MyPal A600 User’s Manual...
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• Chapter 2 - Learn the basics This chapter will teach you the basic functions in MyPal A600. You will learn how to enter, find, and organize information, customize the device, and use the bundled ASUS utilities.
If any item is missing or damaged, contact your dealer or retailer immediately. Deluxe Model • ASUS MyPal A600 • ASUS MyPal A600 USB cradle • ASUS MyPal A600 AC adapter (5V/3A with regional conversion plug) • Stylus (2 pcs) •...
Chapter 1 Introducing MyPal ... 1-1 Front features ... 1-2 Side features ... 1-3 Top features ... 1-4 Bottom features ... 1-4 Cradle features ... 1-5 The stylus ... 1-5 Setting up MyPal ... 1-6 Placing on the cradle ... 1-6 Connecting the AC adapter ...
Introducing MyPal ® The ASUS MyPal A600 is truly a good companion wherever you go. Powered by a 400MHz Intel SDRAM and 32MB Flash ROM, and bundled with the latest Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 plus a host of useful utilities, you have everything you...
Side features • Charging status LED - lights up orange when the battery is charging; lights up green when the battery is fully charged. • System indicator LED - indicates the system status. • Power/Front light button - turns the device power on or off if you press the button quickly.
Top features Stylus IR port SD/MMC slot Microphone • Stylus - used for tapping or writing on the LCD touch screen. Slide out the stylus from its compartment. Refer to the descirption of the stylus on the next page. • IR port - allows you to copy or send data to another device with an IR port.
Cradle features Your standard package includes the cradle for MyPal. The cradle has three connectors. • Device connector - holds the device in place. This is a 40-pin connector that matches the connector on the bottom of the device. • Mini-USB connector - synchronizes the device with your PC using the bundled USB PC cable.
Setting up MyPal Placing on the cradle Position the device on the cradle as shown on the right. Match the connectors and carefully insert the device until it fits in place. Connecting the AC adapter • Connect the AC adapter cable to the connector at the back of the cradle. Connect the power plug to a grounded wall socket.
Charging the battery Your device includes a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery. You must charge the battery before using the device the first time. The battery starts charging as soon as you connect the AC adapter to a power source. Use the AC adapter to plug your device to a power source whenever possible, especially when you are using a modem or other peripherals, using the...
Basic screens on MyPal Today screen Normally, the Today screen appears when you turn on your device for the first time each day. NOTE When the device is already on and the screen displays another program, you can display the Today screen by tapping the As shown in the sample below, the Today screen lets you see at a glance the summary of the important information for the day.
Navigation Bar screen On top of the Today screen is the Navigation bar. This bar includes the icon, speaker icon, current time, and any other active program. Tap the icon on the Navigation bar to display a drop down list of the programs installed in your device.
Pop-up menus With the pop-up menus, you can easily choose an action for an item. For example, you can use the pop-up menu in Tasks to delete, copy, or beam a task. The actions in the pop-up menus vary from program to program. To access a pop-up menu, tap and hold the stylus on the item that you wish to perform action on.
Customizing your device ... 2-12 Adjusting settings ... 2-12 Adding or removing programs ... 2-13 ASUS utilities ... 2-16 Using the ASUS Backup ... 2-16 Backing up data ... 2-17 Restoring data ... 2-20 Customizing the ASUS Settings ... 2-22...
Entering information You can enter information in your device. • Use the input panel to enter text using the soft keyboard or the Letter recorgnizer • Write directly on the screen with the stylus • Draw pictures on the screen •...
When you use the Input Panel and the soft keyboard, your device anticipates the word you are typing and displays it above the Input Panel. When you tap the displayed word, it is inserted into your text at the insertion point. The more your use your device, the more words it learns to anticipate.
To use Block Recognizer: With the Block Recognizer, you can input character strokes that are similar to those use on other devices. 1. Tap the arrow next to the Input Panel button, then tap Block Recognizer. 2. Write a letter in the box. When you write a letter, it is converted to a typed text that appears on the screen.
Writing on the screen In any program that accepts writing, such as the Notes program, and in the Notes tab in Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks, you can use the stylus to write directly on the screen. Write the way you do on paper. You can edit and format what you have written and convert the information to text at a later time.
