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post Jul 14 2006, 09:40 PM
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I'm looking to make a cable that would let my 5500 connect to a SparkFun Tri-Axis accelerometer.

Information on the accelerometer can be had here: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_i...products_id=248

I know that the Zaurus doesn't provide enough power over the serial connection, but I think there are solutions to it (either running some of the serial wires to a power source or directly powering the board).

The wiki page on making your own serial cable looks a tad old, and the section on using the Zaurus as a DTE remains unverified. I'm not too experienced with crafting my own serial cables, so any advice that people have would be appreciated. I currently have in my possession:

Two (2) Zaurus PDA serial port connectors
One (1) Serial cable I am willing to tear up
A soldering iron
Time and inclination :-)

Does anybody have any advice on the best way to go about doing this? What color cables go to what pins? Forgive me if these are newbie questions.
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post Jul 19 2006, 01:32 AM
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Can you unscrew the serial cable or is it moulded?

I'm going to assume you're american and that I therefore can't give you a link to a seller of D-Plugs.

If I were you, I'd buy a new D-Plug and use that instead of rescuing the old one from the Serial cable.

If you've got a multimeter handy then you can find out what pin on the serial plug is linked to each connector and rescue the old plug that way, and a minute or so of google searching will get you the Zaurus Pinout.

Fancy making me a Serial Terminal cable while you're at it? wink.gif

Well on a more serious note, if you know anywhere which can still get the connectors that would be good, It's pretty much impossible to get zThins over here, and that wouldn't help me with the old UNIX boxes I want to use my Z as a serial terminal for, since none of them have a normal Serial port.
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