Gadget - iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

I was looking around at the ultra-portable PC market when I stumbled across a special offer on the iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard. This is a wireless keyboard that can connect to my Orange SPV M600 by bluetooth. As my phone comes with Windows Mobile 5 and has the mobile office stuff, I saw great opportunity for writing longer emails and little documents too. I ordered it from Expansys and due to the recent Industrial Action at the Royal Mail, it took a few days to arrive.

Once paired up with my phone it worked ok, but I had a few problems with the latest drivers. You can install the drivers direct to the device by browsing to the thinkoutside site, but these didn't work. I got errors in a couple of places. The install would start up, the progress bar would go along 5 blocks and then would bomb out with the error "Stowaway XT Setup - Install Failed" and bang. This I cured by checking the install log in the volatile subdirectory, and then manually deleting the stowaway files from the windows directory. I really do not like deleting files that way as you can totally mangle windows by playing around with dlls. Once I got the driver to install I then had a problem on restart - i.e. the driver would not initialise on the device with "The Keyboard driver ("StowawayXT.dll") is not responding. please reinstall". Any attempt to reinstall gave the above problem.

I eventually fixed it by going back in versions from the current version. Searching around the internet I found a support posting on one of the Expansys forums that pointed back to previous drivers which appear to be a version before the latest. Having cleared out the stowaway files from the windows directory, the driver loaded in ok.

posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:56 AM Print
# re: Gadget - iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard
Rory Forbes
12/14/2007 7:17 PM
Hi Alistair

Thanks for this post. I've been onto the iGO support line in the US via Skype, free by the way, at least Skype haven't charged me for the 30 minute call to Arizona. They had no answer to this problem which I am having and having diffuculty identifying successfully the version of driver which does succesfully install.

Would you be so kind as to let me know the precise driver you did successfully install onto your SPV M600. I am slowly going mad with it.


# re: Gadget - iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard
12/15/2007 10:11 AM
Hi Rory,

Tricky because the link doesn't seem to work anymore, but when I check the about page on my M600 it says it is version 4.51, which is the driver that is offered for download if you pick Orange Pocket PC as Manufacturer, and M600 as model number.

Getting it on to the device is down to manually clearing out the previous install. A yucky and dangerous job, usual caveats about frying your machine apply.


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