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28 Sep 2005
After getting WiFi to work, I'm like a kid on Christmas morning,
playing with my new toy. First thing was to play a tune, so I used
Konqueror's smb:// protocol to copy over an MP3. Not finding a
folder named Media_Files, I just put it in Text_Files. Hey! The
Media Player found it there.

The question: Is that normal, usual practice, to use one of the
existing folders? Or can I create more folders without worrying
whether Media Player will find them?

24 Sep 2005
My three-week-old SL-6000L has never connected with my Netgear WGT624 router.

I called Sharp for help and sent it in for repair.

It was returned with a new WLAN module (the MAC address was different anyway).

The technician had added a second Wireless Lan Account for the "ANY" access.
I guess this was to test the new WLAN module.

But it still won't connect to my Access Point. It behaves exactly as it did
before repair: Signal 51% for several seconds, Quality always zero, then
"The signal level is low." repeats forever.

So, I took it to a Cafe (like a Starbucks) that has Free WiFi, and tried the "ANY"
account. It connected! Seeing the IMDB (movie database) come up on the screen
made me want it to work in my house even more.

I'm looking for any help or suggestions from folks who might have this or a similar
experience with success and failure of WiFi.

Here are a couple of alternatives I'm considering:

1. Try a second Netgear WGT624 configured for "ANY" access. I don't want to change
the current WGT624 because two MythTV recorders depend on it.

2. Try a Compact Flash WiFi card, bypassing the built-in WLAN module. But here, I have
no idea which CF WiFi card is supported by the stock kernel that comes installed
on the SL-6000L.

The SL-6000L looks like it will work for what I want - looking up stuff from the IMDB
while watching TV. But I just can't get the wireless to work in my house.

Next week (26-28 Sep), I will call Sharp again and ask for some official recommendations
for getting the SL-6000L to connect wirelessly to the internet. Before calling Sharp
again, I thought I would try asking here in the forums. Thanks for any ideas or help.

3 Sep 2005
This brand new SL6000L has me overwhelmed with questions.

Instead of listing all the questions I have, I'll start with one or two:

1. Can I turn on the unit while it is in the docking station?

I would like to get some of the software that is on the CD-ROM
onto the unit (I think), but I find no instructions for doing so with
a PC running Linux. This has me completely lost. I have no MS Windows
machine available to try to get the software copied.

I have already entered the parameters for WiFi, but all I can get
from the unit is "The signal level is low.", so I have not been able
to connect to my home LAN. Hence the idea to try the USB connection
using the docking station.

2. Do I have to wait for the charging light to go out before turning on the unit?

Since I have found no instructions for how to operate the unit while it is
docked, I'm afraid I will damage it. Another factor in hesitating to turn
the unit on while it is docked is: the keyboard is not usable while docked.
This makes me think that the unit is not to be used while docked, which is
just NUTS!

This is my first hand-held computer. The goal is to use it while watching TV
for looking up information about TV shows, movies, sports scores, etc.
I made the decision to buy the SL6000L after finding out that the the MythBrowser
plugin for MythTV doesn't work for me. Besides, I like the idea of a small device
sitting at my finger tips which can be used to quickly look up information without
disturbing the program playing on the TV.

Thanks for any help you might have that will get me started.

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