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MyPal A730 Pocket PC
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  • Page 1 MyPal A730 Pocket PC User’s manual...
  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3 • Chapter 2 - Learn the basics ............. 2-1 This chapter will teach you the basic functions in ASUS MyPal A730 Pocket PC. You will learn how to enter, find, and organize information, customize the device, and use the bundled ASUS utilities.
  • Page 4 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack Built-in microphone and speaker Camera Built-in 1.3 Megapixel resolution ASUS Camera interface Size 117.5 mm x 72.8 mm x 16.9 mm (L x W x H) 4.63 in. x 2.87 in. x 0.66 in. (L x W x H)
  • Page 5 • AC adapter/power cord (UL/CEE/UK/SAA/CCEE) • Stylus • Microsoft Companion CD • Bonus CD • User’s Manual • Quick Start Guide • Warranty card English version keyboard. Visit the ASUS website to check the availability of other language version keyboards.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Chapter 1 Get started! ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Introducing MyPal ..........1-2 Front features ................1-2 Back features ................1-3 Side features ................1-4 Top features ................1-5 Bottom features ................ 1-5 The stylus ................. 1-6 The cradle ................1-6 ♦...
  • Page 8: Introducing Mypal

    Introducing MyPal ® The ASUS MyPal A730 Pocket PC is truly a good companion wherever you go. ® Powered by a 520MHz Intel Bulverde processor, equipped with 64MB ® SDRAM and 64MB Flash ROM, and bundled with the Microsoft Windows Mobile ®...
  • Page 9: Back Features

    • ASUS Launcher, Calendar, Tasks, and Contacts buttons - allow you quick access to commonly used programs. • 4-way navigation button - functions like the four arrow keys on a keyboard. This button allows you to move through the program icons, folders, or files in a menu by scrolling up or down, left or right.
  • Page 10: Side Features

    (Today screen), press once to launch the Notes program while in the Notes program, press once to start recording while in ASUS Camera Soft Corder program, press once to take a photo shot (Photo capture mode), or start/stop recording a video (Video recorder mode) •...
  • Page 11: Top Features

    Top features Headphone jack CF card slot SD card slot • Headphone jack - connects a headphone. • CF card slot - accommodates a CompactFlash (CF) card. • SD card slot - accommodates an SD card. • Infrared (IR) port - allows you to copy or send data to another device that has an IR port.
  • Page 12: The Stylus

    The stylus The stylus functions on a Pocket PC the same way a mouse functions on a standard PC. Use the stylus to tap or drag on the LCD touch screen to open programs or execute commands. • Tap. Touch the screen once with the stylus to open programs and select options.
  • Page 13: Setting Up Mypal

    Setting up MyPal Removing and replacing the back cover To remove the back cover: 1. Locate the latch on the right side of the device, then use the stylus to push to latch toward to “unlocked” icon. NOTE As a precaution, the power button is automatically disabled when you unlock the back cover latch.
  • Page 14 To replace the back cover: 1. Carefully slide the cover from the bottom of the device making sure that the rails on its sides match the grooves on the side of the device. Groove Rail (on inner side) 2. Use the stylus to push the latch toward the “locked”...
  • Page 15: Installing And Removing The Battery

    Installing and removing the battery NOTE You need to remove the back cover to access the battery compartment. Refer to the section “Removing and replacing the back cover” on page 1-7 for instructions. To install the battery: 1. Position and insert the left side of the battery with the notches matching the tabs on the left side of the compartment.
  • Page 16: Placing On The Cradle

    To remove the battery: Battery latch unlocked 1. Use the stylus to push and unlock the battery latch. 2. Push the battery downward to disengage it from the battery contacts on the compartment. 3. Flip up the upper edge of the battery to remove it from the compartment.
  • Page 17: Connecting The Ac Adapter

    Connecting the AC adapter To connect the AC adapter without the cradle: 1. Connect the power cable to the jack on the sync cable adapter. 2. Connect the 26-pin device plug to the 26-pin connector on the bottom of the device. 3.
  • Page 18: Additional Storage

    SecureDigital memory card. NOTE You need to Install an SD card or CF card if you wish to use the ASUS backup features. Installing and removing an SD card To install an SD card: 1. With the label side (usually the side with the card manufacturer’s...
  • Page 19: Installing And Removing A Cf Card

