R.I.P. Toshiba e800

In the beginning of the year I reviewed the Toshiba e800, one of the most well-designed PDAs ever released. I only turned it ON 4-5 times since then. It was always on power (otherwise the third party programs would get deleted from the RAM), but I was not really using it. Tonight, I wanted to install the IBM J2ME 6.1 stack on it to try out a few Java apps, and the device wouldn’t turn on. No matter what I would try, the device would stay a brick. It’s a shame really, as it is was a beautiful piece of machine and supported VGA (screen comparison). I didn’t give it enough love though, as between my Pocket PC cellphone, my powerful Dell x50v and my handy iPaq there wasn’t enough space/time for it… I find it really disappointing though that the device died so fast. Believe it or not, this is the first major piece of equipment that ever dies on me. I think once I had a floppy drive that died, but other than that, all my hardware proved solid.

UPDATE: And all of the sudden, the device is back up. It seems that for some reason the outlet in my office would not provide any power (there are over 15 devices that get power in that room), while when I plugged it on my living room the device came back to life. When the power outlet died in my office, the main battery kicked in, and when it was depleted then the secondary battery had to be enabled, and so it’s now dead and non-replaceable. The secondary battery only takes over when the main battery fails or gets depleted. It is similar to the batteries found on most watches and provides about 15 minutes of battery time. The main battery of the PDA is alive and well. I need to find a way to open the PDA now with a screwdriver and replace the secondary battery.

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memson wrote on November 5th, 2006 at 1:21 AM PST:

And the moral of this story is – do not leave Lithium-ion batteries continuously on charge. It seriously destroys them, especially when the anti charge circuit is not good enough to cut out when the battery is fully charged.

Secondary comment – WM 5 is the way to go.. persistent storage rocks. The Dell X51’s we have at work wipe the floor with the X50’s.


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Eugenia wrote on November 5th, 2006 at 6:10 AM PST:

The circuit is dead, not the battery.


memson wrote on November 5th, 2006 at 8:02 AM PST:

Sure? Battery being dead might also do it. Some such deviced will not power on without a good battery.


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Eugenia wrote on November 5th, 2006 at 8:54 AM PST:

It is supposed to work without a battery too (just on power). I really don’t think that the battery is dead.


Luis wrote on November 5th, 2006 at 10:47 AM PST:

It’s a shame really, as it is was a beautiful piece of machine […] I didn’t give it enough love though […] UPDATE: And all of the sudden, the device is back up.

Nice story :)


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