Getting Started Using Your ScoutPalDB PDA and Socket Cordless Scanner (Bluetooth)

Carefully unpack the PDA and scanner. Save all packaging in case of return. (Returns MUST be complete: all packaging, all cables, all bags, twist-ties etc.; all must be in as-received condition.) A stylus is stored on the right side of the PDA, you will use the stylus to tap on the screen and operate the PDA. Put the PDA and Bluetooth scanner on their chargers. Wait for a full charge. Even if you have used a bar code scanner before, please take some time now to read: http://www.scoutpal.com/db/howtoscan

Do not install any software from CDs packaged with the PDA or scanner. Everything has been pre-installed for use with your ScoutPal subscription: the ScoutPalDB program and scanner driver software are set up, and the latest database (as of date of shipment) is in the data storage card. (SD card.)

Get familiar with the push buttons on the PDA:  Above or to the right of the screen is an on/off button, push it once briefly to turn the screen on/off, push and hold to put the PDA to sleep/wakeup or turn completely off/on. It's important to dim the screen or turn the PDA off when not in continuous use in order to conserve battery power. Under the screen is a row of buttons with pictures and a cursor control pad in the middle. From the left, the buttons are: (depending on PDA model)

Calendar -- Start Flag -- [Cursor Pad] -- OK/Close -- Envelope
-- or --
Calendar -- Menu -- [Cursor Pad] -- Envelope -- Home

Before you begin using ScoutPalDB:  Press and hold the small scanner button to wake it up and get its blue light blinking, then reboot the PDA to wake it up from shipping:  Use the stylus to press in the tiny reset button/hole on the right edge or back of the PDA. After the reset completes you can start and explore the PDA's built in help program for usage tips; if you do, close windows until you are on the PDA's Today screen, which is similar to the "desktop" screen on a computer.

The PDA and Scannner Bluetooth radios must both be on in order to communicate with each other. The PDA displays a blue light when its Bluetooth radio is on. If it the PDA Bluetooth is off, tap Start>Settings>Connections>Bluetooth and turn it on. The scanner blinks blue when it is awake. If the scanner has gone to sleep, press its button and wake it up. (Bluetooth devices go to sleep to conserve battery power.)  For best results always wake up the scanner before waking up the PDA.

To begin using your PDA and scanner and ScoutPalDB:
(With some PDA's, a New Modem Detected message may popup when the PD first turns on. This is not a problem, you have done nothing wrong. Simply tap the Dismiss button to close the message.)

  1. If the scanner’s blue light is not blinking, press and hold the small button until it starts blinking blue. (Press and hold the small button again when you want to turn the scanner off to save battery.)
  2. Tap Start-Programs-SocketScan-SocketScan to start the scanner driver  Then, on the Today screen (tap Start > Today) look for the Socket scanner driver icon (a bar code with a red line) on the bottom right of the PDA’s screen. Alternatively, the "record" button on the left edge of the PDA may be programmed to start SocketScan.(1)
  3. Tap on the scanner driver icon and select “Connect CS” and the PDA will connect to the scanner.
  4. The scanner is now ready to use.

Push the Calendar button or tap Start (top left of screen)>Programs>ScoutPalDB to begin using ScoutPalDB.(1)  Your PDA was setup with ScoutPalDB2 following the steps published at http://scoutpal.com/db, so it is ready to use. Do not repeat the setup steps.

(IMPORTANT) Keep the database up-to-date:

A storage card reader simplifies and speeds up the process of copying database updates to the storage card. Most new computers have them built-in, or you can get an inexpensive "plug-and-play" reader from Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. Plug the reader into a USB port on your computer, and give Windows some time to recognize it. Then simply remove the storage card from the PDA and plug it into the card reader. On some computers, a window into the storage card will automatically open when the card is plugged in. If not, use the “My Computer” function to open a window to show all the drives attached to your computer. The storage card will be listed as one of your removable drive(s). Double click it to open a window into the storage card. If you are not sure which drive letter(s) belong to the card reader, unplug and plug in the reader again and you will see the drive letter(s) disappear and then reappear in the list. You may have to click on more than one drive letter to find out which one belongs to the card. Once you have the card open in Windows, you can copy and paste a new database update directly from your computer, over to the card.

To the get the latest database update:  Browse to http://www.scoutpal.com/db and install the "easy updater" on your computer, it will tell take you step-by-step through the process. If you cannot use the "easy updater" (Mac computer users, others) and you must instead update with a manual zip download and unzip procedure, be sure to click on the "How to" link on the page and follow the instructions there. BE SURE TO KEEP THE PDA PLUGGED INTO A CHARGING SOURCE SO THAT IT WILL REMAIN ON THROUGHOUT THE DATABASE UPDATE PROCEDURE.

Always soft-reset the PDA so that it will recognize an update. To save time, you can do the soft reset before starting the update process on your computer.

For general PDA or scanner usage information, please refer to the manufacturer documentation.

Contact ScoutPal Support if you need more help. The direct line for subscribers only is: (541) 752-3917

1 Tap Start>Settings>Buttons to customize your PDA's buttons. To move a program to different button, first assign <none> (at top of program scroll list) to its current button.

2 If a program you need is not listed on the Start menu, tap Start>Programs and find it there.