To edit your writing: 1. Tap and hold the stylus next to the text that you wish to select until the insertion point appears. 2. Without lifting, drag the stylus across the text to select it. If you accidentally write on the screen, tap Tools, then Undo and try again.
If the conversion is incorrect, you can select different words from a list of alternates or return to the original writing. 1. Tap and hold the incorrect word. 2. When the pop-up menu appears, tap Alternates to display a list of alternate words for the selection.
Drawing on the screen You can draw on th screen in the same way that you write on the screen. The difference between writing and drawing on the screen is how you select items and how they can be edited. For example, selected drawings can be resized, while writing cannot.
Recording a message In any program where you can write or draw on the screen, you can also quickly capture thoughts, reminders, and phone numbers by recording a message. In Calendar, Tasks, and Contacts, you can include a recording in the Notes tab. In the Notes program, you can either create a stand- alone recording or include a recording in a written note.
Using a preset message When using Inbox or MSN Messenger, use My Text to quickly insert preset or frequently used messages into the text entry area. To insert a message, tap My Text and tap your desired message. NOTE You can add text after inserting a My Text message. However, you have to add it before sending the message.
Finding and organizing information The Find feature on your device helps you quickly locate information. To find information: 1. Tap , then tap Find. 2. Enter the text that you want to find, select a data type, then tap Go to start the search.
Power. Maximize battery life. • Today. Customize the look and information displayed on the Today screen. NOTE Refer to the section “ASUS utilities” later in this chapter for details on the bundled ASUS programs. 2-12 menu, and enable a pop-up Chapter 2...
Adding or removing programs Programs added to your device at the factory are stored in ROM (Read- Only Memory). You cannot remove this software, and you will never accidentally lose ROM contents. ROM programs can be updated using installation programs with a *.xip extension. All other programs and data files added to your device after factory installation are stored in RAM (Random Access Memory).
5. Double-click the *.exe file. • If the file is an installer, the installation wizard begins. Follow the directions on the screen. Once the software is installed on your desktop computer, the installer automatically transfers the software to your device. •...
To add a program to the Start menu: 1. Tap , tap Settings, tap Menus, tap the Start Menu tab, and tap the check box for the program. If you do not see the program on the list, you can either use File Explorer on the device to move the program to the Start Menu folder, or use ActiveSync on the desktop computer to create a shortcut to the program and place the shortcut in the Start Menu folder.
ASUS utilities Besides the Microsoft program that allow you back up the data, your device also includes a proprietary ASUS utilities. The ASUS utilities allow you to backup or restore data, and adjust settings to customize your device and maximize its use.
To back up all data on your device: 1. Return to the ASUS programs screen and tap the ASUS Backup icon. 2. Tap the Backup tab on the ASUS Backup screen. 3. Tap All Data button to back up all data on your device.
7. Tap OK. To back up only PIM data on your device: 1. On the ASUS Backup screen, tap PIM Data button to back up only the personal information management (PIM) data on your device.
If you checked the box User Defined Folders, tap Define to specify the folders that you wish to include in the backup file, then tap OK. 6. Tap Start to begin the backup process. 7. When the backup process is complete, the screen displays the message “Complete”...
Tap the ASUS Backup icon. When prompted, stop all running programs. See page 2-16 for instructions. 3. Tap the Restore tab on the ASUS Backup screen. 4. Tap All Data. 5. In the Backup File screen: • select the backup file name...
To restore PIM data from the memory card: 1. On the ASUS Backup screen, tap PIM Data. 2. When prompted, select SD Card or CF card where you stored your backup file. Tapping Cancel returns you to the previous screen.
1. Tap , then tap Settings. 2. Tap the System tab on the bottom of the Settings screen. 3. Tap the ASUS Settings icon to display the system information screen. This screen is displayed whenever you tap the Info tab.
The Power Saving Mode sets the CPU to a fixed speed of 100MHz. Set to this mode when using text based applications such as Word, Excel, etc. This mode has a lower CPU performance but extends the battery life. The Automatic Mode allows for 100MHz, 200MHz, or 400MHz CPU speed depending on the program that you are running.
