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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Integer Versions Of Libmpcdec And Mpc123
« on: July 24, 2008, 04:34:45 am »
Hi Everyone,

I have compiled integer versions of libmpcdec and the console Musepack audio player mpc123.

I searched all over for an integer version of libmpcdec but all the packages I tried were too slow, so I suspect they were compiled as floating point. This version is fast enough to web surf etc while playing back Musepack encoded audio.

I think mplayer could be compiled against this for fast Musepack playback. Would be nice to be able to play Musepack audio in Quasar.

My Z now has access to my Musepack encoded CD collection, which has made me very happy   Hopefully it will be useful to others and hasn't already been done.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Problem Using Glut
« on: June 10, 2007, 09:17:45 am »
I think I've narrowed the problem down a bit. Anything inside a glBegin/glEnd pair (or glPushMatrix/glPopMatrix for that matter) doesn't seem to work. I can get a torus to display using glutSolidTorus() so at least something is working. I've also tried this with bindings and example code written by others. Their code also has the same problem. Very strange.

I tried the C redbook demo examples from Mesa found in a thread on this forum. They run fine. I also tried installing the version of Mesa (6.4) from that thread. It didn't help.

If anyone has a clue as to why this is happening I'd love to hear it. Perhaps my compile of Euphoria is at fault...


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Problem Using Glut
« on: June 09, 2007, 01:40:23 am »
Hi Everyone,

Not sure if anyone will be able to help with this. Some time ago, I ported the Euphoria programming language to my C860 (it is available at the Euphoria Archive - do a search for "Zaurus".) I've been able to do some useful things with it (simple gtk apps for example.)

I've started work on Euphoria bindings for OpenGL based on the Mesa 6.5.3 includes. These are working fine on my Windoze box. However, I prefer to develop on my Z where possible. On my Z the simple redbook "hello" sample intialises its window OK but fails to display the expected white polygon. The window contents just display black.

I am using 1.1.0beta1 and the mesa version from that feed. I thought perhaps that GLUT might be at fault so I compiled and used freeGlut instead, which gave me the error "Unable to create direct context rendering for window..." I then tried the switch "-indirect" which gets rid of the error. I still have a black display though.

I don't care if this runs slow on my Z as what I'm working on is for the desktop anyway, I just prefer to do most of the dev work on the Z.

Any help with this would be much appreciated.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Where Is The Beta1 Feed For C860?
« on: May 25, 2007, 09:14:44 am »
Thanks for the very quick fix. I was a bit worried the beta1 feed had been dropped. I've been using beta1 on my 860 for quite a while now and it has been very good.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Where Is The Beta1 Feed For C860?
« on: May 24, 2007, 06:48:36 am »
Hi everyone,

Can someone point me at the feed for 1.1.0 beta1 for the C860. It seems to have disappeared (again!)



Zaurus - pdaXrom / Icewm - The Ultimate Configuration
« on: March 24, 2007, 11:13:36 pm »
Just wanted to say thanks for posting this little how-to. I've been using IceWM on my 860 for a couple of weeks now and I like it a lot. I'm using the Silver XP theme you suggested. Very nice. Also changed the fonts for the clock and power readout to bold and modified the menus using the tips given.

One small thing... when my Z comes out of suspend, it shows a windows list on the desktop. It's a minor thing, but can it be turned off?

Also, I would like to give Rox a more integrated look. Can anyone point me to a how-to for changing the look of Rox, particularly the button icons?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Euphoria Programming Language
« on: February 19, 2006, 12:26:02 am »
Hi everyone.

Some time ago I compiled the Euphoria programming language for use on my C860.
Euphoria is an interpreted language with a good turn of speed.

You can check out the official versions here:

You can get the Z version for pdaXrom here:

I have used the Euphoria gtk library to create gui apps on my Z with minimal coding required. All of the examples included with the library work although some require small changes on the Z. I will provide the altered files if anyone is interested. You can get the library here:

I can provide a simple euphoria syntax highlighting file for nedit and show how to run your programs from within nedit if anyone is interested. Makes quite a nice development environment.

Please note, these are not packages and require some (simple) installation.

