The Psion 3 FAQ

In one of my old archives I stumbled upon a (now vintage) original Psion FAQ. Officially it is called The FAQ for comp.sys.psion. The original author was Chris Wesley and the document was maintained by Daniel Pfund. Where are these people now? ;-) They did so much for the Psion community and I want their legacy to live on through these web pages. The FAQ I am adding to the Psion pages here is the 01Dec95 - v1.1Beta2 version.

The Psion 3 FAQ 1.1beta2 - 1995

I. DISCLAIMER This article is provided 'as is' without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, neither the authors, the maintainer or the contributors will assume responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. This document is compiled in spare time for free, and I cannot resource thorough checking of all its contents. However, I am interested in making the FAQ as good as it can be, so your constructive feedback is welcome. II. CREDITS This FAQ is not sponsored or endorsed by Psion PLC or any subsidary companies they may own in any way. To create this document Chris (the original FAQ author) reviewed the Newsgroup activity at comp.sys.psion

II. CREDITS over some months, used that to generate a list of Frequently Asked Questions, used THAT to generate a FAQ structure, then populated it with extracted wisdom from the news traffic. So a lot of information here is provided by the newsgroup contributors, who are too numerous to credit individually. (Chris said 'I'm just the clerk that put it all in one place.') Special thanks go to Markus Illenseer, who owned the first (Series 3) FAQ - from which Chris also extracted useful information. Chris also thanked Clive D.W. Feather, Daniel Senie, Roger Burton-West, for extensive helpful comments on his preliminary FAQ. I would like to thank Mark Gould and Jason Savage for their precious help and comments. Other contributors are credited in the sections they provided special help in compiling.

Psion 3 FAQ Menu


1.1 What is the Psion Series 3/3a?
1.2 Which model should I buy?
1.3 What other machines does Psion make?
1.4 What other palmtop alternatives are there?
1.5 Where can I purchase a Psion?
1.6 How can I contact Psion?


2.1 Hardware specifications
2.2 What batteries does the Psion use?
2.3 How long do the batteries last?
2.4 Where can I find the backup battery?
2.5 Can I use an external power supply?
2.6 Can I upgrade my Solid State Disk (SSD)?
2.7 Can I upgrade my internal RAM?
2.8 Can I change the keyboard?
2.9 Can I use a big (normal) keyboard?
2.10 How do I make a serial link?
2.11 What is this "soap on a rope" thing?
2.12 How do I print with my Psion?
2.13 Can I take my Psion through an X-Ray machine?
2.14 Can my Psion wipe out magnetic data?


3.1 How do I reset my Psion?
3.2 What is killing a process?
3.3 How can I save what's on the screen?
3.4 What is the soak test?
3.5 How can I find a text in my memos with Agenda?
3.6 How can I make the cursor bigger?
3.7 How can I take out the "hum" when I record sounds?
3.8 How safe is password protection?


4.1 Known hardware problems & solutions
4.2 Known software problems & solutions
4.3 User groups
4.4 Online services
4.5 Bulletin boards (BBSes)
4.6 Magazines


6.1 With an IBM or clone
6.2 With an Amiga
6.3 With a UNIX machine
6.4 With a Macintosh
6.5 With an Atari
6.6 With an Acorn Archimedes or Risc PC
6.7 With a modem
6.8 With a packet radio TNC
6.9 Terminal emulation
6.10 TCP/IP stack


7.1 Limitations & bugs
7.2 Tips & tricks
7.3 Changing permanently the keyboard mapping


8.1 Overview of development possibilities
8.2 OPL programming directly on the Psion
8.3 OPL programming from a PC
8.4 C Development on PC
8.5 Advanced C Development on a PC
8.6 Available books
8.7 How to do various things: tips & tricks