I was thinking about doing a hard reset on my Classic PalmOS installation in hopes of getting it to perform better but wanted to do one final Hotsync in order to back it up. But I had been having a lot of trouble performing a Hotsync. WiFi? Failed. Bluetooth? Failed. Then I remembered reading in the PreCentral forums that a lot of users of My Tether were having trouble hotsyncing.
So I had what seemed at the time to be a crazy idea. Since My Tether is doing a fairly good job of turning my Pre into a WiFi Hotspot, why not tether my Pre to my netbook via WiFi and do a WiFi Hotsync that way? Since I was having no success in Hotsynching while connected to my home WiFi network, this felt like a rather unlikely solution but I tried it anyway. And for the most part it worked. There does seem to be a bug under webOS 1.4 that causes Classic to frequently crash following a successful Hotsync but the Hotsync still seems to transfer all your data successfully.
So to summarize:
The Problem: Cannot Hotsync Classic via wifi or Bluetooth.
The Cause: Users of My Tether often suffer this problem and it is widely believed that My Tether is the culprit.
- Launch both My Tether and Classic.
- Turn on WiFi tethering in My Tether.
- Connect to your Pre as you would connect to any other wifi hotspot.
- Take note of the IP address which your Pre assigns to your computer.
- In Windows 7,
- Click on the WiFi icon in your system tray to bring up your wifi network.
- Right click on your WiFi network (by default My Tether calls itself, AoNet).
- Click on Status and then click on the Details button.
- Your IP address will be listed in the Network Details box that comes up.
- In Windows XP,
- Your connection will sometimes put a network icon in your system tray.
- Click on it and select the Support tab of the status dialog that pops up.
- Your IP Address will be listed here.
- If this icon is not in your system tray, open My Network Places instead.
- Click on View network connections in the sidebar and click on Wireless Network Connection.
- It will pop up the same status dialog as in the above example.