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6 Jun 2004
Hello again,

By the time that all of my questions have been answered, I'll be able to write a book on them tongue.gif.

Having sucessfully connected the Zaurus to my computer and vise versa, I'd like to be able to connect the Zaurus to the outside world. I've got the general idea, but actually implementing that idea isn't very easy.

Here's my setup: My internet connection is cable, which connects into eth0 (IP Dynamic) of my router. The router then connects eth1 ( to a switch. My computer is connected to the switch via (its) eth0 ( The zaurus is connected via a USB (TCP/IP) connection, usbd0 (, to my computer, usb0 (

How do I make the Zaurus able to browse the 'net?
5 Jun 2004
Alright, time to get down to brass tacks.

I just got my SL-5500 the other day, and MAN, I loved it even before I turned it on. I wanted to have a terminal so bad on this thing, and I got it. The only problem was I had to use my Windows 2000 system reserved for games and nothing else to do so. I want to decrease my usage of Windows down to nil eventually, so... I need some help.

Here is my situation. I've got a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 using the stock ROM, version 2.38, running kernel 2.4.6-rmk1-np2-embedix (the one that came with the PDA). Connections to the outside world will be done via the USB docking station. For my computer, I've got a home-built computer with an AOpen AK72 motherboard with a Slot A 800 MHz Athlon Thunderbird CPU. This particular model has four USB slots available: two in the front (via cable to the motherboard) and two in the back (built in). For my OS, I'm running Slackware Linux 9.1 with kernel 2.6.6. I want to be able to connect to the Zaurus through FTP or SSH or something so I can transfer documents, programs, etc. to and from the PDA.

I know this might be a large order to fill, but what must one do, from scratch, to accomplish this? I plan on posting the successful steps onto my website for others to use as well (although I don't see what's wrong with using this forum as well 8) )

I am willing to recompile the kernel completely, if needed. I'm a high-school junior (soon to be senior) and have a summer vacation to mess around with my toys.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

30 May 2004
Hello all,

I'm going to be getting an SL-5500 in a few days (shipping right now), and I'd like to connect it to my Linux machine. As we speak, I'm upgrading from 2.6.5 to 2.6.6 and I included the Zaurus stock ROM support under USB. Now, my questions are as follows:

1.) Besides the USB support for the Zaurus ROMs, what, if any, kernel parameters are necessary for connecting the Zaurus to my PC (so that I can sync [see question 3], browse the internet [through tunneling or masq.? I'm not familiar to either], etc.)

2.) After question 1 is sucessfully answered, I would like to be able to hotplug this baby right into the cradle and have it get an IP. How can I do this?

3.) I'd like to be able to use this PDA as a, well, PDA. I understand that Sharp made the mortal mistake of not supporting sync with Linux while basing their PDA on Linux. How does one do this, or does the 2.6.6 kernel's Zaurus support fix this issue?

Thanks for any info you can give me. I ordered the PDA Thursday night and it's supposed to take a few more days; UPS doesn't ship on Saturday, Sunday or Memorial Day, so I'm itching for it to arrive smile.gif

EDIT: If it helps anyone, I'm using Slackware 9.1, so any help you give me should be of help to anyone running anything, not just a Debian or RPM fix 8)
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