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The SynCE project provides a means of communication with a Windows CE or Pocket PC device.

This page is a howto for connecting your Windows Mobile device with Arch Linux. Afterwards you can sync and install cabs just like you can do with ActiveSync in Windows. It uses the KDE app synce-kde, but GNOME and *box users can relax, the only qt-deps are qscintilla-2.3.2-2 and pyqt-4.4.4-2. And they are small.


  1. Install the synce-coreAUR package, which provides the libraries and the dccm daemon.
  2. Install the synce-kdeAUR and synce-sync-engineAUR packages.

Connecting to your phone

  1. Start odccm:
    # odccm
  2. Start sync-engine. You can use "sync-engine -d" to have it running in the background as a daemon.
  3. Start synce-kpm
  4. Connect your WM phone.

Now you can sync your phone, install cabs and so on. Have fun.Before syncing you will have to create a partnership with your phone. Just as with active sync in Windows.


If your phone does not show in synce-kpm, make sure the activesync-setting in your phone is set to "activesync", and not "mass storage device"" or similar. (Settings → Connections → USB connection settings)

Other problems

There is only one problem. Sometimes it will stop working, and you will get an error report on your phone saying device.exe had a problem and was teminated. To fix this, simply go to USB-connection setting, choose "mass storage device" and select Ok, and then select "active sync" and again ok.

If the above did not work, you might have to quit/kill sync-engine and odccm, and restart them. Start odccm first. This seems to be necessary when sync-engine is stuck at " Authorization pending - waiting for password on device" You will get output if you start sync-engine without the -d option.

This problem occurs after the phone is suspended, but it is not certain what caused it.