Sunbird Portable Support
Many of the most common issues that arise when using Sunbird Portable are addressed here. Please read through the various topics to see if any of them address your question. You can also post a note to the Sunbird Portable Support Forum.
Sunbird Portable-Specific Issues
General Mozilla Sunbird Issues
To install Sunbird Portable, just download the ZIP file at the top of the Sunbird Portable page and unzip it anywhere on your portable drive. To do this in Windows XP:
The directions will be a little different if you're using another version of Windows or if you've installed another ZIP utility like WinZip. In that case, check the help file of your ZIP utility to learn how to unzip the file.
To start up Sunbird Portable, just double-click PortableSunbird.exe where you installed Portable Sunbird on your portable drive. Then, use it just like you would a local copy of Sunbird. There are a couple of things to keep in mind:
To upgrade to a newer version of Sunbird Portable, make a copy of your existing profile folder within the PortableSunbird directory on your portable drive. Then download the new version of Sunbird Portable and copy your profile from the old version into the new version.
If you're using a local copy of Sunbird, you may wish to just copy your local Sunbird settings right into Sunbird Portable. Your local Sunbird profile is usually installed in C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Mozilla\Sunbird\Profiles\??????.default\ Just copy all of those files to the profile directory within Sunbird Portable. Sometimes, certain profiles will cause the launcher to fail or hang..
A second profile can allows you to setup another set of settings (calendars, tasks, preferences, etc) for Sunbird Portable that you can use independent of your main settings. This is useful for sharing a flash drive with someone, testing extensions and configuration options or separating our work from personal details.
To use a second profile, install the Sunbird Portable 2nd Profile 1.2 app in the same PortableApps directory that SunbirdPortable is in (so, if Sunbird Portable is installed to X:\PortableApps\SunbirdPortable, you'd install this to X:\PortableApps\SunbirdPortable2ndProfile). In the PortableApps.com Menu, it will show up as "Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition 2nd Profile". You can easily rename it to something more useful by right-clicking and selecting rename. When you run it, it will start Sunbird Portable up with your second profile without affecting your main profile. You can even install a 3rd or 4th profile by installing the 2nd Profile app again to another location (like X:\PortableApps\SunbirdPortable3rdProfile) and then renaming it in the PortableApps.com Menu.
Sunbird Portable supports running from a CD right out of the box, and it's a snap. Start off by downloading and installing Sunbird Portable to your hard drive... it doesn't matter where. Run it at least once to generate the default settings. Then, customize it as needed, being sure not to move SunbirdPortable.exe or any of the other critical files. Next, download SunbirdPortable.ini and save it to the same directory as SunbirdPortable.exe. Then, burn the whole SunbirdPortable directory to a CD and you're ready to go. Note that Sunbird doesn't actually support running directly from read-only media, so the portable app and the profile are copied to the local PC's temp directory and run from there.
If you use Sunbird Portable from a USB flash drive with a write-protect switch, you're covered, too. The Sunbird Portable Launcher will automatically detect when you protect the drive and offer to run your files locally for you.
Additional information about the options in the INI is provided in the readme.txt file within the SunbirdPortable\Other\SunbirdPortableSource directory. Please note that you must follow Mozilla's Trademark Distribution Guidelines if you are distributing your customized version to anyone else.
The following are known issues with this package:
I made some modifications to the official version of Sunbird to make it more USB key friendly (decreasing total install size and the number of writes to the drive, which will increase drive life). These changes are listed here so you'll know what they are, and so you can recreate the process, if so desired.