Alarm issues with Compaq iPAQ 3955

** Update 2007-03-30 **  Just had an alarm that was supposed to go off at 7:30 pm this morning go off at 7:30 am. Checked the iPAQ  clock and see that it’s set correctly. Still gathering clues..
** end update **

I’ve had this unit for a little over 4 and a half years and it’s performed admirably for all that time. Screen is still great and battery life is still wonderful.

When the useless 2007 DST change hit I went out and found a fix on the HP site to apply that was supposed to help. What it did was correct the time on my unit but messed up every single appointment in the 3 week period between the old and new DST start dates. Fortunately I didn’t have anything scheduled in November so that won’t be an issue. I ended up manually readjusting all my entries for the affected period. The worst was the “all day events” since they bled forward a day and ended up spanning two days.

Now I’m *pretty* sure that my alarms were working after that patch. A couple of days ago I noticed that my alarms were no longer going off. Not just not sounding, but nothing –  no alert on the screen, no sound and no power light flashing.

The only change that I recall making was about a week or so ago I changed the flashing powerlight option to be “infinite” instead of whatever it was before (just flash for 10 or 15 minutes).

Today I realized that my alarms were awry so I went and changed the powerlight setting back to 10 minutes and created some test meetings. The ONLY thing that happens now is that the powerlight begins to flash. Still no screen alert or audible alarm. This makes me think that there is a bug that I’ve somehow triggered by changing this setting in the first place.

Of course I’ve reset the unit but I haven’t taken any major action yet. Also sound is working fine, I can manually play the alarm sound and it sounds great. In the settings I’ve indicated that I only want sounds for notifications and the like. It’s been like that for ages. Anybody out there who has some suggestions or ideas I’d like to hear from you.

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This post was written by Marc
on March 29, 2007 at 11:16 pm

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