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For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: Sharp Zaurus Sl-6000 W Wifi
« on: November 29, 2015, 12:10:52 am »

My headphones got tangled, and ripped the headphone cables, and ruined headphone jack of my 6000.

I'm hoping to find a replacement, many thanks.

email to for quick reply, thanks!


YAY!  I am not the only remaining Zaurus 6000 lover!  (and daily user)

OK, WIFI and skype these days, am I dreaming?  It seems the open source skype
client never went anywhere according to my research.

I also must say that I have only been a *USER* of the 6000 lately, but have
been thinking about writing some custom software, but thinking about a
simple approach, using just the stock JAVA, as I use the stock ROM now.

(Which I use due to perfect power management, no glitches, or surprises, etc.
in the field.  


(BTW, I can be reached at , and I have a lot of ROMS and
software from various points for the 6000.  The problem is, they are on CDROMS that
got "all messed up and disorganized", and must be sorted, someday.

ANYWAY, thanks for any info on skype for 6000, and long live the SL-6000!  


Quote from: sdjf
For me, my Zaurus was and still is my only computer, so I am always using it, but have been busy with other things with my life.

But my web server started charging for my previously free Zaurus site, and I could not bear to let all that work go down the drain, so I upgraded to a paid status and have been busy sprucing things up there.

It's cool that you've got a zaurus site setup.  I just went there, and read your blog
about the battery issues you had.  I've been using my 6000 a lot lately, but I have
not yet dug through my CDs, looking for the software I accumulated when the 6000
was popular.  I hope to find and try out pdaxqtrom, as I miss the X11 environment.
I never found a 100% working and reliable OS other than the stock ROM.  It's really
too bad the power management issues were never fully ironed out in the native
pdaxrom, but oh well.

It also surprises me that the Z(s) are your only computer.  I don't think my old
eyes could bear that screen for everything, and I also enjoy the power of
youtube (flash video), which will never happen on the Z.

Anyway, I look forward to checking out your site(s) in more detail later...

General Discussion / I'd Love To Setup A New Z Resource...
« on: September 12, 2011, 11:39:19 pm »
[a PM to someone offering a web site and FTP server, from almost a year ago]


Yes, I must agree the forum is somewhat of a ghost town.

If you are still offering a free website, and/or FTP server, PLEASE count me
in.  I use my Z (SL-6000) daily, and I'm about to look through a "mile" high
pile of CDROMs for PdaXqtRom, and a bunch of other stuff.

It seems almost all of my old links are now invalid, and I'm finally about to
try to get videos working on the 6000.

I'm not sure I'll ever have the interest (or opportunity) to use my computer
engineering skills in the marketplace, and I'm gravitating towards other
interests, such as songwriting, and recording, etc. again.

Anyway, PLEASE let me know,  John

6000 - Tosa / Power On Issue With Sl-6000
« on: September 11, 2011, 10:59:31 pm »
Another 6000 lover here...  I use it almost daily, mostly for MP3 playback, note taking
(song writing), voice recording, and photo viewing.

I'm currently running the stock ROM, due to its amazing power management, in other words,
suspend and resume always work as expected.

Note that there is some "flakiness" with powering the 6000 on, after a ROM flash.  It seems
best to wait a little while, and press the power button once, every 15 seconds or so, varying the
press-down time.  If I remember correctly it seems to like a quick press and release.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Is Pdaxrom Alive?
« on: June 13, 2009, 03:47:54 pm »
Quote from: speculatrix
or has it sadly floundered?

I pop in now and the, but have not been too active in the forum.  I still use
pdaXrom on my SL-5500, but mostly as an xmms-based MP3 player.  I
use pdaXqtrom on my 6000 now and then, but took the native pdaXrom
off of it, since I could never get the power management working 100%.

I still consider it the best OS ever for the Zs, but due to the lack of support
for the 6000 models, past that 1.1whatever beta, I'm way out of touch with
the latest stuff.

It is kind of sad that popularity faded...  But I still love running it...

Zaurus - pdaXrom / A Sl-5500 Collie & Pdaxrom 1.1.0beta1
« on: March 23, 2009, 01:01:40 pm »
Greetings folks, I've been away from my 5500, 6000, and the forum for quite a while.

I turned on my 5500 this morning, and was amazed to see the X server (and my apps)
still running, from WAY back when, when I last suspended it.

Anyway, I was listening to an MP3 in XMMS outside in the cold, and ran the battery
down.  When I rebooted it, and issued "startx", the X server errored-out due to a
missing library ( or something close).

I thought I was going to have to re-install, but running "ldconfig" cured it!

Whew, anyone else still running pdaXrom on an SL-5500 these days?

Anyway, I also thought I'd say hello...

Software / Palm Emulator
« on: May 08, 2008, 07:54:56 am »
I'm just returning to this forum after quite a long hiatus.

That said, I have never found a PalmOS emulator that functions on the Zaurus.

I also see absolutely no technical limitations, that would prevent one from being released however.

I have used POSE to emulate a Palm IIIc (YES, color) on various LINUX flavors, and have
never actually run into ANY glitches, that I can remember.

I designed and developed a multitasking environment, and stacked windowing system, for PalmOS
between 2002 and 2004, funding it myself.  It was called MISKINIX, and I agreed to halt development
when offered a "dream job" at SavaJe.  When I left SavaJe, and SavaJe "left the business", I was
so hooked on Zaurus, that I never looked back at PalmOS "style" development.

