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scott_franklin
post Jul 4 2007, 06:32 AM
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I've been thinking hard about getting a 3200 (only $400 at PriceJapan!) when I read this:
QUOTE(arniel wrote in a different forum:)
I had a vision, once, that I could use my Z for all manner of tasks from being an MP3 player to reading pdf files to composing emails...Well, ever since upgrading from OZ 3.2 (I have a collie), the Z has been nothing but trouble with stupid problems like not being able to suspend properly, through extremely rough sound quality with mp2 files to general instability. For sure, the hardware is capable of useful things but the software sucks badly - nothing is ever stable.

This basically what I was hoping to get out of the Z, although I'd add VOIP, presentations (pdfs with a CF to VGA card, I can dream!), maybe porting SCID (chess database) with a good chess program (gnuchess or even crafty). Oh, and I've written some .php scripts to maneuver around my literature database, so I wouldn't mind running a web server so I could use those...

So: is the earlier post due to limitations of the collie? Am I delusional in thinking that I can get the 3200 to do what I want? How stable is pdaxrom (I would want an X server). I've been running various forms of linux since 1994 (ok, that really dates me) but haven't done too much sysadmin stuff other than recompiling the kernel & installing patches to get laptop functions like sound & modem working. Installing other people's code: easy. Re-writing my own drivers, eh probably not.

Thanks for any help. It's a significant enough investment (probably close to $800 w/accessories), plus returns are hard, that I want to have some idea of what I'm getting into.

Scott
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post Jul 4 2007, 02:16 PM
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I have the IODATA CF to VGA card. It works great and you'll find several discussions of it in this forum. Unfortunately it's been discontinued so it may be hard to find. I don't know if it works on pdaxrom. The card can either mirror the screen or use the Sharp presentation tool. The screen mirror has an adjustable refresh rate but I don't think it can go below 5s which is probably too slow for animations.
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post Jul 5 2007, 06:07 AM
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Thanks to all for the information. The 3200 is sounding very attractive right now. I wish (as I'm sure you all do) that Sharp was making some positive noises about continuing the line.

As of 10/2006, at least, there was a claim (Pazu_Z forum post) that the Kairen USB 2.0 VGA Adapter worked "flawlessly". It didn't specify, however, if that meant the 18fps that Kairen claims. It also wasn't clear if this only worked using the presentation software or could actually mirror the screen. The driver's seemed to be a kernel module, though, which sounds promising (for compiling for pdaxrom, at least). It might work with other, generic USB-VGA dongles.

Thanks again for all your help.

scott
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