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> help with 5500 wireless..., adding wireless drivers
groovechicken
post Aug 18 2004, 08:59 AM
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I have a 5500 and am trying to use an OEM Proxim PCMCIA wifi with my cf-pcmcia adapter under the latest Sharp ROM. This thing worked beautifully in OZ, but the Sharp ROM doesn't cooperate with it. Cardctl ident gives the following:
Socket 0:
product info: "PROXIM", "LAN PC CARD HARMONY 80211B", "", ""
manfid: 0x0126, 0x0002
function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
no product info available

I tried adding the following to wlan-ng.conf, but got no results:
card "PROXIM LAN PC CARD HARMONY 80211B"
version "PROXIM", "LAN PC CARD HARMONY 80211B"
manfid 0x0126, 0x0002
bind "prism_cs"

I looked around and discovered that the orinoco_cs.o is not present under this rom. I'm assuming I need to use that, but how do I get it installed? Does anyone have a copy they can email me that was compiled for their Sharp ROM? Also, once I have that, will my entry above work if I change prism to orinoco, or does that entry look bad? Will there be more changes to make than just these?

I would just go back to OZ, but I rely heavily on the alarm function, and I had too many stability problems with that under OZ, i.e. missed appointments because the alarm failed to go off.

Is there such a thing as a perfect Linux for the Zaurus? Sigh....

Thanks for any help.

Peace,
Todd
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dansawyer
post Aug 19 2004, 12:41 PM
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Which level of OZ were you using??

I have recently upgraded to a late kernel and Opie 1.1.3 and find it rock solid. This is after very unstable experience with the earlier releases.

How can I test alarms? Where are they configured?? I now have a test Zaurus and would be glad to try.

Dan
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groovechicken
post Aug 19 2004, 04:56 PM
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Dan,

Thanks for the reply. I was using the OZ 3.2 stable. I liked it, but kept having weird problems with some apps and occasionally the alarm of the Calendar program would fail to wake the Z from suspend mode. This got me in trouble twice, so I went back to Sharp, knowing that it would mean no more wireless. Having wireless is fun and all, but I have ADHD and a bad memory, so the alarms are the most importnat feature of all. I just recently started using KO/Pi(this program rocks!) for my calendar program, though, and maybe it would work fine on OZ. If so, that would be enough. So, if you really don't mind, try installing KO/Pi and set a few events with alarms and see if it wakes the Z properly. If so, I may switch back.

Which OZ are you using? I have found that Sharp 3.13 is generally faster than OZ 3.2 and it doesn't have the weird card reading slowness that OZ could have at times. For some reason, Opie Media Player 2 sounded a little worse on mp3s than the Sharp Media Player. I guess it was a flaky libmp3 or something.

I've been checking the OZ site everyday(sometimes several times a day) for the past 6 months hoping that the OpenEmbedded port over would be released so I could try it out. If you know of a version that is later and more stable than 3.2, though, I may just try it and see, then hang on there for a while. Since I depend upon the thing so much, I can only do so much experimenting. smile.gif

Thanks for offering to help,
Todd
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post Aug 20 2004, 10:43 AM
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I am using the Hentges Rom and kernel. They seem to be popular and I find them rock solid. If you want to try them let me know and I will provide what I used. There is some talk about later kernels on the OE track. I never did sort out if the recent Hentges kernel were OE based.

I also tested alarms yesterday 6 times. It was 100%. They were all short, 10 minutes to an hour. However they went off on time.

I have 2 Zaurus's. One for 'work' and one for test. That sure makes life easier.

Dan
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groovechicken
post Aug 20 2004, 12:49 PM
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Dan,

I'm not familiar with that, but, yes, I am definitely interested if you don't mind pointing me in the right direction on where to get them and what to do if any customization is required beyond a mere flash. Thanks.

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Todd
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groovechicken
post Aug 20 2004, 10:45 PM
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Never mind. Found it. My coworker let me borrow his 550o for testing, so I'm flashing right now.
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post Aug 21 2004, 08:56 AM
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I can't believe this $^!#. The thing just bricked my friend's 5500. Thanks for the help Dan, but I guess we can stop here since I no longer own a Z now that I'm going to have to give him mine. It sound like someone else here had a similar problem - see "Bricked?". Maybe that ROM should be pulled before other people lose their Zs. I'm so mad right now, I just don't know what else to say.
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post Aug 21 2004, 09:17 AM
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Whewwww! That was close. Refusing to give up, I tried one last thing... flashing with 3.2 OZ. It is now working again. I think I'll stay away from that latest Hentges ROM revision. Oh well, back to the drawing board, but at least I'm not out a Z. smile.gif
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groovechicken
post Aug 31 2004, 03:50 PM
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Problem solved!!!

bernr had the solution that solved my woes, and I'm now happily on wi-fi. laugh.gif

Now I just need to find a voip client that will work. wink.gif
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