To change the Microphone settings: Tap the AGC tab to adjust the settings for the microphone sensitivity and automatic gain control (AGC). The AGC features allows you to adjust the recording and environment noise level. • The MIC Sensitivity controls the sound recording input.
To select Autorun Devices: Tap the Autorun tab to select the source devices to execute the autorun program. You may select SD Card or CF card, or both. Learn the basics 2-25...
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Chapter 3 Microsoft Introduction ... 3-2 ® What is ActiveSync Installing ActiveSync Installing ActiveSync Synchronizing your device ... 3-5 Connecting your device to a computer ... 3-5 Setting up a partnership ... 3-6 Checking synchronized information ... 3-6 Initiating synchronization ... 3-7 Synchronization options ...
Introduction What is ActiveSync ® The Microsoft ActiveSync MyPal. With ActiveSync, you can synchronize the information on your desktop computer with the information on your device. Synchronization compares the data on your device with your desktop computer and updates both computers with the most recent information. For example: •...
Installing ActiveSync The ActiveSync program is already installed on your device. To synchronize information on your device with your computer, you must also install ActiveSync on your computer. Install ActiveSync from the Companion CD that came with your product package. NOTE Before starting the ActiveSync installation, make sure that you have Microsoft...
4. Read the Overview before installing ActiveSync 3.5 to make sure that you perform the installation sequence correctly. If you have not installed Outlook, install it now. Click Install Outlook 2002 and follow the screen instructions to complete the installation. 5.
Synchronizing your device Connecting your device to a computer To connect your device to your computer: 1. Place the device on the cradle. 2. Connect the AC adapter to the power connector on the cradle. 3. Connect the mini-USB sync cable to the mini-USB connector on the cradle and the other end to a USB port on your computer.
Setting up a partnership Immediately after you have completed the installation, the New Partnership wizard will start automatically to help you establish a partnership and customize your synchronization settings. At this point, you can decide exactly which types of information you would like to synchronize with your computer.
Initiating synchronization Once you have set up ActiveSync and completed the first synchronization process, you can initiate synchronization from your device at any time. To manually initiate synchronization: 1. Tap , then tap ActiveSync to display the ActiveSync screen. 2. To start synchronization, make a connection between your device and your computer, then tap Sync.
Synchronization options The Microsoft ActiveSync program allows you to customize your synchronization settings at any time. You can select the items to synchronize, set the synchronization schedule, and specify the synchronization rules. To display the synchronization options: • From the ActiveSync window on your desk top computer, click on the Options icon, or •...
To set synchronization schedule: 1. Click on the Schedule tab. 2. Select your desired synchronization schedule. 3. Click OK when done. To specify synchronization rules: 1. Click on the Rules tab. 2. Select your desired settings from the available options. 3.
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Chapter 4 Microsoft Introduction ... 4-2 Calendar ... 4-2 Creating appointments ... 4-3 Using the summary screen ... 4-4 Creating meeting requests ... 4-4 Contacts ... 4-5 Creating contacts ... 4-6 Finding a contact ... 4-7 Using the summary screen ... 4-7 Tasks ...
Introduction ® Microsoft Pocket Outlook includes Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Inbox, and Notes. You can use these programs individually or together. For example, e-mail address stored in Contacts can be used to address e-mail messages in Inbox. ® Using ActiveSync , you can synchronize information in Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange on your desktop computer with your device.
Creating appointments To create an appointment: 1. If you are in Day or Week view, tap your desired date for the appointment, 2. Tap New. 3. Using the input panel, enter a description and a location. Tap first to select the field. 4.
Using the summary screen When you tap an appointment in Calendar, a summary screen is displayed. To change the appointment, tap Edit. Creating meeting requests You can use Calendar to set up meetings with users of Outlook and Pocket Outlook. The meeting request will be created automatically and sent either when you synchronize Inbox or when you connect to your e-mail server.
Contacts: Tracking friends and colleagues Contacts maintains a list of your friends and colleagues so that you can easily find the information you look for, whether you are at home or on the road. Using the infrared port (IR) on the device, you can quickly share Contacts information with other device users.
