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What are DAT files? Adn how can I get my Palm Desktop App to read them?

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My Palm software is NOT reading ".DAT" files - but all my addresses / contacts are ibn this format. How can I read them again using the Palm Desk Top applcaition?
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DAT files are indeed the normal way for palm desktop to store addresses. if the file named "address.dat" ist stored in the directory C:\Program Files\Palm\[YOUR PALM USER NAME]\address, then palm desktop should recognize it automatically (this path is different, of course, if you've chosen a different path at installation of palm desktop).

what exactly does "My Palm software is NOT reading ".DAT" files" mean? do you get an error message? are you trying to open the file with a specific palm desktop command? or are there simply no contacts showing up?


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Blue -

Thanks for the note except I have done what you described and the program will not read the file. Says it is "not a recgnized file format"....

ALll I am doing is trying to either a) open an archive  or b) import data. Neither works and I get the same error message on both - does not recognize file format.

Can you help further??
KDM
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for both functions "import" and "open archive", apparently you need an "ABA" file (which i don't know what it is).  if you have a DAT file, what you have to do is put it into the "address" folder of your palm desktop installation (replacing the existing address.dat file there -> make a backup copy of that one just in case).  then restart palm desktop.

do you still have the contacts on the palm?  if yes, what you can do is the following:

1) "delete" your palm user dir within palm desktop (i.e., the directory c:\progam files\palm\[your user name]). of course, DON'T REALLY DELETE IT, but move it to a different location outside of c:\progam files\palm

2) run a hotsync: hotsync will think that you connected a palm that you haven't connected before and will re-create the palm desktop user directory, thereby (hopefully) sychronizing all your contacts into it...


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