An Independent Publication for Users of HP Palmtop Computers
u.s. $7.95
Publisher's Message .:..................................2
Letters to the Editor ......................................3
HP Palmtop
NEW: HP OmniGo 100, Personal
Organizer with PC Card Slot ........................4
HP's new Palmtop-sizedpersonal organizer comes
with built-in PIM applications and a user-friendly interface
that lets you access your applications and data using
pen or keyboard.
All Known PC Card Products
of Interest to HP Palmtop Users ................50
This section lists PC cardrelated hardware, software,
books andservices ofinterest to HP Palmtop users.
PCMCIA and the PC Card Standard ............6
Leam about the organization that sets standards for
PC Cards.
Fax/Modem, Flash Memory
Combination Cards Revisited ....................11
EXP andApex Data (formerly Smart Modular) offer
PC Cards with fax/modem and Rash memory built in.
The Motorola Personal Messenger
Wireless Modem Card ................................16
This PC Card slips into your HP fOOl200LX and lets
you send and receive E-mailon the go.
Using a Cellular Phone and
a FaxIModem PC Card ................................20
Insert the A T& TKeep-In- Touch PC Card into your
Palmtop, connect Il to a cel/ularphone, and check your
E-mail or surf the Net wherever you are.
HP StarLink: A One-Stop
Solution to Wireless Messaging ................23
HP's StarLink integrates a Motorola wireless receiver, communications software and messaging options.
PC Card Ethernet Adapter..........................26
Slip this PC Card into your HP fOOI200LX and carry
your LAN terminal in yourpocket, wherever you go.
PC Cards That Don't Exist ... Yetl .............. 29
What can you expect to see in the near future?
According to this reviewer, the sky's the limit!
Using PC Cards in the HP Palmtop PC ..... 32
Adding a PC Card Drive
to Your Desktop PC ...................................39
Using PC Cards and
Drives with Windows 95 .............................42
15 PC Card Recommendations ..................44
Consider these points before purchasing a PC Card,
andyour! be more satisfied with the outcome.
Maximize File Storage
with File Compression ...............................48
PC Card Glossary..............................................62
Product Index .....................................................63
Advertiser's Index .............................................64
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FreewarelShareware Index ..............................64
The Only
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To get the most from your HP 1001200LX palmtop, you need 3 advanced upgrades on 1 convenient PCMCIA card. First, you need to send and
receive both faxes and data at an exceptional 14, 400 bps speed. Second, you need faxlmodem software that operates easily with the same HP
function keys and commands you already use ... without the hassle of downloading software and without consuming precious hard disk space.
Third, you need Flash memory for fast, easy access to all your software applications and for efficiently storing data. Plus you need to fax
from and receive faxes into your Flash memory for extra convenience. And, most of all, you need the flexibility to use all your upgrade
features together or independently, without inserting and removing separate fax/modem and memory cards. Now you can have it
all with ThinFax 1414LXM.
EXP's award-winning MiniFax™ software. High-speed fax/modem. 2 or 4 MB Flash memory.
They're all built into the ThinFax 1414LXM card. That's why ThinFax 1414LXM is the
~ upgrade that's a must for your HP palmtop. So call the toll-free number
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Cas e s for Palmto p s
Futura 10 $ 34.95
Futura 20 $ 43.95
Carry your cellulor phone in style
on your belt or shoulder strap
When your hands need to be free ..
use this case on your belt or
shoulder strop
-Dimensions: 7.5" x 3 .7" x 1.4"
(19 x 9.4 x 3.5 ems )
·Dimenslons: 6.7" x 2.75" x 1.15"
(11 x 1 x 4.4 ems)
$ 39.95
Futura 30
Futura 50
Futura 55
Protect your palmtop with this zippered case,
and carry it in your suit pocket
-Dimensions : 6.5" X 3.75" X 1.25" (16.5 X 9.5 X 3.2 ems)
$ 44.95
$ 47.95
This practical and small case
is Ideal for your palmtop.
Futuro 50-Dimensions : 6.88" X 4.25" X
1.50' (17.5 X 10.8 X 3.8 em.)
The FUTURA 55 is 1' ( 2.54 em. )Iongo,
than the Futuro 50 and Is Ideal for earring
the wireless paging receiver.
Futura 60 $ 54.95
Protect your palmtop with this
small and beautiful case
• Dimensions: 6.5" X 3.75" X 1.75"
( 16.5 X 9.5 X 4.4 em. )
$ 60.00
• Regular
Futura 75 $ 49.95
Designed to carry your palmtop
with a pager or connectivity pack
-Dimensions: 9.7S· X 4.5" X 1.75"
(24.7 X 11.4 X 4.4 em. )
$ 55.00
Futura 90
Futura 100
$ 86.99
Ideal as a traveling companion or
hand bag. Has a pull·out strap and
detachable shoulder strap. Holds :
Ideal for traveling and meetings. Also fits
electronic organizers and calculators.
-Dimensions : 8" x 6" x 2" ( 20.3 x 15.2 x 5.1 cms)
,cellular phones. one
pen and many things more.
-Dimensions: 7" x 4.5 · x 2 •
$ 117.00
Carry your HP Omnlbook, or your palmtop and a portable
printer, or a cellular phone , or bidirectional modem.
~Dlmenslon s : 11.75" x 7.25" x 2.5"( 29.8 x 18.4 x 6.4 cms)
~Regular $ 130
~Please specify HP Omnlbook or HP Palmtop so that we
can add the correct (free) tray
Futuro 160
Futuro 165
Slim and Elegant! Ideal to carry your
Omnibook 600 (Futura 160) or your
Omnlbook 4000 (Futura 165) to meetings
or business trips. Designed to iii around the
Omnlbook like a Glove. Protect your
Investment and when you need to work,
simply open the case and start !
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or any other laptops In this exclusive
case. Also carry your tiles and other
Important documents with you. External
power supply bag Is also included. See
plctu,es. The preferred choice by many
travelling executives!
. External pocket for documents and pens
Fax :
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If you are not completely
satisfied, simply return It unused
for a full refund of your
purchase price
Publisher's Message
We hope you find our second
annual PC Card Review issue a
valuable resource. Basically, we
tried to jam all we know about
PC (PCMCIA) Cards and the
Palmtops into this issue.
As many of you are aware,
there are two classes of PC cards
important to HP Palmtop owners:
storage cards and I/O (input/
output) cards. With Flash or
SRAM storage cards, professionals can always have the data they
need available, including large
contact lists, price lists, custom
databases and more. In addition,
thousands of useful programs are
available that work on the DOSHal Goldstein
based HP Palmtop and can be
stored using PC Cards. You'll
find all you want to know about these storage cards in the "How to
Use" section of this issue. Read further and you'll find out about PC
Card drives for your Pc. Once you get one of these drives installed,
you can throw the file transfer part of the connectivity pack away.
Just shuffle your storage card between your desktop PC and your HP
Palmtop to transfer files.
I/O cards, the second class of PC Cards, are discussed in detail in
the "Reviews" section. These PC cards function within your Palmtop
as a fax machine, modem, LAN connector, or wireless transmitter and
receiver. Check out the "Reviews" section for a discussion of the
many I/O card options for the HP Palmtop. This category has really
grown since last year. At the end of the "Reviews" section you'll find
some fun future possibilities for PC Cards.
For those who want to understand the foundation and future of
PCMCIA cards read the PCMCIA introduction by the president of the
PCMCIA committee. Also, check out the glossary page at the end of
the issue.
For a complete up-to-date listing of the many PC Cards that work
with the HP Palmtop check out the PC Card Products section.
Finally, on October 16 HP announced the HP OmniGo 100. We
plan to devote a good portion of the next issue reviewing this new
HP offering. In the meantime we thought we'd give you an introduction to HP's new organizer and examine some of the issues concerning the HP OmniGo and PC Cards.
The HP Palmtop Paper
Volume four / Bonus Issue #2
Executive EditorlPublisher
Hal Goldstein
Managing Editor
Ricfiard Hall
Associate Editor
Paul Merrill
Department Editors
Mark Scardina
Contributing Writers
Stephen Harper
Harry Konstas
Arild Mellembakken
David Shier
Administrative Assistant
Colleen Rodibaugh
Brian 1."eitzman
Diane Wimett
Tiffany Lisk
Sharon Ash
Sharon Dilmore
Tom Gibson
Executive Advisor
Rita Goldstein
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[A list of vendors of PC Cards
and related products can be
found in the Third Party
Products section of this issue
on pages 50-61.]
Are Flash cards
r am the
proud owner of an
HP 200LX (with a 20MB
Flash card) and am loath to
go anywhere without it.
However, for the sake of
family harmony, I leave it
behind when going out with
my wife. When I do this, I
always backup important
files on the Flash card and
carry the card with me!
A few weeks ago, after a
fun, but long party, I got
home, undressed and collapsed into bed. When I
woke up the next morning,
to my horror I found that
my wife had already
washed and tumble dried
my shirt - with the Flash
card still in the pocket!
Fortunately, not a single
byte of data was lost in the
episode. I guess this means
that Flash cards are waterproof (either that or I was
just very lucky). However, I
wouldn't recommend that
anyone try and prove me
Jeff Miller
Internet ID:
Don't "Hot Swap" Flash
cards on the
HP Palmtop
"Hot swapping" or "Hot
insertion" refers to inserting
or removing a PC Card from
your Palmtop while the
Palmtop is still turned on.
Both the 100LX and 200LX
manuals have definite
instructions to power off
when swapping cards
(page 1-6 in the 100LX
manual, and page 1-7 in
the 200LX manual). The
risk is that you will corrupt the card.
Fred Kaufman
CompuServe ID: [72560,36}
[Though I could not find anything in the HP 95LX User's
Guide saying specifically not to
do a hot swap, I would err on
the side of safety with the 95LX
as well - Paul.]
Stacker on a Flash
card can slow up the
DataBase application
You can store the data file
for the DataBase application
on the C drive or a PC memory card in the A drive.
There are two basic types of
memory cards: Flash cards
and SRAM. (The differences
between the two are
described beginning on page
35 of this issue.)
Writing to a Flash card
(i.e., saving a file on it) is
slower than writing to an
SRAM card - somewhere
between only slightly slower
to conSiderably slower. The
difference depends on the
brand of Flash card and the
Flash technology used in the
card. Older Flash cards
write slower than the new
The write speed of the
Flash cards can be slowed
down even further by having Stacker on the card. This
popular file compression
program can more than
double the capacity of a
A Flash card normally
"reads" about as fast as an
SRAM card. For example,
searching for text using the
F4 (Find) takes about the
same amount of time if the
data file is on a SRAM or
Flash card. However, if the
Flash card uses the Stacker
file compression program,
the F4 search takes longer.
Stacker is actually a program that compresses files
whenever you save them
and decompresses them
whenever you open them in
an application.
The process of compressing and decompressing uses
a computer's CPU and takes
some time. On fast computers, like a 100MHz 486 desktop Pc, this process is so fast
you may not notice it at all.
However, the CPU on the
HP Palmtop is much slower,
and so is Stacker.
The bottom line is that
writing or saving a file to a
Flash card with Stacker is
slower than to one without
the file compression program. This slowdown is particularly noticeable with the
database applications on the
HP 100/200LX (Appointment
Book, NoteTaker, PhoneBook,
DataBase and WorldTime).
The reason for this slowdown
may be that the database
applications write changes to,
and access data from, their
data files more frequently
than other applications.
Stan Dobrowski
CompuServe ID: [71031,2162]
Use your Palmtop's
PC Card modem
on your desktop PC
ComLink ij is a handy Freeware utility that lets a desktop without a PC Card slot,
access the modem card
inside your Palmtop. The
desktop uses the Palmtop's
PC Card modem to establish
a remote connection and
you send/receive messages
using your desktop. The
desktop and the Palmtop
are connected via a serial
Jesper E. Siig
CompuServe ID:
What are the best
Palmtop batteries if
you use a Flash card?
The San Disk Flash RAM
cards and the IBM MicroElectronics DoubleFlash+
cards are slightly different
animals. The IBM card
draws more juice when you
read from and write to it.
According to feedback I've
gotten, some alkaline batteries won't handle this current
spike and dip below operation thresholds. Most of the
feedback on problems
relates to DuraCell batteries.
Rechargeable batteries handle these peaking current
draws better than alkalines.
Lithium batteries also handle these surges well.
I have never had any
problem using alkalines and
lithiums in my Palmtop
with a San Disk card, and
I've been using them for a
very long time.
r buy lithiums at Walgreens for US$ 4.00 per pair,
but I can get a 16 pack of
EveReady alkalines for $7.00
at a local discount store. You
can't economically justify
lithium batteries. But they
are less hassle because you
don't need to change them
so often. In addition, lithiums have a long shelf life.
Many people use lithiums as
a backup pair in their travel
kits, and use another type
for normal use.
Ron Vieceli
CompuServe ID: [72257,714]
Pricing and
contact information,
See Third Party Products,
beginning on page 50
and Product Index, page 63
index, page 64
The HP OlllniGo 100 HP's New Pen-Based
Organizer with Keyboard
and PC Card Slot
. d
The new HP OmniGo 100 personal organizer
comes with built-in appointment book, phone book,
database and world time applications. Access
applications and data using pen or keyboard.
Th1S Pa mtop-s1ze persona organ1zer comes W1t
built-in appointment book, phone book, database
and world time applications similar to the HP 200LX's
applications. The HP OmniGo 100 sports a user friendly
Geoworks-based interface and Grafitti handwriting
recognition system that lets you access your applications
and data using pen or keyboard.
review of the
HP OmniGo in
the next
By Hal Goldstein
On October 16, 1995 HP announced
the HP OmniGo 100, a Geoworksbased pen and keyboard organizer
with PC Card slot. HP considers
the HP OmniGo the first product in
its organizer family, separate from
its "PC Companion" line which
includes the HP 200LX. The majority of HP 200LX users will probably
want to stay with their Palmtop
even though the HP OmniGo 100
has a number of unique and innovative features.
The HP OmniGo has an estimated U.S. street price of $350 and
will begin appearing in stores
around November I, 1995. The HP
OmniGo comes with built-in PIM
applications (phone, database,
appointment book, and world
time) and HP Calc. These applications are similar to, but simpler
than their HP 100LXj200LX counterparts. The HP OmniGo 100 has
an HP 12C business calculator
emulator and its own spreadsheet
program. The OmniGo does not
run DOS or 1-2-3 . A version of
Pocket Quicken will be given away
free for early HP OmniGo purchasers and will eventually become
available for separate purchase.
The HP OmniGo 100's uniquely folding case makes it useful as
both a pen and a keyboard
machine. Fold the case one way
and access the user friendly pen
interface. You can add drawings to
notes fields, and write in data
using the built-in Graffiti handwriting recognition software. Fold
the case the other way and access a
QWERTY keyboard slightly bigger
than the HP 200LX's.
Issues concerning PC Cards
Although the HP OmniGo has a PC
Card slot, we understand that it
has some important limitations.
First, the HP OmniGo 100 can use
only SRAM cards, not Flash cards.
Second, most of the OmniGo's
built-in software, including the
database applications, must store
its data file on, and access it from,
the built in memory. Backups of
these files can be kept on the
SRAM card, but the data files must
be on the built-in memory before
they can be written to and read
from. Finally, the HP OmniGo has
some problems reading SRAM
cards that have been used in other
PC Card devices, including some
PC Card drives and the HP
More information about the
HP OmniGo is available on
CompuServe (GO HPHAND) and
in the U.S. by calling 800-443-1254.
Please do not contact us for more
information as we don't have the
staff to answer your questions. Our
next issue, Vol 4, No 6, will contain
full coverage and hands-on reviews
of this new HP handheld offering.
Thaddeus Computing will be pro-
pee ARD
dueing a separate magazine, HP
OmniGo World, dedicated to the
Geoworks-based OmniGo family of
organizers. The first issue will be
published beginning the first quarter, 1996.
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SkyTel and HP offer two-way Palmtop messaging
According to the October 2, 1995 issue of PC Week, SkyTel Corporation and HP
have agreed to jointly develop and market two-way paging and wireless messaging solutions for HP Palmtop users. The two companies will jointly market the
SkyTel Palmtop Messenger kit. This kit will enable Palmtop users to send and
receive messages on their Palmtops. The kit will consist of hardware and software
needed to allow 100/200LX users to connect to the SkyTel two-way network.
SkyTel Corporation is based in Washington, D.C. It's phone is 202-408-7444.
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No less indispensable than your HP 1001200LX
Compact Flash Association formed
to promote smaller PC Cards
Eleven major computing, imaging, communications and consumer electronics
companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, SanDisk (formerly
SunDisk), and others have formed the CompactFlash Association (CFA), an
organization that will promote the adoption of the CompactFlash storage
specification as a new storage standard.
CompactFlash storage cards were introduced by SanDisk in October of
1994. They are about one-fourth the size of a standard Type II PC Card (about
the size of a matchbook). The cards are fully ATA and IDE disk drive compatible. So far, these "CF cartridges" are available in 2, 4, 10, and 15MB capacities, which can be effectively doubled using file compression technology.
Volume pricing to third-party developers starts at $60 for a 2MB card and
ranges up to $190 for a 10MB card (price for 15MB card not yet available).
The CompactFlash storage mini-cards can be plugged into a Type II
adapter card to work with existing HP Palmtops. CFA expects the CF technology to encourage the development of mass market products such as digital
cameras, cellular phones, audio recorders, advanced paging devices and
handheld computers like the HP Palmtop.
SanDisk introduces
85MB Type II Flash Card
SanDisk Corporation (formerly SunDisk) has introduced an 85MB Type II
Flash storage card that effectively doubles the amount of flash memory you
can add to your HP Palmtop. With file compression technology, the card can
add up to 170MB of storage to the HP 100/200LX, or another computer
equipped with a PC Card slot.
This Type II Flash storage PC Card is based on advanced 32 Mbit Flash
technology and supports both 3.3 and 5 volt systems. The HP Palmtop and
most other portable computers support 5 volt cards, while many consumer
electronics products such as PDAs, organizers, cellular phones and pagers
will operate with low power 3.3 volts to extend battery life on those units. The
variable voltage of the card will allow users to move data between 5 volt and
3.3 volt systems.
Volume shipments of the 85MB cards have already begun. Volume pricing to third-party manufacturers is $1,495. For more information, contact
SanDisk at 408-562-0500 (U.S.).
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PCMCIA and the
PC Card Standard
The president and chairman of the board of PCMCIA talks about the
organization that helps coordinate the efforts of many different PC Card
developers by setting standards for PC Cards. If you've ever wondered
about the organization, the PC Card standards it sets, and how it affects
you, read on!
By Stephen Harper
[Editor's note: Much of this article is taken from PCMCIA copyrighted
white papers which are used by permission of PCMCIA. 1
Every HP Palmtop comes with a PC
Card slot built into it. This handy
slot lets users add extra memory to
their Palmtop. In addition, the PC
Card slot makes it possible to add a
high-speed data/fax modem, LAN
adapter, wireless receiver, and
much more. One of the more practical benefits of the PC Card slot is
that it lets Palmtop users easily
swap documents, worksheets, and
other files between the Palmtop and
a desktop PC outfitted with a PC
Card drive.
PC Card technology is not a trivial accomplishment. New and unique
hardware and software had to be
developed. In addition, the efforts of
many different developers had to be
coordinated. This was necessary to
insure that PC Cards, card drives,
and related hardware from different
developers were compatible. The
organization primarily responsible
for this accomplishment is the
Personal Computer Memory Card
International Association (PCMCIA).
The PC Card Standards
PCMCIA is the non-profit 500+
member international association
that sets the standards for PC Card
technology and promotes the
worldwide adoption of PC Cardbased products. (HP is a founding
member of PCMCIA.)
The first standard (PCMCIA
1.0) was released in 1990 and
defined the physical and electrical
characteristics of a credit-card-sized
disk to be used as a data storage
device. Subsequent releases up
through PCMCIA 2.1 and the new
"PC Card Standard" broadened the
specifications, allowing for the
development of "mass storage"
devices (Flash cards), "Input/
Output" devices (Modems, LAN
cards and the like) and more.
PCMCIA standards make it
possible for companies to develop
a single product for a variety of
computers. This keeps retail prices
down for the consumer and
increases the market and profitability for the developer.
The new
"PC Card Standard"
The newest version of the standard
is referred to as the "PC Card
Standard." This newest standard
will add new functionality to PC
Cards and devices developed
under it.
The name "PC Card Standard"
is a change from previous versions,
referred to as "PCMCIA 1.0,"
Stephen Harper is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and
President of PCMCIA, and is currently serving his fourth consecutive
term on the PCMCIA Board of Directors. He is also Vice President of
Business Development for SystemSoft Corp., an industry leading
supplier of system-level software products-BIOS, power management, and PC Card technology for desktop and mobile computing.
Mr. Harper has been in the computer industry for twenty-two years
and the personal computer industry for sixteen years in a variety of
engineering, engineering management, and marketing roles. Mr.
Harper graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1973 with a B.A.
degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.
"PCMCIA 2.0," etc. The term "PC
Card" is also used to refer to products developed from the Standard.
This name change becomes
even more appropriate considering
the fact that this new release integrates the previous standards from
both PCMCIA and its Japanese
equivelant, JEIDA (Japan Electronic
Industry Development Association). This common Standard is
now available to both organizations, enhancing compatibility
between products developed in
Japan and the U.S.
The current HP Paltmops were
developed under previous releases
of the Standard. It's hard to predict
which features from the new PC
Card Standard will be incorporated
into future Palmtops. However, the
new PC Card Standard has a number of enhancements and new features that both advance compatibility among PC Card products and
expand the scope and breadth of
the applicability of the PC Card
These include the following:
Low Voltage Support (3.3V) HP Palmtop users are aware of the
need to conserve system power.
Until the new PC Card Standard,
PC Cards and hosts had to be capable of operating at 5 volts if only to
read the Card Information
Structure on a PC Card and to recognize that it could operate at a
lower voltage. Now PC Cards and
host systems can operate directly at
3.3 volts, saving vital power.
Prior to this feature a PCMCIA
compatible Palmtop either had to
boost its voltage to operate certain
cards (a significant drain on the
batteries) or required an AC
adapter (an inconvenience at best).
Since operating at 3.3 volts all
the time can significantly extend
battery life and enable reasonable
operation using alkaline batteries,
this new feature of the PC Card
Standard is particularly important
to the developers and users of
future Palmtops and PDAs.
The new PC Card Standard
also provides a standard way of
operating with even lower voltage
when the technology becomes
available in the future.
Multiple Function PC Cards Multiple functions can now be
placed on a single PC Card, as witnessed by modem/Flash memory
cards developed for the HP
Palmtops. PCMCIA has made
changes to its specifications to
accommodate this new functionality so that developers have an easy
and standard method of developing these cards.
This enhancement is particularly important because small
devices such as Palmtops and
PDAs may have only one PC Card
slot. This new feature of the PC
Card Standard effectively more
than doubles the amount of functionality that the PC Card slot can
provide since it allows up to eight
functions per PC Card.
Palmtop Accessories
jor the 100/200 LX . Omnibook
Memory Cards
TheVerbatim company, which is now owned I~~~::r"::~~~
by Mitsubishi, has elected to exit the S-RAM I~
business. California Digital has purchased
Verbatim's remaining inventory of memory
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Information Structure" The Card Information Structure
(CIS) defines the card type, its
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Sound cards and other current
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This enhancement is of little
immediate importance to existing
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requirements are reduced, technological improvements like this can
play an important role in the development of the first multimedia
Power Management
There is a continuing PC industry
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How these changes will
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Changes in the PC Card Standard
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Fax/Modem, Flash Memory
Combination Cards Revisited
EXP and Apex Data (formerly Smart Modular) offer PC Cards with
fax/modem and flash memory built into a single card. Which card is
for you? There are some differences!
By David Shier
[Special thanks to Daniel Legendre and
other members of CompuServe's HP
HAND Forum for valuable feedback
on these products.]
Late last year I reviewed the
modem/memory cards from EXP
Computer and Apex Data (formerly Smart Modular) for The HP
Palmtop Paper. Since that time I,
and others, have gained a year's
worth of experience with these
products. I'll share that experience
with you here.
Initially, I evaluated these cards
for two reasons: First, I was asked to
evaluate and write a review of these
cards for The HP Palmtop Paper. My
second motivation was to select a
card that my company (Shier
Systems) could bundle together
with our CompuServe automation
program: acCIS. At the time I wrote
my original article, I hadn't made
any decision regarding which card
we would sell. However, when I
was recently asked to update my
article for this issue of The PC Card
Review, we had been selling the EXP
cards with acCIS for more than
eight months. Even though we
chose to sell EXP, you will see,
depending on your requirements,
that the Apex Data card may better
fit your specific needs.
What the two cards
have in common
Incomming faxes and E-mail can
take up a lot of storage space. A
problem with earlier fax/modem
only PC Cards is that they occuppied the only card slot on the
Palmtop. The C drive, with its limited storage space, was the only
place you could store incoming
and outgoing messages.
Both products provide fax/
modem capability and Flash memory on one card, eliminating the
problem described above. For the
Palmtop to be able to access the
Flash memory on either card,
device driver software must be
loaded from the Palmtop's CONFIG.SYS file.
Both cards use Flash memory
instead of SRAM. This eliminates
the need for a backup battery to
retain the stored information.
Finally, both cards now support
file compression using Stacker, but
neither card comes with Stacker
built in. You must buy it separately
and install it (see page 48 for more
on installing Stacker on a PC Card).
This is about the extent of the
similarities between the two cards.
As you will see below, they have
much that distinguishes them.
The Speed versus
battery life trade-off
The two cards seem to embody different user priority philosophies.
Apex Data seems to have placed
battery life at the front of the list.
The Apex Data card draws much
less power when on standby, and
switches to standby mode quicker
(less than a second) than the EXP
card. The Apex Data card battery
drain is not significantly greater
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than the drain caused by standard
Flash memory card. However,
modem speed is sacrificed to
achieve this impressively low
power. While the Apex Data card
advertises a fax transmission rate
of 14400, the maximum fax receive
speed is 9600 and the data rate for
the modem is only 2400 bps. This
makes the Apex Data card ideal for
use as a standard memory card, with
only occasional use as a modem.
In contrast, the EXP card offers
a real speed of 14400 bps for sending and receiving faxes as well as
for data transmission. This is about
as fast as you can expect for the
Palmtop, since its slow processor
would have trouble trying to keep
up with 28,800 bps modems. The
trade-off in the case of the EXP is
battery life. The EXP card draws
much more power than the Apex
Data card, even in standby mode.
And EXP's standby doesn't take
affect for a minimum of 10 seconds
after each power on, or use of the
EXP recommends that you
remove the card when not in use.
However, this somewhat defeats
the advantage of having the memory built into the card. EXP may
expect you to use the Flash memory part of the card only for communications and faxes, but if you
don't need a bigger card, then why
not use it for storing other files and
programs? I mostly use the
Palmtop's built-in applications as
well as acCIS for CompuServe and
LetterPerfect for word processing
(used to write this article.) I found
that the 4MB file storage provided
by the EXP card more than meets
my needs for the Palmtop.
Therefore, I ignore the warnings
about battery usage and simply
have the EXP card in the slot all the
time. While the EXP card has cut
my battery life almost in half, the
convenience and cost savings of
having fax/modem and memory
on one card overwhelms this disadvantage. I use high capacity
rechargeable NiMH batteries in my
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Palmtop. Using the EXP card simply means that I must charge the
batteries more often (about once
every 3 days vs. once every 4-5
days without the card).