    Installing and removing a CF card To install a CF card: 1. Locate the card side with the 50-pin female connector and insert into the slot. The label side (usually the side with the card manufacturer’s name) face up, and the bar code/serial number side face down. Label side NOTE A CF card fits only in one orientation, and slides smoothly into...
  • Page 20: Activating Mypal

    Activating MyPal It is important that you properly calibrate and activate your device before using it. This process ensures accurate positioning when entering text and selecting menus. To activate your device: 1. Press the power button. Power button The Align screen appears when you turn on the device for the first time, and after you perform a hardware reset using the reset button.
  • Page 21: Basic Screens On Mypal

    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 icon.
  • Page 22: Start Menu

    Start menu From the Start menu, you can select programs, settings, and Help topics. To display the Start menu, tap the icon from the top of the screen. Tap to open a program Tap to open a recently used program Tap to open the Programs menu Tap to open the Settings menu Tap to display the Help topics...
  • Page 23: Command Bar

    Command bar At the bottom of the screen is the Command bar. You can use the menus and buttons on the Command bar to perform tasks in programs. NOTE The menus and buttons vary depending on the programs you are using. Tap to select menu Tap to select Tap to display...
  • Page 24 1-18 Chapter 1...
  • Page 25 Changing the screen display orientation ........ 2-18 Changing the screen theme ........... 2-21 Changing the button assignments ......... 2-22 Selecting sounds and notifications ......... 2-23 Using ASUS Launcher ............2-24 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ASUS utilities ............2-28 ASUS Backup ................ 2-28 ASUS Settings ...............
  • Page 26: Entering Information

    Entering information You can enter information in your device in any of the following ways. • Use the input panel to enter text using the soft keyboard or the Letter Recognizer • Write directly on the screen with the stylus •...
  • Page 27 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.
  • Page 28 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.
  • Page 29: Writing 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.
  • Page 30 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.
  • Page 31 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.
  • Page 32: Drawing On The Screen

    Drawing on the screen You can draw on the 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.
  • Page 33: Recording A Message

    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.
  • Page 34: Using A Preset Message

    To change the recording format: 1. In the note list, tap Tools then Options. 2. Tap the Global Input Options link. 3. Tap the Options tab. Mobile Voice is a 2.4KB audio codec. It is the recommended format because it provides good voice recording and less storage space.
  • Page 35: Finding And Organizing Information

    Finding and organizing information The Find and Help features on your device helps you quickly locate information. Using the Find function To find information: Type a word to find 1. Tap , then tap Find. Tap to search for the word 2.
  • Page 36: Using The File Explorer

    Using the File Explorer To use the File Explorer to find and organize files: 1. Tap , then tap Programs. 2. In the Program screen, tap the File Explorer icon to display the files in your device. Tap to display sort options Tap to select a sort order Tap to open a path to a network Tap to display the contents of the...
  • Page 37: Customizing Your Device

    Power. Display the remaining battery power indicated by a bar chart. • 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. Learn the basics 2-13...
  • Page 38: Changing The Date And Time

    Changing the date and time To change the date and time settings: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then the System tab. 2. Tap the Clock & Alarms icon. 3. Make your desired settings. Tap to select a time zone Highlight a Time item then tap up or down arrow to set Tap this down arrow to display the Calendar...
  • Page 39: Changing The Start Menus

    Changing the Start menus To change the menu items: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then tap the Menus icon. 2. Select the items that you wish to appear on the Start Menu. 3. Tap the New Menu tab. 4. Select the items that you wish to appear on the New menu (located on the lower left corner of the main screen).
  • Page 40: Changing The Owner Information

    Changing the owner information To change the owner information: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then tap the Owner Information icon. 2. Key-in the data that you wish to appear on the Today screen. 3. Add notes to the owner information by tapping the Notes tab. 4.
  • Page 41: Setting A Password

    Setting a password To set a password for your device: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then tap the Password icon. 2 Check the box Prompt if device unused, then select the period from the available options by tapping the down arrow. 3.
  • Page 42: Changing The Screen Display Orientation

