QUOTE(espi @ Jun 25 2009, 02:08 PM)
I remember I thought my Z was dead and did a lot of research about it and the battery, etc.
One thing I remember that came up was the power flows in the unit through the battery, so it is designed different than other devices that can bypass the battery and run straight off of mains.
I never could get it to work, found a cheap battery vendor (off of this lovely forum), and never thought about it again.
Best of luck
Actually, I am positive that there is no technical reason why the Zaurus can't run without a battery. Like I said, I can get it to boot into Cacko without a battery in with no problem, but then I get a dialog telling me to replace the battery and the system shuts down.
This is what you do (I got this information from the forum, try it at your own risk):
- Remove the battery.
- Press D + B while you connect the AC adapter. This will bring a command line prompt.
- When you are asked to login, enter 'root' (no quotes). You need no password.
- At the root prompt (#) type 'reboot' (again, no quotes) and hit Enter. This will reboot your Zaurus and load the OS.
Now, the problem is that once the OS reloads, I get that dialog and the system shuts down. I am wondering if that is simply a function of the ROM used, and maybe trying something like Zubuntu I could get it to run without a battery.
On the other hand, maybe there is a compelling reason not to run the Zaurus without a battery (does the battery act as a power regulator)? I run Thinkpads without batteries routinely, and love them because of that. If someone could shed light on a way to run a Zaurus without battery I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks again, espi!