Yes, sometimes this does happen. You purchase a program for your PDA and get home just to find out the program doesn’t want to install the way it is supposed to onto your PDA. You have docked it with the desktop computer and still it doesn’t want to install.
There could be a number of reasons as to why it doesn’t want to install the program on your PDA the way it should. Did you read the program before you bought it? Is the program designed for PDA’s or desktop style computers. There is a difference in programming and this is one thing some people make the mistake of doing. They do not check to see if the program is compatible with the PDA.
Another problem some people have is that the program they are trying to install won’t work with say the size of video card in the PDA, or other components such as resolution size. If this is the case the program is not going to run properly and you shouldn’t continue to attempt the cause of installing it on the PDA.
The last problem one might have with installing a program onto their PDA would be lack of space. Or memory that is needed for the program. If this is indeed the situation, the PDA will tell you the program cannot be installed. However, if there are files on your PDA that can be removed or transferred to a desktop computer or memory card to free up space, at that point it may then be possible to install the program.
If the program started to install, and the error message told you that it could not install for lack of space, be sure to remove the initial installation. And as an extra precaution reset you PDA. Then, start the installation again, if you now have enough space the program will probably install correctly.
The purpose of removing an existing attempt to install the program and resetting your PDA is for the fact that in some instances, when a program is reinstalled overwriting the previous that did not fully install, it can cause the PDA to have some corrupted files within the program and although it installed ok, it may not work the right way.
If you are trying to install a program from one PDA to another PDA by using the infrared port on your PDA, a lot of times this won’t work for several reasons. One main reason is simply because the application is what you are actually transferring from one PDA to another, and not actually the setup program needed for it to run properly.
The best way to solve this, which in some cases it still might not work, is to go into the windows directory or program files on your PDA and see if you can find the setup files for the program you are trying to install by using the infrared procedure. This works occasionally, however, the setup files are sometimes considered temp files and once the program is installed the setup files are automatically deleted.