Installing the EXP
and Apex Data cards
As noted earlier, both cards require
that device driver software be
loaded on the Palmtop for it to be
able to access the cards' read/write
memory. Both provide an installation program on the card, which
copies the device driver to your C
drive and automatically edits the
CONFIG.SYS file to include the
new driver.
Installing the EXP card
The EXP card provides its device
driver and installation program on
a "read-only" portion of the card
(which also contains the EXP
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the read only A drive on the card.
This "read only" A drive is
actually Flash memory that is
write-protected. EXP occasionally
provides updates to the device driver and Fax software. The update
comes with a special program that
sidesteps this write protection and
copies the updated software to this
portion of the card's Flash memory. Don't worry when "Flash memory is being initialized" is displayed during the update. It is
referring to the A drive portion of
the Flash memory. The rest of the
Flash memory is accessed by going
to the F drive and is unaffected by
the update process.
The ability to reprogram the
EXP card turned out to be a very
important feature early in its
release due to numerous bug-fixes
in the device driver software. Early
releases of the EXP card came with
a device driver containing a bug
which could cause files stored on
the card to become corrupted when
new files were added. Later versions corrected this problem. EXP
provides copies of its drivers for
downloading from their BBS system or from CompuServe.
Installing the
Apex Data card
Apex Data provides its device driver and installation software in an
unusual way. Both the installation
program and the device driver are
on the card's Flash memory. When
you first plug in the card, you are
able to access the installation program from the Palmtop's A drive.
Run it and it automatically installs
the device driver and modifies
CONFIG.SYS. Unfortunately, once
you run the install program, it
somehow deletes this part of the
card. The A drive no longer
appears in FILER and you no
longer have access to the install
program. I don't know why Apex
Data designed the installation program this way. Maybe they wanted
to free up the space occupied by
the installation program. In addition, Apex Data does not provide a
backup installation disk. Backup
your C drive after installing the
Apex Data card. Then if you have
any problems, you can restore the
backup and everything should be
OK . If you didn't backup after
installation and ever have to reinstall the card, you can get a copy of
the installation program and device
driver from the Apex Data BBS system (or from the Vendor Library in
CompuServe's HPHAND Forum).
Windows-based alternative to the
HP Connectivity pack. It assumes
that the only available drives on
the Palmtop are the C and A drives
(the D drive is read-only, so there's
no need to perform any backups of
it.) This presents a problem when
using the combination cards. Palm
Computing suggests using the
ASSIGN command to redirect
drive F to drive A. Problems have
been reported when ASSIGN is
used together with Stacker and
some other programs. For this reason, I don' t recommend this solution. Instead, I use the DOS SUBST
command, which is similar to
ASSIGN but doesn't have the compatibility problems. (SUBST can be
found on DOS S. x distribution
disks.) Another problem with the
ASSIGN solution is that the EXP card
expects to find the MiniFax software
on drive A and won't run MiniFax if
this drive is re-assigned. If you copy
the files from drive A to drive F, then
you can use the MiniFax software
with the reassignment.
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Both cards have proven to be highly compatible with the wide variety
of software used on the Palmtops.
However, a few minor problems
have been discovered.
The first problem I noted with
both cards related to the use of the
PalmConnect software from Palm
Computing. PalmConnect is a
Another minor annoyance
associated with both cards has to
do with the FILER display. The
Palmtop is designed so that whenever you insert a memory card and
start Filer, it automatically goes to
split-screen mode and displays C
drive files on the left and A drive
files on the right. It knows that you
probably want to see what's in
both drives. Unfortunately, FILER
doesn't know anything about the F
drive (the Flash memory on both
cards appears as the F drive). You
have to split the screen and manually go to the F drive to view files.
Another way to solve this problem
is to use the SUBST command to
allow the F drive to be seen as the
A drive (SUBST A: E:).
Some other memory cards
require device drivers to work with
the Palmtop (e.g., the Maxtor or
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cause problems. One way around
this is to create two sets of CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT
files. One set of files would be for
use with the Flashcard and the
other set for use with the EXP or
Apex Data cards. So, for example,
when you're ready to use the EXP
fax/modem card, you copy the
appropriate AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG .5YS files to the C: \ directory. Then you insert the EXP card
and reboot the system. You could
develop a System Macro or batch
file to automate the process of
copying the appropriate AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.5YS files to
your C: \ directory.
The Apex Data card does not
appear to be 100% compatible with
other modems. We discovered that
acCIS can't change the communications mode of the card from 7-bit to
8-bit while online. This presents a
problem when using acCIS and the
Apex Data card to upload or
download files on CompuServe.
Since CompuServe's default access
p~rameters are 7-bit, even parity,
thIS must be changed to 8-bit, no
parity ,when sending or receiving
files. Unfortunately, the method
that acCIS uses to perform this
change does not work in the Apex
Data card. The solution is to log
onto CompuServe using 8-bit
mode. Unfortunately, this causes
the initial "User ID" prompt to be
garbled and you must enter your
ID manually to get things started
(after that CompuServe knows
your user settings and can proceed
normally.) It has been reported that
Apex Data has fixed this problem
on the latest 6MB cards, however,
we have not confirmed if the bug is
still present in the 2MB and 4MB
The EXP card also presents a
slight incompatibility with acCIS.
To access the EXP card's built-in
MiniFax software, you press IALTI~. This "hot key" assignment is
permanent, fixed in the ROM
memory of the EXP card.
Unfortunately, this key combination is also used in acCIS. An acCIS
user can press this key combination, intending to perform an acCIS
function, and launch MiniFax
instead. Fortunately acCIS provides alternate key-combinations
for all menu functions. An acCIS
user can press IALTI-i!) instead of
l!!:!l-~ to access the same function.
Finally, since both cards can
require a large amount of power
when the modem is online, using
these cards can devour batteries.
To keep your battery costs down I
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dark background). This requires
that you press ~-1Z1 to switch to
the more readable black-text-onwhite-background view. It also
appears that BitFax doesn't provide
a "default" settings file. This forces
you to cycle through every parameter setting each time you run the
The MiniFax software found
on the EXP card is more suitable
for Palmtop users. It is System
Manager compliant and has the
same "look and feel" as the built-in
a~p!ications on the Palmtop .
MlmFax also provides a log file of
all faxes that you send or receive.
How I Use the Two Cards
I currently use both the EXP and
the Apex Data combination cards.
Because of the slow speed of the
Apex Data card, I feel it's not as
practical to use with an online service such as CompuServe.
However, I do find that its low
power draw makes it ideal for
~pplications where the user's typmg speed prevents high throughput. An example of this type of
application is the DOS-based credit
card authorization program our
company uses. This program calls
an 800 number for authorizing
credit card transactions, and oper-
Using Stack er 4 .0 on an
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I got 10MB on the 4MB EXP card using
Stacker 4.0 and a 'trick' I learned from
somebody at STAC Electronics. To set this
up, you need a desktop PC with at least
4MB free uncompress disk space.
1. Create a new Stacked drive of exactly
4.1 MB on your desktop PC.
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ates at about the same speed on the
Palmtop at 2,400 baud as it does on
my desktop PC at 9,600 (the fastest
rate supported by the software.)
By using the Apex Data card
on one of the Palmtops in the
office, we are able to provide multiple people access to the program
while still providing security for
our customers credit card numbers.
I use the EXP card in my personal communications. I have a
4MB card, which stays in my
Palmtop all the time. I mostly use it
for CompuServe access, but I have
other applications on it as well. For
example, I'm putting the final
touches on this article using
LetterPerfect loaded on the F drive
while sitting on a park bench on a
beautiful sunny day.
I have a short EXP cable and
an 8-foot phone cable (both available from my company) stored in
my Palmtree leather case at all
times. This provides me with a
complete communications tool set
2. Transfer ali the files from the EXP F drive
on the Palmtop to this recently created drive
on the desktop.
and CONFIG.EXE from the desktop to the
C drive on the Palmtop.
4.- Remove any references to ASSIGN in
your Palmtop's AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
5. Using DOS ADRIB to unhide the file
STACVOL.OOO in your desktop.
6. Boot the Palmtop.
7. Transfer STACVOL.OOO to the F drive.
8. Rename STACVOL.OOO to
STACVOL.DSK on the Palmtop's F drive.
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in the same space that my Palmtop
took before.
As I noted at the beginning of this
article, my company now sells the
EXP cards. I made this decision
based on the fact that it works
faster with our acCIS software for
accessing CompuServe. However,
your choice depends on your
If you need a little extra Flash
memory storage and only occasionally need fax or data communications capabilities, then the low
power usage of the Apex Data card
makes it attractive. (The Apex Data
card comes with 2, 4, or 6MB Flash
memory. The EXP card comes with
2 or 4MB.) Also, if you use communications applications which
operate at slow speeds anyway
(such as the credit card authorization program discussed above), the
Smart card is ideal.
9. Log into C:\ on the Palmtop and type:
config c: /a:f:stacvol.dsk
Answer yes to the prompt.
10. Insert the following line in the CONFIG.SYS file:
c:\stacker @f:\stacvol.dsk
Insert the following line in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file:
c:\stacker\sswap a: f:
You will have a 10MB EXP Card at 2.5:1
compress ratio. No problems so far...
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a fast fax/modem with easy-to-use
software, the EXP card is the combination card of choice.
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This PC Card slips into your HP 100/200LX and lets you send and
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By Arild Mellembakken
The first two-way modem for an
HP Palmtop was the Ericsson
MobiModem for the HP 9SLX . I
bought one. It was a great way to
stay in touch without needing a
phone. Unfortunately, it was external to the Palmtop, and nearly doubled the total size and weight of
the package.
What I really wanted was a
super-portable wireless communication device that could send and
receive messages whenever I wanted and wherever I was. Years went
by before PC Card-based radio
modems came about. Now there is
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Modem Card (P.M. Card) . It has
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The P.M. Card is a self-powered Type II PCMCIA card that lets
you receive and send messages,
exchange E-mail, connect to your
office network and access some
on-line services, without having to
connect to a phone jack. (Access is
available only to online services
that can be sent over a packet data
radio service - you can't go online
and surf the Net.) The P.M. Card
inserts into the PC Card slot of the
HP 100/200LX (and other notebook and PDA card slots) and
operates on a public access data
network providing communications access and message delivery
across most of the U.S.
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Messages thus received are
accessed by re-inserting the card
into the Palmtop's PC Card slot
and running the wireless access
software on the computer.
Currently the P.M. Card operates on the ARDIS or RadioMail
network. A P.M. Card that works
with the service "RAM" (distinguished from the RAM in your
Palmtop) is slated for sometime in
the future. Both RAM and RadioMail claim to cover over 90% of the
U.s., including Hawaii and the U.s.
islands in the Caribbean.
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Cover page of fax sent via RadioMaii from
the HP Palmtop using a P.M. Card.
The Motorola P.M. Card is
self-powered, operating on a standard or rechargeable NiCd 9-volt
battery. The P.M. Card continues
to receive and store messages even
when it is not connected to your
Palmtop or other computer .
Setting up and
using the P.M. Card
Setting up the P.M. Card was simple. I installed the 9-voIt battery in
the P.M. Card and installed the
RadioMail software on my PHP
almtop . The software for the
RadioMail and Ardis services
comes on a PC Card, ready for both
the HP 100LX and 200LX. To install
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the software on the HP Paltmop,
use the following instructions:
1. Copy all the RadioMail application files from the PC Card to the C
drive on the Palmtop.
2. Install the RadioMail application
software as a System Manager
compliant program in AppManager . The startup file for
RadioMail is PM200.BAT.
The documentation that carne with
the RadioMail software was clear
on every step of the process. (For
additional information on adding
applications to the HP Palmtop, see
"applications, adding" in the index
of the HP 100j200LX User's Guide.)
The first test
After setting up the RadioMail software, I opened AppManager, went
to the RadioMail icon and started
the application. My first test was to
check on how quickly messages
were transmitted by the service. I
RadioMail's Compose screen displayed on an HP 200LX
typed a test message to my friend
Mike Makely down in Illinois, and
turned the P .M. Card on. Three
lights flickered, indicating that the
P.M. Card's self test was successful.
Shortly after that, the In-Range
green light started to blink and the
message "<MODEM NET>" was
displayed. I was ready for my first
message. To get an idea of how
long it would take, I called Mike up
over the regular phone and had
him stand by with his lOOLX and a
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MobiModem. Then from RadioMail on my Palmtop I pushed iF10 1
to send the message. I was in the
middle of telling Mike that I was
sending him a message when he
yelled : "I got it!" It took about
seven seconds - amazing!
Next I sent a fax from RadioMail to my own fax machine. The
only difference in sending a fax is
that you send the message to a fax
number instead of an Internet
address as you do with E-mail. The
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fax came through clearly, with
RadioMail's logo on the cover page
(see graphic on page 16). I ended
the test by sending a message to
RadioMail requesting all their
available services. Thirty seconds
later the reply came back.
A real testmy trip to Hawaii
N ext came the field test - a business trip to Hawaii. On the way
there we had a layover in Seattle.
Sitting in the airport lounge, I sent
a fax back to my office and transmitted som e E-mail messages.
Everything worked smoothly.
I checked into the hotel in
Hawaii, and once in my room I
caught myself glancing over at the
phone to see if it had a useable data
line. Old habits die hard! I no
longer need a phone jack.
A flashing green light on the
P.M. Card indicated that I had
three messages waiting. I started
the RadioMail software on the
Palmtop and read the messages.
When I wanted to respond to a
message I pressed ~ (Reply).
When I wanted to compose a new
message I pressed ~. The
Response screen is displayed at the
top of the previous page.
Creating a messages is as simple as filling in the blanks on the
screen as follows:
To: Who you are sending the message to
Subject: The topic of the message
Ce: Carbon Copy (e.g. - you sent a
message to Bob and a copy of the
message to Judy. Bob is notified that
Judy got a copy of the message.)
BCe: Blind Carbon Copy (you sent a
message to Bob and a copy of the
message to Judy. Bob is not notified
that Judy got a copy of the message.)
Reply-To: Who the person receiving the message should send a
response to
You type the message in the area
below the "Reply-To:" section .
When the message is ready, press
1~ to send it. An arrow appears,
then disappears on the screen
when the message is sent. If you
want to verify the status of what
you have done, press ~ (Status) to
see the Status dialog box. The
Status box shows whether the
modem is connected to the network and whether you have any
messages waiting to be sent or
The P.M. Card's
pluses and minuses
The street price for the P.M. Card is
$700 (8K memory) to $850 (64K
memory). Add on top of that an
activation fee of $100 and a monthly message fee .of from $49 (100
messages) up to $130 (650 messages). As an added incentive
Motorola is giving a $100 factory
rebate if you buy your P.M. Card
before Christmas.
Another operating cost is batteries. I get 2-3 hours of use with
each 9-volt battery. You can minimize battery expense by using
rechargeable 9-volt batteries.
However, they must be recharged
outside of the P.M. Card, in a separate battery charger.
You can also conserve battery
power by leaving the P.M. Card
turned off most of the time. Turn
the card on periodically to send
and receive messages, and then
turn it off. Compose your responses and new messages with the card
off. Two to three hours of battery
time goes pretty fast if you don't
take steps to conserve the batteries.
Other alternatives
A cellular phone/modem combination is another alternative to the
P.M. Card, but is probably at least
as expensive, considering cellular
"roaming charges" are very expensive. The Palmtop/modem /phone
combination is probably the least
expensive alternative for E-mail
communications, but it does have
its drawbacks. For one thing, you
have to go through the bother of
physically connecting the Palmtop
to a phone line. In addition, the
cost of using a hotel phone can be
more expensive than normal phone
services. Probably the most important limitation is that you can't
send and receive messages at any
time - only when you're connected to the phone line. This means
that an urgent incoming message
will have to wait till you check in
to your hotel room and connect up
to the phone. If none of this matters
to you, the modem/phone solution
is probably sufficient. If timeliness
and ease of use are important, a
wireless messaging system is
worth looking into.
My experience is that
RadioMail (the service used with
the P.M. Card) is more efficient,
less cumbersome, and cheaper than
other wireless alternatives . You
receive an Internet address, so
almost everyone with access to the
Net can send you E-mail and
receive it from you. This includes
people on CompuServe, America
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interface with the Net. On top of
this, you can subscribe to services
like stock quotes, Headline News,
etc. (Courtesy of my P.M. Card, I
found out about Mike Tyson's last
fight victory before it was even
announced on CNN.)
All this communication power
weighs in at less than a pound, making the P.M. Card / HP Palmtop
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Insert the AT&T Keep-in-Touch PC Card into your HP Palmtop, connect it to a cellular phone, and check your E-mail or surf the Net wherever you are.
By James Cummiskey
[Editor's note: Because of the
recent breakup of AT&T, it has decided
to discontinue production of Keep-InTouch, the product reviewed below.
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units and continue to sell Keep-InTouch until supplies run out. This
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My solution to wireless communications is the AT&T Keep-In-Touch
(KIT) modem card used in conjunction with a Motorola Ultra-Lite cellular phone and my HP 200LX and
HP OmniBook 425. This PC Card
modem is easy to set up and works
fine in the HP 100/200LX and the
HP OmniBook computers.
The AT&T Keep-in-Touch (KIT)
Card (Model 3762) is a PCMCIA
Release 2.0, Type II PC Card
fax/modem. It is "firmware upgradable" (see "Keep-In-Touch is
upgradeable" page 22), and comes
with AT&T's proprietary cellular protocol called Enhanced Throughput
Cellular. ETC was designed to allow
for higher throughput and more reliable connections on the cellular network. The protocol consists primarily
of enhancements to both the V.42 protocol and V.32bis modulation.
The modem comes with a five
year warranty and everything you
need to get started to connect the
modem to a land line. Keep-InTouch supports all popular cellular
phones on the market, but requires
a specific proprietary cable for each
phone type. Because of this, KeepIn-Touch does not come with the
card-to-cellular phone connect
cable. These cables are available
from AT&T Direct at 800-554-4996,
and cost a whopping $65.00 on top
of the price of the modem.
The Keep-In-Touch modem
itself can be found for sale in the
neighborhood of $150.00-185.00
street pricing. The modem comes
with the land line connector and
Quicklink Mobile Fax and Data
communications software. With the
direct connect cable for my specific
phone, the entire package set me
back about $200.
Using the modem/cellular phone
combination with the HP Palmtop
I tested the modem with the HP
200LX and HP OmniBook 425 and
it worked well with both. I have
achieved data throughput rates of
14.4Kbps with an exceptionally
strong cellular signal. However,
9,600bps is the best you can hope
for in most situations. The modem
detects improvement or deterioration in the signal and automatically
switches to the most appropriate
transmission rate. I occasionally
experienced dropped cellular connections during transmissions.
However, I didn't experience these
any more often than when I use the
cellular phone for voice calls.
The one major drawback I
found with this arrangement had
to do with the limited battery life
of the 200LX. The modem card
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years commissioned service as an infantry officer. He is currently
assigned as a student at the Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, California pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer
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draws its power from the Palmtop,
and this shortens the life of the batteries dramatically. You can connect the Palmtop to an AC adaptor
to eliminate the battery drain problem. However, this requires that
you connect up to an outlet, subverting the entire purpose of wireless communication. A pocket cellular-ready modem with its own
battery might be worth considering
for the Palmtop. Since I cart my
OmniBook 425 around with me
most of the time, I could rely on it
and its standard NiMH rechargeable battery for more extended
wireless communications.
A program called ClClOO, built
into the HP 100LX and 200LX, is
needed for the Palmtops to recognize a card modem. CIC100 is
installed by default on the HP
200LX. You must modify the
AUTOEXEC.BAT file on your
100LX to enable this program (see
"Connecting to a Card Modem" in
the index of your HP 100j200LX
User's Guide for more on this.)
Connecting everything up is
very simple and straightforward.
The modem card slips into the
Palmtop or OmniBook's PC Card
slot, and connects to the cellular
phone via a single "direct connect"
cable. You have to use Datacomm
or a communications program like
acCIS to dial out. As you do, you
can see the numbers being sent to
the phone on the cellular phone's
LCD display. All of this happens
without ANY special setup strings
or configuration settings. I've also
used Keep-In-Touch with the
Telecoupler II acoustic coupler
when I have access to a pay phone
(and want to save the cost of the
cellular air time) - no problems!
Overcoming weak
signal conditions
I've found the modem generally
reliable, but occasionally have
reception/ transmission problems
in underground restaurants and
shielded locations. A little background information on this problem is helpful.
Data has been successfully
transmitted over cellular networks
for years. However, signal strength
and other issues have presented
special problems to mobile data
users. To address these issues,
modem manufacturers have developed special protocols (such as the
AT&T ETC protocol mentioned
earlier) to maintain reliable high
speed connections in the cellular
environment. Unfortunately, these
protocols are only efficient if the
modems on both sides of a transmission have the protocol available. This is seldom the case with
existing landline modems.
Most cellular service providers
offer a solution in the form of special "data access services." By dialing a special code prior to initiating
communication, the cellular service
provider automatically translates
the enhanced cellular modem protocol on the wireless side to the
standard, non-cellular modem protocols on the land line side. The
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The high cost of cellular phone air time
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Forty cents a minute for calling a local
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What many people do not realize is
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none of those "killer" phone bills coming in
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This approach necessitates that I constrain my calls to weekends and evenings,
and these are the times I am most likely to
be in a situation that requires mobile communications.
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On my service, GTE MobilNet,
this is accomplished by sending a
"*DAT A" to the provider before
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responds with a few beeps to let
you know you are in the digital
data transmission mode. When you
want to switch back to regular analog calls, you need to send
"*YOICE" to reset this option. My
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initially didn't see any great
improvements in throughput while
using this feature (*YOICE calls
seemed to work fine for data communication as wel1), my opinion
changed dramatically when I
began making data calls under
marginal signal connections. A regular *YOICE call would simply not
connect under poor signal conditions . However, the *DATA call
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Proper sequence important
I also learned that the sequence of
initiating data communication is
critical. This refers to the order you
power up and plug in the Palmtop,
modem card, and cellular phone.
What worked best for me was to
turn the computer off; plug the PC
card modem into the slot; reboot
the computer; connect the direct
connect cable to a TURNED-OFF
cellular phone; and turn the cell
phone on.
Plugging the cellular phone in
while it is turned on caused problems on my setup. My Motorola
cellular phone has a "Yibraphone"
option that causes the phone to
vibrate briefly instead of ringing
and disturbing a meeting or whatever. Plugging the cellular phone
in while it was turned on sometimes caused the phone to lock up
in a continuous vibration modem.
Keep-In-Touch software
is upgradeable
Like many hardware devices, PC
Card modems use software pro-
grams called "drivers" to interface
with the equipment to which they
are connected. Keep-In-Touch has
these drivers built into the card. In
addition, you can upgrade these
drivers as newer, improved versions are developed. You can get
the latest driver software for the
particular cellular phone you use
by calling the AT&T Para dyne BBS
at 813-532-5254.
There is a problem with this
upgrade process. The Keep-InTouch firmware upgrade program
checks to see if there is a KIT
modem inserted in a PC Card slot
prior to installing the upgrade.
Unfortunately, the upgrade program is written to expect that the
computer you are using supports
what the PC Card industry calls
the standard "Card Socket
Services." Neither the HP Palmtop
or the HP OmniBook support this
standard completely. This means
that you cannot accomplish the
upgrade process from a Palmtop or
OmniBook. I had to upgrade my
modem's firmware with another
machine (I used a Compaq Aero).
Once I had the card upgraded,
everything worked without a hitch
on both HP machines.
The AT&T Keep-In-Touch PC
Card Modem lets you tap into the
exciting world of truly wireless
telecommunications. It doesn't matter whether I'm eating lunch in a
restaurant; out on a sailboat in
Monterey Harbor; or on the shoulder
of the highway in my automobile.
Keep-In-Touch lets me surf the Net;
check my Compuserve and AOL
messages; and access local BBS's regardless of where I happen to be.
This modem card/ cellular phone
combination gets the job done! I recommend it highly.
PriCing and contact information,
Third Party Products, pages 50-61
and Product Index, page 63,
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HP's StarLink service integrates a Motorola
PC Card wireless receiver, pre-installed
HP StarLink software and messaging/news
options, to provide an integrated solution to
wireless messaging.
HP 100LX with HP StarLink wireless meso
saging card in PC Card slot.
By Hal Goldstein and Mark Scardina
Hewlett-Packard's StarLink wireless service provides the hardware,
software, and messaging services
needed to turn your HP 100/200LX
into a wireless message receiver.
With one phone call (1-800-917LINK), the user can sign up for the
messaging options of his or her
choice and have the necessary
hard ware and software in hand
within two business days. (See the
PC Card products section, pages
50-61, for more on StarLink.)
Representing a partnership of
many companies, HP StarLink consists of an HP 100LX and the Motorola PC Card N ewsCard with its
protruding pod (see photo above).
HP Star Link uses the services of
The National Dispatch Center out
of San Diego, who in turn accesses
paging services from PageNet.
Starllnk includes a PCMCIA
wireless receiver and
messaging service
The package includes a PCMCIA
Type II-compatible Motorola
NewsCard receiver with preinstalled HP StarLink software. The
cards AAA alkaline battery provides approximately 21 days of
battery life and the card warns you
when the battery is low . The
Star Link card slips into the
Palmtop'S PC Card slot, but can
receive messages while it is out of
the Palmtop and has 128K of
onboard RAM memory for storage
of incoming files.
Once connected to HP
StarLink, the subscriber can receive
messages via the NewsCard receiver. Messages can be sent by anyone
through one toll-free number.
Central message control in the
U.S. is provided by The National
Dispatch Center, Inc ., (NDC), a
wireless communications gateway
and premier provider of message
dispatch . NDC receives and
processes StarLink messages 24
hours a day, 365 days a year, transmitting messages wirelessly to the
HP 100/200LX. In addition to
transmitting simple text messages,
operators can be instructed to
automatically update customers'
appointment calendars and To-do
lists . The subscriber provides a
security code to enable colleagues
to make these Apointment Book
Currently, the wireless carriers
for the StarLink service cover more
than 90% of the U.s. population,
with some international coverage
early in 1996.
You can set StarLink to
announce different types of messages in different ways, including
short and long beeps, and excerpts
from classical music. A total of 15
sounds are available with StarLink
inserted in the 100 /200LX and 10
sounds for the card alone. You can
adjust the volume to three different
preset levels when using StarLink
with the 100/200LX.
When messages are received,
they are displayed on an index
screen. Highlight the desired message and press ~TER I to see the
text displayed. The text cannot be
edited directly, but it can be highlighted, copied and pasted into any built-in application.
User feedback
In our tests, reception was mostly
error-free, although we did get
some transmission errors in some
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office buildings . Fortunately,
StarLink checks incoming messages and flags messages with
errors. Most of the time it's pretty
easy to figure out the missing or
misspelled text, but if you can't,
you can call StarLink's toll-free 800
number to have the operator read
the message back to you over the
phone. Users report mixed results.
Some are very satisfied with the
product. Others report intermittent
reception difficulties.
Other Starlink Options
Initially, StarLink provided news,
sports, weather, and other information services, as well as transmitting voice and data messages.
NewsLink will provide StarLink users with the latest headline
news, Wall Street financial information, sports news, national
weather reports and entertainment
Stock Link is an optional service that provides up-to-theminute stock quotes and news .
There are four financial alert services to choose from, depending on
your market interest. For example,
a user can request real-time stock
quotes or COMTEX buy/sell recommendations . (See PC Card
Products section, pages 50-61, for
more on StarLink options.)
