Dell renews PDA shipments

Dell Corp. resumed shipments of its Axim X5 personal digital assistants late last week after finding and fixing a firmware glitch. Dell had ceased all X5 shipments on July 17.

The chief problem was a conflict between Dell's own software and Microsoft Pocket PC 2003, which comes preloaded on the Axim X5. (Click for July 17 GCN story) The company had to fix its firmware code.

The full fix, which Dell calls a ROM update, will be posted on the company's Web site, at www.support.dell.com, by tomorrow.

Because the fix will be approximately 28M in size'too large for some users to download'Dell is creating CDs with the ROM update that it will mail to users. Dell anticipates the CDs will ship in two to three weeks.

The glitch also stalled Dell's work on a 2003 upgrade for Axim users whose PDAs run Pocket PC 2002. The work is expected to resume within the next two weeks, the company said.

Dell advised users who own Axims loaded with Pocket PC 2002 not to upgrade to 2003 or to try the ROM update because it will not work with Pocket PC 2002.

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