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iamasmith
post May 27 2006, 01:57 AM
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OK, I have taken the plunge and ordered a SanDisk Extreme III CF card (133x card) that has ~20MB/sec Read and Write speeds with the intention of replacing my internal 4Gb Microdrive on my Zaurus.

http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Item(1182)...tFlash_4GB.aspx

I chose this card because it seems to offer good value for money (about £140 GBP in the UK now), top performance, and a 10 year manufacturers warranty.

Note that there is a Transcend 8Gb card also available for about the same price now, however, the warranty isn't lifetime it is 1,000,000 write cycles and the operational temperature is lower.. I decided to err on the side of caution therefore and go with this card which is known to have write spreading technologies and may yield a considerably longer life (maybe).

I also didn't need the 8Gb version because all my Multimedia stuff is on my iPod.. I prefer to do it this way then at least when the battery is dead from listening to music and watching movies I still have my Zaurus smile.gif

I believe the write levelling on this card will probably (even with constant running) see out the life of this Zaurus but I guess that only remains to be seen.

When the card arrives I will do some benchmarks and provide some information on runtime with both the original Microdrive and this card fitted since the power consumption is also supposed to be a fraction of the Microdrive.

Benchmarks will probably come first since I can perform those with the card in the additional CF slot.

but daaaaamn, I'm going to ruin my 'uptime' figures. I get disappointed if I have to reboot it more than once per month tongue.gif

More soon,

-Andy

(btw. in case you are wondering why I have been quiet here it's because my Zaurus 'just works smile.gif' and does everything I need it to at the moment... currently it's even running Ruby on Rails with MYSQL - it will be nice to see what performance is like with the new drive for this)
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iamasmith
post Jun 10 2006, 04:31 PM
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Just a quick update... I'm 10 days into running with the new card, the Zaurus has been almost constantly on and almost all of this time it has been running constantly at 520mhz - it actually seems cooler running at 520Mhz with the new card than it did with the Microdrive at 416Mhz - I think I will keep it that way.

No errors... the thing seems bullet proof.. but I will report back if I have a failure.

-Andy
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post Aug 30 2006, 04:00 PM
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any news on the CF card in the Zaurus Andy???
still going good?


QUOTE(iamasmith @ Jun 10 2006, 08:31 PM)
Just a quick update... I'm 10 days into running with the new card, the Zaurus has been almost constantly on and almost all of this time it has been running constantly at 520mhz - it actually seems cooler running at 520Mhz with the new card than it did with the Microdrive at 416Mhz - I think I will keep it that way.

No errors... the thing seems bullet proof.. but I will report back if I have a failure.

-Andy
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post Sep 9 2006, 02:27 AM
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QUOTE(coreilly @ Aug 31 2006, 12:00 AM)
any news on the CF card in the Zaurus Andy???
still going good?

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Yeah, my card is still error and trouble free.

and I have been running at 520Mhz pretty much since I fitted it.

(sorry, I haven't been checking the board as often... just started a new contract)

-Andy
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iamasmith   Upgrading To Faster Cf Card   May 27 2006, 01:57 AM
chuckr   QUOTE(iamasmith @ May 27 2006, 01:57 AM)OK, I...   May 27 2006, 06:52 AM
iamasmith   Somebody on the openbsd.org mailing lists mentione...   May 27 2006, 07:23 AM
iamasmith   Well the card just arrived and I popped it into my...   May 31 2006, 12:50 AM
iamasmith   all went well finally, man it's a swine to get...   May 31 2006, 07:04 AM
albertr   Cool, please let us know how does it fire up again...   May 31 2006, 07:19 AM
iamasmith   Will do as soon as it has finished copying (full s...   May 31 2006, 07:55 AM
albertr   I see a wire strap on C3000, but It's hard to ...   May 31 2006, 08:18 AM
iamasmith   I'll do my pics soon which shows what I mean a...   May 31 2006, 08:37 AM
iamasmith   Ok here are the results so far, only just started ...   May 31 2006, 08:36 AM
iamasmith   Here's the card replacement walkthrough.. htt...   May 31 2006, 10:28 AM
iamasmith   Full results are now posted above... interestingly...   May 31 2006, 12:46 PM
fquindos   Really strange. Always 4 hours exactly. I'm te...   May 31 2006, 01:13 PM
fquindos   Well, no. There is not a magic limit of 4 hours up...   May 31 2006, 10:43 PM
iamasmith   Hmm, it may be related to the granularity of the a...   May 31 2006, 11:53 PM
iamasmith   starting to play around now with apmd auto perform...   Jun 1 2006, 12:45 AM
iamasmith   I started to consider the Bonnie++ test a little m...   Jun 1 2006, 01:09 AM
fquindos   QUOTE(iamasmith @ Jun 1 2006, 11:09 AM)... S...   Jun 1 2006, 02:47 AM
iamasmith   QUOTE(fquindos @ Jun 1 2006, 10:47 AM)QUOTE(i...   Jun 1 2006, 03:23 AM
iamasmith   After the battery test I will attempt to provoke e...   Jun 1 2006, 04:14 AM
iamasmith   4 hours again with CPU scaling enabled. ok, now t...   Jun 1 2006, 01:36 PM
albertr   QUOTE(iamasmith @ Jun 1 2006, 04:36 PM)4 hour...   Jun 5 2006, 03:42 AM
iamasmith   a few days into kde build now. The unit has built ...   Jun 5 2006, 12:46 AM
iamasmith   Kde 3.5 running on OpenBSD on the Zaurus... I b...   Jun 6 2006, 02:45 AM
iamasmith   Just a quick update... I'm 10 days into runnin...   Jun 10 2006, 04:31 PM
coreilly   any news on the CF card in the Zaurus Andy??? sti...   Aug 30 2006, 04:00 PM
iamasmith   QUOTE(coreilly @ Aug 31 2006, 12:00 AM)any ne...   Sep 9 2006, 02:27 AM
ins0mniaque   I just ordered a Transcend CF 8GB 120x (they are i...   Aug 31 2006, 09:46 AM
ins0mniaque   Just an additional note, when I opened my Zaurus (...   Sep 3 2006, 12:31 PM


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