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Palm not communicating on etch running kernel 2.6.12

I have been trying for several days to get my palm to
sync over USB, with no success.  My system is running
debian etch with the stock 2.6.12 kernel
(linux-image-2.6.12-1-686) to be precise.

When I tell my palm to HotSync, dmesg displays the
expected output:

------- snip -------
ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.1: wakeup
usb 2-1: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and
address 12
visor 2-1:1.0: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter
usb 2-1: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now
attached to ttyUSB0
usb 2-1: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now
attached to ttyUSB1
usb 2-1: USB disconnect, address 12
visor ttyUSB0: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter
now disconnected from ttyUSB0
visor ttyUSB1: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter
now disconnected from ttyUSB1
------- snip -------

But pilot-xfer just hangs when trying to install

------- snip -------
chris@pyromaniacs:~/palm/down$ pilot-xfer -i
   No $PILOTPORT specified and no -p <port> given.
   Defaulting to '/dev/pilot'

   Listening to port: /dev/pilot

   Please press the HotSync button now...
------- snip -------

I have used the same palm (Tungsten C) with the same
cradle on several other computers (Windows and Mac
boxen) and they seem to have no problem talking.  I
recall this not working either with the stock 2.6.8
kernel, but it *did* work with the 2.6.11 kernel.

Someone in #debian suggested that I make sure that the
bps settings on the pilot and the computer were set
correctly, and they were.  'cat /dev/ttyUSB0' shows
nothing.  I vaguely remember it displaying several
garbage characters back when it was working.

So at this point I don't even know what to ask aside
from "how do I get this working?"



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