64-bit drivers for you old Palm OS holdouts

64-bit drivers for you old Palm OS holdouts

Summary: If you're one of those Palm people who still won't let go, this article provides a link where you can get 64-bit drivers for your hand-cranked PDA.


From time to time, I get letters of the form, "They'll get my Palm when they pry it from my cold, dead hands."

I understand. I miss the Palm OS. However, I have moved on. A long time ago, I moved my notes and contacts to Outlook, and use an iPhone as my daily driver.

However, there are still some of you out there, like reader John. John told me:

I join you in the secret Palm handshake. I pre-ordered (!) the first every Palm. We just knew it would be good (but I did own a Newton also, sigh). I still have the earliest Palm model in the basement. I have a Zire 72s still running strong. To heck with the hardware, though, it is the desktop app that makes my day. I have 1,000+ entries in my contacts as I used it to store every kind of information. I haven't found a reasonable application to take its place. But running Palm Desktop on Win 7? No issues, man. The only issue is getting sync to work. Luckily, Acceca came to the rescue with the necessary 64-bit drivers. Free! Cool!

And so, that's what I'm here to tell you. There are apparently 64-bit drivers for you Palmists who want to sync your devices on computers made in the modern era.

Here's the link: 64 bit USB Windows Driver for Palm/Garnet OS.

I love it when readers help out like this. And as a result, John gets our second official ZDNet DIY-IT Helpie McHelpypants Acknowledgement. Nice job, John!

Finally, the entire PalmPower and PalmPower Enterprise Edition archive (from back in the Palm heyday days) is still online and searchable. It's now part of the archive I run at Computing Unplugged. Disclosure: I get a few bucks every so often for ads that still run on the site. In any case, there are more than 20,000 articles up there, going back to 1998.

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • I remember PalmOS

    I remember PalmOS . . .

    . . . and I successfully migrated to iOS, via Outlook.

    The one thing that really wasn't emphasized enough back in the day was that devices like smartphones and such *were* PIM devices, they just happened to have a phone as well.

    And, actually - there is a device still out there that is very much like the Palm, being a PIM device without the phone.

    It's the iPod Touch. Don't let "iPod" fool you - it's a lot more than just a music player. It has all of the PIM stuff as well - contacts, notes, calendar, etc. And the catch phrase "there's an app for that" very much holds true - you can get apps that can do practically anything, as long as the hardware supports it.

    In fact, it's a rather poor music player; for jogging and stuff I do prefer an iPod classic, as its controls can be used without looking at the device. The iPod Touch really is a full PIM device (and a whole lot more), not really a music player.
    • Agreed.

      The iPod Touch is really just an iPhone without the actual phone part.
    • iPod touch

      Yeah, when my mom's Palm finally went, we migrated her to the iPod touch. She loves it.
      David Gewirtz
    • Instructions|Successful Instali Palm HotSync 64 Bit Drivers On Win7 & Vista

      My Detailed Procedure for Successful Installation of Palm HotSync 64 Bit Drivers On Windows 7 OS Computers (Win7). These Extensive & Quite Complete Driver Installation Instructions Are Written For the New Beginner Thru Expert. They Are For the Installation of the Necessary Drivers, So That You Can “HotSync” of Most Palm OS Hand Held Devices (Palm PDA, Centro, Treo, etc), To The So-Called “Palm DeskTop”.
      by Henry S Gurr, ZMMQ Site Master.

      Go to link below

      Henry Gurr