The StarLink Newscard lets
you install its software on the C
drive, or use it directly from the
Newscard in the A drive. However,
all incoming messages are stored
on the C drive . (They can be
marked and printed to a file on a
card or a printer.) The installation to
C drive requires 80K of disk space.
wireless receivers
Other wireless services and
receivers are available for the HP
The Motorola Personal Messenger Wireless Modem card is
reviewed on page 16 of this issue.
It provides two-way messaging via
the RadioMail or Ardis wireless
messaging services.
The RAM Mobile Data service
provides a wireless connection between a customer's LAN-based
network and the RAM wireless
data network, allowing communication to an HP 100/200LX with an
Intel wireless modem.
MobileMedia Communications
provides paging services nationwide and offers 100/200LX users
MobileMate, a wireless messaging
card with integrated antenna that
runs off of two button-type batteries. MobileMate inserts flush with
the case (i.e. there is no bulb on the
end like with the HP StarLink).
Please see page 50-61 for more
information on these PCMCIA
wireless cards and services.
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acCIS software provides a CompuServe interface for the HP
Palmtop. Send and receive faxes, postal mail and e-mail. acCIS
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parallel cable, 100 sheets of thermal paper and a carry case.
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Slip this PC Card in your HP 100/200LX Palmtop PC
and carry your LAN terminal in your pocket, wherever you go.
By Tom Gibson
ocal Area Networks (LANs)
link a group of computers
together, allowing their users
to communicate and share important information. There are different "protocols" or systems and
rules defined for this purpose.
Ethernet is one of the most common LAN systems.
LAN capability is becoming
increasingly important, but till
recently, Palmtop users have had
problems interfacing with Local
Area Networks. About the only
practical solution was to connect an
HP Palmtop via serial cable to a
desktop PC that was itself connected to the LAN. This approach was
cumbersome and slow.
The solution to the problem
was a more direct connection to the
LAN, and the card slot was the
obvious choice. Data transfer
between the Palmtop and a card in
the slot is much faster than serial or
infrared port data transfer.
Unfortunately, earlier versions of
PCMCIA ethernet adapter cards
were designed for full-sized desktop computers and notebooks.
They did not work with the HP
Palmtops because of battery
200LX. (See page 10, Vol.4, No.1,
Jan/Feb 1995.)
The Silicom PCMCIA Ethernet
SPE Card is an ethernet adapter
card that comes with specially
developed Support Driver software. The card allows you to connect your HP Palmtop to all major
Network Operating Systems,
including Novell DOS 7, Netware
Lite Workstation/Server, Windows
for Workgroups 3.10 (NDIS),
Windows for Workgroups 3.11
(NDIS), LAN Manager 2.0, LAN
Manager 2.1, Banyan Vines 4.X
(NDIS), Lantastic 5.0 with NDIS
support, Lantastic 6.0 (NDIS), FTP
PC/TPC (Packet), and FTP
[Note: The other card mentioned
in the January/February 95 issue was
the Silicom PCMCIA EtherFlash
Card, a PC Combo Card with the same
LAN connectivity features as the SPE
card, plus 1MB or 2MB of Flash memory built in. Silicom is discontinuing
the EtherFlash Card because of lack of
interest in this combination as well as
operational and power problems.]
The Ethernet SPE Card allows
Silicom Ethernet
adapter cards
Silicom is the first company to
develop PCMCIA ethernet adapters compatible with the HP 100/
you to connect your HP Palmtop
directly to your LAN to exchange
files and run any of the network's
Palmtop compatible DOS software.
With these cards you connect to
your LAN and have access to EMail and other network resources
when other terminals are not available. It is also very handy for trouble shooting the network when you
have a terminal that is not working
and need an emergency portable
terminal. I tested the Ethernet SPE
Card on our Novell Netware 3.11
Connecting the
HP Palmtop to a LAN
The Ethernet SPE card comes with
cables to connect to 1 OBASE-T
(twisted pair) and 10BASE-2 (thin
coaxial) systems. However, Silicom
Tech support tells me that the
10BASE-2 connection draws too
much power from the Palmtop and
does not work reliably.
Currently, an HP driver is
included with all Ethernet 10
BASE-T cards. While you still have
to load the driver from the includ-
Tom Gibson is the Director of Information Systems and
Manager of Fulfillment at Thaddeus Computing in Fairfield, IA.
(In other words, he makes sure you get your copy of The HP
Palmtop Paper.) Tom lives with his wife Julie and his 2 sons
Raymond and Ryan. He has a BS Degree in Accounting from
Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid golfer.
playing to an 8 handicap when his career permits.
ed disk, the installation is much
simpler than it was when I first
tested the card. Silicom has also
included a README file in the HP
sub-directory of the installation
disk (SEHP.TXT) that is a MUST
READ for anyone installing this
card on a Palmtop. There is also a
quick installation guide, and the
users manual. Once you have
installed the necessary software
and configured your Palmtop for
the Ethernet card, you're ready to
connect up to your LAN.
The installation process creates a
batch file named STARTNET.BAT
that automatically loads the appropriate software, accesses the LAN's
file server, and presents you with
the log-in prompt. When I want to
connect to our Local Area
Network, I do the following:
1. Remove the Flash memory card
from my Palmtop's card slot and
insert the Ethernet adapter into the
Palmtop's card slot.
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2. Reboot my HP Palmtop by pressing ~-IALTI -I DELI . This causes my
Palmtop to restart and configure
itself according to the commands in
.SYS files on my Palmtop's C drive.
see the network files and programs
on this tiny screen, but it works. I
was able to log onto SYSCON, the
systems administrator utility that is
used to manage the network.
3. Connect the card to the LAN
using the cable that comes with the
4. Go to the DOS C: \ prompt on
my Palmtop, type sta rtnet and
press IENTER I.
From the log-in prompt I enter my
name, my system password, and
I' m up and running on the network, ready to exchange files and
run network DOS software, provided that software is compatible
with the HP Palmtop.
Uses for an HP Palmtop
as a LAN node
It seems a little strange at first to
Systems Administrator screen displayed on
the HP 100LX
I was able to run other applications from the Palmtop as long as
they would run in the limited
amount of base memory available
on the Palmtop. I was able to run
WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, Magellan
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and rearranging office locations in
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a real nightmare for a network
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that have to be thought out including the running of new cables to
the new offices and to the new
locations within the old offices.
We contracted with a company
to run the new lines for us, but they
were not network specialists, so I
was responsible for making sure
that the connections were valid and
operable. I found this to be very
easy using Silicom's PCMCIA
Ethernet adapter. All I had to do
was go to the location I wanted to
test, connect the cable from the wall
socket to the adapter in my 100LX,
reboot so my Palmtop would recognize the adapter, and run the
"STARTNET.BAT" batch file.
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then the F:\LOGIN> prompt, I
knew that the connection was valid.
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Network F:\lOGIN> prompt displayed
at bottom of HP 100lX screen
If there was a computer at that particular location that was having
problems connecting to the network, the chances were that the
problem was with the Local Area
Network card in the computer.
Having a portable way of testing
the LAN card was very nice for me,
because the LAN cards in the desktop PCs sometimes go £lakey, especially when the computers are
being moved all over the place. It
was much easier using my HP
Palmtop with the LAN card to test
for this than lugging around a
desktop PC for the same purpose.
I've also used the Ethernet adapter
card in my Palmtop to backup
Palmtop files to the network server .
I can move, copy, rename, etc., files
from my Palmtop to the file server
and vice versa. I was limited in the
amount of data I could send to my
Palmtop because I was using a 1MB
100LX. This is one area where the
extra space available on the C drive
of a 2MB has a big advantage.
In the six months I have used
this Ethernet card, I have come to
depend on it as an important part
of my network trouble shooting
and repair portfolio.
Pricing and contact information,
Third Party Products, pages 50-61
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PC Cards That Don't Exist ..... .. ... yet!
With the current pace of PC Card development what can
you expect to see in the near future? According to this reviewer,
the sky's the limit!
By Harry Konstas
ince PCMCIA (Personal
Computer Memory Card
Interna tional Association)
standards first came out we've seen
PC card prices drop and capacities
increase dramatically (up to 85MB
for the Palmtops, 170MB with file
compression) . Newer PC Card
standards have made I/O PC
Cards available with built-in faxmodems, LAN adapters, wireless
transmitters and receivers, and
even small hard-disk drives on
Type III cards. But these existing
wonders, however amazing, are
eclipsed by the possibilities the
technology now promises.
In last year's issue of The HP
Palmtop Paper PC Card Rev iew I
described products that didn't
exist, but were possible with the
current technology. This article
includes some of last year's fare
and adds some new ideas~
Remember, the technology exists
today . So you never know when
you might actually see one of these
cards in your local store.
Possibility #1:
PC Card audio puts your
favorite music on PC Cards
Let's say a small combination
recorder/player and Flash memory
Card is introduced on the market.
The recorder/player uses the Flash
memory instead of magnetic tape
to record up to two hours of
monaural audio.
This is now possible with new
data compression hardware and
existing 85MB Flashcards. And as
the price of memory cards drops
even further, you can expect to see
stereo cards as well-you could
have a complete digital stereo
album recorded on a PC card!
Imagine a PC Card with a
built-in headphone amplifier, software for programming music selections (like a CD player), and an
audio input (a small analog to digital converter) to let you record
your favorite songs . You could
enjoy the music you like wherever
you go by inserting a card into
your Palmtop and plugging in a set
of headphones, similar to using a
A few years from now we may
see PC Card albums along with
CD's in the stores. These will probably be ROM cards programmed
once at the factory instead of
Flashcards since ROM cards are
cheaper to make, at least for now.
Possibility #2:
AM/FM stereo PC Card
Listen to your favorite radio station
by plugging a "radio card" into the
PC Card slot of your HP Palmtop.
The card's software lets you "tune
in" to stations using your
Palmtop's keyboard, and the
Palmtop's LCD screen shows you
the frequency, signal strength,
stereo indication, volume levels,
etc. Once the user tunes to a radio
station, he can store the frequency
in one of the "preset" memory slots
using the card's built in EEPROM
Harry Konstas is an electronics technician, digital control systems designer,
and co-owner of VideoCam Electronics, Inc., an authorized service dealer for
Sony, Zenith and Mitsubishi audio-visual electronics equipment. He lives in
Laval City, Quebec, CANADA. His favorite activities are programming and
mountain climbing. He can be reached on CompuServe at [72540,620].
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batteries, this card gives you up to 15
the sound and the earphone's wire
hours of listening. Plug headphones
would also be used as an antenna.
into the edge of your card, and enjoy!
This card is powered by the
Palmtop's AA batteries. The TV
would run a couple of hours on a
Possibility #]:
pair of batteries since the LCD isn't
backlit. (I have a Casio 3-inch color
Voice recognition PC Card
backlit LCD TV and it works for
Wouldn' t it be great if future
about 4 hours with 4 AA batteries.)
Palmtops let you access features
with voice commands? Who
knows? Someday soon a product
Possibility #5:
with a name like "VoiceFlash"
Digital multi-meter PC Card
might hit the market. This voice
recognition card would include a
Great for electronics technicians or
hobbyists, this digital multi-meter
sensitive condenser microphone
located at the edge of the card that
PC Card plugs into your Palmtop
could pick up your voice from
and allows electronics buffs to
three feet away. Software similar to
record AC or DC voltages up to
existing voice recognition pro500V, read OHMs from .001 to 20M
grams would let the card "learn" to
ohms, and test diodes.
recognize your voice commands.
Once the card had memorized your
voice patterns into its 10MB Flash
Possibility #6:
memory, you would no longer
Digital oscilloscope PC Card
need to use the keyboard of your
Another "must" for electronics
Palmtop. You could even give your
technicians in the not-to-distant
HP Palmtop a name and vocally
future is this dual-trace digital 20
activate it!
MHZ digital oscilloscope PC Card.
The card's software records your
analogi digital waveform readouts
Possibility #4:
on the LCD screen of your HP
Black and white
television receiver PC Card
Watch your favorite programs or
news on this compact PC Card
black and white TV! The TV screen
is your Palmtop LCD. The resolution would be 528 x 200 pixels (4:3
standard TV ratio with a doubling
of the horizontal resolution) leaving the right side of your LCD (112
x 200) for a display showing the
channel, volume, other indicators.
The built-in digitizing process
of the card would convert incoming signals to a 4 gray-scale image
which would give an acceptable
picture on the Palmtop screen.
Image refresh would be 30 frames
per second. The earphone plug on
Possibility #7
Blood analysis PC Card
This would be an important card
for both doctors and patients.
Insert the card in the Palmtop's
card slot, press the knob on the
side of the card and a tiny tray
pops out. Put a drop of blood in the
tray, push the tray back into the
card, and the built-in analysishardware and software give you
the sugar and cholesterol levels of
the blood sample. The information
shows up on your HP Palmtop
screen in less than two minutes.
Connect this PC Card to a "piezo"
weight sensing element and then
step on the piezo. It senses your
weight and stores the data in the
PC Card' s built-in Flash memory.
Insert the card in the Palmtop's slot
(clean it off first, of course), and
read your weight. Weight is displayed on the Palmtop's screen in
both pounds and kilograms. The
quilt-in software includes a program with the name like
"WeightMan" that keeps track of
and graphically displays your
weight fluctuations over time.
Possibility #9:
Two-sided PC Cards?
This PC Card of the future would
actually be two cards in one, with a
connector on each end. Insert either
end of the card in your Palmtop,
depending on which side of the
card you want to use.
Possibility #10:
Super-high-capacity PC Cards
There was an announcement some
time ago about SanDisk and Fujitsu
working on a new PC Card technology that would make a 500MB
Flashcard possible. This achievement is still a few years away.
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Using PC Cards in
the HP Palmtop PC
By Mark Scardina
PCMCIA: Background
he Personal Computer Memory
Card International Association
(PCMCIA) is a non-profit
trade association and standards
body founded in 1989 and comprised of over 500 member companies. It's purpose is to define the
industry standard for PC Card
The first PCMCIA PC Card
Standard (1.0) was released in 1990
and defined the physical and electrical characteristics of a creditcard-sized device that could be
used as memory or as a disk in a
computer. This standard not only
defined the physical specifications
of the card, but its use as a data
storage device as well. Since HP
was on this standards committee,
the HP 95LX ultimately came to
market with a PCMCIA card slot
that met, for practical purposes,
the 1.0 standard.
The PCMCIA committee subsequently introduced the 2.0 and
2.1 standards two years ago. These
releases broadened the card specification with the addition of
input/output (I/O) and executein-place capabilities, allowing the
development of mass storage,
modem/fax, LAN, cellular and
radio frequency communications
peripherals in the PCMCIA card
format. The 2.0 standard was
introduced in time to find its way
into the HP 100LX. The latest
release, called the "PC Card
Standard" is described on page 9
of this issue. It adds new capabilities to the standard, but is very
new and few if any devices using
this standard have been developed
for the HP Palmtop.
The first I/O cards available
for the 100LX were fax/modems
cards. Subsequently, data collection cards, a barcode system, a
LAN adapter card, and floppy
disk drive with PCMCIA interface
have been introduced. Developers
are working on other devices for
the HP 100/200LX, including VGA
adapters, global positioning system cards, and SCSI adapters.
Type II; Version 2.0 and 2.1:
What's the difference?
PCMCIA 2.0/2.1 capability must
not be confused with Type II capability. In the PC Card standard,
"Type" refers to the thickness of
the card with Type I equal to
3.3mm, Type II equal to 5mm and
Type III equal to lO.5mm. Both the
HP 95LX and the HP 100/200LX
can accept up to Type II cards.
However, only the 100/200LX has
ver. 2.0/2.1 standard capability.
PC memory cards
PC memory cards can be used in
any HP Palmtop to add file storage capability. Read-OnlyMemory (ROM) cards, StaticRandom-Addressable-Memory
(SRAM) cards, and Flash-RandomAddressable (Flash RAM) cards
were developed for this purpose.
Type' PC Card
3.3mm Thick
Type II PC Card
S.O mm Thick
Type '" PC Card
10.5 mm Thick
Type I, II, and III PC Cards
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the HP Handhelds and Onmibook Forums on CompuServe and the
author of numerous utility programs for the HP Palmtops. His
CompuServe ID is [76711,732].
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!Four software programs marketed on ROM
I:: cards. HP's DictionaryfThesaurus Card
f,J (Top); ACE's GAMEcard (mid-left);
r.1Globalink's Language card (mid-right, no
,fbnger available); and MIRICAL's Personal
Food Analyst (bottom).
Read-Only-Memory (ROM) Cards
ROM cards have been available
~ince before the introduction of the
HP' 95LX: They"are -the 'le~~t expensive form of memory card, but are
read-only and cannot be written to.
Typically, a ROM card is programmed once with the desired
software or data files. From that
point on you can access the software or data files, but you cannot
make changes to it on the ROM
card. ROM cards are more stable
than their writable counterparts.
The software program is "etched"
permanently into the card's
microchips and can never be
altered or lost through any action"
short of physically destroying the
card. ROM cards are most suitable
for storing files that do not need to
be changed.
The ACE GAMEcard, HP's
Dictionary / Thesaurus card, and
the GlobalLink Language Translation cards are examples of software
programs on ROM cards.
Memory (SRAM) Cards
SRAM cards were the most popular card storage technology used on
the HP 95LX. While SRAM cards
are still expensive when compared
to floppy and hard disk technology, SRAM prices have plummeted
in the past couple of years.
SRAM's memory is retained by
the presence of a battery. The lithium backup batteries used in the
cards provide a one year life. The
recommended procedure is to
change SRAM card batteries every
10 months. Set a 10-month reminder in APPT and change the battery whether you've received a low
battery warning or not (see sidebar,
this page, for changing SRAM
backup batteries).
SRAM cards are the fastest of
all the memory cards, especially
when writing to them. They have
virtually an infinite life with no
drop off of performance over time.
They also are both readable and
bootable without the need of an
additional software device driver.
This is a distinct advantage on the
HP 95LX as it is possible to lose the
data and. programs on your C
drive. Since a SRAM card can
always be read, you can keep your
startup files (CONFIG.5YS and
AUTOEXEC.BAT) on it and boot
from the SRAM card to recover
from a C drive crash (insert the
SRAM card in the memory card
slot and press ICTRLI-IALTI-I DELI).
Finally, SRAM cards can be easily
interchanged among other computers with RAM card slots that support any level of the PCMCIA standard. Memory card drives are
available that connect to your desktop or portable computer and
allow them to access your card's
data quickly.
Although SRAM cards exist in
capacities from 64K to 4MB, practicality and cost considerations limit
the availability of some sizes. For
the HP Palmtops, 512K, 1MB and
2MB cards are readily available. In
addition, compression software is
available to increase the capacity of
the card. Stacker from Stac Electronics, DoubleCard from ACE
Technologies and DIET i j (freeware) all can provide up to twice
your physical storage space.
Changing a SRAM card
backup battery
If you see a LOW CARD BAlTERY message
on the Palmtop, your SRAM card has just lost,
or is about to lose all its data! If the message
appears, leave the SRAM card in the card slot
and do NOT turn the Palmtop off - keep it on!
The main batteries will supply enough electricity to the card to prevent any further damage.
Connecting the Palmtop to the AC
adapter disables the auto-shutoff feature and
gives you all the time you need to change the
battery. If you don't have access to AC power
when you need to change the battery, you
have three minutes before the Palmtop powers down and cuts the power to your card.
You can press a key every minute or so to
keep the Palmtop from powering down. You
can also disable the auto timeout by using
Slide the lock lever at the end of the card
to the unlock position and remove the little
battery tray. Pop the battery out and replace it
with the proper back up battery (a 3-volt CR2025 coin cell for HP cards). Make sure the
positive (+) side of the battery is Sitting up in
the tray. For more on changing card batteries,
check your User's Guide.
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(Flash RAM) Memory Cards
Flash RAM cards are similar to
SRAM cards in that they are comprised of computer chips that can
be written to and read from .
However, they have two big
advantages over SRAM cards.
First, they do not need a battery to
retain their data. Second, they can
have very large capacities. The
largest capacity card for the HP
Palmtop is the SanDisk 80MB card
(160MB with file compression) .
SanDisk (formerly SunDisk) and
NEC are jointly developing
256Mbit Flash technology that will
eventually lead to 500MB cards in
the late 1990s. The larger Flash
RAM card capacities yield the
cheapest cost-per-megabyte of storage ratios.
SanDisk was the first company
to introduce a writable Flash RAM
card for the HP 95LX. Until recently they were the manufacturer for
all ATA Fla sh cards marketed
HOW TO USE PC Cards in your HP Paltmop
under a variety of names, including HP. These cards conformed to a
supplemental PCMCIA-ATA standard that allowed them to appear
as more conventional IDE hard
drives to the HP Palmtops or a Pc.
SanDisk achieved a tremendous
technological feat with its Flash
cards. However, there are some
points you should keep in mind.
First, the card is not readable or
bootable on the HP 95LX without a
"device driver" (small software program) already running. This is not
much of a problem, unless your HP
95LX's C drive corrupts or is otherwise lost. SanDisk users might want
to carry an additional SRAM card
with the files necessary to reinstall
the SanDisk device driver just in
case! IBM's new ATA flash cards
will not work on the 95LX.
HP lOO/200LX users have the
necessary device drives built in
and do not have to worry about
this. It should be noted that the
device drivers used are specific to
the particular PC or Palmtop. If
you want to use the SanDisk card
in another notebook's or desktop's
memory card drive, you have to
Can flash cards wear out?
There is quite a bit of misinformation about Flash RAM cards "wearing out." The card does not
wear out and stop working after a while. The card is made up of 512 byte sectors just like a hard
disk is. In fact, the interface between the Palmtop and the card (ATA Flash disks) looks (to hardware & software) just like an ATA hard drive. It is these individual sectors that are subject to
"wear", not the whole card.
Also the term ''wear'' is a bit misleading. After something like about 100,000 writes, a
sector will tend to take longer to do a write cycle than it did when it was '1resh." Some engineer
decided that a write cycle that takes longer than some specific amount of time is considered too
slow and the sector is "worn out." I'm not sure whether the ability to write to the disk eventually
completely wears out or just becomes prohibitively long. However, you will always be able to
read from the Flash disk. I have recently heard of a new Flash card being developed that does
not need to have wear leveling run on it. So, maybe someone has licked that problem altogether.
There is a program that comes with the SanDisk ATA Flash disk cards called
WEAR.EXE. This program should be run a few (2-3) times per year (it is not critically important).
It writes to each sector on the card and measures th~ write cycle time. When it finds a spot that
is writing too slow, it maps it out as a "bad sector" and maps in one of the many spare sectors
already included on the card. Then it puts the data that was in the sector into the new one. If
there were no slow sectors, then WEAR does nothing. You should close down SysMgr and
unmount the Stacked drive before running WEAR. Then reboot afterwards. VERY IMPORTANT:
Be sure you have the 100/200LX plugged into a working AC power pack before running WEAR.
It can take a couple of minutes and if the heavy duty writing it does kills your batteries, it could
corrupt the FlashCard.
I think WEAR may also move data around from sector to sector in an effort to empty
the sectors that have been heavily used and put the data into less used sectors. This helps to
"load level" the sectors.
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first get the appropriate device driver. (Most devices currently manufactured can read SanDisk cards.)
SanDisk ATA flash card layed on top of a credit card for size comparison . Inside of
the card displayed to the left bottom.
Second, Flash RAM cards,
while having a virtually unlimited
read life, have a long but limited
write life. That means that there is
no limit on how many times you
can access data . However, there
might be a limit on how many
times you can change data. Flash
RAM write life has been greatly
increased through improvements
in the memory chips used in the
cards and software incorporated to
detect failing sectors. Claims have
been made that a typical user need
never worry about losing data due
to a write life problem. (At the time
of this writing, SanDisk and HP
provide a one year warranty on
their ATA Flash cards. ACE has a
DoubleFlash cards and five years
on its DoubleFlash+ cards.)
Finally, it takes a little bit
longer to write to a Flash RAM
card than it does to a SRAM card.
This is because it takes a small
amount of time for a Flash RAM
card's write circuitry to come out
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of its "sleep" mode (necessary to
allow the card to have similar
power consumption as an SRAM
card). I didn't notice additional
write time in daily use, with compression software on my card.
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Type I, II, and III refer to the physical dimensions of the PC Card. Both the 95LX and 100LX can physically
accept Type I (3mm thick) and II (5mm thick) cards. Neither can accept a Type 111(10.5 mm thick) card.
PCMCIA Release 1.0 is the standard covering memory cards only, mainly battery-backed cards. All
subsequent releases, including the new PC Card Standard, are backward compatible, allowing use of
memory cards. Releases 2.0, 2.1, and the PC Card Standard also cover I/O cards (such as
fax/modems, wireless transmitters and receivers, etc.).
The HP 100/200LX can handle cards developed under Releases 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, and the PC Card
Standard. However some 2.0 or greater cards draw too much power and will not work with the
100/200LX. (The 100/200LX can only handle cards that require a maximum of 150 milliamps of power
at 5 volts.) The 100/200LX works with many SRAM, Flash RAM, ATA, fax/modem, wireless receivers,
and other PC Cards .
The HP 95LX can handle Release 1.0 (Type I & II) cards and Release 2.0 (Type I & II) memory
cards. The 95LX works with many SRAM cards, ATA flash RAM cards, and one custom deSigned
fax/modem card (PalmModem by NewMedia).
Using a PC Card Modem with the HP 100LX
This procedure shows how to prepare the HP 100LX for using a card modem. This procedure is not
needed on the HP 200LX. Additional information is given on using cc:Maii with certain card modems.
1. If you do not have existing AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files, copy them from the
100/200LX D drive to the C drive.
A. If you copied it over from D:, delete the letters REM from the line: Rem d:\bin\cic100 /gen1.
B. If you had an existing AUTOEXEC.BAT file, add the line: d:\bin\cic100 /gen1 before the last line.
Selecting the
right memory card
The wide variety of SRAM and
Flash RAM memory cards now
available makes choosing a card a
little difficult. Your first task is to
determine the minimum storage
requirements for your system.
While it is true that you can never
have too much space, RAM cards
are far more expensive than
mechanical drives. Let's assume for
this discussion that your spac~
requirements do not rule out the
smaller SRAM cards.
Cards for the HP 95LX
1. If you are going to use your
cards on the HP 95LX, then you
should choose between the SRAM
cards and the SanDisk 5 volt ATA
Flash cards based on your storage
requirements and budget.
2. You should make sure the Flash
card comes with a software driver
that supports the HP 95LX.
4. Press ~ to save the modified AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
5. Close all applications.
6. Press IClRL!-~-~ to reboot the Palmtop.
The HP 100LX should now be ready to use the card modem in the built-in applications. Remember
that the PC Card port is the COM2 port. You must configure Datacomm or cc:Mail to send/receive via
Getting cc:Maii to work with PC Card modems
Certain card modems require the settings in cc:Maiito be altered. If cc:Mail does not seem to connect
or download messages when using a card modem, try the following:
1. Copy HAYES.MDM from D:\.DAT to C:\_DAT.
(Optional: only cc:Mail users with problems need to do this.)
2. Open c:\_DAT\HAYES.MDM in Memo.
3. Type "Rem" in front of the two lines that begin with SETUP.
4. Insert the following new line:
setup=at&f&c1 &d2&k3&s1 &q5wO
This is a typical command string that works with some modems. Your modem may require other settings. See your cc:Mail Systems Administrator for the modem settings for your system.
