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> IRK for Belkin F8U1500 Available
post Oct 29 2004, 11:39 AM
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I've been using a Pocketop keyboard with the Zaurus ever since the first release of Craig Graham's IRK. I've always liked the Pocketop's small size but the lack of a number key row really hurts typing speed ... especially when writing code.

So after recently trying every IR PDA keyboard I could get my hands on, I decided my favorite was the Belkin F8U1500. It's almost the exact same design as the Pocketop but a little longer and wider with a full row of number/punctuation keys. Keyspacing is a little tighter than a standard laptop, but the layout is sane so it's not hard to get used to. The mirrored PDA stand that comes with the keyboard is a little flimsy, but with my C760 I don't have any need for the stand. Just swivel the screen around backwards and line up the IR ports. With the stand discarded, the Belkin is much more compact than the Targus (which was my second choice) and it has regular arrow keys instead of that funky Targus joypad thing. And to really clinch the deal, Amazon has the Belkin in stock for $40 with free shipping!

There's only one minor problem with the Belkin ... IRK 0.11.0 doesn't support it. Luckily Craig has been good enough to release the source code for IRK so it was a pretty simple matter to go in and hack it up to work with the Belkin. Since I'm sure there are other folks out there who would like to be able to use this keyboard, I'm releasing my Belkin version of IRK as IRK 0.11.1. When Craig finishes IRK 2 I'll be happy to merge this in so we'll have on IRK that supports everything, but until then this hacked up version should do nicely.

You can download my Belkin IRK from and if you'd like the source code just grab A few things you need to know before you install:
  • If you have a previous version of IRK installed, you must uninstall it before installing this one.
  • The Belkin support replaces the Targus support so this won't work with a Targus keyboard (Pocketop is still supported).
  • This is built for standard Sharp ROMs and tested on Cacko 1.21a. It should work on most Sharp-like ROMs but if you have OZ or pdaXrom, you're on your own.
  • Not all of the special functions on the keyboard work. I'll work on improving that but I wanted to get this out sooner rather than later.
  • This is unsupported, untested software! Back up anything you can't afford to lose before you try it!
Good luck. If you have problems, post here and I'll do what I can to help. Thanks and credit for this should really go to Craig Graham for writing and releasing IRK! If Craig ever decides to accept donations for IRK I'll be first in line smile.gif
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kopsis   IRK for Belkin F8U1500 Available   Oct 29 2004, 11:39 AM
el_borak   Hi Dave. Old-time Visor flash-adapter user here (...   Oct 29 2004, 02:29 PM
ltrm   This is excellent. I bough a Belkina while bac...   Oct 31 2004, 08:52 AM
cwaig   The issues with all these things should go away in...   Nov 1 2004, 06:49 AM
kopsis   QUOTE(el_borak @ Oct 29 2004, 02:29 PM)Hi Dav...   Nov 1 2004, 07:30 AM
kopsis   QUOTE(cwaig @ Nov 1 2004, 06:49 AM)I've b...   Nov 1 2004, 07:39 AM
bakkeo   Hi! I'm also looking forward to new IRK, ...   Nov 8 2004, 07:40 AM
sunomi86   How can I get this to work? I tried everything...   Dec 27 2004, 08:45 PM
sunomi86   oh and i'm running the cacko rom for 5500   Dec 28 2004, 11:00 AM
kopsis   There are some "settings" in IRK that ma...   Dec 28 2004, 01:57 PM
sunomi86   I changed the Zaurus model to sl-5500 and the keyb...   Dec 28 2004, 03:20 PM
kopsis   QUOTE(sunomi86 @ Dec 28 2004, 06:20 PM)I know...   Dec 29 2004, 01:52 PM
sunomi86   ok my mistake. avoid whatever i said about the tar...   Dec 29 2004, 06:44 PM
kopsis   sunomi68, I'll be back in the office on Monda...   Dec 31 2004, 01:46 PM
sunomi86   Hi! my email address is sunomi86@yahoo.com , I...   Dec 31 2004, 04:29 PM
MrSquishy   I dont see how you guys can type a thing on that R...   Jan 6 2005, 04:04 PM
sunomi86   Dude the belkin keyboard is HOT. You gotta try it ...   Jan 7 2005, 07:31 PM
MrSquishy   i am happily typing away on the belkin keyboard fr...   Jan 11 2005, 06:00 PM
sunomi86   Hey MrSquishy which zaurus did u get that keyboard...   Jan 13 2005, 10:34 PM
MrSquishy   5500, 3.5.2, IRK off the 3.5.2 feed. Took a fair ...   Jan 14 2005, 11:21 AM
mars   Um . . . this is probably a dumb question, but whe...   May 16 2005, 02:40 PM
Snappy   Hi all! ... a late-in-the-game newbie ... hmm...   Aug 3 2005, 11:43 AM
niv   Belkin IR keyboard for Palm/PPC $21.59 AC shi...   Sep 20 2005, 10:02 AM
antoniovf   I have problems with a belkin keyboard f8u1500-e. ...   Nov 23 2005, 02:05 PM
the_oak   In the Settings tab, click on "Beam Receive...   Nov 23 2005, 07:49 PM
cvmiller   QUOTE(the_oak @ Nov 23 2005, 07:49 PM)he IRK ...   Jul 11 2006, 11:34 AM
the_oak   QUOTE(cvmiller @ Jul 11 2006, 02:34 PM)QUOTE(...   Jul 11 2006, 05:31 PM
cvmiller   QUOTE(the_oak @ Jul 11 2006, 05:31 PM)It work...   Jul 11 2006, 05:35 PM
the_oak   I just edited my last message. Sorry! The link...   Jul 11 2006, 05:37 PM
gettons1980   anyone knows which keyboard are available now and ...   Aug 22 2006, 07:07 PM

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