    Changing the screen display orientation To change the screen display orientation: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then the System tab. 2. Tap the Screen icon to show the screen options. 3. Select your desired orientation, then tap OK. Portrait orientation This setting Shows this screen Sets the screen display to portrait...
  • Page 43 Landscape orientation (right-handed) This setting Shows this screen NOTE: Device buttons on the left-hand side. Landscape orientation (left-handed) This setting Shows this screen NOTE: Device buttons on the right-hand side. Learn the basics 2-19...
  • Page 44 To enable the ClearType feature: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then the System tab. 2. Tap the Screen icon to show the screen options. 3. Tap the Clear Type tab. 4. Check the Enable Clear Type box, then tap OK. To change the screen text size: 1.
  • Page 45: Changing The Screen Theme

    Changing the screen theme To change the screen theme: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then tap the Today icon. 2. Select your desired theme. Check the box Use this picture as the background, then tap Browse to select an image from your picture files. 3.
  • Page 46: Changing The Button Assignments

    Changing the button assignments To change the button assignments: 1. Tap , tap Settings, then tap the Buttons icon. 2. Highlight a button by tapping on it. 3. Tap the down arrow to display the programs that you can assign to the button.
  • Page 47: Selecting Sounds And Notifications

    Selecting sounds and notifications Your device can remind you of things you have to do in several ways. For example, if you have set up an appointment in Calendar, a task with a due date, or an alarm in Clock, you will be notified in any of the following ways. •...
  • Page 48: Using Asus Launcher

    To access ASUS Launcher: 1. Tap , then Programs. 2. Tap ASUS Programs, then ASUS Launcher. NOTE To quickly access ASUS Launcher, press the button (leftmost) on your device.
  • Page 49 5. Tap Start Menu or Programs to display the default programs in them. NOTE Whatever category is selected, that category will be launched the next time you tap the AsusLauncher icon. To edit the name of a default category: 1. Tap Name, and select a category that you wish to rename. For example, Programs.
  • Page 50 To customize an existing category: 1. Tap Editor, then Copy To. 2. Tap Name, then tap the category where you wish to copy the program icon, e.g. Programs or Start Menu. 3. In the Programs (or Start Menu) screen, tap the program icon that you wish to copy.
  • Page 51 To remove programs from a category: 1. Tap Editor, then Remove. 2. Tap Name, then any of the existing categories. 3. Tap the program icon that you wish to remove. For example, the Calculator icon in the Favorites screen. The icon disappears from the screen as soon as you tap it.
  • Page 52: Asus Utilities

    ASUS Backup The ASUS Backup utility lets you back up your system files and/or data contained in the main system memory. Unlike the ASUS SmartKeeper automatic backup feature that backs up the entire system status (system and data) into one backup file, this utility allows you to manually create separate backup files for your system files and data files.
  • Page 53 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.
  • Page 54 In case the program fails to back up any items, it will show the items on the screen. 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.
  • Page 55 4. Type a name for your backup file and the folder where you wish to place it. You may opt not to specify a folder. 5. Check the boxes opposite the items that you wish to back up, or tap Select All to select all listed items.
  • Page 56 Tap the ASUS Backup icon. When prompted, stop all running programs. See page 2-29 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...
  • Page 57 To restore PIM data: 1. On the ASUS Backup screen, tap PIM Data. 2. When prompted, select the storage device (Flash Disk or CF card) where you stored your backup file. Tapping Cancel returns you to the previous screen. 3. Tap the Restore tab.
  • Page 58 ASUS SmartKeeper The ASUS SmartKeeper is an automatic backup feature that prompts you to backup the current system status in a CF card or SD card whenever the remaining battery power reaches a certain level. With the automatic option, the backup process is done whether the device is ON or OFF as long as a CF card or an SD card is present in their respective slot.
  • Page 59 6. In the Automatic screen, check the Automatic system backup box to enable automatic backup. This box is checked by default. When SmartKeeper is set to Automatic, make sure that a CF card or an SD card (64MB free space recommended) is present in the respective slot.
  • Page 60 To back up the current system status: When prompted, tap the Yes button on the screen message window to start the backup process. Tap No if you do not wish to back up the system status at this time. NOTE Make sure that either a CF card or an SD card is present in the respective slot.
  • Page 61 When the device is OFF Whenever a low battery status occurs while the device is in standby or OFF mode: 1. SmartKeeper wakes up the system to back up the system status. 2. SmartKeeper checks if a CF card or an SD card is ready in the slot. 3.
  • Page 62 If automatic backup failed because The system detected a battery the available space in the CF power low status and tried to back up the system status at memory card is not enough to 2004/06/14, 10:21:27 AM. Backup back up the current system status failed! Insufficient space in the CF card (or SD card).
  • Page 63 To use manual backup: 1. Tap , then tap Settings. 2. Tap the System tab on the bottom of the Settings screen. 3. Tap the SmartKeeper icon, then the Manual tab. 4. Tap the Back up system button to back up the current system status to the CF card or SD card.
  • Page 64 To restore the system status: 1. Tap , then tap Settings. 2. Tap the System tab on the bottom of the Settings screen. 3. Tap the SmartKeeper icon, then the Manual tab. 4. Tap the Restore system button to restore the saved system status from the CF card or SD card.
  • Page 65: Bundled Programs

