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2 Jul 2005
I downloaded the ipk for the NFDB from
for use on my 5000d running the Cacko rom. I DID run into the trouble mentioned on the site...
the "foods.db" file is where it belongs, but is still packed. The author said to rename that file to .tar.gz and then ungzip. I'm afraid I don't know how to go about this.
I've renamed the file to foods.db.tar.gz and run command
from advancedFM (with root privileges), and get errors.
I've renamed it foods.tar.gz and tried it and still get errors. (unintelligible message)
I unzipped it from a desktop and coppied the file to CF, but failed to copy from CF to my (1 gb) SD card where it's installed.
I ran gunzip on FOODS.tar.gz from "run command with output" and got "...FOODS.tar permission denied". Same with FOODS.db.tar.gz.
Can anyone help me?
20 Apr 2005
I bought a belkin lighted stylus first, for around $6 from buy.com. It's great for being able to use the keyboard in the dark!
Then I saw these, and bought 3 because they're the same price as just a battery. (not that mine was running low).
You really need some kind of lathe to make the belkin work in your zaurus. I honed mine down and provided the snap ring on just my wood-lathe - it's not too difficult working with aluminum. but it will stick out about 1/4 when all is finished. The led is quite bright. I can type on the keyboard in complete dark by holding this stylus in my mouth.
This saitek fits perfectly into the tube and seats with a satisfying click right out of the package, but also sticks out about 1/4. You get a pocket full of "ends" so you could try cutting a few down if you really want it to be flush. It uses an amber led that's not very bright at all. But hey, if all you want is a stylus, it's hard to beat a nice aluminum one for $3 shipped.
update: in complete dark, this led has the best coverage at only 1cm from the buttons. It can only illuminate 6 buttons across on my 5000d. If you really want the light, get the belkin and make it fit. If you don't care about the light (or want to steal the batteries), this is a nice inexpensive stylus.
(This is actually another store front for surpluscomputers.com. You can buy straight from surpluscomputers main store, but it's a dollar more and I don't know about free shipping)
18 Apr 2005
Under the hybrid Rom, a number of apps "can't find" their executables. I need help figuring out where and to what to make symlinks.
Here's an example:
a program with the following desktop file:
Comment=Track and Graph Data
installs to /opt/Qtopia (all the Qtopia 2.1 apps will do the same, so I'd like to figure this out)
On the hybrid Rom, this is physically installed to the path:
so the desktop entry is under /apps/Applications/tracker.desktop
and the executible is under /bin/tracker.elf
Now the desktop file is found and included on the launcher, and the graphic from the same path under /pics, is found and used. Why can't it find tracker.elf and what links do I need to add where for programs like this to be found?
In case it's helpful, all the other files are installing to the actual location of
/Applications (most desktop files are here)
/bin (most files are installed here)
Thanks for any help you can give a linux newbie
17 Apr 2005
I followed the directions found here:
and get nothing more than a flashing yellow battery light. No "service menu" as I've read about. I've read that the service menu can be wiped out. Is it possible that's what happened to mine? (I got my machine off of ebay)
I'm trying to find a good reliable way to back-up my system as well as my data, and am not having much luck.
15 Apr 2005
The description sure makes it sound like one should be able to "swap in" the new Qtopia 2.1 into this install.
Can anyone help me figure out how to do this?
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