5. Press ~ to save the file.
6. Go back into cc:Maii and press IMENU! konnect Settings, tab to the Modem File text box, enter
C:\.DAT\HAYES.MDM and press IENTER! to update the file.
You're now ready to go back to cc:Mail and attempt to use the modem card with the new modem setup.
3. The 95LX driver that comes with
the card needs to be kept on HP
95LX' s C drive. If you damage
your C drive you will not be able to
use the card until you can replace it
either from another card or a Pc.
4. Hewlett-Packard sells a 5MB
HOW TO USE PC Cards in your HP Paltmop
ATA Flash card that includes
Stacker compression software.
5. ACE DoubleFlash cards come in
different sizes with a special software driver that increases the write
speed of the card.
6. The 5 volt DoubleFlash cards are
available with an optional ROM
card that you can carry to restore
the driver. Overall, Flash RAM
cards are slower than the SRAM
cards when you are saving files
over lOOK; therefore, the increased
storage does come at a performance price. Both the HP and ACE
cards are provided with Stacker
compression software.
Cards for the HP 100/200LX
The HP 100 /200LX makes card
selection easier because no special
software drivers need to be
installed for either SRAM or ATA
Flash cards. The faster processor
also reduces the impact of using
Stacker compression software.
HP and other companies sell
versions of SanDisk's AT A FlashRAM cards, which usually include
Stacker, which effectively doubles
their capacity. For a more complete
listing, see PC Card Products,
pages 50-61 this issue.
You should be aware that a 12
volt card is unusable in the HP
95LX as well as external card drives
that do not support 12v. (The
Databook TMD 550 and 201 can
read but not write to a 12v card.)
Finally, I recommend that you
use high quality NiCds (>700mah)
or Nickel Metal Hydrides with the
HP 100/200LX when using any of
the FlashRAM cards. These batteries are better able to handle the current surges and are less likely to
reboot your machine if you inadvertently insert the FlashRAM card
with the power on.
Using SRAM and
Flash RAM Cards
There are some general points that
pertain to memory cards, regardless of the kind you are using.
PC memory card drives
Flash and SRAM cards provide
easy data exchange and backup
capabilities. A PC Card drive can
be added to your desktop Pc. It
lets your desktop PC read RAM
cards like it would read a floppy
disk. It is far quicker and easier to
slip a PC Card out of your Palmtop
and into a PC Card drive than it is
to connect your Palmtop up to
your PC and run file transfer software. (See the article on card drives
beginning on page 39. Also see PC
Card Products, pages 50-61, for listings of card drives.)
Memory card
not DOS "system disk"
Many PC users are familiar with
creating bootable disks for their
PC, using the DOS format Is command. You don't have to try and
turn the RAM card into a "system
disk" to boot from it. You don't
need any hidden files or COMMAND.COM (it's launched from
ROM). If you have your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files on
the SRAM card, in the card slot,
whenever you press ICTR..I-~I DELI,
you'll boot from the A drive.
Maximize a PC memory card's
file storage capability
When memory cards are formatted, they are divided up into storage units called "sectors" and
"clusters." Each sector on a SRAM
card has 512 bytes. Each cluster has
one sector. Flash RAM cards are
too big to have 512 byte clusters
and come with clusters ranging
from 1MB to 8MB.
Any file takes up a minimum
of one cluster. A small batch file of
a few lines may require less than 50
bytes of storage space. However, it
must occupy at least one cluster
(512 bytes on a SRAM card, up to
8K on an ATA Flash card).
This fact means that it is wasteful to store small files on a SRAM
card and almost criminal to store
them on an ATA Flash card. If you
use MEMO to keep scraps of information and save each to a separate
file, you're wasting precious space.
HP 100/200LX users can use NoteTaker to keep scraps of information
in one file and save disk space. HP
95LX users can check out programs
like fastNOTES, Keep-In-View and
NOTES95 lUI to recover that expensive real estate.
Another approach is to use file
cpmpression software on your
SRAM or Flash RAM cards. You
can use DIET lUI or other compression software to reduce the size of
individual files before you store
them on your memory card.
Stacker is particularly effective
with larger cards, as much as doubling the capacity of the card (see
compression article, page 48).
A final warning: The DIR
(directory) command of MS-DOS
reports the number of bytes in a
given file, not the space actually
used. For example, you could write
a small, two-line batch file that
only needs 50 bytes of storage
space. However, since it must occupy one sector, it's really occupying
512 bytes on a SRAM card or up to
8K on an AT A Flash card. The dir
command lists 50 bytes as the file
size, not the amount of space the
file is really taking up. DIR computes the "bytes free" on the disk
based on the apparent, not actual
file size. With a lot of small files on
your disk, it's possible to run out of
storage space, even while DIR
reports lots of space left.
One last thing: You may have
no more than 63 entries in the root
directory, A: \, of your card. If you
want to store more files on a card,
put them in a subdirectory.
Pricing and contact information,
Third Party Products, pages 50·61
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Adding a PC Card Drive
to Your Desktop PC
Mark explains the basic considerations for choosing and installing PC
Card drives on your desktop PC
By Mark Scardina
Over the last few years, we have
seen a proliferation of PC Card
slots in Palmtops, laptops and
notebook PCs. Where we once had
only small PC data storage cards of
a few megabytes, we now have PC
Card modems, network cards,
100MB hard drives, sound cards,
SCSI cards, and more. By adding a
PC Card drive to your desktop PC
you can use some or all of these
cards on your desktop. We hope
this article will help you navigate
around the world of PC Card
drives and choose the right one for
your Pc.
There are two major classes of
PC Card drives that can be added
to your Pc. One class supports specific PC Cards and I shall refer to
them as dedicated drives. The other
class is designed to support all PC
Cards, and they will be referred to
as full-support drives. This distinction is very important as it impacts,
not only on the cost of the drive but
its resource requirements on your
desktop Pc.
Dedicated drives
Dedicated drives come in two flavors - parallel port drives and
internal bus drives. Since the PC
Card standard is evolving, drives
designed several years ago are
unable to support many of the new
types of cards that are available
today. While the standard is 'back-
External parallel port PC Card drive (right) attached to a desktop PC or an internal PC Card
drive (below floppy drive on front of desktop PC) lets you transfer data between your HP
Palmtop and desktop PC via a PC memory card. Some card drives will let you use fax/modem
and other I/O PC Cards in your desktop PC.
ward compatible', this only guarantees that older cards will work in
the newer drives and not vice
The first major change in the
standard was the introduction of
PCMCIA Release 2.0. This should
not be confused with Type II which
refers to the dimensions of the
card. Prior to Release 2.0 all PC
Cards were data storage cards. This
means that if a drive does not support the 2.0 standard, it will only
work with data storage cards and
not the modem cards, LAN cards,
sound cards, etc. that are supported in the 2.0 standard. Examples of
these drives included the Databook
Thincard 200 series and Steele
Creek parallel drives.
Parallel PC Card drives
As indicated by its name, parallel
drives are external boxes that connect to your PC via its parallel port.
Some of the more expensive drives
provide a 'pass through' port to
allow your printer and the PC Card
drive to work through the same
parallel port. In evaluating which
type parallel drive you need, remember that adding a second parallel port to your PC is usually less
than $20.
HOW TO USE Adding card drives to your desktop
Parallel drives have the advantage of being easily installed and
removed. They can be transferred
from one PC to another and the
software does not put much
demand on a PC's resources.
Typically the software driver needed to run the drive takes less than
20K of System memory, and does
not require its own interrupt, I/O
addresses, or upper memory window (see definitions in the side bar
on this page). The price you pay for
this ease of use is in the area of
performance and compatibility.
Da ta transfers through a parallel
port at approximately one tenth the
speed of those through an internal
bus drive. Typically, these drives
can transfer approximately SOK
bytes per second. While this is five
times faster than cable methods
using programs like the HP
Connectivity Pack, LapLink and
ZIP !HI , it pales when compared to
the SOO-800K bytes per second
capability of internal bus drives.
Currently, parallel drives can
support data storage cards only.
This includes SRAM, ROM, Series
II Flash and ATA Flash cards. They
require an external power supply
which in most cases is simply an
AC Adapter. Installation is straight
forward and usually the only software required is a device driver
that is added to your CONFIG.syS
[IMPORT ANT: Most external
PC Card drives come with a parallel
cable. This cable and its length can be
critical. The length of the cable affects
the time it takes for the signal to reach
the Pc. This is especially apparent
connecting to PCs with fast processors
(above 33MHz). Do not substitute,
lengthen, or connect to a switch box
without contacting the drive
If you are primarily looking for
a card drive to transfer files and
your card sizes are modest, the parallel drive is an excellent choice.
This is because it will not place the
large demands upon your system
that a full-support drive will. For
dedicated parallel drives, check out
the CardPort and Steele Creek drives.
Internal drives for
memory cards only
Prior to the 2.0 standard, internal
dedicated drives were the high performance choice for data storage
cards . With the advent of ATA
Flash cards and PC Card hard
drives, we are seeing a new type of
drive that works only with these
cards. These ATA drives install as
an additional IDE hard disk drive
connecting directly to your IDE
Hard Disk/Floppy Disk Controller
card. A single IDE hard disk drive
is standard on most PCs and is
connected to an IDE controller card
through one of the controller's two
hard drive connectors. If you have
a second physical IDE hard drive,
you will need an additional IDE
disk controller card to connect the
PC Card drive.
A small software device driver,
less than 10K, is required to handle
removing and inserting the cards.
The small size is possible because
the PC's basic input/ output system
knows how to talk to IDE drives
which ATA cards emulate. Like the
parallel drives above, the resource
requirements of this type of drive
Installing an internal PC Card drive
in your desktop PC
Last year I had the opportunity of installing and testing an SCM "SwapBox" PC Card reader in my
desktop PC. I tested the Swapbox PREMIUM, which adds two internal card drives: one in the front
and another in the rear. Although the experience is over a year old, many of the installation procedures are still valid
Some assembly is involved in the installation process. I had to take the desktop's case off,
install a card in the rear, mount the front drive in an adapter, slide that into a drive bay, and connect
the two with a ribbon cable. If you've installed a floppy or hard drive before, you'll be able to handle
physical installation of this and other PC Card drives. If taking the cover off your desktop makes you
nervous, get your computer dealer, MIS person or a knowledgeable friend to install the unit. For the
SwapBox and many other PC Card drives, your desktop PC must be an AT 386 or higher with 640K
of RAM, running DOS 5.0 or later. You'll need an available 16-bit ISA lID socket and an empty front
drive bay (for front-mounted units). These requirements will vary depending on the card drive you
I installed the SwapBox into my Gateway 2000 486DX2I50. At the time, my Gateway had all
sorts of accessories connected to it, including an HP ScanJet, a LaserMaster WinPrinter, a mouse,
and a LAN network card. In addition, I had a number of other device drivers installed. This complicated memory management on my system. (My CONFIG.SYS file has more lines than the Federal
Budget.) I had difficulty installing and properly configuring SwapBox's system software. A very helpful and patient SCM tech support person walked me through the installation, checking system interrupts (IROs) and tracking down a miSSing MS-DOS file (my fault).
Some PC Card drives come with mounting brackets. The Swap Box I got a year ago did not
and I had to track down the correct mounting brackets (or rails) for my Gateway computer.
Mounting brackets are strips of metal that attach to the sides of internally mounted drives and let
them slip into the drive bay. Although one desktop manufacturer's drive bays can be different from
another's, there are only a few basic types. A local computer dealer should be able to help you. If
not, call the manufacturer of the computer, or the vendor you bought it from, and have them send
you the proper mounding brackets. Gateway customer support sent me the correct mounting brackets at no charge!
It was a bit of an adventure getting the card drive installed, but most of it was unavoidable. I
probably would have had an easier time with an external card drive, but it would have taken up
more room on my already-crowded desktop. I have little patience with manuals and appreciate good
technical support from a product's developer.
Publisher Hal Goldstein has a Protege installed inside his home desktop PC and a DataBook
installed at work. He had no problem with the physical installation of either, everything fit properly.
With the help of tech support, he moved his Protege device driver after his CD-ROM device driver in
his CONFIG.SYS file to get the Protege to work properly. He likes both units.
Rich Hall
Editor, The HP Palmtop Paper
are very low. However, the speed
of access is on a par with the fastest
hard disk drives. The dedicated PC
Card drives are an excellent choice
for those who have only the ATA
type data storage cards as they are
less than $100 and do their job well.
Protege and Adtron have dedicated internal bus drives that are
worth evaluating.
Full·Support Internal Drives
for Storage and I/O Cards
Full-support drives are intended to
support all PC Cards. The drives
can access a variety of cards, such
as memory, fax/modem, and LAN
PC Cards. To accomplish this,
more PC Card support software
must be installed on your Pc.
These drives require more of your
PC's system resources than the
dedicated drives.
Adding full PC Card support
can be a rather complex affair (see
sidebar this page on requirements
and trouble shooting). Fortunately,
the software vendors are beginning
to make the software able to detect
potential conflicts and easier to
install. While there are beginning
to be more reliable drives coming
to market, a good place to start for
a Full-Support drive is one that
uses the Vadem Controller and
Phoenix's PCM+ software.
Hardware Considerations
We've looked closely at the software, but there are several hardware considerations to keep in
mind when you are selecting a
drive. Most current drives have an!
opening that will support at least
Type III, 10mm high PC Cards.
This height is necessary for AT A
hard drives. While there are some
PC Card drives designed for
Toshiba laptops that are taller than
10mm, the extra height has not
been approved by the PC Card
Standards Committee and is not
likely to be. Make sure the drive
has an LED 'busy' indicator. This is
very important for large data storage cards because it lets you know
when the drive is inactive and you
can pull out the card. A hinged
Requirements and trouble shooting full-support PC
Card drives in your desktop PC
(For questions or problems with your PC Card drive, contact the manufacturer's technical support.)
Before deciding on a full-support PC Card drive, you should be aware that it will require the following resources on your desktop PC:
System Memory: All of the required drivers when loaded into memory will require anywhere
from 60-120K of System memory. These drivers can generally be loaded high.
Upper Memory Window: A block of memory between C800 and EOOO of 4K to 32K is required
to access SRAM and ROM cards as well as to identify the type of card in the slot.
I/O Addresses: A block of 8-16 1/0 addresses are required for communication with modems,
ATA cards and LAN cards. This is similar to COM1 using 1/0 addresses starting at 3F8.
InterruptsJIRQs: You computer uses IROs to communicate with devices attached to it. Two
IROs are required under most installations. One is used to signal a card being pulled or inserted
while the other is used for such activities as communicating with a modem card in the same way as
COM1 uses IR04.
Trouble shooting
Most installation programs do not properly detect your Memory Manager (such as OEMM, 386MAX,
etc.) This means that it is usually necessary for you to manually edit its command line in your CONFIG.SYS to exclude the upper memory area reserved for the memory window. You do this by
adding a parameter (e.g. X=DOOO-D7FF) to your memory manager command line. The preceding
example excludes 32K of upper memory starting at address 0000. You should consult your memory
manager documentation for the correct syntax and the drive documentation will contain the size
required as well as location options. Once you do this you will need to re-optimize your memory
manager using a utility like OEMM's OPTIMIZE or Microsoft's MEMMAKER to reconfigure your system.
Another area is detecting unused IROs. While some IROs are associated with specific hardware, others may be used by software. There is nothing in your PC that prevents two devices from
using the same IRO, however, if they need it at the same time, your system will most likely crash.
Fortunately PC Card controllers can use the upper IROs from 8-15 and it is usually possible to find
two available there. This problem can also occur with 1/0 addresses, but fortunately since there are
many more of these it is usually easy to find an unused one. If you have problems with the initial
installation, this is usually a good place to look in order to resolve them. (Again, this installation can
be non-trivial. If you have problems installing your PC Card drive, call the manufacturer's technical
support number.)
Some Definitions
Upper Memory Window: The PC has an area of memory that resides from 640K to 1024K
called Upper Memory. This is used by your display, BIOS,and Operating System to store code and
data. A PC Card drive requires a portion of this area to act like a shipping area. Data sent and
received from the card is put into this area. This area cannot be used by other programs and therefore your Memory Manager needs to be told to leave it alone by 'excluding' it. This window is located between address COOO and EFFF.
I/O Address: PCs have a range of input/output, 1/0, Addresses that are used to communicate
with most of the accessories that you can add. Items such as hard drives, modems, sound cards,
network cards, SCSI cards, etc. need these addresses to send and receive data and commands.
Since a PC Card drive accepts cards that perform these functions, it must be given a set of 1/0
addresses to use. These addresses usually are between 100 and 3FF and cannot be shared with
other devices.
IRQs: Interrupt Request lines are like doorbells that are designed to get the CPUs attention
when certain devices have data ready for it. Each PC has 161ROs that are numbered from 0 to 15
with 0 being given the highest priority. Your keyboard, serial ports, and mouse are examples of
devices that need to own a unique IRO to get the CPU to service it. A PC Card drive needs one IRO
to be able to tell the CPU when you have removed or inserted a card. A second IRO is needed for
modem and network cards to inform the CPU that data is ready to be picked up since it is originating
from an external modem or PC. Generally IROs from 10 to 15 can be used for PC Card drives.
door, while not a requirement; provides a cleaner appearance and
helps keep foreign objects out.
Two and four slot drives are
now available. I would recommend
the two slot drive as the most reli-
able and best value as a second
controller is not required. Some
models allow installation of the
second drive in the back of the Pc.
Then you have to fight with all the
serial and parallel cables at the rear
HOW TO USE Adding card drives to your desktop
panel to insert a PC Card, so it
doesn't make much sense to me.
However, if you have no free drive
bays, you have no other choice if
you want to add an internal drive.
The four-slot models with the rear
insertion drive have tremendous
resource requirements, and I have
not found this setup to be reliable.
A few final purchasing tips .
Don't purchase any drive that cannot be returned. If you are buying
from a dealer, bring the cards you
use and have him demonstrate that
they will work. A good test is to
insert and immediately access the
card. There should be a small delay
but otherwise the drive should
work without a problem.
The Future
The future brings a feature called
"Plug-n-Play" to your PC, which is
designed to allow you to add
drives easily by including the PC
Card software in the operating system. PC Card support is already
included in IBM's OS/2 and Microsoft's Windows95 operating sys-
tern. "Plug and Play," also refers to
PC Cards that provide their own
resources, that can be inserted and
used without installing special drivers. PC Card support is growing.
There is no question that adding it
to your desktop PC greatly enhances your ability and efficiency when
working with portable and
Palmtop PCs.
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Using PC Cards and Drives
with Windows 95
Windows 95 is supposed to make life easier with PC Card devices.
It does, and it doesn't! Here's the inside scoop.
By Mark Scardina
"Plug-and-play" refers to the ability
of a PC Card to slip into a card
drive and work, without the convoluted process of modifying configuration files and changing computer
settings. Windows 95 comes close
to bringing plug-and-play support
to your desktop Pc. This is important to Palmtop users because many
transfer files between their Palmtop
and desktop PC via a PC Card
drive. As the sidebar on page 40 testifies, installing a PC Card drive in
a desktop PC is not always a trivial
Windows 95 comes with support for a wide range of PC Cards
and controllers. This means that
once you've installed Windows 95
on your desktop, you can (in most
cases) eliminate the PC Card drivers in your CONFIG.5YS file. This
frees up a significant amount of
memory. Microsoft worked with
Systemsoft (a company specializing
in PC Card drivers) to provide 32bit drivers to support the full range
of PC Cards. However, there are
some significant gaps in this support.
Prior to Windows 95, the software needed to make PC Cards and
drives work was installed by a
desktop's CONFIG.SYS file.
Whenever you turn on, or reboot a
desktop PC, it looks for the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files
and uses the commands in them to
configure the computer. If you had
PC Card support prior to Windows
95, you'll notice that installing
Windows 95 did not change the drivers listed in your CONFIG.5YS
file . You need to do this using a
new Windows 95 feature called
"Card Wizard." Once you've installed Windows 95, activate the
Help application under the Start
button and enter the PCMCIA
option. This opens a window con-
taining a button that starts the
Window's Card Wizard. This option removes the PCMCIA drivers
in your CONFIG.SYS file and
installs 32 bit PC Card support,
freeing up memory and increasing
The PC Card drivers built into
Windows 95 provide support for
the ATA FlashRAM cards manufactured by SanDisk and marketed by
a number of other vendors.
Windows 95 also supports ATA
hard drives as well as support for
fax/modem cards. In addition,
Windows 95 provides support for
many network cards including
3Com, Xircom, Silicom, and Socket.
You will note that I haven't mentioned SRAM cards . Windows 95
does not support SRAM cards, but
we'll discuss that later. Lets look at
how Windows 95 handles ATA
cards and their drive letters.
Adding Support for ATA Cards
Upon inserting an ATA card or
drive into a desktop PC, Windows
95 "looks" at the device and
attempts to identify it. The only
ATA card type that Windows 95
recognizes is the "SanDisk AT A
Flash Disk." If you have another
type of Flash card, such as the ACE
DoubleFlash Plus card, you need to
change some settings. The first
time you insert a non-ATA Flash
card a dialog box appears. Select
the "Other Drivers" option and
then select the SanDisk FlashDisk
option. This option emulates other
Flash cards and will allow you to
read them in the card drive. If you
accidently select the wrong card
option, you may have problems
reading the card. Go to the Device
Manager and delete the corresponding Hard Disk Controller.
Then insert the card again and follow the above instructions.
Making Your Drives Removable
A "removable" drive only appears
if there is a card in the slot.
Windows 95 does not make the
card drives removable by default.
This means that the drive letter for
a PC Card drive still appears in
applications like Explorer even if
the card is not in the slot. PC Cards
can be configured to be removable.
Select the following menu
sequence to get to the appropriate
dialog box: Start, Settings, Control
Panel, Device Manager, Disk
Drives Generic IDS Disk, Removable. (You can also assign a drive '
letter at this point for the card.)
Once you have done this for each
ATA card or drive, you should see
the drive appear and disappear
based on insertion and removal.
device=c:\windows\syslem\carddrv.exe Islol=n
The variable "n" at the end of the
second command line equals the
number of physical slots on your
The drive letters assigned to
the slots for SRAM cards are different from those used for ATA cards.
For example, to read your AT A
FlashDisk, you would insert it in
the card drive and look for a specific drive letter (say, "L" for this
example). To read your SRAM
card, you would remove the
FlashDisk, insert the SRAM card in
the same physical card drive, and
look for the card as a different
drive letter (say, "M" for this example).
Card Support Under DOS
Contrary to popular opinion,
Windows 95 does not do away
with DOS. There are several ways
to get to a DOS prompt under
Windows 95, and all but one will
allow you to access your PC Card
The "MS-DOS mode" option
unloads Windows 95 entirely. This
option completely eliminates the
PC Card support that was loaded
by Windows 95. If you need PC
Card support from DOS at this
point, you need to set it up in your
CONFIG.SYS file, using the original drivers that came with the PC
Card drive. (You may find that this
approach produces a slow down in
drive access speed. This is because
Windows 95 is running in
"Compatibility mode" and is
switching from 32 bit to 16 bit
mode to access the drives. You can
circumvent this slow down by
adding the PCMCIA driver file
names to the \ WINDOWS\IOS.INI
Adding SRAM Card Support
Windows 95 does not provide 32
bit support for SRAM cards. In
order to use them, you must add
two device drivers to your CONFIG.SYS as follows:
PC Cards use a version of Stacker
to as much as double the file storage capacity of a card. If you are
using Stacker there are normally
two ways to access your card.
Stacker 4.1 supports Windows
95 and will theoretically support
compressed cards. Unfortunately,
the Stacker driver is loaded by the
CONFIG.5YS file before Windows
95 starts up. This means that
Stacker looks for the PC Card
drives before Windows 95 loads
the software necessary to find
them. Stacker can't find the drivers
or the cards in the drives. The only
way around this is the use the old
PC Card drivers and load them from
CONFIG.5YS before the Stacker driver loads in CONFIG.5YS.
Finally, if you do not need
Palmtop support, you can compress your card with DriveSpace, a
Windows 95 file compression utility much like Stacker. DriveSpace
will work properly with the 32 bit
drivers in Windows 95. However,
PC Cards compressed with
DriveSpace cannot be read on the
HP Palmtops.
The Future· PC Card Standards
Throughout this article I have
talked about 32 bit driver support.
Do not confuse this with the new
32 bit PC Card standard. The distinction is that the new PC Card
standard describes a physical card
slot that is 32 bits wide and a controller that moves data 32 bits at a
time. The 32 bit PC Card drivers
mentioned in this article are small
software programs that let the
computer talk to the PC Card via
the card drive. These 32 bit drivers
use the full capabilities of computers with 32 bit CPUs. They make
faster disk access possible because
they eliminate the need for the system to switch to the 16 bit DOS
compatibility mode when accessing a card drive.
Using file compression
software on your PC Card
If you are currently using compression software on your PC Card,
Windows 95 is going to make your
life much more complicated. Many
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15 PC Card Recommendations
Consider these points before purchasing a PC Card and
you'll be more satisfied with the outcome.
By Hal Goldstein
PC Memory cards
1. Get as large a card as you
can comfortably afford.
As time goes by you'll discover
more programs or data that you
would like readily available on
your Palmtop.
z. At least purchase a small
SRAM card to back up your
Important files.
There is always a chance you will
mistakenly delete a key file (eg
your PHONE or APPT book), batteries will run out, or files on the C
drive get corrupted. If you have no
regular means of backing up your
C drive, at the very least you
should purchase a small SRAM
card for this purpose. A 128K,
512K, or 1 MB SRAM card retails
for between $35 to $175. Just be
sure to change your SRAM card's
battery every year.
1. In most cases you are better
off buying a Flash card than a
SRAM card.
Unless you are on a tight budget or
only need a small amount of disk
space for backup purposes, Flash
cards are a better investment. The
cost per megabyte of a Flash card is
considerably cheaper than a SRAM
card, especially for larger capacity
Flash cards. In addition to cost, the
major disadvantage of a SRAM
card is that it requires a battery to
maintain its data where files saved
to a Flash card are permanent until
deleted by the user.
On the plus side, SRAM cards
are cheaper if you only need 128K,
512K, or 1MB of storage space .
SRAM is also faster than Flash.
4. Avoid using disk
compression software on
your SRAM or Flash card
unless really necessary.
If you need to maximize storage
space on your memory card;
Stacker, Diet ii , or ACE DoubleFlash software offer safe solutions.
With compression software you
can store approximately 1.5 to 2.5
times the data that you can normally store on a PC Card. However, there are four to five significant
reasons why you might not want to
use disk compression software.
First of all, disk compression
software appropriates valuable
System RAM memory. This means
that if you are using disk compression software; you are more likely
to receive an "out of memory"
message when trying to open an
additional System Manager
application. For example, if you
have 1-2-3, PHONE, and APPT
open, you may not have enough
room to open MEMO because of
the System RAM that the disk compression software borrows.
A second reason to hesitate
using disk compression software is
that it may slow the Palmtop down
a bit. This is especially true for
those storing large phone books or
data base files on a compressed PC
Card. Normal operations, such as
searching, saving and using subsets can bog down significantly on
a compressed card.
Thirdly, by using disk compression software on a PC Card,
you may limit the number of
devices that can access that particular card. For example, I have a PC
Card drive in both my desktop
computer at work and at home,
and I have an HP OmniBook with
PC Card drives. I frequently swap
files between all these machines
using a memory card. In addition, I
often use a memory card to give
fellow HP Palmtop Paper editors a
copy of a file for testing on their
Palmtops, or for editing on their
desktop Pc. If I used compression
software on my Palmtop's PC
Card, all of the above mentioned
systems would also have to use
that software to read my card.
