A "soft" reset clears
all open programs and basically reboots the Pocket
PC. When the Pocket PC powers back up, you'll start
with all active programs closed and the device will
be ready to use. The "soft" reset is intended
to reset the Pocket PC if it is malfunctioning or
has become bogged down. This reset is also sometimes
necessary after some software is installed.
The Dell X5 can be soft reset by
pressing the recessed button on the left side of
the unit. Under the left rubberized grip, there
is a small dimple with the word "Reset"
above it. Use the stylus tip to press this button
through the grip. The device will perform a soft
A "hard" reset wipes the RAM and returns
the Pocket PC to its factory specs. In effect, after
the hard reset, the Pocket PC will be just as it
was when you purchased it. All
data entered, preferences set or software installed
on the Pocket PC after purchase will be lost after
a hard reset and will have to transferred or reinstalled
via ActiveSync - with the exception of anything
stored in the Protected ROM file.
The Dell Axim can be hard reset
by performing the following procedure: With the
unit turned off, press and hold the power button
at the top of the unit. While holding the down power
button, use the stylus tip to press the aforementioned
"Reset" button. Hold both buttons down
for approximately five second; the screen will fade.
The unit will power back on and display a menu to
confirm the hard reset. To continue to reset the
Axim, press the "Contacts" button - to
cancel the reset, press the "E-Mail" button.
If you select the "Contacts" button, The
Axim will now be as it was when it left the factory
and you can start fresh.
The Dell Axim X5 Pocket PCs have a feature which
allows some data to be stored in the Flash ROM.
If you have used this file store option, a hard
reset will not erase this data.
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