It’s fine to designate a port that’s already in use (by a printer or modem, for example) as your HotSync port—just disconnect whatever’s there when it comes time to HotSync and don’t turn on the “always” port-monitoring option in Palm Desktop.
In Palm Desktop, use the Custom command in the HotSync menu to control which programs’ data are actually synchronized, and in which direction. (On the Macintosh, launch HotSync Manager, then choose HotSync → Conduit Settings to view these controls.) Doing so can cut down on HotSync time and confusion.
The home base for your data on your PC is in the Palm folder on your hard drive—inside the folder with your name on it. Knowing about this special folder means that you can back up, replace, or otherwise manipulate your data once it has been HotSynced.
You can’t perform a modem or network HotSync until you’ve first performed a standard, local HotSync.
To view your Palm device’s name, tap Applications → HotSync; the name appears at the top of the screen. To change its name in Windows, launch Palm Desktop. From the User pop-up menu, choose Edit Users, click the PalmPilot’s name, and click Rename. On the Macintosh, launch HotSync Manager, choose Users → Show Palm User List, click the PalmPilot’s name, and click Edit.
If you have a Palm III or later model, check out the updater to Palm OS 3.3, as described in Chapter 18. It lets you HotSync by infrared, lets HotSync Manager see more of your COM ports, offers additional preferences, ...