There are two types of iPAQ Resets you can do: a soft reset and a hard reset. Many times a either a soft or hard reset is necessary after installing new hardware like a battery.
A soft reset stops all open programs and "reboots" your iPAQ. When the iPAQ powers back up, you'll start with all programs closed and the unit will be ready to use. The soft reset is intended to reset the iPAQ if it is malfunctioning or has become bogged down. A reset could also be necessary after some software is installed.
A soft reset are similar on all iPAQ models but there are definite differences from model to model. For example on the iPAQ 1900 Series Pocket PCs you can perfom a soft reset by pressing the tiny recessed button on the left-hand side of the unit. There is a reset nib in the stylus that can be found by unscrewing its top.
A hard reset on the other hand wipes the RAM and returns the iPAQ to its factory specs. In effect, after the hard reset, the Pocket PC will be just as it was when you purchased it. All data entered, preferences set or software installed on the Pocket PC after purchase will be lost after a hard reset and will have to transferred or reinstalled via ActiveSync.
Hard resets are similar on all iPAQ models but there are definite differences from model to model. For example on the iPAQ 1900 Series Pocket PCs a hard reset can be performed by pressing and holding the power button at the top of the unit while simultaneously pressing and holding tiny recessed reset button on the left-hand side of the unit. Make sure that you press and hold the power button before pressing and holding the reset button. Keep both buttons pressed for several seconds until the screen fades. Turn the unit back on. The iPAQ will now be as it was when it left the factory and you can start fresh.
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