USB connection issues with WMDC / ActiveSync

13 May 2008

Version of WMDC / ActiveSync

Verify that you have a compatible version of the Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) or ActiveSync software installed on your desktop PC before connecting. Compatible versions are listed at the following web page.

Downloads for WMDC / ActiveSync

Basic Troubleshooting Steps

Try each and every one of the basic troubleshooting steps as listed at the following web page.

Basic Troubleshooting Steps

Change USB Drivers

Note: On older Archer Field PC units you must have WM5 OS release 2.1.1 or higher installed.

Try changing the USB client drivers by performing the following steps.

  1. Tap on Start > Settings > Connections > "USB to PC" icon.
  2. Uncheck the "Enable advanced network functionality" checkbox, and then tap OK.
  3. Attach the USB Client (ActiveSync) cable.


If you will be keeping this change, on older product models you may also need to install the patch as is available at the following web page.

ActiveSync network security conflict patch

Clean Boot (Set to Factory Defaults)

Set the rugged handheld computer to factory defaults as described in the User Guide. Detailed instructions may also be available at the following web pages.

Reseat or Replace Port Connector (I/O) Module

Some of our rugged handheld computer product models have a module containing the ports, which can be reseated or replaced in the field (without needing to return for repair). Refer to the "Accessory and Maintenance Guides" under Documentation for the product to see instructions.