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pitr
post Mar 26 2005, 04:10 AM
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Three questions I'd like to ask, if you'd bear with me. smile.gif

- has anybody successfully compiled a kernel.org kernel for the Zaurus? If not, what are the main obstructions to doing so?

- does anybody use Z + serial cable as a TTY for headless boxes (e.g. debugging rack servers)? How can this be done (C3000 doesn't seem to have a serial port)?

- does anybody know of an 802.11g card that can be persuaded to work with the C3000?

- (ooops, I've got a 4th blink.gif ) is there a guide anywhere to language conversion from scratch? If I buy a Z it'll be via a Japanese friend of mine, and I'll need to do the conversion myself.

Hope someone can help me out -- I'm seriously considering a C3000!
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Bertram Wooster
post Mar 26 2005, 04:23 AM
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QUOTE(pitr @ Mar 26 2005, 12:10 PM)
- (ooops, I've got a 4th  blink.gif ) is there a guide anywhere to language conversion from scratch? If I buy a Z it'll be via a Japanese friend of mine, and I'll need to do the conversion myself.

well, there's one link worth keeping for later: how to unbrick your c3000 - including instructions on language conversion:
http://www.oesf.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=11019
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post Mar 26 2005, 11:09 AM
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QUOTE(pitr @ Mar 26 2005, 12:10 PM)
Three questions I'd like to ask, if you'd bear with me. smile.gif

- has anybody successfully compiled a kernel.org kernel for the Zaurus? If not, what are the main obstructions to doing so?


Qtopia and various modules (like the SD Card) are compiled against a particular revision, plus you need Zaurus specific patches. If you want to run any of Sharp's software at all you're stuck with the 2.4.20 kernel revision. If you want to try other kernels the Open Embedded people are doing a complete rom replacement using a 2.6 kernel, but it isn't quite ready yet. If you just want to recompile the existing kernel with different options there is information on kernel compiling in oesf.org's howto section.

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- does anybody use Z + serial cable as a TTY for headless boxes (e.g. debugging rack servers)?  How can this be done (C3000 doesn't seem to have a serial port)?


The "service port" on the back of the 3000 is apparently still usable as a serial port. You can also, with the right kernel modules, use a USB->Serial convertor.

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- does anybody know of an 802.11g card that can be persuaded to work with the C3000?


The CF slot on the Z can't handle "G" speeds, so don't bother unless you've got an all G network that you'd be bringing down to B speeds otherwise. I think there was one CF G card that was close to working, but not quite - check the forums as it was asked about recently. (AFAIK the fellow gave up and went back to a B card)

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- (ooops, I've got a 4th  blink.gif ) is there a guide anywhere to language conversion from scratch? If I buy a Z it'll be via a Japanese friend of mine, and I'll need to do the conversion myself.


The conversion is really easy - you can search the Sharp Rom's forum for almost anything by Stubear - he made a really good script to hand convert.
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post Mar 27 2005, 07:07 PM
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For serial communications I use a USB to Serial cable (24.95 USD) from www.serialio.com
The package includes a USB A female to MINI-A male convertor as well.

The combination works quite well with minicom. I just built a bunch of new Sun boxes via serial console access. The 640x480 screen is perfect .... I will never go back to quarter VGA.

Thus far I am not aware of any 802.11g cards that work with the 3k...it all comes down to drivers...

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post Mar 29 2005, 06:41 AM
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QUOTE(Bombur @ Mar 28 2005, 04:07 AM)
Thus far I am not aware of any 802.11g cards that work with the 3k...it all comes down to drivers...
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Thus far I am not aware of any 802.11g cards that work with Linux (properly). I have a feeling that if some company brought out a series of cards based on a chipset that was truly Linux-compatible they'd sell like hot cakes. sad.gif
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