Palm Desktop and HotSync Manager

Palm Desktop and HotSync Manager

  • In Wine, Palm Desktop can install OK (see HOWTO below), but it won't run because of a crash in WinMM. Hotsync will sync both serial and USB cradles. Serial cradles and USB cradles do work, but in the latter case the process is a little convoluted. You can find all the information you need here.

Application Details:

Version: 4.1
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.30

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Palm Desktop

What does not


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Advanced features, Palm Desktop Barely tested.

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Additional Comments

Works perfectly.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 04 20091.1.30Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 01 20081.1.7No Not installable GarbageNathan.N 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 12 20081.1.1Yes No GarbageAdam Z. 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 03 20081.1.0Yes No GarbageAdam Z. 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10955 Palm Desktop doesn't start NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


(In progress 2009-01-05)

Palm Desktop and Hotsync Installation on Wine 1.1.12

Use winetricks to install the following

  • dcom98
  • ie6
  • msi2
  • wsh56

Make sure setupapi.dll is set to builtin.

Then run the file:

wine setup.exe

After installation:

  • To run Hotysnc, set windows version to "windows NT 4.0" to get rid of complaints about missing comm drivers.

Old manual instructions (wine 1.17 and earlier)

* Set Wine to Windows 98. 

* First, Install IE6. Make sure dcom98 is installed.

* Install Windows Installer manually. Run instmsia.exe. The installer will complain with a nasty error, but it will leave behind all the files you need in Windows\Installer\InstMsi0. Copy all of those files to Windows\system, and set msi.dll and msiexec.exe to native using winecfg.

* Install Windows Script 5.6. You can download the English version from:

Make sure setupapi.dll is set to builtin, and run the file.

* To run Hotysnc, set windows version to "windows NT 4.0" to get rid of complaints about missing comm drivers.

Note that palm desktop doesn't run because of a crash bug in Wine. Hotsync will run with both USB and serial cradles. For USB devices, the process is a little convoluted, but it works. The process is documented here.

Consolidated suggestions from the comments

(In progress 2008-11-03)

by Gordon Schumacher on Sunday January 13th 2008, 23:11
* set Wine to Windows 98.

No love with XP or 2K - all the same errors already reported here - but under 98, it installed without a hitch.
*He did not try to hotsync with it yet though.

by James Liggett on Wednesday April 11th 2007, 21:49
Didn't need any native DLLs at all.

You might also want to try getting rid of your Dll overrides and just use all builtins.



When i try to install palm desktop thats what the install said:
"The wizard was interrupted before palm desktop could completely installed. Your system has not been modified. To complete installation at another time, please run setup again"

Command line parameters ( wine setup.exe /? )


Command line parameters:

/L language ID

/S Hide intialization dialog. For silent mode use: /S /v/qn.

.V parameters to MsiExec.exe

/UA<url to InstMsiA.exe>

/UW<url to InstMsiW.exe>

/UM<url to msi package>


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