Fourthly, compression software is not seamless. Some technical expertise may be needed either
initially, for reinstallation, or for
troubleshooting potential conflicts
with other programs.
Finally, although disk compression software has pretty much
passed the test of time, the issue of
data safety cannot be totally
ignored. Disk compression adds an
extra layer of complexity, and that
increases the possibility (however
small) of files or disks getting inadvertently corrupted.
Despite all these objections,
many users find disk compression
software both economical and
practical. You must weigh the pros
and cons to come up with what
makes sense to you.
5. Find out the actual
non-compressed capacity of
the PC Card you purchase.
ACE, SanDisk, and an increasing
number of PC Card vendors advertise their cards in terms of their approximate total compressed capacity rather than the card's physical
disk space. If you're shopping
around for the best price, you need
to know whether the price you're
being quoted is for a 20MB card
with file compression, or a 10MB
without compression.
6. Get a PC Card drive
for your desktop.
I haven't used a Palmtop
Connectivity Cable in years. I
transfer and backup Palmtop files
by inserting my Palmtop's PC Card
into my desktop PC Card drive. I
log onto my desktop's D drive and
copy, save, or delete files using regular DOS commands.
If you have an empty drive
bay and I/O slot in your PC, and
are willing to spend 30-60 minutes
installing a drive, I recommend,
purchasing an internal PC Card
drive as opposed to an external
drive that attaches to your parallel
(or serial) port. The advantage of
the external PC Card drives is that
they are easier to install and their
software drivers take less system
RAM. However, internally mounted drives are faster than external
ones and I found I was quickly
spoiled by the harddisk-like speed.
Internal PC Card drives tend
to be less expensive than their
external cousins. They are available
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other input/output devices, you'll
need to spend a little more for a
card drive.
7. ROM·based software Is easier
to use and access, but Is
Inflexible and more expensive.
ROM cards are PCMCIA memory
cards that can be read from, but not
written to. Some manufacturers
make their software available on
ROM cards. HP offers a Dictionary /Thesaurus ROM card (HP
F100SA) and a company called
Pocket Consultant offers a series of
ROM-card-based software programs. (Note: Some subscribers
have reported problems getting
merchandise they have ordered
from Pocket Consultant. In addition, we have had difficulty contacting Pocket Consultant recently.)
Usually all you have to do
with ROM card software is plug it
in and perhaps perform a simple
instruction to be up and running.
However, due to the cost of the
ROM card itself, prices tend to be
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higher than software on floppy
disk. Another disadvantage of
ROM card-based software is that
you can't use your PC Card slot
for anything else while using the
If you want to access more
than one DOS program or have
large data storage needs, you may
be better off copying the ROM card
software and other desired programs on to another larger capacity
memory card, or the C drive to
avoid switching PC Cards back
and forth. In some, but not all
cases, ROM-based software can be
copied. (This is not the case with
the Hewlett-Packard Dictionary /Thesaurus card. The ROM
card must be present in the card
slot for the software to run.)
8. HP 95LX users should verify
that the memory card works in
their Palmtop.
Any PCMCIA SRAM card should
work in any HP Palmtop. Some
SanDisk Flash cards will work on
the HP 9SLX, and some won't.
IBM Flash cards and future Flash
cards probably won't work with
the HP 9SLX. In any case check
with the vendor before purchase.
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9. There are two "classes" of
Flash cards - make sure the
vendor guarantees the card
will work with your Palmtop.
The HP 100/200LX automatically
recognizes SanDisk and IBM AT A
Flash disks. SanDisk and IBM are
the only two manufacturers of
commercially available ATA Flash
cards as of this writing. ACE,
Epson, and other Flash card vendors put their label on these cards,
and in some cases add their own
software enhancements. The HP
95LX can use some SanDisk ATA
cards with special driver software.
Do not purchase non-ATA Flash
cards (usually less expensive),
unless the manufacturer or vendor
verifies the card works with the HP
Palmtops with custom driver software. Find out how much System
RAM the custom driver takes and
whether you will be able to read
the card in other systems before
Input/Output cards
(Fax/modem and other cards)
10. Don't purchase any I/O
card unless the manufacturer
guarantees it works with HP
Make sure the manufacturer has tested the card. Due to power and software issues, unless the vendor indicates otherwise, LAN, SCSI, or Sound
PC Cards do not work with an HP
Palmtop. In addition, not all fax/
modem cards work with HP 100/
200LX. The New Media PalmModem
is the only fax/modem card available
that works with the HP 95LX.
11. Not all fax/modem card
software works with the HP
Some fax/modem cards come with
Windows-based fax and communications software, and this is useless
on the HP Palmtops. In addition,
you must be aware of how much
disk space the fax or communications software occupies. (The builtin COMM and cc:MAIL software
may suit your communications
needs, although both programs are
limited). Most fax software is relatively large, and remember that if
you are using a fax/modem card,
you're limited to the internal memory of the Palmtop for file storage.
You may want to purchase compact fax software such as SSFAXER
12. We recommend fax/
modem cards designed with
HP Palmtops In mind, or at the
least, cards In which a third
party provides a custom HP
Palmtop solution.
We are particularly excited about
the fax/modem/memory cards
offered by EXP and Smart (see
page 11). These cards offer fax and
communications solution congruent with the size and philosophy of
the always available HP Palmtop.
If you have enough room on
the C drive for your fax and communications software, you might
also consider the ACE Megahertz
card with ACE-FAX, which offers a
compact solution.
13. When purchasing a fax/
modem card, consider all the
When you are ready to purchase a
PC Fax/Modem Card, consider
hardware compatibility, software
compatibility, software disk space
required, modem speed, fax speed,
ease-of-use, ease-of-learning, and
price. Also, consider the physical
design of the unit. For example, the
Megahertz Xjack cards connect directly to the RJ-ll cable that connects your phone to the wall socket. Most other fax/ modem cards
require an adapter or adapting
cable between them and the RJ-11
phone cable. Finally, consider the
quality of tech support offered and
whether your vendor will take
your unit back without hassle if
you are displeased with it.
14. Consider using an external
portable fax/modem Instead
of a card.
There are a number of external
portable fax/modems available
'and can be connected to your
Palmtop's serial port. You can then
store fax or communications software on a PC Memory Card and
have room on the card for uploading or downloading files and EMAIL. External fax/modems can
be less expensive than card modems, but are bulkier and require
that you carry around extra cables,
adapters and a charger. (Shier Systems, phone: 805-498-6786, fax: 805498-8174, provides custom modem
cables for HP Palmtops.)
General Advice
15.1 recommend purchasing
your PC Card from one of our
I say this not to be self-serving, but
as practical advice. Any company
who advertises (especially over
time) in The HP Palmtop Paper has
shown its commitment to the HP
Palmtop market. These companies
are, at the least, HP Palmtop-aware
and are most likely to provide the
proper documentation, support,
and testing for their PCMCIA Card
product on the HP Palmtops.
Pricing and contact information,
Third Party Products, pages 50-61
and Product Index, page 63
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The Developer's Disk contains 139 files. They include
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Use File Compression
and Maximize File Storage
on your PC Card
By Mark Scardina and Hal Goldstein
What is
Data Compression?
torage space on the HP
Palmtops, like precious real
estate, can be expensive and
limited. The use of data (file) compression programs can mean
significant disk space savings on
the Palmtop's PC Card (A) drive
and internal (C) drive.
Data compression software lets
you store the same information
(data files and program files) in
less space. However, many data
and program files have a lot of
empty space and redundant information in them. If we could reduce
the size of the data and program
files we use on our HP Palmtops,
we would have that much more
space left over for other files.
There are two significant
disadvantages to data compression. First, loading and saving files
can be slower because a file must
be decompressed before it can be
used by an application. Secondly,
the compression! decompression
program occupies some disk space.
In addition, it usually requires
extra disk space for temporary or
permanent file storage. Some programs require extra system RAM
to perform compression.
Installing Stacker 4.0 and 4.1 on your HP Palmtop
[Note: Stacker 4.1 is an upgrade that primarily takes care of some Windows95 issues. The instruc(ions below were tested on version 4.0, but should work with 4.1.)
Before providing you with step by step instructions, you should be aware that the Stacker 4.0
and 4.1 license is granted for one PC per copy and thaf your 100/200LX requires its own copy. If
you have Stacker 3.0 on your Palmtop and want to upgrade to 4.0 or 4.1, purchase a full copy of the
product, do not purchase the Stacker Upgrade package. This package is designed for DOS 6.0 or
greater users and does not provide the necessary programs for use on your 100i200LX.
While there are various methods to create a StacKer drive on your card, the following method is
the easiest and most reliable. This method creates a 'bootable' card and allows you to reboot your
HP 100/200LX without Stacker by simply removing your card:
1. Start with a freshly formatted memory card.
2. Using MEMO or a DOS text editor create A:\CONFIG.SYS with the following lines:
shell=d:\dos\ /p d : \dos
(If you are using MEMO make sure you save this in ASCII format. Make sure there is an empty
space before ana after Ip.)
3. Using the same editor create A:\STACKERINI with the following lines:
(Once again make sure you save it in ASCII format. This file was new to Stacker 4.0 and is used in
lieu of the command line parameters. IP=10 sets Stacker to MAXSPACE. The IAUTO allows your
card to auto-mount when inserted. RP stands for Replaceable Drive, which is what your card is.)
4. Copy STACKER.COM to your A drive. Also copy any other device driver programs that appear
on the lines BEFORE the Stacker device line in the CONFIG.SYS file. The files stored on this
unstacked portion of the RAM card will not be accessible once Stacker loads unless you unmount
the card or boot without Stacker.
TIP: If you have DIET 1.4x, you can compress STACKER COM with the following command line:
5. Copy the following Stacker files from your Stacker disk to your C drive:
6. Enter the following command from the DOS prompt with System Manager terminated:
/ S=O / R=2.5
File Compression Programs
This will create a hidden STACVOL.DSK file on your memory card.
Stacker is the most popular file compression program available and is
pre-installed on many commercial
Flash cards, including ACE's Double
Flash cards. Once installed (see sidebar), it automatically compresses
7. Reboot your 100/200LX and you should have a new A drive. At this point you can create an
AUTOEXEC.BAT on A and erase the Stacker files on C.
One final note. Under Stacker 4.0 and 4.1 there is no longer the inconsistency between the space
remaining as reported by CHKDSK and that reported by DIR This is because Stacker actually changes
the reported number of sectors on the disk based on its current average compression ratio. This is just
'smoke and mirrors' and you should continue to regard the remaining space figure as an estimate.
the documentation to DIET found in
the 1992 Subscribers Disk and various
DIET-related files found in the HP
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and decompresses files without
attention from the user.
Before deciding whether to use
Stacker, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I use all of the capacity on my
PC memory card?
Microsoft's DoubleSpace compression utility cannot be used on
the 100/200LX because it requires
MS-DOS 6.0 or better and the
Palmtops have DOS 5.0
PKZIPii is a popular shareware
file compression program. We use
it to compress and archive the files
on The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK.
PKZIP has many options, but it is
possible to make use of this program using a few of its basic
options, and learn more about
advanced features as you need
them. PKZIP can compress an individual file so it takes up less space,
or archive a number of files into a
single compressed file.
PKLite ii Like DIET, this shareware program can compress executable files (with .EXE and .COM
extensions). It adds a small amount
of extraction code at the beginning
of the compressed executable file.
When you want to run the program that has been compressed, all
you do is type its name at the DOS
prompt. It automatically uncompresses and runs. The compressing
process does not change the operation of the program at all, it merely
reduces the disk space required to
store it.
PKLite will run on any IBM
PC/ compatible with DOS 2.0 or
LHA i j is a freeware file compression and archival program. We
used it to compress and create self
extracting files on the 1993 and
1994 Subscriber's PowerDisk.
Pricing and contact information,
Third Party Products, pages 50·61
and Product Index, page 63.
Sharewarelfreeware index 64.
2. Do I frequently have to close
applications to open others?
3. Is the physical size of my card
5MB or more?
If you answered Yes to questions 1
& 3, you should seriously consider
using Stacker on your Flash card. If
you answered No to 1 or 3, or Yes
to question 2, you many not need
DIET ii, another popular compression utility, can be used to manual- ,
ly compress individual .COM and
.EXE program files. In addition, it
can be installed as a memory-resident utility that automatically compresses and decompresses files to
your internal C drive or PC Card.
Once installed, DIET will automatically recompress previously compressed files, including data files
for the built-in programs MEMO,
PHONE, etc. [A more complete
description of DIET and installation
instructions can be found on page 20
of the Jan/Feb 92 issue. Also helpful is
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This section lists PC Cardrelated products and includes
hardware, software, books, and
services of interest to IfP
Palmtop users. The icons above
the product name indicate
which Palmtop the product is
suitable for: for the 95LX, for
the 100j200LX. If there is no
icon, check the product type
introduction to see whether it
applies to all or some Palmtops,
or to desktop PCs . Suggested
retail prices are listed.
We invite vendors and
subscribers to send us information about IfP Palmtop-related
products they discover. We rely
on information we receive from
the manufacturer and cannot
test every piece of hardware or
software. We welcome any user
feedback on product suitability.
By Paul Merrill
and Richard Ifall
This section describes PC
Card-related hardware
products, and lists memory
cards, card readers, I/O
cards such as fax/modem
cards, PCMCIA developers
kits, and more.
[See advertising, back cover.]
storage with compression
software (e.g., a Doublecard
2MB is a 1MB SRAM card
with file compression software installed). ACE offers
the following cards.
Doublecards - SRAM
cards requiring a battery for
data retention. Doublecards
come with compression software built in and work with
any HP Palmtop. They
range from the DoubleCard
1MB ($109) to the DoubleCard 4MB ($289). ACE also
has uncompressed SRAM
cards available.
DoubleFlash - SanDisk AT A Flash cards with
compression and battery
management software built
in. They work with any HP
Palmtop and range from the
DoubleFlash 3MB ($179) to
the DoubleFlash 40MB ($839).
DoubleFlash+ - IBM
AT A FlashRAM cards with
built-in file compression and
battery management software. These are the newest
Flash card technology with
close to SRAM read/write
performance. They work
with the 100/200LX but not
the 95LX. They range from
the DoubleFlash+ 6MB
($229) to the DoubleFlash+
80MB ($1,249).
[A wide variety of PC Card
memory cards are available.
All cards listed below work
with 95/100/200LX unless
otherwise indicated.]
MelDory ~ards
ACE Technologies markets
SRAM and Flash "Double"
cards with compression software built in. The card
capacities listed are approximations reflecting expected
CONTACT: ACE Technologies, Inc.,
592 Weddell Drive, #6, Sunnyvale, CA
94089, USA; Phone: 800-825-9911 or
408-134-0100; FaX' 408-134-3344.
MelDory Cards
Adtron offers SRAM, Flash,
ATA Flash and hard drive
(Type III) PC Cards. Prices
CONTACT: Adtron Corp. , 3050 S.
Country Club Dr. Suite 24, Mesa, AZ
85210, USA; Phone: 602-926-9324;
FaX' 602-926-9359.
MelDory Cards
AMP offers Flash-5 Flash
memory cards that have a
program / erase algorithm
and sector sizes of 128 to 512
bytes, allowing you to
access, modify, and save
data faster than conventional Flash memory cards.
The software needed for the
HP Palmtops to read the
Flash-5 cards is preinstalled
on the card. However, you
must modify your Palmtop's CONFIG.SYS file to
read the cards. Contact vendor for prices.
CONTACT: AMP Product Information
Center, P. 0. Box 3608 MIS 38-03, Harrisburg, PA 11105-3608, USA; Phone:
800-522-6152; Fax: 111-986-1515.
MelDory Cards
Card well's SRAM PC Cards
use low power chips and
include an internal auxiliary
battery, ensuring data retention during main battery
Cardwell also has Flash
cards available for the HP
100/ 200LX.
IMBSRAM .............. $169
2MB SRAM .... .. ........ $289
1MB Rash . .............. $129
2MB Rash ...... . ........ $119
4MB Rash ............... $249
CONTACT: Cardwell International
Corporation, 110 Blue Ravine Road,
Suite 156, Folsom, CA 95630-4112,
USA; Phone: 916-985-1880; Fax:
MelDory Cards
The ReCharge Card is a
Type I SRAM card with a
fully rechargeable data
backup battery. A built-in
charging circuit active during operation keeps the
ReCharge Card operational
for years without replacing
the battery. Available in
256K to 4MB capacities
(lMB - $159, 2MB - $259,
4MB - $749).
Centennial also offers
the Palm Flash cards in
capacities from 256K to 2MB
(lMB - $110, 2MB - $185).
Flash filing system software
must be installed on the
100/200LX in order for the
Palmtop to read these cards.
CONTACT: Centennial Tech., Inc., 31
Manning Road, Billerica, MA 01821,
USA; Phone: 800-942-0018 or 508610-0646,' Fax: 508-610-9025.
DIP SystelDs
United KingdolD
PC Card Distributor
DIP offers a range of PC
Card products including
memory and SRAM cards,
modems, CD-ROM drives,
SCSI, RS232, and card
drives. DIP is a distributor
for IBM, Mitsubishi, Epson,
Nokia, ActionTec, EXP,
SCM and Databook. PC
Card product directory with
40 PC Card products available on request.
CONTACT: DIP Systems, Units 1-2,
The Technology Centre, Weston Farm,
Albury, Surrey, GU59BX, ENGLAND.
Envoy Data
MelDory Cards
Envoy offers SRAM and
ATA Flash cards and SRAM
and ATA Industrial Grade
cards (sealed to protect
against environment and
extreme operating temperatures). Regular and Industrial Grade SRAM cards
come in capacities up to
2MB (2MB: $239/$349).
Regular Flash cards come in
capacities from 5MB ($289)
to 80MB ($2,495) . Add $250
to upgrade to Industrial
Envoy also offers Flash
memory cards, with built in
True Flash File System, for
the HP 100/200LX. Flash
memory card capacities
range from 1MB ($66) to
40MB ($1,355).
[See advertising, page 7.]
CONTACT: Envoy Data Corporation,
953 East Juanita Avenue, Suite A,
Mesa, AZ 85204, USA; Phone: 602892-0954; FaX' 602-892-0029.
MelDory Cards
Maxtor Flash
MelDory Cards
New Media
Flash Cards
Epson offers SRAM (512K to
2MB, $139 to $299) and ATA
Flash cards (2.5MB to 20MB,
$349 to $1,299) for the HP
The MobileMax Flash Memory
Card product line consists of a
series of Type I Flash memory
PC Cards in capacities of 1MB
to 20MB. MobileMax cards
come with Flash filing system
software installed on the card.
Insert the card into the memory card slot of a 95LX or 100/
200LX and type A:INSTALL
from the DOS prompt. The
MobileMax card configures
itself for your system.
New Media offers SRAM
cards available in capacities
from 256K to 2MB.
CONTACT: Epson Connection, 20110
Madrona Ave., Torrance, CA 90509,
USA,' Phone: 800-289-3118; Epson
Accessories: 800-813-1188: Canada:
800-483-1186,' Latin America: 305-2850092,' Fax 310-182-4401.
UP MelDory Cards
Hewlett-Packard Company
provides AT A Flash disk
cards with Stacker file compression software preloaded. HP offers the following AT A Flash disk
cards for the HP Palmtops
and Omnibook (uncompressed capacity) 5MB
($359), 10MB ($559) and
20MB ($949).
[See advertising, page 33.]
CONTACT: HP Dealers worldwide. HP
memory cards are also available from
selected third-party vendors.
Magi(! RAM
MelDory Cards
SRAM memory cards manufactured by Magic RAM
come with dual battery protection, preventing loss of
data during replacement of
Available in 512K ($89),
1MB ($139) and 2MB ($269)
A TA Flash memory
cards are available in capacities from 5MB ($279) to
40MB ($1,195). Cards
require no battery to maintain data and come with
installed on the card that
allows you to double your
card's native capacity.
l,OOOg's and comes in laser
welded stainless steel case.
CONTACT: Magic RAM, 1850 Beverly
Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90051, USA,'
Phone: 213-413-9999,' Fax: 213-4130828.
CONTACT: Maxtor Corporation, 211
River Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA
95134, USA,' Phone: 800-282-9881 or
408-432-1100,' Fax: 408-432-4510;
Telex: 111014.
CONTACT: New Media Corporation,
One Technology, Building A, Irvine, CA
92118, USA,' Phone: 800-453-0550 or
114-453-0100,' Fax 114-453-0114.
MelDory Cards
Offers SRAM, linear and
ATA Flash cards from 1MB
to 40MB. Compression software optional. Prices range
from $130 to $1,500. Call for
current pricing.
CONTACT: PalmTree Products, Inc.,
145 Washington Street, Norwell, MA
02081, USA,' Phone: 8/1-811-1050,'
Fax 8/1-811-8018.
PC Card Produ(!~
Through Peripherals
Peripherals Direct is a distributor for Adtron PC Card
drives, SanDisk FlashDisks
and Drives, Quatech I/O
and Data Acquisition PC
cards, Calluna Data Storage
Devices and ActionTec I/O
PC cards.
CONTACT: Peripherals Direct, 3350
Scott Blvd.,Bldg 1, Santa Clara ,CA,
95054, USA,' Phone: 800-124-3000 or
408-121-2600 (Prima Internationa!),'
Fax: 408-121-2435.
Those interested in participating in an HP Palmtop users group should contact the
following individuals. Send us contact information fomnatted as below if you wish to
be added as a contact for a users group in your area.
Arlington, VA I Washington, DC (USA) - 95LX1100'200l.X users in the Artington.
VA I Washington. DC area contact: Rick Shaddock, clo Computer Instructors
CoIporaIion, 2320 SouII1 £ads. At/ingIDn. VA,.?aa:l?,' Phone 103-48{N!222.
AUSTRIA - 95LX1100/2ooLX users in Austria should contact: Ulli Hoesch, A1111 Vienna, PO. Box 50, HP-Club, AUSTRIA; Fax: +431115443224,
Cleveland, OH (USA) - 95l.X/100'200l.X users in the Cleveland area should contact: Craig de FasseIIe, do MEM, Inc., 4702 East 355th St, Willoughby, OH 44094.
Boston, MA (USA) - 95LX11001200LX users in the Boston area should contact:
Bryan Krauthamer,' Phone: 611-314-9600 x 191 (work); Fax: 811-314-9620;
ConpuServe 10:[1OoI44,41j.
BRAZIL - 9511001200LX users in Brazil should contact: Marcos L. Pedroza, Rua
Trairi 641 Ap 104-8, 59020-150 Natal, RN-BRAZIL; Phone: 55 84 211-6162.
Denver, CO (USA) - 95LX110012ooLX users in the Denver area should contact:
Bill Hoellgen, 5944 S. Kipling, Suite 300. Lillleton, CO 80121 Phone: 303933-0023; Fax: 303-911-0341. Group meets quarterty.
Detroit, MI (USA) - 95LX11oo12ooLX users in the Detroit area should contact:
Jeff Zorn, 29311 AnJ-nel, Fanning/on HillS, MI48334-2815; Phone: 313-489-1855
(EST) or LouiS Peeples, St Clair Shores MI48080; Phone: 313-111-9390.
GERMANY - HP PalmtCJ!l'(lmnlx>ok users in Germariy should contact: £ckatf Prinz,
0benJ MOhIs/r; 568, 6429llJannsf1Jdl, GERMANY; Phon&'Fax: +49 6151316065.
Los Angeles, CA (USA) - 95lXIllXY2OOLX users in the LA area should contact:
New Jersey/New York (USA) - 95LX110012ooLX users in the New Jersey/New
York area. Contact: Stanley Dobrowski, 169 Springfield Avenue, Rutherford, NJ,
01011J.1642; CIS 10:[11031,2162J,' Phone: 201-lJ(}1-5851 (work).
Oklahoma City, OK (USA) - 9511001200LX users in the Oklahoma City area.
Contact: Richard 8. Meek, 1804 Huntington, Oklahoma City. OK 13116, USA;
Residentiat Phone: 405-842-1261.
PANAMA I LATIN AMERICA - HP Palmtop users in Panama or Latin America
should contact: Aviran Yanir, P.O. Box 31002 Colon Free Zone. REPUBLIC OF
PANAMA; Phone: 5074410442; Fax: 507·4410473.
PORTUGAL - For 95LX11ool2OOLX users .. Contact: PPTUG, Rua da SFUAP, AB, 2810 Laranjeiro. PORTUGAL; Phone/Fax: 351-1-2597216; Internet:
Richmond, VA (USA) - For 95LX110012ooLX users in the Central Virginia area.
Contact: John Haskell, 1102 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23226-3815. CIS
10: [1015O,1243} or Phone: 804-288-6013 (work).
San Diego, CA (USA) - For lOO12OOL.X users in the San Diego area. Contact: M81k
GiIIfz, Intemet gililzfJhdssrf.hiladli.crm; Workphone: 61!J.531-:xxxJ; Fax: 619-695-9501.
San FranciSCO, CA (USA) - S.PAM (SOCiety for Palmtop Advancement through
Meetings). For HP Palmtop users in the Bay Area, Northern California. Contact:
DenniS Dodd, CompuServe 10: [1330t.3214}," Phone: 4/5-592-3910.
Seattle, WA (USA) - For HP Palmtop and Handheld users in the Puget Sound
area. Contact: Kent Peterson, 360 N. W. Dogwood, A-20I, Issaquah, WA 98021.
CIS 10: [12310,2114},"lntemel'; Phone: 206-392-3123.
GERMANY t LUXEMBOURG - Not an officiaf user group but this individual is wiffing
to halp HP Palmtop users with questions or technical problems; contact: Gilles Koh/,'
CompuServe 10: {IOOII4,3146}," Phone: +49-121-69-36-55 (after 6 p.m. Central
Europeen tHnaJ
SRI LANKA - HP Palmtop users in Sri Lanka should contact: Francois Smith,
Colombo Rd. 71411. Seaduwa. SRI LANKA; Phone/Fax: 94.1.453447.
GREECE - HP Palmtop users in Greace should contact: Stavros 0. ZachanJkos,
Sofocleous ~ Athens 15126, GREECE; Phone: (+3-01) 805OO4t; Mob/Ia Phone:
(+3) 093-254-71124hrs.; Fax: (+3-01) 8050041..
SOUTH AFRICA - HP PalmtopiOmnibook users in South Africa should contact:
James Oeen. CIS 10: [10114,613},"lntemet address:;
Phone: (OIl) 806-1362 (O/H); Fax: (OIl) 806-1353.
HOLLANOIBELGIUM - HP 95LX110012ooLX users in the low countries should
contact: PROMPT HP-GC, Mister G. Dongs, Postbus lOllI, 1500 AB Z8andanl,
HOLLAND; Phone: +3115104205.
SPAIN - HP Palmtop users in Spain should contact: Delfin Arzua Mouronte,
Avda. Republica Argentina N 7 5Isda .• 34002 Palencia, ESPANA.
INDONESIA - HP Handheld users (HP 75C, 110, 48. 12, 100/200LX) in
Indonesia should contact Dirk H. Eversbetl, clo P T. Auslindo MilnJtan18, Mr. Elman
SunBlfio, JL Gunung Sel7ari 216£, Jakatfa 10610. INDONESIA.
