Saridnour and anyone else who's managed to 'kill' their ePods,
I have been messing around with my ePods for about six weeks now. I have managed to trash the entire 'ePods System' folder and all of the 'copied' files in the Windows folder. (i.e. All the files that were copied from the ePods System\IFC folder). I have yet to totally disable the ePods. So this post has two purposes, the first being to inform others how to recover a 'dead ePods', and the second to get clarification on just how someone with a dead ePods actually went about to cause this condition.
I have noticed a lot of posts that claim that a hard reset with CF cards seems to present problems, just for the record, I placed 10MB Sun Flash Disk (memory) in the CF slot and it hasn't been removed since. I have deleted files, hard rebooted, and hacked the hell out of the registry and have not experienced this problem. I am not saying that it couldn't be this, just that it may not be this. (Maybe it has something to do with the brand of CF card.)
How to recover a 'dead' ePods: (Assuming you backed up your ePods System folder or have access to a backup)
1. Perform a HARD RESET - Press the power button, hold it in while pressing the reset button on the back of the unit. (You will need to use your stylus for this).
2. Go through the screen calibration process (If this screen doesn't come up after a hard reset, it may be possible that you somehow manage to erase the ROM (Since the ROM in the ePods are actually Intel Flash Memory chips) I don't know how likely or possible this is, but if you don't get the calibration screen, its not going to do anything.
3. Wait for the ePods to present you with the date and time dialog. DO NOT enter the date and time or close this dialog box or click the OK button for this box. Leave it on the screen.
4. Press the #3 hardware key at the top of the unit. This brings up the keyboard. The button has a little keyboard icon etched into the plastic near it.
5. Select ALT then TAB on the on screen keyboard. At this point you should be presented with the ePods ROM version of the task manager, allowing you to run an application.
6. Browse to the Windows folder and run repllog.exe (This is the application that starts up the connection to the PC)
7. After ActiveSync and your ePods makes the connection, restore the ePods System folder and do another hard reset.
8. You should now be back to a virgin ePods system.
To those of you that have worked through all these steps and still have a dead ePods, and already know all this, I apologize. I just have not seen these steps posted as complete step-by-step instructions and thought it would be good to post it all for those who might experience the 'dead ePods syndrome' in the future.
If none of this helps, I would really like to know what you think you did that caused the kill. Please feel free to e-mail me.
P.S. Does anyone know of any place to buy Platform Builder 2.12, preferably as surplus software, I don't want to pay $3000 just to 'play' around on the ePods. I own PB 2.11 but things are just different enough to cause minor incompatabilities. If I manage to locate a copy, I will try an export a 2.12 SDK that all of the programmers out there could use.