Cannot copy large files from PC into DELL Axim x51

Discussion in 'ActiveSync' started by Robert Janik, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Robert Janik

    Robert Janik Guest

    I can't copy big files via USB from PC to DELL Axim x51 (to SD memory) using
    explorer, copy&paste. I updated ActiveSync from 4.0 to 4.1. With ActiveSync
    4.0 I was able to copy 236MB file, but I'm unable to do it with ActiveSync
    4.1.

    I tried to copy AVI and MPEG file. No file conversion is done, system starts
    to copy the file immediately, progress bar is showing that copy is working,
    but after about 5 min. it starts from the beginning. No error message.
    I calculated that copy should take about 12 min., but it is still trying to
    copy file from the beginning after 30 min.
    I can copy small files - several MB, but not hundreds MB or 1GB.
    I double checked that SD card isn't locked.

    I don't know if it is really ActiveSync issue. Maybe there is some
    networking problem, system resets the connection after some time. This is
    common problem on windows operating systems.
     
    Robert Janik, Dec 20, 2005
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  2. Try a soft reset and see if that helps any... also try rebooting the
    computer.
     
    Rob Borek [MS MVP], Dec 20, 2005
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  3. SD memory <<

    Almost all serious users have abandoned activesync as a file transfer
    method to and from the ppc and it's memory card and use card readers
    instead.

    Note that you can "sync" media files directly to a card in a card reader.

    Beverly Howard [MS MVP-Mobile Devices]
     
    Beverly Howard [Ms-MVP/MobileDev], Dec 20, 2005
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  4. Robert Janik

    Robert Janik Guest

    Of course I restarted both machines, because I was trying to do this for
    several days.

    I finaly found the problem in slow ActiveSync and broken progress bar.
    When I opened another explorer instance I found the file I was trying to
    copy. Its size was 64kB and it wasn't increasing, so I thought there must be
    some problem. But when I removed PDA from cradle in the middle of the
    process. I found this file in SD and it had 356MB.
    So I opened screen with information about memory in use on PDA and I was
    able to monitor how copy works. It is slower than what would one expect. It
    means that information in Windows Explorer about file size is false, it
    should report increasing file size and not fixed value of 64kB. And of
    course progress bar shouldn't start from the beginning, because it looks
    like if network connection was reset.

    This time I was extremely patient and waited until copy was finished (about
    850MB - 3 hour movie, 640x352).

    I found some advice about using third party applications (like ftp). Maybe
    it will be better solution then ActiveSync.

    Anyway thanks for trying to help me.
    It was my stupidity to expect it will work like if I was connected to
    another machine on the network.
     
    Robert Janik, Dec 21, 2005
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  5. Robert Janik

    Robert Janik Guest

    Almost all serious users have abandoned activesync as a file transfer
    Yeah, I learned that the hard way.
    It reminds me old MS-DOS and copy-floppy style of work.
    I thought that networks have the future. You know, I might switch on the
    device and drag&drop what I want to take with me without thinking about it.
     
    Robert Janik, Dec 21, 2005
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  6. you can also copy files via wifi from a shared location to the ppc...
    has to be done from the ppc...

    It's been a while (using card reader is so easy) but seem to remember
    that there were problems copying from a share directly to the sd card.

    Beverly Howard [MS MVP-Mobile Devices]
     
    Beverly Howard [Ms-MVP/MobileDev], Dec 21, 2005
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