SWEDEN - HP Pafmtop users in Sweden should oooIact: Kenl/lemann, EiiIsbetfgsgaIa
124, 114 ~Strx:idIdT! SWEI)EN; Phone: (lNTJ86114885; Mt:d!J PI/one: 0~71555 66;
~ I/J: {1aJ315,2451},"1ntemet ak/ Cl:.. Kenneth Matz, Sturvevagen 8
B, 13338Sa1!sjobaden, Sweden; Phone: (INT) 8717799t; fotemet
ITALY - 9511001200LX users in Italy should contact: Stefano Gigli, Via £ Toti,
13·80123 Ancona, ITAL Y,' Phone: 011-36845 or 011-200916,' Fax: 011-200916,'
Intemet 10.' S. GiglifJagonJ.sfm./f; Fido-NetlO: 2:3321316.4.
TURKEY - HP Palmtop users in Turkey should contact: Ahmet G. Ozisik, Soysk
Binasi, 8uyvkdere Cad. 38. Mecidiyekoy, Istanbul8029O, TURKEY; Phone: (212)
2150910(ext. 309);Fax:(212)2115161.
Kansas (USA) - 9511001200LX users in ltafy should contact: Mariethe Wilson,
PO. Box 1151, Manhattan, KS 66502-0012, USA; Phone: 913-532-9115.
UKRAINE - For HP Palmtop users in the Ukraine, Odessa, Kiev. Climea regions.
Contact: Linetskvy V. Oleg, I, ValVarovsAy Spusk, Nikolaev, 321015, UKRAINE;
Phone: (051) 36·13-51 36-13-13; Fax: (051) 24-41-25.
MelDor;r 4::ards
ActionTec offers dual battery SRAM in capacities
from 128K ($54) to 4MB
($895) and ATA Flash cards
(by Epson) in capacities
from 5MB ($345) to 20MB
($1,095). Non-ATA Flash
cards are available from
256K ($60) to 16MB ($960).
Epson Type III hard drives
are available from 170MB
($499) to 260MB ($649).
[See advertising, page 49.)
CONTACT: ActionTec Corporation,
National Sales Office, 17102 Mitchell
North, Irvine, CA, USA; Phone: 714851-8242; Fax: 714-851-8249.
Sintple T~hnolog;r
SBAM and Flash
Simple Technology offers
SRAM and Flash cards.
SRAM cards are available in
capacities from 1MB ($200)
to 2MB ( $400). Flash cards
are available in capacities
from 2MB ($280) to 16MB
porting data . Cards are
100% PC Card ATA compatible and available in capacities of 1.8, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, and
40 MB. Optional Stacker
data compression software
is available to double the
FlashDisk's capacity. FlashDisks used in the HP LX
and Omnibook series products are also fully compatible with most leading manufacturer's computers. Contact vendor for prices.
CONTACT: SanDisk cards are sold at
numerous retail outlets including
Compu USA, Circuit Cdy, Fry's Electronics, Computer/and, Radio Shack,
and NCA . They are also privately
labeled by numerous firms, including:
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Casio, Fujitsu,
Seagate and Verbatim.
For more information, contact:
SanDisk (formally SunDisk) Corporation; Phone: 408-562-0595,' Fax: 408562-3403.
This 80MB hermetically
sealed ATA Flash "Sentinel"
memory cards can withstand
exposure to water immersion,
moisture, rough handling,
temperature and weather extremes, harsh industrial
environments, and electromagnetic interference.
[Card drives add one or more
PC Card slots to your desktop
Pc. Two companies makes card
readers that connects to a Macintosh SCSI port (see SCSI references below). When ordering
a card drive, tell the vendor the
type of computer you will be
installing it in to confirm that
it will work in that computer.
System software will have to be
installed on your desktop so it
can read the memory cards.
Without the appropriate device
drivers some cards may not
work in your Pc. All products
are available now unless otherwise indicated.}
CONTACT: Raymond Engineering,
217 Smith Sl, Middletown, CT 064579990, USA; Phone: 203-632-4582;
Fax: 203-632-4329.
4::ard Drives
CONTACT: Simple Technology, 3001
Daimler St., Santa Ana, CA 92705,
USA; Phone: 714-476-1180; Fax: 714476-1209.
I 1OO/200LX :
EnviroDlDent 4::ards
SanDisk Flash
MelDor;r 4::ards
San Disk FlashDisks are
solid-state, non-volatile
Type II memory cards for
storing, backing up or trans-
Adtron makes a whole series
of solid state Data Drives including external and internal
single and dual card drives
available in serial, parallel,
PC/104, ISA, IDE, and SCSI
Bus interfaces.
External Drive
Serial interface . .......... $295
Parallel interface . ... ... .. $295
Internal Drivel/DE interface
(memory storage only)
Single drive ... . ... .. ... .$195
Dual drive ..... ... ...... $295
Internal Dual Drive
(full support, memory and I/O cards)
Rear access . ............$199
Front access . .. ... .. ... .$250
SCSI Bus Interface - Dual Slot
Internal . . ... .. . ... ..... .$350
External ............... .$450
COMPANY: Adtron Corp., 3050 S.
Country Club Dr., Suite 24, Mesa, AZ
85210, USA; Phone: 602-9j6-9324;
Fax: 602-926-9359.
Ex~hange Devi~e
Allows Palmtop users to
easily transfer data files and
applications between a
desktop PC and the Palmtop. Accepts Type II and III
A T A Flash cards . Accommodates "hot insertion/removals."
This drive mounts internally in the same fashion as a
floppy drive and comes complete with 16-pin interface,
cabling, and Device Management Software.
Internal unit . . ... . .. .. .. $99.95
External unit . ......... $149.95
CONTACT: ProTege Corporation,
4165 E. La Palma, P.O. Box 68031,
Anaheim, CA 92811, USA; Phone:
800-995-4453 or 714-961-7030; Fax:
4::ardD~k and
OutBa~k P4:: 4::ard
The Card Dock is a front
load internal drive that fits
in an empty 5 1/4" floppy
drive bay. It supports PC
cards, Types I, II and III.
The OutBack is a rear
loading drive that fits in a
16-bit ISA AT slot and provides one PC Card slot. The
OutBack 2 is a rear loading
drive that provides two PC
Card slots.
The PalmTop Adaptor
converts Type I and II PC
Card slots so you can use
Type III cards. Used with
the wall plug adaptor, it
does not use the Palmtop's
[See advertising, page 34.)
CardDock . . ............$149
CardDock 4-bay Drive .. ... $298
OutBack . . . . ..... . . .. . ... $85
OutbBack2 . . .... . . ..... .. $99
Palm Top Adaptor' ... .. ... $99
•requires wall-plug adaptor . .... .$10
CONTACT: Greystone Peripherals
Inc., 130-A Knowles Drive, Los Gatos,
CA 95030, USA; Phone: 408-8664739; Fax: 408-866-8328.
4::ardLink Drive
The CL680 is an external
card drive that connects to
your desktop PC's parallel
(printer) port and accepts
type I and II PC Cards. It
reads both ATA Flash cards
and SRAM memory cards.
[See advertising, page 27.)
Pricing .... .. .. ... .. ... . .. $189.95
CONTACT: Steele Creek Technologies, 14035 Appling Lane, Char/otte,
NC 28278, USA; Phone and Fax: 704588-1780.
4::ardPro Universal
4::ard Drives
Card Pro, available in internal or desktop versions
provides the ability to read
and write (as appropriate) to
all types of PCMCIA-compatible memory cards, I/O
cards and ATA hard drives.
Pricing starts at . ............ .$349
CONTACT: DATA 10, 10525 Willows
Road N.E., P.O. Box 97046, Redmond,
WA 98073-9746, USA; Phone: 800332-8246 or 206-867-6800; Fax: 206869-7423.
4::ard Drives
PC Card drives for portable
and desktop PCs. Read Type
I, II and III cards.
CARDport Fax is an
internal drive that connects
to your desktop PC's ISA
bus and lets you use PCMCIA fax\modem cards in
your PC using standard
software without the need
to install additional system
CARDport eX is a battery-powered drive that
plugs into the parallel port
of any computer using a
standard cable. It will read
from and write to SRAM,
Flash ROM, and PCMCIA
hard drives. ComPort eX
software allows use of PC
Card fax modems via the
parallel port.
CARDport IDE is an
internal card drive that connects to the IDE I/O controller cards and supports
CARDport ISA is a PC
Card drive in the form of a
half-size PC expansion card,
which plugs into the ISA
(AT) bus of your computer.
It provides two PC Card
sockets: one at the front in a
spare disk drive bay, and
one at the rear of the computer. CARDport ISA supports all types of PC Cards,
including hard disk drives,
fax/modems, LANs, etc.
CARDport Fax . . ... .. ..... $99
CARDport eX . .... .. .. .. .$299
CARDport ISA .. . ... .. ... $299
CARDportIDE ........... $119
CONTACT: CNF, Inc., 15345 Calle
Enrique, Morgan Hill CA, 95031, USA,.
Phone: 408-118-1160,· Fax: 408-119· 6558.
Thin{;ard Drive
External and internal drives
transfer data between Palmtops and MS-DOS or MSWindows PCs. Internal drive
also works with Windows 95.
Internal Dnve
TMB-240 .. . . . . ... .. .... $129
TMB-250 .... . ... .. . ... .$149
External Drive
TMD-650 ... .. ... ....... $189
CONTACT: Databook, Inc., 10 Alder
Bush, Rochester, NY 14624, USA,.
Phone: 116-889-4204,. Fax: 116-8892593,· E-mail."
Dual Slot-Board
A universal PC Card drive
which supports all PCMCIA
compatible PC Cards. It is
installed in any 16-bit ISA/EISA PC and consists of a
short 16-bit controller card
with an integrated Type III
card slot in the back of the PC
and a 3.5" drive unit installed
in the front drive bay.
Pricing . ................. .DM 440
CONTACT: CSM GmbH, M6rikestrasse 58, 10194 Alderstad!, GERMANY,·
Phone: (+49) 1"111301,,. Fax: (+49)
P{; {;ard Drives
TSE-200 is a dual slot external PC Card drive that holds
two Type I, two Type II, or
one Type III PC Card.
TSE-100 is dual slot
internal PC Card drive that
holds two Type I, two Type
II, or one Type II and one
Type III PC Card.
Both drives are compatible with any 386, 486, or Pentium system with an available 16-bit slot. Install in any
3.5" or 5.25" drive bay.
Impression TSE-200 ..........$299
Impression TSE-100 ..... .. ... $199
CONTACT: Acma Computers, Inc.,
41988 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA
94538, USA,. Phone: 800-186-6888 or
510-623-1212,· Fax: 510-623-0818.
MaxTeeh P{; {;ard
PC card reader/writer
accepts all PC cards Types I
through IV. Reads/writes
two PC Cards at the same
time. Fits 3.5" FDD bay slots.
Tested by manufacturer.
Pricing (PCD-3241) ..... . ...... $199
CONTACT: MaxTech Corporation, Inc.,
400 Commons Way, Rockaway, NJ
01866, USA,- Phone 800-936-1629 or
201-586-3008,· Fax: 201-586-3308.
MEL-P{;J Station
MEL-PCJ Station is a universal card drive for PCMCIA
standard 68 pin memory
cards. It may be used to read
from or write to RAM, EEPROM, and Flash EPROM
cards and can be used for
data exchange between the
HP Palmtop and a desktop
PC computer. The data
transfer takes place via standard RS-232 interface with
115,000 baud.
The MEL-PC] Station
comes with software that
allows it to be installed as an
additional DOS drive for the
PC or the HP Palmtop.
Pricing .. . . ...... . ...... .DM 190
CONTACT: CSM GmbH, M6rikestrasse 58, 10194 Filderstad!, GERMANY,·
Phone: (+49) 1"111301,,. Fax: (+49)
Mieroehannel P{;
ATA {;ard Drive
External card drive that allows Palmtop users to easily
transfer data and applications
between a desktop Microchannel PC and the Palmtop.
Accepts Type I, II and III
AT A Flash cards. Includes
card drive, controller card, cable and software.
Pricing . . . ............ . ..... $349
CONTACT: ProTege Corporation,
4165 E La Palma, P.o. Box 68031,
Anaheim, CA 92817, USA,. Phone:
800-995-4453 or 114-961-1030,· Fax:
OmniDrive L{;
PC drive that connects to a
parallel port of a PC-compatible computer and allows
it to read/write PC memory
cards as well as Seagate/
SanDisk AT A Flash cards.
The printer port is passed
through. The powered version can accept PCMCIA
Type III hard disks.
Pricing . .. . ........ . .... .DM 650
CONTACT: CSM GmbH, M6rikestraBe
58, 10194 Filderstadt, GERMANY,·
Phone: (+49) 1"-11301,,. Fax: (+49)
{;ard Drives
These PC reader/writers,
manufactured by DataBook
Inc., enable a desktop system to access PC Cards compatible with PCMCIA 2.0/
JEIDA 4.1, including Intel
ExCA, ATA cards and Type
III rotating media cards.
Microsoft FFS-2 support includes a full range of PCMCIA tuples for broadcast
compatibility. CardTalk
Control Panel GUI software
The external drive connects to the parallel port of
any PC compatible computer. The internal drives
come with a half-length ATbus card, interconnect cable
and 3.5" & 5.25" mounting
External drive ... .. ......... $189
Internal drive
Singleslot .. .. . . . .. . . . .. $149
Dual slot . ........ ... . .. .$189
COMPANY: Palmtree Products Inc.,
145 Washington Street, Norwell, MA
02061, USA,. Phone: 611-811-1050,.
Fax: 611-811-6018.
AetionTee P{;-300
{;ard Drive
Internal card drive with
dual slots. Accepts two Type
I, two Type II or one Type II
and one Type III card.
Reads/writes SRAM, Flash
and hard drives. Includes
ISA adapter, cables, and
Pricing .............. . . .. ... $199
CONTACT: ActionTec Corporation,
National Sales Office, 11102 Mitchell
North, Irvine, CA 92115, USA,. Phone:
114-851-8242,· Fax: 114-851-8249.
{;ard Drives
Internal card drive supports
Type I, II and III memory
and I/O cards. One version
adds a front and a back card
slot to your Pc. Another
version adds a double slot to
the front of your Pc.
Frontlback ....... .. .. .. .$195
Double front . ... . . ... .. . .$195
CONTACT: Quatech, 662 Wolf Ledges
Parkway, Akron, OH 443", USA,.
Phone: 800-553-1110,. Fax: 216-4341409,· BBS: 216-434-2481.
SCM SwapBox
Lets you read/write to your
PC Cards from your desktop PC. SCM offers eight
products with various
options. All products come
with necessary cables, cards,
and installation instructions.
Lite - an economical,
rear-access, single socket PC
Card reader that mounts in
an II 0 slot in the back of
your desktop Pc.
Lite X2 - dual sockets
that mount in I/O slot.
Classic - a single
socket PC Card drive that
mounts in a front, 3.5" drive
Classic X2 - dual front
mounting PC Card sockets.
Premium - a combination of features of the Lite
and the Classic.
Premium X2 - a combination of the features of the
Lite X2 and the Classic X2.
Classic Combo - features of the Classic and a
3.5" floppy drive. Fits in
same size bay as a standard
3.5" floppy drive.
Premium - Combo
includes features of the
Premium and adds a 3.5"
floppy drive. Fits in a standard 3.5" floppy bay.
Lite . .. .. .. .. .. ... . ........$89
Lite X2 . .... .. . ... ... . .... .$159
Classic .... . .... . . ........ $119
Classic X2 .. .. .... . ........ $149
Premium . .................$229
Premium X2 ...... . ........ $399
Classic Combo ... . . ..... ... $199
Premium Combo . ..... .. .... $299
CONTACT: SCM Microsystems, Inc.,
985 University Ave., Suite 1, Los Gatos, CA 95030, USA,. Phone 408-3704888 ext. 30,' Fax: 408-370-4880,' BBS:
Drive (for Ma~intosh)
MCDISK-1 is an external
desktop PC Card drive with
a built-in power supply and
a 1MB/S SCSI-compatible
interface that supports the
complete SCSI command set
and SCSI address select .
MCDISK-1 accepts all types
of SRAM, Flash EPROM and
One Time PROM (OTP)
memory cards with capacities up to 64MB, as well as
AT A Flash cards. It comes
with two SCSI connectors
and can be easily installed in
any UNIX, VME, Macintosh
or PC system equipped with
an SCSI adapter. Software
drivers are available for
most systems.
Dual slot drive accepts
PC Card Types I, II and III.
Single slot drive accepts PC
Card Types I, II III and IV.
Requires SCSI Interface.
Dual slot . . ......... . ...... $635
Single slot . ............. .. .$545
CONTACT: Gespac, Inc., 50 W Hoover Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210,. Phone:
800-443-7722 or 602-962-5559,' Fax:
SCSI Card Drive
for Ma~intosh
External drive that connects
to an SCSI II interface port
and reads/writes PCMCIA
Release 2.0 memory cards.
Pricing ... . . . ......... ... .. .$495
CONTACT: Envoy Data Corporation,
953 East Juanita Avenue, Suite A,
Mesa, AZ 85204, USA,. Phone: 602892-0954,' Fax: 602-892-0029.
[With the exception of New
Media's 95LX PalmModem,
the Fax/Modem PC Cards listed only work with the HP
100LX and 200LX Palmtops
There are many PCMCIA
2.0 fax/modem cards available
and it is impossible for The HP
Palmtop Paper to test them
all on the 100/200LX. We have
published those represented by
the manufacturer or Hewlett
Packard to work with the HP
Those represented to work
by HP have been tested as follows: The modem feature of the
card was confirmed to work in
DataComm and cc:Mail Mobile
(built into the 100/200LX). The
fax feature was confirmed to
work with a third-party fax
program called PCPlus.
In some cases we list that
the modem has been tested ,
without mentioning the fax .
This does not necessarily mean
that the fax does not work, only
that we have no infor'mation
that it has been tested and confirmed to work.
There are many additional
PCMCIA 2.0 fax/modem cards
available that may work with
the HP 100/200LX. If you are
considering another fax/modem
card, you should carefully
question the vendor or
manufacturer about whether it
has been successfully tested
with the 100/200LX. Many
PCMCIA 2.0 fax/modem cards
should work with the
100/200LX (not the 95LX) .
However, the communications
and fax software that comes
with them may be too large to
fit on your Palmtop.]
Apex DatalFax
ModeDl With
Flash MeDlo..,This PCMCIA fax/modem
card (formerly listed as the
SmartModular Fax/Modem)
combines communication
capabilities and expanded
memory in one Type II PC
Card. Intended for the HP
100/200LX, the card eliminates the need to switch between a fax/modem and
memory card.
The card includes DOS
drivers which allows users to
transport data between the HP
100/200LX and other notebook or laptop computers.
The card's modem provides data (2,400 bps) and
facsimile (14,400 send fax,
9600 receive fax) capabilities. Users connect the card
to a telephone line with a
one-piece cable that comes
with the card.
[See advertising, inside back cover.)
Modem/Fax tested by manufacturer.
with 4MB Flash RAM ........ $399
with 6MB Rash RAM . .. . . ... .$449
CONTACT: Smart Modular Technologies, Inc., 45531 Northport Loop West,
Fremont, CA 94538, USA,' Phone: 510623- 1231,. Fax: 510-623- 1434.
AT&T Keep-In-Tou~h
PC Card Fax/ModeDl
This 14.4Kbps PC Card
modem withAT&T'sETCcellular protocol designed to
allow for higher throughput
and more reliable connections on a cellular network.
The card can be directly
attached to most cellular
phones via an optional
"direct connect" cable.
Discontinued but still in stock
Fax/modem ..... . . .$150-$185
Connect Cable ............ $65
CONTACT: Vendors that stock A T& T
products or AT& T Direct,· Phone: 800554-4996.
Angia SafeJa~k
Fax/Data ModeDls
Angia fax/modem PC Cards
include Direct-Connect Cellular to Motorola, AT&T, Oki
and NEC phones. Also
include E.T.C. (Enhanced
Throughput Cellular) and
AT&T Direct Connect protocols (no other devices or
boxes are necessary to make
cellular connection). Digital
Line Protection prevents
damage from digital PBX
over current.
Modems tested by manufacturer.
SafeJack 28.8 Kbps (V.34) .... $389
SafeJack 19.2 Kbps (V.32 .... $249
CONTACT: Angia Communications,
Inc., 441 East Bay Boulevard, P.o. Box
50540, Provo, UT 84605, USA,. Phone:
800-877-9159 or 801-371-0488,' Fax:
Cardwell Fax!
ModeDl 14.4-E
A 14400 bps fax/modem
Type II card with Group 3
fax capabilities (also sup-
ports older class 1 & 2 fax
machines). Extended AT
Command Set provides
compatibility with a wide
range of PC-based communication applications.
Pricing ... ............. . .. . , $189
CONTACT: Cardwellintemational, 110
Blue Ravine Road, Suite 156, Folsom,
CA 95630-4712, USA; Phone:
916-985-1880; Fax: 916-985-1899.
Fax/ModelD Card
A 14.4 Type II data/fax
modem PC Card designed
for land-line use and transmitting over cellular carriers.
Modem/Fax tested by HP
Pricing .....................$159
CONTACT: Centennial, Inc., 37 Manning Road, Suite 1, Billerica, MA
01821, USA; Phone: 800-942-0018 or
508-670-0646,' Fax: 508-670-9025.
FaxiModelD Cards
Epson offers three types of
fax/modem cards: 14.4Kbps
fax/modem card, 14.4Kbps
fax/modem card with a builtin fax port, and a 14.4Kbps
cellular fax/ modem card.
Tested by manufacturer.
14.4Kbps . ... . ............. $179
14.4Kbps wJ1ax port .... . ... .$199
14.4Kbps cellular ... . .. . .. . .$269
CONTACT: Epson Connection, 20770
Madrona Ave., Torrance, CA 90509,
USA,' Phone: 800-289-3716,' Epson
Accessories: 800-873-1766: Canada:
800-463-7766,' Latin America: 305-2650092 Fax: 310-782-4401.
EXP ThinFax
FaxiModelD. Flash
MelDory Card
DeSigned for the HP 100/
200LX this combination PC
card comes with fax/
modem and Flash memory
built into one card. The card
also has System Manager
compliant MiniFax fax/
modem software built in.
The ThinFax card lets you
transmit faxes and data at
14,400 bps.
The EXP card comes
with 2MB or 4MB of Flash
memory on board, giving you
file storage and fax/ modem
capability on one card.
[See advertising, inside front.]
Modem/Fax tested by manufacturer.
Price ... . ......... .. ....... $219
CONTACT: EXP Computer, Inc., 12C
Mauchly, Irvine, CA 92718, USA;
Phone: 800-397-6922 or 714-4531020,' Fax: 114-453-1319.
Fax/ModelD Cards
MaxTech's PCM-144C is a
14,400bps V.42bis fax/modem
card you can use to send and
receive faxes, transmit data,
connect to BBS's or access
remote E-mail.
The PCVM-144C is the
same unit with the addition
of voice mail capabilities.
Both units include data
compression/ error control
and sleep and standby
modes to reduce power
usage. The FM144/144V
unit includes a built-in telephone interface and hot
insertion capability, and
comes with WinFax Lite
fax/ data software for DOS
and Windows and a fiveyear warranty.
PCM-144C ..... . ...... . .$179
PCVM-144C . .. .. .. . .. .. $199
CONTACT: MaxTech Corporation, Inc.,
400 Commons Way, Rockaway, NJ
07866, USA; Phone 800-936-1629 or
201-586-3008; Fax: 201-586-3308.
mM FaxlModelD
IBM offers a 14,400 data/ fax
modem card.
Modem/Fax tested by HP
Pricing ......... ........... .$180
CONTACT: IBM Corporation, PO. Box
12195, Research Triangle Park, NC
21708, USA,' IBM PC Direct.' 800-4262968 or 919-517-0191; Fax: 800-4264182
Magit!RAM 14.4
DataIFax ModelD
The MagicRAM 14.4 datal fax
modem features low power
consumption, data rates up to
57.6 Kbps and direct connection to phone jack.
CONTACT: Magic RAM, 1850 Beverly
Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90051, USA,'
Phone: 213-413-9999,' Fax: 213-4130828.
Megahertz PCMCIA
Fax/Data ModelD
Megahertz 14,400bps PCMCIA modem cards include the
XJACK connector system,
MNP 10 (to optimize poor
quality phone lines), Flash
ROM, hot swapping, and
V.42/V.42bis. Slide the
Megahertz PC Card modem
into your Palmtop, pop out
the retractable XJACK connector, and snap in a standard
telephone cord no custom
cables necessary. Megahertz
14,400bps modems feature
Digital Line Guard to protect
the modem from damage if
plugged into a high voltage
line. Modem updates available by dialing into the
Megahertz BBS.
ACE Technologies sells
the XJack cards with ACEFAX, a menu-driven send/
receive fax program for the
HP Palmtops.
Modem/Fax tested by HP
XJack Fax function also tested by
ACE (Confirmed to work with ACEFAX sohware.)
Pricing: (ACE Technologies)
14,400 XJACK with ACE'FAX .$219
(ACE-FAX represented by ACE to
work with some other fax/modem
CONTACT: ACE Technologies, Inc.,
592 Weddell Drive, #6, Sunnyvale, CA
94089, USA; Phone: 800-825-9977 or
408-734-0100,' Fax: 408-134-3344.
Pricing: (Megahertz)
14,400 XJack ..............$189
14,400 XJack (MNP 10, Rash ROM,
cellular phone compatible .... $219
CONTACT: Megahertz Corporation,
605 North 5600 West, Salt Lake City,
UT 84116, USA,' Phone: 801-3207000; Fax: 801-320-6002
NEC 14.4
DatalFax Card
A 14.4Kbps fax/ modem card
with V.42 and MNP 2-4 error
control and V.42bis and
MNP5 data compression.
Modem/Fax tested by HP
Pricing . .................... $313
CONTACT: NEC Technologies, Inc.,
1414 Massachusetts Avenue,
Boxborough, MA 01719-2298, USA;
Phone: 800-632-4636 or 508-2844484; NEC Direct Sales: 800-6155566,' Fax: 919-319-2514 ext.3412
' MP
New Media
New Media is the only manufacturer that offers fax/
modem cards that work
with both HP Palmtops (the
95LX as well as the
100/200LX). These 2,400
baud modem cards fit in the
Palmtop's memory card slot.
Resident in the PalmModem
is Palm Term, a terminal
emulation program optimized for Palmtop computer use. A variety of upload and download protocols
are provided with the terminal emulation program.
PalmModem comes
with resident facsimile processing and transmitting
software. 128K of on-board
RAM is available on PalmModem for conversion of
text to fax transmittable data
without using the Palmtop's
Modem/Fax tested by HP
(Must use datalfax sohware built into
Price 100/200LX
PalmModem ......... .$109.95
PalmModem .... . .... .$109.95
Upgrade from
95LXversion ............. $45
CONTACT: New Media Corporation,
Irvine Spectrum, One Technology,
Building A, Irvine, CA 92718, USA;
Phone: 800-453-0550 or 714-4530100,' Fax: 714-453-0114.
Personal Messenger
Wireless ModelD
Card by Motorola
A self-powered Type II PC
Card, the Personal Messenger 100D Wireless Modem
Card lets you send and
receive messages, exchange
E-mail, connect to your
office network, and access
on-line services without
having to connect to a
phone jack. The P.M. Card
inserts into the PC card slot
of the HP 100/200LX (and
other notebook and PDA
card slots) and operates on a
public access data network
providing communications
access and message delivery
across most of the U.S.