    Tapping the ASUS Programs icon displays the ASUS Backup utility, ASUS Camera, and ASUS Launcher icons. Tap the ASUS Backup icon if you wish to use the utility. See section “ASUS Backup” on page 2-23 for details. Tap the ASUS Camera icon if you wish to use the utility.
  • Page 66: Games

    Games Tap the Games icon to display the available games. Calculator Tap the Calculator icon to use the calculator. File Explorer Tap the File Explorer icon to access your files. See page 2-12. 2-42 Chapter 2...
  • Page 67: Msn Messenger

    MSN Messenger Tap the MSN Messenger icon to use the service. See Chapter 5. Pocket MSN Tap the Pocket MSN icon to get connected to the Internet through the Pocket Internet Explorer. See Chapter 6. Pocket Word Tap the Pocket Word icon to create Pocket Word documents.
  • Page 68: Pocket Excel

    Pocket Excel Tap the Pocket Excel icon to create spreadsheet documents. See Chapter 5. Pictures Tap the Pictures icon to view .jpg pictures stored on your device or on a storage card. Refer to the online help on your device for details on using this feature.
  • Page 69 Chapter 3 ® ® Microsoft ActiveSync ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Introduction ............3-2 ® What is ActiveSync ? ............... 3-2 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ® Installing ActiveSync ................. ® Installing ActiveSync on your computer ........3-3 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Synchronizing your device ........
  • Page 70: Introduction

    Introduction ® What is ActiveSync ® ® The Microsoft ActiveSync is one of the important bundled programs in 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.
  • Page 71: Installing Activesync

    ® 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 ®...
  • Page 72 4. Read the Overview before installing ActiveSync 3.7 to make sure that you perform the installation sequence correctly. 5. If you have not installed Outlook, install it now. Click Install Outlook 2002 and follow the screen instructions to complete the installation. 6.
  • Page 73: Synchronizing Your Device

    Synchronizing your device Connecting your device to a computer To connect your device to your computer with the cradle: 1. Place the device on the cradle. 2. Connect the USB sync cable on the back of the cradle 3. Connect the other end to a USB port on your computer. To connect your device to your computer without the cradle: 1.
  • Page 74: Setting Up A Partnership

    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.
  • Page 75 On the Calendar Synchronization Settings window, for example, select from the options how you wish to synchronize the appointments on your device with your computer. Click OK. 4. Click Finish to complete setting a partnership. Immediately after you set up a ®...
  • Page 76: Checking Synchronized Information

    Checking synchronized information After your first synchronization, take a look at Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks on your device. You will notice that the calendar information in Microsoft Outlook on your computer was copied to your device, and the information that you have on your device was copied to your computer. NOTE Open Microsoft Outlook on your desktop computer to see the details of copied information from your device.
  • Page 77: Manually Initiating Synchronization

    Manually 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. Connection status Tap to connect and synchronize Tap to stop synchronization...
  • Page 78: Synchronization Options

    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 desktop computer, click on the Options icon, or •...
  • Page 79 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.
  • Page 80 3-12 Chapter 3...

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