Creating contacts To create a contact: 1. Tap , then tap Contacts. 2. Tap New to display a blank contact form. 3. Using the input panel, enter a name and other contact information. You will need ot scroll down to see all available fields. 4.
Finding a contact There are four ways to find a contact. • In the contact list, enter a contact name in the box under the navigation bar. To show all contacts again, clear text from the box or tap the button to the right of the box.
Tasks: Keeping a to do list Use Tasks ot keep track of what you have to do. Creating tasks To create a task: 1. Tap , then tap Tasks. 2. Tap New to display a blank task form. Chapter 4...
3. Using the input panel, enter a description. 4. You can enter a start date and due date or enter other information by tapping the field first. If the input panel is open, you will need to hide it to see all available fields. 5.
Notes: Capturing thoughts and ideas Quickly capture thoughts, reminders, ideas, and phone numbers with Notes. You can create a written note or a recording. You can also include a recording in a note. If a note is open when you create the recording, it will be included in the note as an icon.
Creating notes To create a note: 1. Tap , then tap Notes. 2. Tap New to display a blank note. 3. Create your note by writing, drawing, typing, or recording. For more information about using the input panel, writing and drawing on the screen, and creating recordings, see Chapter 2.
Inbox: Sending and receiving e-mail messages Use Inbox to send and receive e-mail messages in one of these ways: • Synchronize e-mail messages with Microsoft Exchange of or Microsoft Outlook on your desktop computer • Send and receive e-mail messages by connecting directly to an e-mail server through an Internet service provider (ISP) or a network Synchronizing e-mail messages E-mail messages can be synchronized as part of the general...
Connecting directly to an e-mail server In addition to synchronizing e-mail messages with your desktop computer, you can send and receive e-mail messages by connecting to an e-mail server using a modem or network card connected to your device. You need to set up a remote connection to a network or an ISP, and a connection to your e-mail server.
Using the message list Messages you receive are displayed in the message list. By default, the most recently received messages are displayed first in the list. When you receive a message. tap it to open it. Unread messages are displayed in bold. 4-14 Chapter 4...
When you connect to your e-mail server or synchronize with your desktop computer, by default, you will receive messages from the last five days only, the first 100 lines of each new messages, and file attachments of less than 100KB in size. The original messages remain on the e-mail server or your desktop computer.
Composing messages To compose a message: 1. Tap New. 2. In the To field, enter an e-mail or SMS address of one or more recipients, separating them with a semicolon, or select a name from the Contacts list by tapping the Address Book button. All e-mail addresses entered in the e-mail fields in Contacts appear in the Address Book.
Managing e-mail messages and folders The behavior of the folders you create depends on whether you are using ActiveSync, SMS, POP3, or IMAP4. • If you use ActiveSync, e-mail messages in the Inbox folder in Outlook will automatically be sunchronized with your device. You can select to synchronize additional folders by designating them for ActiveSync.
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Chapter 5 Companion programs Pocket Word ... 5-2 Creating Pocket Word documents ... 5-3 Saving Pocket Word documents ... 5-3 Modes of entering information ... 5-5 Pocket Excel ... 5-8 Creating Pocket Excel documents ... 5-9 Saving Pocket Excel documents ... 5-9 Securing your Excel document ...5-11 Tips for working in Pocket Excel ...
The companion programs consist of Microsoft Pocket Excel, Microsoft ® and Microsft Reader. To switch to a companion program on your device, tap Programs on the menu, then tap the program that you wish to open. Pocket Word Pocket Word works with Microsoft Word on your desktop computer to give you easy access to copies of your documents.
Creating Pocket Word documents To create a new Word document: 1. Tap , tap Programs, tap Pocket Word. 2. Tap New to display a blank document. If you selected a template for new documents in the Options dialog box, that template appears with the appropriate text and formatting already provided.
To specify save options: 1. With the document open, tap Tools. 2. From the pop-up menu, tap Save Document As... to display the Save As screen. 3. Change the file name by simply typing a new one in the Name field.
Modes of entering information You can enter information in Pocket Word in one of four modes (typing, writing, drawing, or recording), which are displayed on the View menu. Each mode has its own toolbar that you can show or hide by tapping the Show/Hide Toolbar button on the command bar.
