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Someone from the Virginia ZUG, if it's close enough to Gaithersburg MD for me to join, please write me offline at, so I can find out the meeting details.

Thanks, guys
If a ZUG gets formed or is formed and it is in or near Richmond I would be interested in attending too.
Hi chuck

We could always form an MD or Washington Area ZUG. I am in Gaithersburg.
I am in Germantown, not Gaithersburg. I can't even blame that one on a typo.
Yo! I'm in Alexandria... Just come here, It's halfway between Richmond and Most of southern Maryland. biggrin.gif
I'm in Fairfax, very close to Alexandria. Used to live there for 1 1/2 years.
Are there any regular meetigs? Anybody interested in meeting?
smile.gif I also live in Alexandria. Amazon has the SL-5600 for $299...with a PXA255 processor!!!! I just bought mine, so I know nothing about Linux programming-just got ticked off with Microsoft. If anyone has any wireless capabilities, the Dancing Peppers Cantina on Duke St. (Exit 3A off I-395) supposedly has free WiFi access. We could meet there-weekends are best. I just registered, but left my password at home-sorry.
How do you know it has PXA255?
It's me again...without my password. It says so on the the box!!!
I just got mine. The CPU is PXA250:(
I must have lucked out... However, don't feel too bad, the screen isn't extremely bright and I have a "dead" pixel. Well, it's not worth my time and effort to mess with sending it back.

What serial number does your unit list? I have a SN 33001566 that I just received from Amazon, and it has the PXA-250 processor.
meangene: Have you tried using a CPU detection program to be sure the box isn't mislabelled? In fact, given how poor the sales of the 5600 have been, its possible Sharp hasn't manufactured any since the PXA255 came out.
Tarkus and Guest,
Sorry to take so long to reply. My serial number is 33003178. I have not used a CPU detection program. I don't mind using one, so long as it doesn't do any damage. Where can I get it?
meangene, that was as quick a response as I've seen. biggrin.gif Thanks for the reply. I think even the best SL-5x00 screens show dead pixels. I've also noticed a good amount of dust under both my SL-5500 and SL-5600. Still a great machine! smile.gif
meangene: From a command prompt, cat /proc/cpuinfo should do the trick.
That is my Guest post about the screen dust, etc. smile.gif
Since I'm really a newbie, I don't even know how to get to the command prompt!!! If it's a simple thing, please tell me how. If not, I'll pull out the manual. :wink:
I was actually the other Guest. smile.gif smile.gif However, you can install a terminal program, like this one:

Once installed, you can start the program and type:

cat /proc/cpuinfo

at the command prompt.

You'll want to install and access this program anyway as you dig around the Zaurus and Linux. smile.gif
I ran the program, but I don't see the actual nomenclature of PXA255. Among the 10 or so lines of output, I see "CPU Part: 0x2D0" and "CPU Revision: 6". Does that tell me anything? Revision and serial fields below hardware show up as all "0".
Hi, I'm the other guy who's been posting to this topic. Decided it was high time to register. smile.gif After a bit of googling around, it seems like you really do have a PXA255 based on the part and revision.
Thanks for the investigative work, DrWowe; it would been far too simple for the output to state PXA255. laugh.gif
My 5600 arrived from Amazon today, looks like I'm also one of the lucky ones. smile.gif For me, the output of the command does specifically identify the PXA255. It also struck me how prominantly the words "PXA255 edition" are plastered on the box. When you first mentioned it was on the box, I was thinking it would be some little footnote somewhere. Amazing that Sharp never issued a press release or made any noise to indicate that it was being upgraded.

Here's the complete output if anyone is curious:

Processor : Intel XScale-PXA255 rev 6 (v5l)
BogoMIPS : 397.31
Features : swp half thumb fastmult edsp
CPU implementor : 0x69
CPU architecture: 5TE
CPU variant : 0x0
CPU part : 0x2d0
CPU revision : 6
Cache type : undefined 5
Cache clean : undefined 5
Cache lockdown : undefined 5
Cache unified : harvard
I size : 16384
I assoc : 16
I line length : 32
I sets : 32
D size : 16384
D assoc : 16
D line length : 32
D sets : 32

Hardware : SHARP Poodle
Revision : 0000
Serial : 0000000000000000
That's great news, DrWowe. Now, people don't think I'm crazy! It's always a pleasant surpise to receive something more than you expect. Maybe Sharp didn't advertise the upgrade, since PXA250 users would likely be upset. Dell did the same thing with processors, but the switch was publicized more.
I hope I get one. I just bought one off of ebay. It is on it way to the house now. Maybe I will get lucky! Does the upgreadedprocessor do anything for you?
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