Originally Posted by bmike1
thanks for your suggestions, buddy. I am not sure what you are talking about so I will drag your suggestion and this old computer to the next install-fest and see if anyone there can help. I sure wish I was more computer literate!
I'm presuming that your PDA uses the same type of plug that my smartphone does i.e. that the plug that goes into the device has a "sync" button. If so, then plug it in, open your file manager (erm you don't mention a distro so I don't know whether it'll be either konqueror or nautilius).
Navigate to /dev (though again, it depends on distro whether you need to be root or user). If theres an entry for /dev/pilot (and as before, the plug has a sync button) press the button and see if the icon changes - you might need to do that a couple of times as it depends on how your system see's the device - so if theres no /dev/pilot you may need to look at /dev/usb and look for a change, likewise at /dev/tty1 (or even /dev/tty0).
Any changes that you see might give you some sort of idea about where to be looking for the problem, especially if you managed to get it working previously.
As you can see from what I posted, I'm using a later version of kpilot, kde (and I'm sure other stuff aswell as kernel). Hell it's even a different device, but as it's based on the same OS i.e. Palm and connects via USB, I was just trying to explain ways of checking various things that might be affected. Like you mention a recent change of kernel so has the new one got support for Palm devices/OS ? it's not gonna be _the_ answer, but suggestions of where to be looking/searching for clues.