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Posted 2017-10-26 8:13 AM
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A postscript on the .NET Compact Framework on the BE-300: perhaps because of the device's file structure, it does not seem to want to make .NET CF 1.0 work. I've tried it with no success thus far. But, interestingly, the ported versions for CE 2.0 and CE 2.11 do work. (You have to install the files and registry entries to enable CAB installation, if using the native Top Menu, in order to install it.) A BE-300 user named uroman originally reported success with it on be300.org (as well as on the Codeplex page where it was introduced) not long after that release. I've confirmed it myself recently, but it does require that aygshell.dll be placed in the "Patch" folder to copy into \Windows on boot (since the file isn't natively on the device), or else the apps won't load. And even you have to use the right version in order for the menu bar to be created properly - and even then it sometimes ignores your menu selections. (Dic's versions - 22k and 25k in size - seem to be the only ones that work at all.)
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Posted 2017-11-22 8:22 AM
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sucks for me, because I recently bought a Casio BE300 HPC for a buck at a thirft store. I also bought a Cassiopeia USB Cradle on ebay, waiting to deliver to me, so I can finally be able to use my be300. I am very new to this hackable PDA.
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Congrats RLS89ZX, they're great little things. The only gripe I had with mine, was the back light. I don't know why, but I could hardly look at it before it made me go cross eye and give me a headache! But there is tons of info out here on Google about the BE300, as well as here on the forums (and tons of help to be had too).
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Posted 2017-11-22 8:54 PM
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I've already done a lot of the Googling myself, HPC:Fan, as can be seen by my previous comments. As I've pointed out, most of the sites are closed and/or their domains sold, and not all pages have been archived into the Wayback Machine. I did do a little more searching recently, though, and found that one of our members here (nichostetler) had a BE-300 forum site as well:

http://nichoscubs.proboards.com/

Not much there though, either, and Nic hasn't visited us here for quite some time now.
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Posted 2017-11-22 9:59 PM
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I guess CE Geek knows this already by I just found out about BeShell via the forum CE Geek mentioned, a Russian Shell that makes BE-300 look more modern / Win XP like.

http://tvthemeguy.tripod.com/beshell.htm

Pretty cool, I wonder if it works with CASSIOPEIA l'agenda BE-500. That can be bought very cheaply here.

Edited by stingraze 2017-11-22 10:03 PM
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Posted 2017-11-23 12:19 AM
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There's supposed to be a way to reflash a BE-500 into a BE-300. (A normal reflash won't work - it produces an error message.) But I don't know if the necessary files are still available online anywhere. I wouldn't mind being able to do this since the BE-500 actually looks cooler than the BE-300, with a light-colored case instead of a black one. (I've even seen images on the Web of some with other colors.) But the BE-500 is of course impossible to find in the US since it was only distributed in Japan.

BeShell does have a lot of cool skins, many of which don't resemble either the Windows or Pocket PC 2002 interface. And there's an alternative Today layout that just shows appointments and tasks, and I think it's supposed to support showing appointments over a multiday period, since that layout spaces the two out much more on the screen. But I haven't been able to figure out how to enable multiple appointments on that screen. There's also a partial shell called BeSkin that can overlay the Bee interface (I haven't gotten it working with any other core CE-based shells, and archived pages of the original Bee site - http://www.bee.zmoz.com - show a post by Dic suggesting that he wrote it specifically for Bee), but it's missing some features (like its own Start Menu), and I haven't been able to get appointments and tasks to show on it, which is kinda weird since even the fake Today screen written by CButters for EpodXP supports displaying those.
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