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HP 300LX Series Palmtop PCs - Preparing Cards with Stacker for the HP 300 Series

Issue:
You want to use a Flash Disk card with Stacker installed on an HP 300LX Series Palmtop PC, but Stacker is not supported by the Windows CE operating system.
Solution
Perform the following steps:
  1. Turn off the HP 300LX Series Palmtop PC.
  2. Insert the PC Card. Be careful to properly align the card with the sides of the slot, then push the PC Card into the bed of pins at the bottom of the slot.
  3. Power on the HP 300 Series Palmtop PC again.
  4. When the unit turns on, it examines the PC Card slot. If the Flash Disk in the PC Card slot is compatible, the HP 300LX Series Palmtop PC will recognize it and set it up as the PC Card folder. The files already on the PC Card will be displayed within this PC Card folder.
  5. All of the HP Flash Disk cards have Stacker pre-installed on them. Stacker is not supported and will not work on the Windows CE computer, including the HP 300LX Series Palmtop PCs. With a stacked Flash Disk, all the space on the disk is used. A small portion (107K) is occupied by the Stacker installation utilities, while the rest of the disk is occupied by the hidden system file "STACVOL.DSK." This file, by default, will occupy all of the remaining space on the disk. This STACVOL.DSK is the area in which the compressed files are stored by the Stacker software.
  6. The first time an HP 300LX Series Palmtop PC registers the card, it will display the following warning message if the PC Card has a Stacker file:
    PC CARD WARNING
    "This card contains a hidden compressed volume file (STACVOL.DSK). Your H/PC cannot access the files stored inside that volume. If you do not need the compressed volume, select the file in the PC Card folder and delete it."
    This message will generally appear only once. After you have tapped OK, the warning message will not appear again unless a different card is inserted. If you do not understand the implications of Stacker, you will not understand why the card has no room to store data.
  7. The existing files on the PC Card need to be deleted to make room for the HP 300LX Series Palmtop PC to store data files. To delete the Stacker installation files:
    1. Double-tap My Computer.
    2. Double-tap PC Card.
    3. Highlight a file icon and press the DELETE key. When all the default files have been deleted, the PC Card will have about 107K of free space. The remaining space on the disk is occupied by the STACVOL.DSK file.
  8. To remove the hidden system file, STACVOL.DSK, the file must be visible. The system default settings prevent hidden files from being displayed, so to make the hidden file visible:
    1. Double-tap the My Computer icon.
    2. Double-tap the PC Card icon.
    3. Tap on the menu bar item View, then tap on the item Options.
    4. Select the option to Show All Files.
    5. Remove the check mark in the option box to Hide file extensions.
    6. Tap OK. The PC Card folder should now display the hidden file STACVOL.DSK.
  9. Highlight the file icon labeled Stacvol.dsk.
  10. Press DELETE to delete the Stacvol.dsk file from the PC Card. This will cause the system to display another warning message:
    Confirm The Delete
    "The file ‘STACVOL.DSK’ is a system file. If you remove it, your computer or one of your programs may no longer work correctly. Are you sure you want to delete it? YES NO"
    If YES is selected, the portion of the file that contains the compressed files will be removed from the PC Card.
     warning:
    Any data in that portion of the disk will be lost. This could be a problem if you have data stored in the compressed Stacvol.dsk area. In this case, use another system to back up the data on the card before deleting the Stacvol.dsk.
    If NO is selected, the PC Card will have only a 107K portion of the card that can be accessed by the Windows CE unit, the portion of the card that was previously occupied by the Stacker initialization files.

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