Well it's now 2008, I got laid off again a few months ago, and I've been seriously thinking of
"re-investigating" the capabilities of MISKINIX, on both a Palm IIIc, as well as other "systems".

It would be absolutely cool, to have the ability of running (color-mandatory) POSE on the Zaurus,
if/when I pursue PalmOS-based systems.

Keep in mind, that I once spent about 2 days compiling POSE on a Pentium-100, not including the
time it took for me to "fix" some dependent packages on good-old Redhat 7.1, so I would expect a
native compile of POSE to be quite an effort to embark upon.

I'm also curious about other folks reasons for wanting POSE available on the Zs.  Is it just to be able
to run currently-available and free PalmOS applications?  For me, the extremely long battery life of
Palm IIIc, is the major motivator for wanting a "real" workstation-style system in my pocket.

John Miskinis

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Desktop Font Too Small
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:20:39 pm »
You can also use the "switch2" application.  I posted this info
in an older thread, along with the "ruby" name theme that I
use on both my Z and my laptop.  The "switch2" program
does not have a package, but is a very simple program, and
very easy to build.

The app allows you to switch (GTK+ 2) themes on the fly, and
comes in handy.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Wpa Help Needed
« on: September 02, 2007, 07:53:14 pm »
Hi Folks,

I just wanted to point out a couple things.  A year (or two?) ago, I went through
the pains of trying to flash some new firmware into my Linksys WCF-12 CF WIFI
card.  I'm very rusty on the details, but I noticed above, someone mentioned flashing
the station firmware, and leaving the primary firmware alone.

1 - I forget what role the "station" firmware plays, but I remember reading warnings about
flashing the secondary firmware without flashing the primary firmware at the same time,
and doing so could render the card useless.

2 - I ended up using a slackware-based Live-CD that had builtin support for flashing.  I
believe it was called SLAX.

Supposedly, they turn off flashing capability in most distributions, to prevent folks
from trashing their cards without knowing all the details, etc..

Anyway, again, my memory is rusty on this stuff...


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Help Needed!
« on: June 25, 2007, 11:03:41 pm »
FYI - I double checked the license agreement about the flash player, and it
still seems to be the case.  See section 3.1 at the following link:

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Help Needed!
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:16:53 pm »
A while back I was also trying to get flash to work on my Z.  But I remember
reading a lot of stuff in the license agreement that prohibited the use of
the flash player on mobile systems, other than Microsoft-based ones.

I also read that if you did manage to get it to work, and used it on a
prohibited mobile system, you could be subject to all kinds of fees.

I figured I'd mention this, but it was a long time ago, ad the details are foggy.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / A Sl-5500 Collie & Pdaxrom 1.1.0beta1
« on: June 25, 2007, 12:04:25 pm »
Yes, I think have said this before, it is a *lot* of work to get a 5500 setup with
pdaXrom and a bunch of apps, etc..

A while back, I was thinking of an alternate approach for installation, that would
allow myself as well as other folks to very quickly setup, or "re-setup" the 5500.

The idea was based around knowing that you would be using an SD card, and thus
providing not only the normal set of files to flash with, but also providing an SD image
(TGZ) that would be extracted to a blank SD, which would be inserted before booting.

I was surprised to find out that creating the "flashable" part, was a whole can of worms
in itself.  I did not realize that JFFS was so complicated, and I ended up abandoning
my plans.  I was actually expecting to find something like "mkjffs", and being able to
create and easily mount it as a loop file, etc..  But what I found was that it seemed to be
very complicated, and some type of flash-emulation system had to be learned, etc..

I still maintain, that the approach would work well.  A regular set of flashable files for
the kernel and the root file system, in conjunction with a TGZ to populate an SD card.

For Sale / Wanted / Fs: Socket 10/100 Cf Card
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:14:20 pm »
That's too bad, that it is not working for you.  Which ROM are you running, and
does "dmesg" or /var/log/messages show an error, or anything (on insert)?  Maybe
someone here can help you get it working, which I suspect would make you happy.

I have the low-power version, and a 6000, and I can post what messages are
logged when I insert it (later, after some sleep) if you are interested.  I think
I have only used it on my 5500 and under pdaXrom so far, and a while back.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pdaxrom On Sl-5500 For Dummies
« on: June 03, 2007, 08:38:55 pm »
sorry, cause i dig it from grave, but do you have any progress ?
i need help to set openbox for collie, could you explain this step by step!
my progress :
install openbox
install startup-notification
install libxml

next step how to change window manager from matchbox to openbox?
is this correct?

in root create .xinitrc file
vi /.xinitrc
in .xinitrc create only:

exit vi

chmod +x .xinitrc file

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Well, I just checked my 5500 (long time since I did) and yes, creating a one
line .xinitrc with just "openbox" in it (may need the newline) works.
I'm not sure why you are putting a "/" before the filename though when you open it in vi.
(Unless of course you have changed the default home dir of root to / instead of /home/root)

Man, it's really a lot of work to setup a decent pdaXrom on a 5500.  In fact I just opened
up vi to look at the .xinitrc, (under X) and I could not get out of it.  If I executed ESC
(cancel button) then :q! I would get a message that file is unsaved and quit! overrides it.
Well, I don't use vi too often, never liked it, but for the life of me I could not figure out
how to exit vi without writing the file (I had inadvertently added characters to the file
due to my lack of vi knowledge as well as the failure of it to update the screen properly
under X)

Anyway, good luck if you pursue this...

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