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11 Aug 2005
Hello Forum,

today I flashed from the original Sharp-ROM because I wanted to give OpenZaurus and OPIE a try. But there are several things where I didn't find my way around:

Problem 1:
After setting up my "Network Settings" for Wireless-LAN (interface "wlan0") and hit the "Start/Stop"-button, I get the message:
"Starting interface failed"

Anyway, the WLAN-LED lights up green and when I leave the "Network Settings" and enter them again the 802.11b-connection is indicated "up". Also if I hit the "Start/Stop"-button again, there is a register-tab called "802.11b" with status-information about my connection (I even see the Quality of the WLAN-connection decline if I shild the built in antenna with my hands).

So I tried to connect to a web-site using Konqueror, but after some time I recieved the message
"Unknown host www.web.de"


This brought me to Problem 2:
I tried to get some information from "/etc/resolv.conf", but to get there was tricky because when I wanted to start the "Console" application in the "Applications"-tab it doesn't start but displays the message:
"Console was terminated due to signal code SIGSEGV"
How can I fix this to use the console-application from "inside" OPIE?


Back to the original "Problem Number One":
Alternatively I logged into the console via the "Start"-menu choosing "Terminal -> 1" and issued
# cat /etc/resolv.conf
to check my DNS-settings - but everything looked like it should.

# ifconfig
told me that "wlan0" is up (with all the network-settings I previously put into my machine), but a
# ping -c 5 www.web.de
produced the message
ping: www.web.de: Host name lookup failure


After some time the screen turned darker and darker (I suppose the screen dimmed with the OPIE-timer even if I was in the "Terminal") and I hardly could make out what my machine was replying to my inquiries (not even button-pressing brought the screen back to light).

So my Problem 3 is:
How do I get back to OPIE after I locked into the Terminal from the "Start"-menu?

Thanks in advance for your help
9 Jun 2005
Hello Forum,

today I decided to give OpenZaurus 3.5.3 a try and installed it on my SL-6000.

Going to the "Settings"-Tab and starting the "Network"-Application I configured my connection to the WLAN-Access-Point by configuring a static IP.

When I then start the built in wireless lan I get an error message stating "Starting interface failed" while the WLAN-LED is light up green - and can ping inside my local network.

When I the quit the "Network"-Application and enter it again and want to configure my WLAN again by clicking "Configure", I get a totally different Menu compared to the first configuration. Now there I can chose the mode of operation (Infrastructure, Auto, Managed and Ad-Hoc), type in the Session-ID, specify an Access-Point (AP) and the Channel as well as the WEP-Encryption - which I did according to the values of my AP.

When I now start up the Konqueror-Web-Browser, configure the Proxy needed at my University and type in an URL, I either get a "Timeout on server" or "Unknow host <URL>".

And when I use my CF-LAN-Card, no networking at all!

Did somebody encounter something similar like this, too? If yes or no, how can I help out with some more information (but I didn't do more than I described), i.e. where can I find some log-files where I could dig in for more information?

Thanks in advance
11 May 2005
Hello Forum,

from the Page:
I got a pretty good look on what it could be like.

Unfortunately searching this forum didn't yield any information on the in the installation-instructions of "jfv" which are mentioned in the document above.
Can somebody help me out on this?

Or even better, did somebody document his installation of Debian/Xqt on his SL6000? The last update of the document mentioned above was some time around the beginning of December...

But because I want to install Debian on a Microdrive, there is another problem. The Microdrive will fill the CF-Slot and won't allow me to connect via a CF-LAN-Card to the network any more. Can I maybe get access to the network via the USB-Cradle? Is there also maybe a "cookbook-like-instruction"/How-To?

And if so, can I then access the Z (still running with the original Sharp-Rom) via SSH and "remote-control" the installation of Debian/Xqt?

Thanks in advance for your patience
7 Apr 2005
Hello Forum,

around Christmas last year I rewarded myself with a SL-6000L.

But apart using this great device for offline-reading of some news-webpages (with a custom-built wget-script) I found no time to tweak it much.

But since Sharp seems not to provide Software-support or updates any more, I think about a change to a more up-to-date ROM.

I run Gentoo-Linux on my Desktop-PC and _love_ "portage" with it's "emerge"-process: automatic download of all the source-code and all it's dependencies and then compiling it optimized for my machine is just great.

Is there something like this available for the SL-6000L? (Ok, compiling programs with it's 450 MHz might be rather time consuming...)

I heard of a ARM-tree of Debian. The GNU-License and it's free availability of a vast amount of programs is very apealing - but how much effort does it take? Does it run out of the box?

How did Open-Zaurus work out (about two years ago I had it shortly on my SL-5500G but after sync-problems with my Windows-Desktop at this time made me switch back to the Sharp-ROM at this time)? How is the availability of programs?

Are the other open-source ROMs to consider? What are their respecitve pros and cons?

I would like to do:
- a graphical user interface (Qt, X, OPIE?)

- surf the Internet (i.e. read web-pages "offline")

- listen to music (XMMS like on my Gentoo-Linux-Desktop?)

- syncronise/date-transfer - if possible vie USB-Cradle/-Thin-Cable

- maybe watch movies (XINE like on my Desktop? - even if I don't have a clue yet how to get the movies from my DVDs on my Zaurus with the appropriate resolution and codec...)

- maybe programming and testing of Perl-code (including Database-queries)

A lot of questions, which I would like you to help me find a starting point. Is there for example something else to consider?

Thanks in advance
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