The P.M. Card is selfpowered, operating on a
standard or rechargeable
NiCd 9-volt battery. The card
continues to receive and store
messages even when it is not
connected to your Palmtop
or other computer. Messages
thus received can be accessed
by re-inserting the card into
the PC Card slot and running
the wireless access software
on the computer.
8K memory ... . ......... $699
64K memory ... . . . ...... $825
Activation fee . .......... .$100
Monthly selYice fee . . .$49-$130'
• Varies depending on usage.
CONTACT: Global Connections, Inc.,
110 South Jackson Street, Janesville,
WI 53545, USA,. Phone: 800-109-9494
or 608-152- 1531,' Fax: 608-152-9548.
Pra4!ti4!al Peripherals
A 14,400 bps V.32bis data/fax modem supporting V.42
error correction and data
Fax/Modem tested by manufacturer.
Pricing ........ . ..... . ..... .$209
CONTACT: Practical Peripherals, 5854
Peach Tree Corners E., Norcross, GA,
30092, USA,' Phone: 404-840-9966,'
Fax: 404-134-4615.
A v.34 28 .8K data/fax
modem ready to connect to
a cellular phone. Comes
with V.42 data compression,
class I and II capability.
Modem tested by manufacturer.
Listprice .... .......... . .. . .$399
CONTACT: PIICEON, Inc., 1996 Lundy
Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131, USA,.
Phone: 408-432-8030,' Fax: 408-9431309.
The previous section looked at
fax/modem cards. This section
looks at other input/output
cards, including data acquisition cards, port adapters,
and specialized applications.
Unless otherwise indicated, all cards in this section are
for the HP 100/200LX.
Bar4!ode Order
Entry SystelD For
Wholesalers and
Road Reps
The "Sales Assistant" barcode system simplifies
invoicing and order processing. Access your customer
via phone number, scan in
your order items, and
modem/fax your orders
directly to the manufacturer.
Data collector interfaces
with Palmtop's application
programs via ASCII file.
Runs on the HP 100/200LX
and comes on a PC memory
card for data security and
file storage. System varies
depending on customer's
needs, but includes complete setup and 800# support.
Pricing ........ . ....... .. .. Varies
(Depending on configuration.)
CONTACT: Corvallis System Sales,
800 N Starker, Suite 35, Corvallis, OR
91330, USA,- Phone: 800-133-5011 or
503-152-4419,' Fax: 503-152-1037.
(;oniliination (;ard
Megahertz Ethernet/ Modem
PC Cards combine an Ethernet adapter and a 14,400bps
modem with Megahertz's
built-in XJACK connector
allowing you to log in and
dial out using one PC card.
Supports Novell NetWare,
Microsoft LAN Manager,
Microsoft Windows for
Workgroups, Windows
NT,Windows 95, IBM LAN
Server, Banyan VINES and
other leading network operation systems. Features
XJACK connector, Digital
FLine Guard, MNP 10 to
optimize poor quality phone
lines, Flash ROM, hot swapping and V.42/V.42bis.
EthernetIModem Pncing:
wI 108ase-Tcable ....... '," .$449
wl 108ase-T& 108ase-2 .. ... $489
CONTACT: Megahertz Corporation,
605 North 5600 West, Salt Lake City,
UT 84116, USA,. Phone: 801-3201000,' Fax: 801-320-6002.
Ethernet Adapter
This Type II Ethernet
adapter connects to any
Ethernet network. Use it to
access programs, share files,
download important documents or send and receive
E-mail messages.
Features 16K on-board
memory, low power consumption, hot insertion
capabilities, and diagnostic
LEDs. Comes with 5-year
Tested by manufacturer.
108ase-T . . .... .. .. . .. .. $119
108ase-T& 108ase-2 ... .$199
CONTACT: MaxTech Corporation, Inc.,
400 Commons Way, Rockaway, NJ
01866, USA,' Phone 800-936-1629 or
201-586-3008,' Fax: 201-586-3308.
SIO Serial
Inter'a4!e (;ard
you add a serial interface
port to your HP 100/200LX or
HP OmniBook computers.
Built-in Card Information
Structure allows automatic
recognition and initialization
of the SIO card. Comes in four
versions (RS 2326, RS 422,
RS485, and TTL).
Pricing .................. .DM 495
CONTACT: CSM GmbH, MOrikestrasse 58, 10194 Rlderstadt, GERMANY,'
Phone: (+49) 1111113011,' Fax: (+49)
Quate4!h Serial
and Parallel
These PCMCIA Type II
interface adapters add a serial or parallel port to the HP
. Palmtop. The manufacturer's technical support
department states that
although these devices have
not been tested on the 100/ 200LX, they should work
Pricing: Serial Ports
RS-232 1port .............. $169
2port ...... ....... . .... .$249
RS-4221485 1port . .......... $169
2port . . . ...... . ....... .. $249
(Mac serialport)
Parallelport . ............ $195
CONTACT: Quatech, 662 Wolf Ledges
Parkway, Akron, OH 4431 " USA,.
Phone: 800-553-1110,. Fax: 216-4341409,' 88S: 216-434-2481.
Sili4!olD P(;M(;IA
Ethernet SPE (;ard
This Ethernet adapter card
ships with its own PCMCIA
Support Driver software for
the HP 100/200LX Palmtop
PCs. Install the software on
the Palmtop, slip the card in
the Palmtop's PC Card slot
and connect up to your
Ethernet Local Area Network.
The card comes with
ODI, NDIS, and Packet software drivers to support all
major Network Operating
Systems, including Netware,
Novel DOS 7, Microsoft
Networks, Banyan VINES,
Artisoft LANtastic, TCP /IP,
and others.
108ase-Tadapter . . . ....... $229
CONTACT: Silicom Ltd. Connectivity
Solutions, 15311 N.£. 90th St.,
Redmond, WA 98052, USA,. Phone:
206-882-1995,' Fax: 206-882-4115.
Silicom Ltd., International
Headquarters, 13 Hasadna St., P.O.
80x 2448, Ra'anana 43100, ISRAEL,.
Travel Floppy
Drive with P(;
(;ard Inter'a4!e
Travel Floppy 144 is a compact, lightweight external
with your HP Palmtop Paper
ON DISK subscription.
All the best HP Palmtop tools are now on
one disk set! Best Palmtop Tips on Disk contains
the very best tips and tools from every issue of
The HP Palmtop Paper.
Never before has so much
HP Palmtop productivity been
available on one disk set!
Best Palmtop Tips on Disk contains two 1.44
MB. diskettes* packed with the "good stuff'all the best freeware and shareware** we've
found over the past 3 112 years. You'll fmd
programs, utilities, games, and more. As you
may know, a lot of the best software for the
HP Palmtop is free or shareware.
And that's not all. Best Palmtop Tips on Disk
also contains all the text from the Best Palmtop
Tips issue. This includes 48 pages of the most
useful tips, tricks, shortcuts, and hidden features of the HP Palmtop.
57 powerful software tools, 275 useful
tips on one 2.8 megabyte disk set
Software on the Best Palmtop Tips ON DISK
Text altha Best Palmtop Tips 1995.
Full screen system compliant digital clock.
Powerful comm program for the lOOI2OOLX.
Draws 'icons' for lOOI2OOLX AppManager.
PC comm program with VTI02 emulation.
Macintosh communications program.
Text viewer with many features.
Outliner program helps organize your work.
Word processing program.
Automates shopping on the HP lOOi:100LX.
Fax program for the 951100I2OOLX.
A compact and powerful Memo aHemative.
Vertical text reader for the lool2OOLX.
Locate useful tips fast!
A goals tracking database (.GDB) file.
Lotus worksheels for all Palmtops.
A sample ToDo list database (.GDB) file.
The text of the Best Palmtop Tips issue is
stored in ASCII format; so all you have to do
is read the text me into your word processor.
Then do an automated search for any keyword. The information you're looking for will
appear on your screen instantly.
Contains Chess and Spaca Invaders.
Standard 7 pile Klondike solitaire.
Reversi, an outflanking game.
Travel through maze pushing blocks.
Tetris game, runs sideways on lOOI2OOLX.
Improve typing on the Palmtop.
How to get Best Palmtop Tips
on Disk free
When you subscribe to The HP Palmtop Paper
on Disk, you'll receive Best Palmtop Tips on Disk
free. Every two months you'll receive all the
great information from the HP Palmtop Paper on
disk plus all the freeware and shareware programs mentioned in the issue! Plus, you'll
receive in-depth descriptions of many of the
products advertised or listed in the printed issue.
To subscribe to The HP Palmtop Paper on Disk, fill
out and send in the order form on the opposite page.
You'll receive Best Palmtop Tips on Disk free!
*Check order form for disk size preference.
** If you decide to use shareware, you will need to
pay the author a fee, usually between $5 and $45, a
fraction of the cost of equivalent commercial programs.
High level programming language.
C-compiler for the Palmtops.
Tool to help programmers.
Small Forth language compiler.
Adds I OO's of useful features to lool2OOLX.
Musical alarm sounds for lOOI2OOLX.
Makes lool2OOLX AppManager flexible.
Adds serial port control for the lOOI2OOLX.
Reports status of lOOi:1ooLX batteries.
Reset the charge time on the lOOLX.
Makes clipboard work with DOS programs.
CloseFiler recovers memory on lOOI:1OOLX.
Graphic interfaca for DBUTIL and ADBIO.
ImporVexport to the DataBase program.
Diet 1.20 file compression utility.
Diet 1.45f file compression utility.
Speeds up Phone, Appt, and DataBase.
Changes file attributes.
Lets you modify lOOI:1OOLX fonts.
Fix corrupt PhoneJApptlDatabase files.
ImporVexport lOOI2OOI..X Da1abaseiPhone file.
AUemate lOOI2OOLX screen fonts.
Contains aUemate lOOI2ooLX font.
Graphical DOS Menu program.
Print text, clipboard files to HP IR printers.
Read DataBase files in NoteTaker.
Vertical Reader fonts (bold, tiny & script).
File compression and archive utility.
Make Palmtop a TYNCR remote controL
Run your l00I200LX from a desktop PC.
Spell checker.
Make ALT/cTRL keys 'sticky.'
Lets you change auto shutoff time.
Leis you decompress .ZIP files.
A file transfer program for all HP Palmtops.
TO ORDER fill out the form on the opposite page.
Get the two 1.44 MB. disk set Best Palmtop Tips on Disk by
itself. To order, check "Best Palmtop Tips on Disk"
on the order form on the opposite page and send $33
(includes U.S. shipping)
3.5" floppy drive that connects to the HP lOO/200LX
via a cable and PC Card that
plugs directly into the
100/200LX card slot.
The Travel Floppy is not
battery powered, but can be
connected to the supplied
power adapter when used
with the lOO/200LX. When
used with an OmniBook or
other sub-notebook, the
Travel Floppy can be powered by the computer through
the PC Card interface.
PassportCard Travel
Floppy connects to computers via a PassportCard, a
PCMCIA interface card
attached to Travel Floppy's
cable. PassportCard is available as a separate item to
OEM manufacturers. Interested parties should contact
the company directly.
[See advertising, page 5.]
Pricing . ....... .. .. ..... . . . .$249
CONTACT: Accurite Technologies,
Inc., 231 Charcot Avenue, San Jose,
CA 95131-1101, USA; Phone: 408433-1980,' Fax: 408-433-1716.
pee ARDS
: 1OO/200LX '
All the wireless PC Cards listed in this section are for the HP
Wireless Field
Messenger Serviee
This messaging service
allows mobile professional
users of the HP 100/200LX
to receive large streams of
data, including full E-mail
documents, other data documents such as charts and
graphs, or full news stories.
Users can update appointments, phonebooks, databases, and 1-2-3 spreadsheets.
Ameritech's information service provides up-tothe-minute news, sports,
stock information, weather,
horoscopes, and lottery
information. You can send
messages using Ameritech's
messaging software from
your PC, Mac, or UNIXbased systems.
Necessary System Manager compliant software
installs on the Palmtop
directly from PC Card.
Local, regional, and national
messaging plans are available. Requires PC Card. Ask
vendor for details.
Messaging service .. .. . .... Varies
CONTACT: Ameritech, Wireless Field
Messenger Service, 2000 West
Ameritech Center Drive, 3H25F,
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195-5000, USA;
Phone: 800-662-4531; Fax: 708-7653702
UP StarLink
A "one-stop communications solution" from HP that
includes a PCMCIA Type II
Motorola NewsCard receiver with pre-installed HP
StarLink software. Once
connected to StarLink, the
subscriber receives messages via the NewsCard
receiver. Messages can be
sent by anyone via a toll-free
phone number.
Service .... ..... ...... Price (U.S)
{per mo.} . . ... .. ...... .. . .$10.95
Provides message retrieval, forwarding, limited transmission, group
messages, and bilingual operator dispatch. Each transaction is then
charged by coverage type (local, single
or two-region, or nationwide). The following services are available:
(per mo.) .... ...... ... .. .$Varies
Offers coverage in the customer's
metropolitan area for as low as $19.95
per month, which includes 100 computer-transmiUed messages per month.
Windows-based computer message
sending sohware for your desktop PC
is free to subscribers. For $29.95, customers can receive 50 operator-trans-
mitted messages per month in their
local area.
(permo.) .. . ... .. ..... .. .. $36.95
Provides coverage in several
states in a geographic region. One or
two-region service is also available.
Includes 50 operator-transmitted messages per month.
(per mo.) .. ............... $6295
Provides service to all major metropolitan areas in the Um1ed States.
Includes 50 operator-transmitted
messages per month.
NewsCard with
sohware ...... .. ... . .. ... ... $229
(Wireless receiver PC Card with
necessary sohware.)
(1st mo.) ................. .$Free
$5 per month thereaher if customer chooses to continue the service.
(permo.) .. .. .... .. ....... $39.95
CONTACT: Phone: 800-917-5465 or
write directly to: Hewlett-Packard
Company Inquiries, 1000 N.E Circle
Boulevard, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA.
Nokia (;eUoIar
This Finnish company
makes a Fax/Modem card
that can connect to several
models of their cellular
phones to create a wireless
fax/modem solution. (For
more information, see the
entry in the
Fax/Modem section of this
Fax/modem ........... .. $449
Cellularphone ..... ... .. Varies
CONTACT: Nokia Mobile Phones, Inc.,
P.O. Box 2930, Largo, FL 34649-2930,
USA,' Phone: 800-666-5553,' Fax: 813530-3599.
RadioMail Wireless
Messaging Serviee
RadioMail wireless communications service allows you
to send and receive wireless
E-mail nationwide, and send
faxes globally. Also sets up
wireless Internet address for
your Palmtop allowing you
to send and receive messages through all Internet
connected E-mail systems
(cc:Mail, etc.) and all major
on-line services (CompuServe, AOL, etc.). Receive
phone messages as text via
RadioMail operators, get
stock quotes and news .
Works with PC Card wireless modem.
[See advertising, page 25.]
Pricing ...... .. .. ..... .... Varies
CONTACT: RadioMail Corporation,
2600 Campus Dr., #175, San Mateo,
CA, 94403, USA,- Phone: 800-5976245 dept. R34 or 415-286-7800,' Fax:
415-286-7805,' E-mail: palmtop@
ee:Mail SystelD
Wireless cc:Mail lets you access your cc:Mail mailbox
from your 100/200LX via
the RAM Mobile Data service. Both your HP 100LX
and 200LX and your company LAN server must be
equipped with Intel wireless
modem. The wireless
modem, or "Router" unit on
your LAN server provides a
direct, wireless connection
between the customer's
LAN-based network and the
RAM wireless data networks.
RAM also offers dedicated wired server/network
connections for users with
more demanding needs.
The system requires an
HP 100/200LX (which comes with cc:Mail software)
and an HP Connectivity
pack to transfer necessary
software to the Palmtop .
LAN networks must have
cc:Mail Router V4.0 software
Remote und . . ..............$795
Wireless modem
cable . .. .. ....... .. ......$20
Routerunit .. ... . .. ... .. ... $795
cc:Mail Router sohware .... $1,295
CONTACT: RAM Mobile Data, 600
Pinnacle Court, Suite 660, Norcross,
GA 30071, USA; Phone: 404-6621740,' Fax: 404-662-1758.
MobileMedia Communications Inc., one of the larg-
est providers of paging services in the United States
offers MobileMate to HP
100/200LX users. Through
36 offices, MobileMedia provides paging and other
wireless services in 19 states
and the District of Columbia, including nine of the ten
largest metropolitan markets in the U.S.
MobileMate is a wireless messaging card that
integrates antenna and battery into PCMCIA 2.0 Type
II form factor.
MobileMate provides
the ability to receive messages, acting as an advanced
alphanumeric pager. It can
also provide the user with
up-to-the minute information such as business and
financial news headlines,
and stock price information.
Appointment book, database, spreadsheet updates
and E-mail can be received
through MobileMedia's
local, regional, and nationwide paging networks.
Pricing ..................... $279
CONTACT: MobileMedia Communications, Inc., 65 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660; Phone: 800-4372337; Fax 201-440-7657; E-mai/.'
This section lists software that is
available on PC Cards. Since
almost any software can be put
on a PC Card, this section focuses on software that is marketed
on a PC Card for the HP
Palmtops. We also include software that is especially useful for
HP Palmtop PC Card users.
a~(;IS: (;OInpnServe
AntoDlation Software
Designed for the HP LX
Palmtop series, acCIS
accesses CompuServe and
automatically uploads and
downloads messages quickly. You read and write messages off line, saving on connect charges and phone
Version 3.1 provides a
powerful "scripting" language for automating special areas of CompuServe.
This version of acCIS supports 40/80 column zoom
on the 100LX and 200LX,
and does not require additional software to run.
Available on EXP modem/
memory card.
Runs under System Manager
Roppydisk ................. $79
EXP 1414L.XMmodem PC Card
2MB ...................$369
4MB ...... . ....... . .... $449
CONTACT: Shier Systems & Sohware,
920 Hampshire Road, Sulle A-29,
Westlake Village, CA, 91361, U.S.A.;
Phone: 805-371-9391; Fax: 805-3719454; CompuServe 10: (74771,2477j.
76021, USA; Phone: 817-283-6691;
Fax: 817-283-5871; BBS: 817-2835871;
SSFAXER 7.01 is a DOS
Command Line fax program
for the HP Palmtops that
can send, receive, view,
print and convert fax files. It
uses less memory than
many other fax programs,
95K disk space for the program and 312K system RAM
for sending and receiving.
SSFAXER 8.0 uses the
format of the MEMO application vyithout alteration (no
carriage returns are added
at the end of each line), and
allows you to choose fax
numbers directly from the
PhoneBook application.
Both DOS command
and System Manager compliant programs included.
Medium ................ 3.5"f/oppy
Ver.7.01 .............. $29.95
Ver8.0 .. . ........ . ... $29.95
(includes FREE one year subscription
CONTACT: Simple Simon Software,
2237 Homecraft Lane, Bedford, TX
Paw Lot Align
Engineering Software
Programs that cover Indicator
Reverse, Long Spacer Coupling, Rim & Face methods of
alignment, as well as shim
change and lateral shift corrections while compensating
for the effect of gravity.
PC Card .................. $145
Roppy disk . .............. . . $75
CONTACT: Sam Pickens, 347
Colorado Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354,
USA; Phone: 404-316-6153; Fax:
EI01'. ~OO/200LX .
SiDlple SiDlon
Faxer ProgralDS
Pricing . ........ . ...... ... .. $399
CONTACT: Lane Business Systems,
87 Hibernia Ave., Rockaway, NJ
07866, USA; Phone 800-444-5263 or
201-586-9760,' Fax 201-586-0929.
Fourteen games are provided on a ROM card for the
95 / 100/200LX including:
Blackjack, Checkers, HPtris,
and Craps. Games selected
from a "Windows" icon
menu "popped up" from
within built-in applications.
Runs under System Manager.
Pricing ......................$79
CONTACT: ACE Technologies, Inc.,
2880 Zanker Road, Sulle 103, San
Jose, CA 95134, USA; Phone: 800825-9977 or 408-428-9722; Fax: 408428-9721.
File compression software
that can double the capacity
of your memory card. Same
version works with Windows,
Windows 95 and DOS.
Medium ......... . ... . .Roppydisk
Pricing ..... .. ... . . ... .Approx $50
CONTACT: Stac Electronics, 12636
High Bluff Dr.,San Diego, CA, 92130,
USA; Phone: 800-522-7822 or 619794-4300,' Fax 619-794-4570.
Lane Bond Trader
Provides professionals access
to the tools needed to calculate bond prices and yields,
and manage portfolios.
EI01 D
Medi~al Beferen~e
P*M*R is an integrated
reference system for medical
professionals and pharmacists, consisting of a comprehensive drug reference
(including information on
drug interactions), a medical
diagnosis and treatment reference, a full-screen medical
calculator, laboratory test
normal ranges and common
medical abbreviations.
Currently, two major
databases are available for
P*M*R: Lexi-Comp' s Drug
Information Handbook (with
full reference information
for over 4,000 drugs), and
Dr.'s Griffith & Dambro's
The 5 Minute Clinical Consult
5 Minute Clinical
Consult . ... .. ... .. . ... . . .$399
Both databases on
one card . .. .. ... .. . ... .. .$709
CONTACT: Prolifix, Inc., 8809 Long
Street, Lenexa, KS 66215, USA;
Phone: 800-774-7357; Fax: 913-4927396.
(a reference for the diagnosis and treatment of over
1,000 of the most common
The Lexi-Comp Drug
Information Handbook contains
up to 30 separate topics for
each drug entry, including
dosing, indication, contraindications, drug interactions, and
pharmacology. In addition,
you can store your own personal notes for each drug, and
manage up to five separate
Dr.'s Griffith and
Dambro's The 5 Minute
Clinical Consult includes text
on up to 33 different topics
for each disease listing, with
the topics divided into sections on Basics, Diagnosis,
Treatment, Medication,
Follow-up and Miscellaneous information. A personal note can be added to
each Disease Topic for
recording observations and
notes. P*M*R also permits
the user to manage up to
five different Personal Lists
of Diseases which can be
used in a number of ways to
make referencing the
Disease Topics easier.
Both the Drug Information Handbook and The 5
Minute Clinical Consult have
been designed to operate as
stand-alone references or as
a seamlessly integrated reference (on the same PC
P*M*R was developed
over a two-year period in
concert with the University
of Arizona College of
Medicine. Its interface
includes pull-down menus
and pop-up windows . In
addition, P*M*R is SystemManager compliant, giving
the user quick access to the
HP Palmtop's built-in
applications. Also available
on 3.5" disks.
General E.R.
Includes information on all
emergent and urgent problems in the fields of neurology, psychiatry, dentistry,
ophthalmology, ENT, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, genitourinary,
obstetrics / gynecology, infectious disease, rheumatology,
allergy, environmental medicine, dermatology, trauma
and medicolegal.
Runs under System Manager.
Pricing for PC Card versions
Drug Information
J7andbook .. ... .. ... ... ... $399
Includes essentials on diagnosis and management of
fractures, sprains, ligament
PEPm: Pahniop
inforDlation Daiahase
Updated June 95, these
100/200LX .GDB databases
are now easier and faster to
use. PEPID provides diagnostic, pathophysiologic,
treatment and disposition
information for most emergent, urgent, and routine
problems experienced in
Emergency Departments .
Page at a glance format allows rapid assimilation of
data. All information is
modifiable by the user.
Topics include:
Contains over 700 commonly prescribed drugs,
searchable by generic or
trade name. Includes adult
and pediatric doses, dosage
formulations and adjustments, wholesale cost, pregnancy class, contra indications, ad verse drug reactions, important drug interactions, common overdose
management, pharmacokinetics and other important
and joint injuries and infections. Also includes orthopedic procedures such as joint
aspiration, reduction of
dislocations, splinting and
Database of essential emergency and primary care
information for pediatric
problems, including information on neonate to
teenager, growth and development, diseases" emergency resuscitation and
Covers overdose management, antidotes, drugs of
abuse, occupational exposures, plant identification/poisonings, general
toxins and a list of U.s. Poison Control Centers.
Information on resuscitation
basics and the management
of traumatic emergencies.
Also includes a step-by-step
guide to procedures.
The complete set of databases uses approximately
2.4MB of disk space and can
be purchased on floppy disk
for transfer to your own
Flash card, or pre-loaded on
a new Flash card.
Pricing Complete set
Roppy . . ... . .. ... .. ... ... .$395
Flash card .... $395 + cost of card.
Databases can also be ordered individually. Call vendor for prices.
Chicago, IL 606", USA; Phone: 312222- 1527; Fax: 312-222-1526.
trients) you have remaining.
Personal Food Analyst
uses a database of 5,000 food
items to analyze what you
eat. It lets you preview food
for nutritional content
before you eat and analyzes
food for 29 different nutrients, including calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates,
and cholesterol. Comes in
consumer version available
on ROM card. A more
sophisticated professional
version is available on floppy disk for $289.
PFA Consumer .............$149
CONTACT: Mirical Nutrition Corp,
4606 Northpark Drive, Colorado
Springs, CO 80918, USA; Phone: 800-732-7707 or 719-598-5276; Fax:
POt!ket RD II:
Nutrition Software
This software for nutrition,
health and fitness professionals calculates, sorts,
organizes, and graphs clinically relevant data, and
prints client and personal
reports. It includes 12 program sections: Weight loss,
exercise analysis, body
composition, nutrient analysis with more than 5,000
foods, diabetic and renal calculations, enteral and parenteral nutrition, and many
equations on determining
appropriate nutrient intake
Pricing .. ......... . .. . ...... $499
(Floppy disk version, $279)
CONTACT: Poly-Bytes, Inc., P.O Box
770070, Coral Springs, FL 330770070, USA; Phone: 305-485-4600;
Fax: 305-485-0022
Food Analyst
Helps you track, analyze
and modify your eating
habits. Create your nutritional profile based on your
age, height, activity level,
sex and desired weight.
Records what you eat during the day and recalculates
how many calories (and nu-
for Hardware and
Software Developers
CARD BASIC is a programming language specifically
designed for PC Card applica-
tions. CARD BASIC allows
you to program from your PC
or Palmtop and design software products for use on
either the Palmtop or Pc.
Includes connectivity tools to
connect Palmtop to Palmtop.
[See advertising, page 5.]
Pricing . .. .... ..... .... ...... $95
CONTACT: MicroGram Systems, P. 0.
80x 252, La Honda, CA 94020-0252,
USA; Phone!Fax:415-747-0811.
1100!200LX 1
Projed: VISION
and PlanMan
These two programs follow
classical project planning
techniques and feature Critical Path Method activity
logic flow charts and Gantt
Timeline bar charts combined with Resource Use bar
charts. They also allow you
to do the following:
Calculate manpower and
usage/ costs
throughout a project and
over multiple projects;
Adjust master schedules,
allowing for resource, budget or time limitations;
o Track the project as it progresses and compare it with
your original plan, allowing
you to effect changes
according to reality;
o Make changes with just a
few keystrokes.
Project: VISION and PlanMan are DOS based programs that can run on an PC
compatible computer with
CGA or VGA graphiCS,
including the HP 100/
200LX. They both feature
variable magnification on
network and time line
screens, multiple logic links
between activities, attach-
able memos, and a worksheet area that can hold up
to 9,900 activities for planning multiple projects .
Project:VISION can handle
up to 1,000 activities per
project. PlanMan can handle
up to 75 activities and is a
complete project planning
training package consisting
of manual and software.
