Originally posted by DiBosco
Make sure that in File | Preferences | settings you have typed
in the serial port box. [...]
I owe you a big Thank You, DiBosco, for this tip. I'd just lost the ability to hot-sync (again) after "upgrading" to Mandrake 9.1. Just because all my files remained intact, I assumed the preferences had, too, and was about to climb the walls, or maybe bust through them, in frustration. Turned out specifying the device was all I needed to do.
Sometimes I think "upgrade" means "degrade"...