via regular HTTP, but sometimes the site will simply not function due to the limited/non-existent support for Java/VBScript/etc on the Palm browsers. Plus PQAs are significantly faster (IMHO) than their full-browser equivalents.

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