Writing mode In writing mode, use your stylus to write directly on the screen. Ruled lines are displayed as a guide, and the zoom magnification is greater than in typing mode to allow you to write more easily. For more information on writing and selecting writing, see Chapter 2.
Drawing mode In drawing mode, use your stylus to draw on the screen. Gridlines appear as a guide. When you lift your stylus off the screen after ther first stroke, you will see a drawing box indicating the boundaries of the drawing. Every subsequent stroke within or touching the drawing box becomes part of the drawing.
Pocket Excel Pocket Excel works with Microsoft Excel on your desktop computer to give you easy access to copies of your workbooks. You can create new workbooks on your device, or you can copy workbooks from your desktop computer to your device. Synchronize workbooks between yoru desktop computer and your device so that you have the most up-to-date contents in both locations.
Creating Pocket Excel documents To create a new Excel document: 1. Tap , tap Programs, tap Pocket Excel. 2. Tap New to display a blank document. If you selected a template for new documents in the Options dialog box, that template appears with the appropriate text and formatting already provided.
To specify save options: 1. With the document open, tap Tools. 2. From the pop-up menu, tap Save Workbook As... to display the Save As screen. 3. Change the file name by simply typing a new one in the Name field.
Securing your Excel document If your workbook contains sensitive or confidental information, you can protect it with a password. To set a password for your workbook: 1. Open the workbook. 2. Tap Edit from the command bar, then tap Password... to display the password setting screen.
Tips for working in Pocket Excel Take note of the following when working in large worksheets in Pocket Excel: • View in full-screen mode to see as much of your worksheet as possible. Tap View, then tap Full Screen. To exit full-screen mode, tap Restore.
MSN Messenger MSN Messenger on your device is an instant messaging program that allows you to: • See who is online • Send and receive instant messages • Have instant message conversations with groups of contacts/ To use MSN Messenger, you must have a Microsoft Passport™ account or a Microsoft Exchange e-mail account.
Working with contacts The MSN Messenger window shows all of your messenger contacts at a glance, divided into Online and Not Online categories. From this view, while connected, you can chat, send an e-mail, block the contact from chatting with you, or delete contacts from your list using the pop-up menu. To see others online without being seen, tap My Status in the Tools menu and select Appear Offline.
Chatting with contacts Tap a contact name to open a chat window. Enter yor message in the text entry area at the bottom of the screen, or tap My Text to enter a preset message, then tap Send. To invite another contact to a multi-user chat, tap Invite in the Tools menu, then tap the contact that you want to invite.
Windows Media Player for Pocket PC ® Use Microsoft Windows Media Player for Pocket PC to play digital audio and video files that are stored on your device or on a network. To switch to Windows Media Player for Pocket PC, tap , tap Programs, then tap Windows Media.
Microsoft Reader Use Microsoft Reader to read eBooks on your device. Download books to your desktop computer from your favorite eBook web site. Then, use ActiveSync to copy the book files to your activated device. The books appear in the Reader Library. Each book consists of a cover page, an optional table of contents, and the pages of the book.
Using the Library The Library is your Reader home page. It displays a list of all books stored on your device or storage card. To open the library: 1. On the Reader command bar, tap Library. 2. On a book page, tap the book title, then tap Library on the pop-up menu.
Reading a book Each book consists of a cover page, and optional table of contents, and the pages of the book. Navigation options are listed in the bottom portion of the cover page. The first time you open a book, you will probably want to go to the first page or to the table of contents, if there is one.
Using Reader features Reading a book electronically gives you several options not available with paper books. These options are available from any book page. Select text by dragging across the text on the page. Tehn, tap an option on the pop-up menu, as described below. •...
Chapter 6 Pocket Internet Explorer Introduction ... 6-2 The Mobile Favorites folder ... 6-2 Favorite links ... 6-2 Mobile Favorites ... 6-2 Using AvantGo Channels ... 6-4 Using Pocket Internet Explorer ... 6-5 Changing View settings ... 6-5 Viewing mobile favorites and channels ... 6-6 Adding/Deleting mobile favorites and folders ...