Both Project:VISION
and PlanMan are mouse and
keyboard operated.
Project:VISION .... .. .. .floppy $99
PlanMan Starter Pack (includes copy
of Project:V1SION and 10 copies of
PlanMan) .. .. ... . ... . . .floppy $399
Class Pack (includes 10 copies of . .
PlanMan) .. ... . ... .. .. .floppy $300
For Rash card price add cost of Rash
CONTACT: Inmax Publishing Limited,
2673 Terrace Avenue, North Vancouver, 8e, CANADA, V7R 185,' Phone:
604-980-9991; Fax: 604-985-5591.
PrU. _1OO!~D~
Thesaurus «!ard
HP offers a Dictionary /Thesaurus ROM card for the
Product No... .... .... .HP F10005A
Runs under System Manager.
Pricing . . .. ... . . .... .... .. $129.95
CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard
dealers world wide and selected thirdparty vendors.
This section focuses on PC
Card-related publications and
RealSearch processes captured multiple listing and tax
roll data, converts it to a DBF
for fast searches by street,
area or MLS number. Enter
desired street, select number
with lightbar, touch enter
and 42 fields of information
appear. Scroll up, down or
search for another. With compression a 5MB RAM PC
Card can hold up to 10,000
records! Can process captured text from other sources.
Includes runtime FOXPRO
2.6 and REASSIST, a data
extraction utility.
On 5M8 card . ........ ... $799
Roppy disk .......... . .. $299
Setup ... .. . . . . .. ... . .. $155
(Setup loads your data into program
CONTACT: 81DS Data Service, Inc.,
3714 Horatio Street, Tampa, FL 33609,
USA; Phone: 813-839-3646; Fax: 813839-3003,' 88S: 813-835-1963.
I~ ~ard
& Design
This bi-monthly publication
focuses on PC card (PCMCIA) issues and technology.
The subscription base is
comprised of 20,000 design
engineers, system integrators, distributors and resellers of PC card products.
U.S. . ... . .. ... ... .. . . . . . .. $32
Intemational (air) . ............ $72
Intemational (surface) . . . ... . .. $47
(Payment in U.S. funds must accompanyorder.)
CONTACT: IC Card Systems & Design, Attn: Subscription Department,
6151 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA
30339, USA; Phone: 404-955-2500;
Fax: 404-618-0405.
News Update;
Bulletin Board
PCMCIA stands for Personal Computer Memory
Card International Association. This association
has defined and published
standards for PC cards.
They publish PCMCIA
News Update quarterly, containing news regarding PC
Card standards progress
along with product announcements and other related information.
PCMCIA also maintains
a Bulletin Board that provides
information on upcoming
events, technical issues and
general information to members. Non-members are provided a one-time access free
of charge (see BBS numbers
Pricing . . ......... .. ........ .Free
(Fax requests to PCMCIA, include
complete address, company name,
CONTACT: PCMCIA Headquarters,
1030 East Duane Avenue, Suite G,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086, USA; Phone:
408·720-0107; Fax: 408-720-9417,'
88S1 (2,400 baud): 408-720-9388,'
88S2 (9,600 baud): 408-720-9386.
The P£M£IA
Developer"s Guide
This reference book published by Sycard Technologies, contains over 600 pages covering information on
the development of PC Card
related products. Includes
chapters on PC Card Standards, Designing Host
Adapters, Designing PC
Card Peripherals, PCMCIA
Software Requirements,
Card Bus, PC card '95, PC
Card Products, and a complete Product and Services
Directory for developers
and PCMCIA users.
The book's appendixes
diagram and describe Connectors, Card Services Functions, and Socket Services
Functions. They also include
a Glossary, Sample Schematics, PCIC Register List,
Index, and a section on
where you can get more
information on PC Cards
and their development.
Pn'cing . .. . .... ...... .. .... $89.95
CONTACT: Sycard Technology, 1180F Miraloma Way, Sunnyvale, CA
94086, USA; Phone: 408-749-0130;
Fax: 408-749- 1323.
PCMCIA and PC Card Glossary
Mass storage Flash cards produced by SanDisk and IBM are called "ATA
Flash disks" because they conform to the PC Card ATA standard. This
standard was created to allow the development of PC Card "mass storage
devices" (high capacity Flash cards) that "looked" like a hard drive to the
IBM AT (286 or greater) computer using them. The SanDisk ATA Flash
Disk is an example of a solid state ATA device. The HP OmniBook hard
drive is an example of a rotating ATA device.
The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association is a nonprofit trade association and standards body comprised of over 500 member companies that defines the industry standard for PC Card technology.
PCMCIA also promotes compatibility among PC Cards and PC Cardbased systems.
Card Drives
Past PC Card Standard releases that define the specifications and capabilities of a card. All PC Card Standards are backward compatible (e.g. a
SRAM card developed under the 1.0 standard will work in a memory card
drive developed under the 2.01 standard).
Release 1.0, issued il\ September, 1990, specified a PC Card offering
memory capabilities for mobile computing. The SRAM cards used by the
95LX (and subsequent HP Palmtops) were developed under this standard.
Release 2.0, issued in September, 1991, broadens the first specifications with the addition of input/output and execute in place capabilities,
allowing for the SanDlsk ATA mass storage cards, fax/ modem cards and
wireless communications devices to be developed for the HP 100/200LX.
Release 2.01 , issued in November, 1992, is a minor correction of
Release 2.0.
Release 2.1, issued in July of 1993, made some additional minor modifications to Release 2.0.
Devices similar to floppy disk drives that can be installed in, or attached to
desktop PCs and MACs, allowing those computers to access PC Cards.
Card & Socket Services
These PC Card specifications provide PC Card software and hardware
developers a common standard, allowing them to develop cards that work
in a variety of computers.
Card Services Release 2.0 and Socket Services Release 2.0 are the
specifications for the PCMCIA software architecture. Socket Services is a
BIOS level software interface that provides a method for accessing the PC
Card slots of a computer. Card Services is a software management interface that allows the allocation of system resources (such as memory and
interrupts) automatically once Socket Services detects that a PC Card has
been inserted.
File Compression Software
PCMCIA Standards,
Releases 1.0, Z.O, & Z.Ol and Z.l
Software that compresses files stored on any medium, including PC memory cards. Compression software can effectively double the rated capacity
of a PC memory card.
Abbreviation for Personal Computer. It is often used to refer to an 80x86
DOS-based computer system.
Flash-Random-Addressable (Flash RAM) Cards
SRAM / RAM Cards
Flash RAM cards (a.k.a. "Flash cards" or "Flash disks") are comprised of
computer chips that can be written to and read from. They are different
from SRAM cards in that they do not need a battery to retain data and they
are available in larger capacities (up to 40MB currently for the HP
I/O Cards
Static-Random-Addressable memory cards. These cards come in capacities up to 2MB (4MB with file compression software). The files on the card
are retained by a small lithium backup battery, which must be replaced
every 10 months or so.
ROM Cards
Input/Output cards were made possible by PCMCIA releases 2.0 and 2.01.
Examples of lID cards include fax/modem cards, ATA Flash disks and
drives, wireless messaging cards, and LAN cards.
Read-Only-Memory cards, which come in varying capacities. The data or
programs on these cards can only be read by the host computer, they cannot be written to. The HP DictionarylThesaurus Card is an example of a
ROM card.
Type I, II and III Cards
The Japanese Electronic Industry Development Association is the organization in Japan responsible for PC Card standards. JEIDA and PCMCIA
cooperate closely. JEIDA Release 4.0 is identical to PCMCIA 1.0 and
JEIDA 4.1 is identical to PCMCIA 2.0.
PC Card
A peripheral device that can add a variety of capabilities to computers
including: memory, mass-storage, LAN, fax/modem and wireless communications. The PCMCIA PC Card is roughly the dimensions of a credit card
and has a standardized 68 pin connector at one end. There are three card
types (see ''Type I, II & III Cards," next column.).
The PC Card logo is copyrighted by PCMCIA. Use of the logo indicates
that the manufacturer is a PCMCIA member in good standing and the
memory or lID card is compatible with the PC Card Standard.
PC Card Standards
The complete set of all of the PCMCIA PC Card Standards. The current
standards are now referred to as the "PC Card Standards" and no longer
PCMCIA followed by a version number.
PCMCIA has defined three PC Card types. All have the same length,
width, and are 3.3mm thick along their edges and connector ends so they
can be inserted into standard PC Card slots.
Type I is a constant 3.3mm thick overall and is commonly used for
memory cards, like the SRAM cards useable in all the HP Palmtops.
Type II is 5mm thick to accommodate applications that require more
room for components such as fax/modem cards used in the 100/200LX.
Type III is 10.5mm thick to accommodate higher functionality devices
such as rotating storage media (hard disks) and wireless communication
devices. These devices are not useable in the HP Palmtops.
Type I & II Extended cards are PCMCIA recommended extensions that
are identical to the regular cards with the exception of their length. They
are 50mm longer than regular cards, allowing the development of applications that need components outside of the system (like wireless messaging cards used with the HP 100/200LX) or for applications that need more
internal room for components.
Product Index
Contact information for products mentioned in articles.
See Advertisers Index, next page, for additional product references.
Service Agreements
Language Card - N/A
Palm Connect - $49
Contact: Authorized HP computer dealers
worldwide (I.e. the same place you can pur·
chase an HP LaserJet). To locate an authorized dealer in the USA, call 800·443-1254.
You can also purchase the 95LX &
100/200LX and its accessories from ACE
Technologies at 800·825-9977 or 408-7340100; Fax: 408-734-3344; EduCALC at 800677-7001; Fax: 714-582-1445. Global
Connections at 800-709-9494 or 608-7521537; Fax: 608-752-9548.
For U.S. HP Palmtop users. Units must be
under warranty to extend.
100/200LX, 2-year extension - $85
Contact: HP, Corvallis Service Center,
USA; Phone: 503-151-2002.
NOTE: Prices listed are suggested retail
Language translation program. Discontinued
(See page 38)
Contact: Globalink, Incorporated, USA;
Phone: 800-255-5660 or 103-213-5600,' Fax:
Connectivity software. (See page 13)
Contact: Palm Computing, USA; Phone:
000-001-1256 or 415-949-9560; Fax: 415949-0141.
HP 38G - $79.95
acCIS 3.0 - $69
On 2MB SRAM card, - $329
(HP F1200A)
HP OMNIGO 100 - $349
(HP F131OA)
(HP F1311A) Comes with cable_
CLIP & GO - $69.95
(HP F1312A)
Optional PC Connectivity Cable - $24.95
(HP F1313A)
Optional PC Connectivity Cable - $24.95
(HP F1314A) Includes three pens.
HP 200LX 2MB - $699
(HP Fl061A)
HP 200LX 1MB - $549
(HP Fl060A)
HP 1000CX Palmtop PC - $449
(HP F1203A)
HP OmniBook 600C PC
486DX2I50 170MB HD - $Varies
486DX4n5 260MB HD - $Varies
HP OmniBook 4000 PC
486DX4/100 520MB HD - $Varies
486DX2I50 260MB HD - $Varies
HP StarLink Service - $Varies
Wireless messaging service, for "one-stop
communications solution." Contact: 800-917LINK.
1.8MBl12v Flash Card - $199
(HP Fl024A))
5MB/12v Flash Card - $375
(HP Fl012A) with Stacker 3.0 data compression software (not for the 95LX).
10MB/12V Flash Card - $600
(HP Fl013A) with Stacker 3.0 data com~ession software (not for the 95LX).
DictionaJyf1llesaurus Card-$149.95
Automates CompuServe access, no additional software required to nun. (See page 13)
Contact: Shier Systems & Sohware, USA;
Phone: 805-311-9391; Fax: 805-311-9454; Email' CompuServe 10: [15030,3314j
America On Line (AOL) - $Varies
Online information service.
Contact: America Online, USA; Phone:
800-821-6364 or 103-448-8100; Fax:
ARDIS Wireless
Messaging Service - $Varies
Wireless amnunK:ations networit (See pg.16)
Contact: ARDIS, USA; Phone: 800-4941128 or 108-913-1215; Fax: 108-913-4100,
CompuServe - $Varies
Online information service.
Contact: CompuServe, USA; Phone:
800-848-8199 or 614-451-0802; Fax:
fastNOTES! - $49
Freeform database. (See pg. 38)
Contact: ACE Technologies, Inc., USA;
Phone: 800-825-9911 or 408-134-0100; Fax:
San Disk Flash Cards - $Varies
PC rnenlOIY cards. (See pages 3, 5, 35, 42, 43)
Contact: Sanoisk Corporation, USA;
Phone: 408-562-0595; Fax: 408-562-3403,
ACE DoubleCards - $Varies
Flash cards with Stacker (See pgs. 35,43,44,48)
Contact: ACE Technologies, Inc., USA;
Phone: 800-825-9911 or 408-134-0100; Fax:
(HP Fl005A)
AC'DC Adapter (HP F1011A)-$39.95
USA/Canada (Opt. ABA)
Europe (Opt. ABB)
Australia (Opt. ABG)
United Kingdom (Opt. ABU)
South Africa (0p.t. ABQ)
PC Connectivity Cable - $24.95
(HP Fl015A) Connect 95LX and 100/200LX
to DOS compatible PC.
MAC Connectivity Cable - $24.95
(HP Fl016A) Connect 95LX and 100/200LX
to Apple PCslMACs.
95LX Connectivity Pack - $119.95
(HP FloolA)
100/200LX Connectiliity Pack
- $119.95
(HP Fl021B)
(HP Fl 021 C) Intemational
Connect/Adapter Kit - $24.95
GTE MobiiNet - $Varies
Cellular phone service. (See page 22)
Contact: GTE, USA; Phone: 800-6695665 or 216-642-0321; Fax: none.
HP Palmtop Paper, Back Issues
Contact: Thaddeus Computing, USA;
Phone: 800-313-6114; Fax: 515-412-1819.
Internet Service Providers - $Varies
Provide Intemet access.
Contact: Cybergate, USA; Phone:
800-638-4283 or 305-428-4283,' Fax:
305428-1911; E-maiL·sales@gate.nel. or...
Contact: Delphi, USA; Phone: 800-695-4005
or 212-462-5000,' Fax: 611-441-4903; E-mail'
askdelphi@delphlccm, or...
Contact: Intemationallntemet Association,
USA; Phone: 800-669-4180,' Fax: 201-9281051.
(HP Fl023A) 4 adapters for connecting the
1001200LX to modems, printers, and PCs.
Keep-In-View - $49.95
(HP Fl027A) Connects the 100LX or 200LX
to U.S. Robotics WorldPort V.42bis Modem,
SkyTel pager, and other products.
Free-form database. (See page 38)
Contact: Lucid Corporation, USA; Phone:
800-961-5550 or 214-994-8100; Fax: 214994-8103.
1001200LX Accessory Cradle - $79
Pocket Quicken - $69.95
LapLink V - $99.95
File transfer package. (See page 40)
Contact: Traveling Sohware, USA; Phone:
800-343-8080 or 206-483-8088; Fax: 206485-6186.
Leather Cases
for Palmtops - $Varies
Leather cases for Palmtops. (See page 15)
Contact: PalmTree Products, Inc., USA;
Phone: 611-011-1050,' Fax: 611-011-6018.
LetterPerfect - N/A
Word processor. (See pages12, 15)
Contact: WordPerfect/Novell Corporation,
USA; Phone: 000-451-5151 or 001-225-5000,'
Fax: 001-220-5311.
Me!l!ltlertz 14.4
FaXlModem Card - $219
PC fax/modem card that works in the
100/200LX. (See page 46 )
Contact: Megahertz Corporation, USA;
Phone: 000-521-0611 or 001-320-1000,' Fax:
Memory management system contained in
DOS 6.0 and higher. (See page 41)
Contact: Microsoft Corporation, USA;
Phone: 800-426-9400, Canada: 000-5639040 or Internationa/.'206-936-0661; Fax:
Quick Reference Guides
DOS 3.0-5.0 - $14.95
Lotus 1·2-3 Ver.2.4 - $14.95
Contact: Thaddeus Computing, USA;
Phone: 000-009-5603 or 515-412-1660,' Fax:
515- 412-1019.
NiMH Batteries - $Varies
Rechargeable batteries. (See page 3)
Contact: Local retail stores.
Operating System - $Varies
Operating system. (See page 42)
Contact: IBM Corporation, USA; Phone:
000-426-2960 or 919-511-0191; Fax: 000426-4102.
Stand-alone version of Pocket Quicken for
100LX users. (See page 4)
Contact: Intuit, USA; Phone: 000-3544023 or Internationa/.' 520-295-3240; Fax:
Extended memory manager. (See page 41)
Contact: QuarterDeck Corporation, USA;
Phone: 800-354-3222 or 310-309-3700; Fax:
RadioMail- $Varies
Wireless messaging service. (See pgs. 15,24)
Contact: RadioMail, USA; Phone: 000591-6245 or 415-206-1000,' Fax: 415-2061005.
SSFAXER 7.01 - $29.95
Command line fax program for HP Palmtops.
(See page 46)
Contact: Simple Simon Software, USA;
Phone: 011-283-6691; Fax: 811-203-5811; Email
SWITCH! - $39
Lets you run mu~iple applications simultaneously on the 95LX. (See page 38)
Contact: ACE Technologies, Inc., USA;
Phone: 000-825-9911 or 400-134-0100,' Fax:
Ultra·Lite Cellular Phone - $349
Cellular phone. (See page 20)
Contact: Motorola, USA; Phone: 000-3316456 or 108-523-4206; Fax: 100-523-4120.
User's Groups tor the HP Palmtop
See box on page 54, this issue.
Windows 95 - $Varies
Operating System. (See pages 42,43,48)
Contact: Microsoft Corporation, USA;
Phone: 000-426-9400, Canada: 000-5639040 or Internationa/.'206-936-0661; Fax:
Find Information On the Following PC Card Products
In the PC Card Products Section, Pages 50-61
(or on pages listed below)
Apex Fax/ Modem Flash
Memory Card (pg 11)
Card Port Para"el Drives (pg 40)
Databook ThinCard 200 (pg 39)
EXP ThinFax Fax/Modem Flash
Memory Card (pg 11)
GAMEcard (pg 35)
Keep-In-Touch Modem (pg 20)
Maxtor Memory Cards (pg 13)
MobileMate Wireless
Messaging Card (pg 24)
MobileMedia Communications (pg 24)
Motorola Personal Messenger
Wireless Modem Card (16,24)
Motorola NewsCard (pg 23)
Palm Modem (pg 37)
RAM Mobile Data Service (24)
Stacker 4.0 (pgs 11,35,43,44)
StarLink (pg 23)
Steele Creek Parallel Drives (pgs
Swap Box PC Card Reader (pg 40)
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touch with The HP Palmtop Paper staff.
You can write, mail us a disk with your
comments, send CompuServe mail, fax, or
call. Our mailing address and contact
information is:
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Phone: 515-472-6330 or 800-373-6114
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CIS ID: Hal Goldstein, [75300,2443]
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Products advertised in this issue of The HP Palmtop Paper
(PRODUCT) , •• ". , •• , ••• ,. " •• , •••••• ". , •• [PHONEIFAX NUMBERS).. PAGE NUMBER
(Floppy Drives for lOO12ooLX)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . [408-433-1980; Fax: 408-433·1716J.5
(ACE) . . . . .
. ....... . ......... . .. . .. [8CJO.a25·9977 or 408·734~100; Fax: 408-734·3344J ..back cover
(PalmtopiOmnibook Products includes: ACT! for HP Palmtops; ACE<->FAX Fax Software and Modem Bundles;
ACE <->UNK File Transfer Software; BATTman Battery Monitoring and Data Protection Software; Carrying Cases;
Desktop Card Readers; Acoustic Modem Couplers; HP 200LX Palmtop Systems; HP Color OmniBook Software;
NiMH Batteries; Printers and Accessories; X.JACK Megahertz Modem Bundles.)
(PC Cards and PC Card Drives)
.. .... . .. . . .. . . . .. . . [714·851·8242; Fax: 714·851 ·8249J ..49
(FaxlModem Memory Cards)(formeMy Smart Modular) . . . . .... . .. [800-841·2729; Fax: 51()'416-09091 ..inside back
(Palmtop Computer Light) . . . ....
. ... [800·771 ·3600 or 8O()'936-3636; Fax: 516-868·6897] .. 15
(PC Cards, PDA) ...
. .. [80()'421-5041 or31()'217~500; Fax: 31()'217·19511 ..7
(MacLink Plus) .. .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .••. .... • . . .... [80()'733~3O or 203-2~3O; Fax: 203·268-43451 ..9
(Leather Cases) . . . . ..... .. . . .. •• . ... . • • . ... ....[800-896-2273; Inti: 916-344-5047; Fax: 916-782·9306J .. l
(Accessories Catalog) . . . . . . . . .... .. . . .. ... •. . . . . [800·713-6522 or 714-582·2837; Fax: 714·582·1445J.. 19
(HP 200LX and Accessories) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. [80()'227·8292 or 415-494-8600; Fax: 415-494·1995J..13
(PC Card Products) ... . .... . . . .. . . . .... . .... . .... . . [800-368-6971 or602-892~54; Fax: 602.a92~29J.. 7
(ThinFax Modem)
.......... . [8OO·EXP-6922 ext. 641 or 714-453·1020; Fax: 714-453-1319J..inside front
(Desktop Infrared Intertace)
. . . . . . . . . . . • . . . . [800·235·7576 or 208-322·7575; Fax: 406·587·9170J ..49
(JetEye Infrared Printer Intertace) . .
... . .... .. . . . . . . . . .. .. . .. . ... . .. . . 14
(Palmtop Clipboard) . . . . .. . ...... . .. ... ....... .. .. .. . . ... ..... . . . [909·864-2174; Fax: 909-864·2846J ..45
(Coordinate Geometry) . . . .. . .... . .... . ... 1 . . . . . . . . .
. . .. . . .... . . . .. .... . .... . ......... .. 14
(Palmtops & Accessories) .... . . . .. ... . .. . .......... [800·709·9494 or 808-752·1537; Fax: 608·752·9548J ..28
(Seriafto Parallel Converter) . . .. . . . . . ............ . .. [800-476-4070 or 704-376- t021; Fax: 704-335-8707] ..27
(PC Card drives and adapters) . .. . . ..... . ... ... .. . . . [8Q0.800·5710 or 408-866-4739; Fax: 406-886-8328J ..34
(Connectivily, Flashcards, AC·DC Adapter) ....... •.... ... . ... [80().443·1254 or contact nearest HP dealer.J.. 33
(CGA VGA Graphics Pack Vision) . ... ......... .
. . . . .. . . . [604·98().9991 ; Fax: 604·985·5597] ..28
(Windows Connectivily Pack) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . . [803-688-0686; Fax: 603·888·9817] ..12
(Card Basic Programming Language) . . . .. • . . .................... . .. . .. .. [PhoneiFax: 415·747·0811J.. 5
(Wireless Modem Card) . .. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . ......... .. ...... . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . [80().894·7353J .. 31
(Mobile Computing Products) . . .. . .. ..... .. . .. . . . . . .. [800·566-6632 or 714·753-6810; Fax: 714·753·8812J ..24
(Liberator Shoulder Holster) . . .. . . . . . .. . . . • . . . . .. .. [800-588-0PUS or 718-706-6787; Fax: 718·706·7034J ..22
(OPRO 4 Programming Language) .... . . .. . . ... .. .... [800·333-0448 or 215·968-5986; Fax: 215·968·35501 ..21
(Personal Wireless Service) . .. . . . . . .. . .. . ... . . . . . ....... . ......... . .... [800-597·6245 dept. R34J ..25
(aeCfS • CompuServe Access Program & OuickJLl() .. .. . .. . . . . •. ......[805-371·9391; Fax: 805-371 ·9454J .. l0
(CardLlnk Drives) . . . .. . ... .. . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . .. .... . .
. . .. . . [PhoneiFax: 704·588-1780J ..27
(SoftwareCarousel.Task Switching Sottware) . . .... . .. . . [800-553-0400 or 305·581·2200; Fax: 305-581·5902J .. 17
(HP Palmtop Paper) . . . .. . . .. ... . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. . . . ..[800-373-6114 or 515-472·6330: Fax: 515-472·1879J..8
(HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK) . .. . . . . .. . .... . ... .. ... . . ..... . . . . .... .. ... .. .... . ... . . .. .... ... .. 57
Lotus 1·2·3. DOS 5.0 Reference Books . .. . . . .... . .. . . . . . ..... . . . .... . .. . .... . . . ... .. .... ... ...... 47
(LX100. LX2oo, 41 Series) ... . . . . . . . .. .. . • . ... . . . .. . . . . .. . . . ..... [610·588·2800; Fax: 61()'568·1727] ..37
Apex Data
Camomia Digital
EI Dorado
Envoy Data
EXP Computer
Extended Systems
GeoPro Development
Global Connections
Greenwich Instruments
Greystone Peripherals
Microgram Systems
Notebook Supply Warehouse
Opus 63
ONE International
Shier Systems
Steele Creek Technologies
Thaddeus Computing
On-Line Support-offered by these bulletin board services.
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• AMERICA ON LINE: Keyword PALMTOP - Call 800-227-6364 or 703-893-6288
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How to submit an article
Shareware and Freeware Index
Software mentioned and included in p'ast issues of
The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK,The Subscriber's PowerDisks, or
CompuServe's nPHAND Forum
NOTE: There is no ON DISK issue with the PC Card Review. Files can be found in the
locations listed below. PCCARD.ZIP, the text file for The HP Palmtop Paper PC Card
Review, will be found in the Nov/Dec 95 issuue of The HP Palmtop Paper ON DISK.
The richness of The HP Palmtop Paper
comes from the contributions of Palmtop
PC users. We and your fellow users welcome your submissions. (We do not offer
payment for articles, your reward is knowing that you've helped others.)
If you have a good idea and want to "go
for it," send it in via CompuServe E-Mail
[75300,2443], Internet:, or send disk or hard copy to
Hal Goldstein or Rich Hall at the above
address. Alternatively you can send an
outline of your idea. We will try to guide
you as to when and whether we would use
the article and contact you if we need clarification or have any suggestions. We may
want to use an article but for a variety of
reasons you may not see it for many
months. Please understand that we cannot
promise to run any particular article.
If you can, especially if you write a
Palmtop Profile, send us a black and white
photo of yourself.
(BestTIps 94) Utility: Fixes problems and adds useful
functions to 95LX.
(BestTIps 95) Utility: Adds features to 100/200LX.
(To be published in NovlDec 95) Utility: Use lOO/200LX PC
Card modem in Desktop PC.
(PwrDsk 94/95) Utility: File compression utility.
(Jan/Feb 95) Utility: File compression and archive utility.
(Mar/Apr 93, PTP 8) Application: Database I PIM.
(PwrDsk 94/95) Utility: PKZIPIPKUNZIP Version 2.04G
of archive utility.
(Jan/Feb 92, PTP I) Utility: PKLite version 1.15
of file compress utility. Update of PKL103.ZIP.
(PwrDsk 94195) Utility: Changes auto shut-off time
on 95/100LX.
(PwrDsk 94/95) Utility: ZIP.COM 2.0: file transfer program
for 951I00LX.
Free 33, 38, 44
Files of Interest Not Included in PC Card Review
(Ea. issue.) Database: Description of files, CIS HP Forums. HPHANDI lOOLXI II
(SepVOct 95) Database: PTP OnDisk Index for 951100LX. NA
(Ea. issue.) Utility: Utility to decompress .ZIP files.
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