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3 Oct 2004
As you probably gussed by the topic, one of the pins for the CF slot is 'bent'. Not really bent, but pushed in a noticeable amount. The onyl way my wifi works is if I physically push the card down at an angle, very, very hard, and as soon as I let go the signal dies.

Has this happened to anyone else? Am I screwed? Ideas? Anyone at all?
6 Jun 2004
(Just kidding about the topic, but it's getting there...)

Note: I took this out of an existing thread, in hopes that this would recieve some more recognition, and so that the other thread could stay on track.

This is the only thread with an error even associated to mine....so here goes....

I have an AmbiCom WL1100C-CF wifi card. Prism2.
"Thanks for the reply. using Ambicoim WL1100C-CF . It's supposed to be prism2. "

Been here, done that. So, anyways...I've got a belkin wifi AP here, and with my winxp computer + PCI wifi card it works just fine. Strong signal, DHCP works...it just works.

Not my handheld. I use the network app to configure the AP and try to connect, but the light just blinks forever then shuts off. So, I SSH in (via cradle USB, not wifi tongue.gif) and try to bring it up manually.

# ifconfig eth0

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:10:7A:58:57:FB  

         BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1

         RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

         TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

         collisions:0 txqueuelen:100

         RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)


# iwconfig

lo        no wireless extensions.

usbd0     no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.


(Note that I have to do the 'ifconfig eth0' because otherwise it won't show, because the device is not up.)

Now, I know the wireless extensions don't appear until I bring the interface up, but...

# ifconfig eth0 up

SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such device

"No such device".

*tries to connect through the tray applet, and while the light is blinking, brings the interface up*

# ifconfig eth0 up


No error! But the stupid script dies a moment later, and bring the interface down. I try to kill the process while it's running, but as soon as I do, the interface goes down. Either that, or I manage to nab all of the processes that it runs in time, and it stays 'up'. However, it's still lacking wireless extensions. If I try it anyways...
# iwconfig eth0 essid "Brantley"

Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :

   SET failed on device eth0; Function not implemented.

I have run the format time and time again. It never connects. I can't bring it up, except by the GUI applet, which also brings it down by itself shortly without connecting. I can bring it down, but not up. I can only bring it down after the GUI brought it up and I killed reams of scripts, but even then it's completly dead.


To answer a few questions now....
A) All commands were executed as root
cool.gif I'm running the latest version of the special kernel and ROM (SL-5600)
C) I know it's not a problem with the AP
D) PLEASE reply here, even if it's a "I have no clue", so at least I don't go wondering if anyone ever read this.
E) I'm 4 feet away from the AP. The only thing inbetween the zaurus/wifi card and the AP is air and probably several hundred dang-near invisible pieces of dust.
7 Apr 2004
I got a SL-5600 yesterday, and I'm loving it. I used the sharp ROM updater to flash it to 1.32 via USB, that went smoothly.

However, I'm finding that the default ROM is rather...."restrictive". So, I want to flash it again with a different ROM, but my problem is that I don't have a CF/SD card, I've only got USB. The sharp ROM updater can do it, and the SL-5600 has the stuff also, but all other ROMs that I've seen *require* a CF/SD card. Is there any (known) way to swap ROMs without a CF/SD card?

Question #2: Is there any way to re-partition the ROM/RAM with the default sharp ROM? I'm sorry, but when the ROM itself uses less than 32MB, and I could be using all of that space but can't, it kinda make me a tad bit aggravated =)

Question #3: TCP/IP connectivity and windows. Yes, I've got a linux router box. Yes, it has USB, and it runs Fedora Core 1. The problem is that there isn't any USB drivers for it. So now, I'm stuck with my WinXP box to get the zaurus on the internet. Yeah, saying that when I've got a linux box makes me feel like crap, but what can you do?

Question #4: Is there any battery out there that will work with the SL-5600 and last longer than the battery shipped with it?

I'm sure that I'll think up more sooner or later....yes, btw, I read the "friendly announcment", but the search was of little help to me with these questions. Heck, if someone can answer me with something more than a "yes" or "no", then I'd be willing to write up a FAQ/etc....=)
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