Hope this proves to be useful.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Lgeneral Game Available
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:30:40 am »
Thanks Desertrat, now loads ok.

Unfortunately loading the maps eats all my 860's memory

I tried a swap file on my cf card but performance suffered pretty badly (don't think my card is very fast).

Oh well, it was worth a try!

Thanks again.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Lgeneral Game Available
« on: February 16, 2006, 01:59:23 am »

Has anyone got this to run in beta1? I'd really like to try this game out.

Strangely, installing this also seems to wipe out the menu icon for lbreakout2 (which does work in beta1)

I thought perhaps I was missing a dependency so I tried to run it from the console... no go.

Any help appreciated.


PS... does the package manager in beta1 not show missing dependencies when installing an ipk anymore?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / 1.1.0beta1 Is Out!
« on: February 14, 2006, 08:44:14 am »
I fixed my nedit problem thanks to the following post (just in case anyone else is having the same problem)...


export LD_PRELOAD=/lib/

did the trick.

Many thanks to DamienDixon, your very first post on the forums in September 2004  was my solution in February 2006!

Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I thought it would be simpler to reply to my original post.


Edit: I am an idiot... I was using nedit 5.4 from the stable feed instead of nedit 5.5 from the unstable feed! So many ipk's on my hd.... 5.5 is fine with beta 1.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / 1.1.0beta1 Is Out!
« on: February 13, 2006, 09:57:38 am »
Not a bug in beta1 (which seems great so far as usual) but an older ipk which no longer works.

I really like nedit, particularly on pdaxrom and have it configured with syntax highlighting etc just how I want it. The nedit ipk from the stable feed has worked with every rc but doesn't seem to work any more with beta1.

I'm downloading the latest stable source for nedit to compile myself but was wondering if it might be possible to have it included in the release feed in future.

Many thanks for another great release. As soon as I can afford to, I will contribute some more $.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Help Needed. Frozen Pdax Rc11
« on: October 18, 2005, 07:36:46 am »
Thanks so much Sash!

I've got my file and re-installed Pdax.

I just donated some money via Paypal.

Thanks so much to you and the team for all your hard work.

Without Pdax my Z would be sitting in a drawer!


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Help Needed. Frozen Pdax Rc11
« on: October 17, 2005, 05:28:14 am »
Hi Everyone,

After installing an earlier rc version of Gnumeric and associated dependencies on my rc11 pdax (stupid on my part) , I now have a frozen pdax.

Pdax tries to boot but freezes at the following:

cramfs: wrong magic
FAT: bogus logical sector size 381

This wouldn't be a problem except that there is a file in my user folder that I *really* need to recover.

Is there any sort of rescue method I can use to mount and get at the partitions on my c-860 or force pdax to boot into the console.

Any help much appreciated.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Menu Button Dissapeared
« on: March 14, 2005, 01:14:24 am »
Ahhh, I can answer this one!

Point on your taskbar and hold until the add / remove buttons menu comes up. Then select Add/App Launcher.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Installing Packages On Sd, Swap Space Etc
« on: March 08, 2005, 11:34:03 am »
Hi Everyone,

For the first time today, I have started installing apps on my SD card rather than to internal flash. I decided to do this because Firefox, Mozilla and some other apps were maxing out the internal flash on my C860. I have a 1GB SanDisk SD card which I have formatted as an 860MB ext2 partition (part1) and the remainder as swap (I've been getting into compiling natively and thought the swap might come in handy.)

What do you all recommend as a decent partitioning scheme for this sort of thing? Is the swap over the top? Also, to what extent can packages installed by the pdaXrom installer to internal flash be moved to SD? Anything that must not be touched? Is there any advantage / penalty in doing this performance wise?

Finally, I think I have a problem with my partitioning on the SD. ROX filer indicates that /mnt/card is only 120MB. I have the 860MB partition (part1) mounted as 'card.' Typing 'df' in a terminal indicates:

/dev/mmcd/disc0/part1   121971 (1k-blocks)   21930 (used)   /mnt/card

... but fdisk says:

/dev/mmcd/disc0/part1   1 (start)   830 (end)   836608 (blocks)

Can anyone tell me where all those megabytes have gone?

All the best,

Mark Brown

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