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Returning your Palm Pre to health with a Koala

Nov 25, 2009 by Chris Puttick

So much has changed; Palm devices now use and support Linux, are cute and very, very neat (oh, and for iPhone users: among other things, the Pre can run more than one application at at time ;) ).

But K/Ubuntu 9.10 did away with /etc/event.d, which means that the debs thoughtfully provided by Palm to facilitate access to your Pre from your Linux box don't work as advertised. So for any Pre owners out there using K/Ubuntu 9.10 or variants, who's just updated their Palm Pre to the shiny new WebOS 1.3, and had it go wrong (like a scary message involving www.palm.com/ROM) here's how to do sort it all out the easy way[1].

First, don't go straight for the excellently cross-platform solution offered by Palm, the WebOS Doctor; you will need it though, so if you have already got it up and running, no matter.

 You need to install the Palm SDK and Novacom tools, which you can get from here:

http://developer.palm.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1585 (bottom of page)

Run the installer as directed, but ignore the errors caused by the Novacom install, which are caused by the above referenced deprecation of event.d. To get this vital element working you can just run sudo /opt/Palm/novacom/novacomd (thanks to http://zootlinux.blogspot.com/2009/11/installing-webos-sdk-in-ubuntu-910.html).

Now go for it on the  WebOS Doctor :) - if you haven't already got it, go here: http://www.palm.com/us/support/downloads/pre/recoverytool/

See now that was not so hard. But it would have been so much easier (particularly for the non-techies) if these things were in the Partner respository. How on earth do things get into there?

[1] Where easy means "not trawling around a whole bunch of websites first"

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