Introduction Use Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer to view Web or WAP pages in any of these ways. • During synchronization with your desktop computer, download your favorite links and mobile favorites that are stored in the Mobile Favorites sub-folder in the Internet Explorer on the desktop computer. •...
To create a mobile favorite: 1. In Internet Explorer on your desktop computer, click Tools then Create Mobile Favorite. 2. To change the link name, enter a new name in the Name box. 3. Select your desired update schedule in Update. This is optional. 4.
Using AvantGo Channels AvantGo is a free interactive service that gives you access to personalized content and thousands of popular Web sites. You subscribe to AvantGo channels directly from your device. Then, synchronize your device and desktop computer, or connect to the Internet to download the content. For more information, visit the AvantGo Web site.
Using Pocket Internet Explorer You can use Pocket Internet Explorer to browse mobile favorites and channels that have been downloaded to your device without connecting to the Internet. You can also connect to the Internet through an ISP or a network connection to browse the Web.
Viewing mobile favorites and channels To view mobile favorites and channels: 1. Tap the Favorites button to display your list of favorites. Tap to add or delete a folder or favorite link 2. Tap a Favorites page that you wish to view. You will see the page that was downloaded the last time you synchronized with your desktop computer.
Adding/Deleting mobile favorites and folders To add a favorite: 1. Tap the Favorites button to display your list of favorites. 2. Tap the Add/Delete button to display the Favorites screen. 3. Tap the Add... button to show the Add Favorite screen. 4.
To add a folder: 1. Tap the Favorites button to display your list of favorites. 2. Tap the Add/Delete button to display the Favorites screen. 3. Tap the New Folder button. 4. Type a name for the folder that you wish to create. 5.
Chapter 7 Introduction ... 7-2 Transfer items using infrared ... 7-3 Sending information ... 7-3 Receiving information ... 7-3 Connect to the Internet ... 7-3 Connecting through a modem ... 7-4 Connecting through an Ethernet card ... 7-5 Connect to work ... 7-6 Connecting through a modem ...
Introduction You can use your device to exchange information with other mobile devices as well as your desktop computer, a network, or the Internet. To get connected: • Use the infrared (IR) port on your device to send and receive files between two devices.
Transfer items using infrared Using infrared (IR), you can send and receive information, such as contacts and appointments, between two devices. Sending information To send information: 1. Switch to the program where you created the item that you want to send, and locate that item in the list.
Connecting through a modem To create a modem connection to an ISP: 1. Obtain the following information from your ISP: ISP dial-up access telephone number, user name, password, and TCP/IP settings. Some ISPs require information in front of the user name, such as MSN/username.
To start the connection, simply start using one of the following programs. Your device will automatically begin connecting. Once connected, you can: • Send and receive e-mail messages using Inbox. Before you can use Inbox, you need to provide the information it needs to communicate with the e-mail server.
Connect to work If you have access to a network at work, you can send e-mail messages, view intranet pages, synchronize your device, and possibly access the Internet. You can connect to work in one of these ways: • Create a modem connection using a RAS account. Before you cna create this modem connection, your network administrator will need to set up a RAS account for you.
9. Select other desired options, and tap Finish. 10. In the Dialing Locations tab, specify your current location and phone type (most phone lines are tone). These settings will apply to all connections you create. To start the connection, simply start using one of the following programs. Your device will automatically begin connecting.
6. Tap , Settings, Connections tab, and Connections. From My network card connects to list, select Work. 7. If you want to synchronize your device, tap Tools menu, tap Options. In the PC tab, select Include PC when synchronizing remotely and connect to, and select your computer’s name.
Connect directly to an e-mail server You can set up a connection to an e-mail server so that you can send and receive e-mail messages using a modem or network connection and Inbox on your device. NOTE The ISP or network must use a POP3 or IMAP4 e-mail server and an SMTP gateway.
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Appendix Notices Notices...
Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
UL Safety Notices Required for UL 1459 covering telecommunications (telephone) equipment intended to be electrically connected to a telecommunication network that has an operating voltage to ground that does not exceed 200V peak, 300V peak-to-peak, and 105V rms, and installed or used in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70).