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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Whatever happened to the Gentoo Zaurus project
« on: July 03, 2004, 04:01:49 pm »
There's been no news since 0.2.2 earlier in January.

Was it abandoned, or still kicking? Any plans to ad X11....

Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Report error
« on: July 02, 2004, 09:54:25 pm »
It appears the "Report" post function is broken. I've just tried to report a post, and I got this error:

Mail Error!

Could not send the email
Failed at 'mail' command

Just FYI.

As to what I wanted to report, the Toronto ZUG is erroneously listed in North America West, while it should be in the North America East

Toronto / Toronto ZUG should be moved to North America East
« on: July 02, 2004, 09:50:33 pm »
The Toronto ZUG is currently listed in North America West.... which doesn't make sense, since it's in the Eastern Region......

This is probably an oversight, could we move it?

General Discussion / The Sharp Dev board is not really back
« on: June 21, 2004, 09:30:42 pm »
I was surprised to see the dev board is now back online.

From what I\'ve read there, it only to support \"enterprise\" users, but us lowly individuals are still welcome

This \"enterprise\" mentality is so backward, I just can\'t understand how they could miss the open source concepts, that it is individulas, who have an \"itch\" who make things happen, and develop software to meet their needs.

Sharp is using GNU and Linux. GNU and Linux were not not developed for the \"enterprise\", but because individuals started developing software for their own needs, Linux became very useful, and profitable, for the \"enterprise\".

Sharp is trying to do this in a backwards fashion. They want to start selling only to \"enterprise\", for obvious \"volume\" considerations. But they clearly missed the point, that it never worked that way for open source communities. Why should it work now?

They\'re basically digging their own graves. \"Enterprise\" customers will not use a propriteary platform made of open source components, they can just use existing proprietary formats such WinCE or others. There\'s no point in using Zaurus for the \"enterprise\", unless the Zaurus platform becames very popular on it\'s own first. And this cannot happen without a thriving community.

Anyway, this is just my rant, and I\'m glad the ZUG forum is picking up Sharp\'s slack and making a place for the Zaurus community.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Express flash tip
« on: March 02, 2004, 07:42:53 pm »
For the last few days I've been trying all ROM's, flashing 2-4 times a day

Whle doing so, I found a quick trick to speed up things.

To get to the flash menu, no need to unplug, take out the battery and wait 5 seconds. Just reboot (from the menu or command line 'reboot'), and while it's rebooting, just press OK button. The flash menu will show up iimmediately.

Maybe some of you are already doing it this way, but thought I'd share the tip, since it's new to me. It's a time saver if you flash a lot (I mean the ROM)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / GPRS/Audiovox works on X11 ROM
« on: March 02, 2004, 07:13:59 pm »
I just tested GPRS on X11 ROM, and it works great. Just update /etc/pcmcia/serial.opts with serial opts=\"uaert 16550A\" and upload serial_cs.o.

If anyone using GPRS and need more details, just ask. But the old how-to should work in the same way with the x11 rom.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Extracting initrd.bin content to hard disk
« on: February 28, 2004, 06:09:39 pm »
Hi folks,

Is there a way to extract the contents of initrd.bin (from xrom) into hard drive? I\'d like to extract just the libs, to mix and match with qtrom+xqt

I tried bzip2 ang gzip, and none of them recognized it

(Updated with less steps)

Hi folks,

I finally managed to get my Audiovox RTM8000 GPRS/GSM CF card to connect to the internet. I do have a Wi-Fi card, but I need to connect sometime when I'm not at a hot-spot, so this is an ideal solution for my needs.

My setup:

Sharp Zaurus SL-C760
Using Sash ROM (but a default ROM should work, as the Sash ROM gave me the same errors as the Sharp ROM, the bad Vcc error)
Audiovox RTM8000 GPRS/GSM compact flash card

GPRS/GSM provider: Fido in Canada
Plan: data only, no voice. CDN$50, unlimited data

Fido network settings: (Note these, so you can replace with your own provider settings
User name: fido
Password: fido
DNS: none
IP: none

Fido simply asks for your smart card number, and the MEI number (from the bottom of your modem), and sets you up (activate)


Note: You can download a gzip file containing serial_cs.o and sample scripys from here:

Steps 1 and 2 are not required if you are using the Cacko Qtopia 1.2 ROM, as it contains the proper serial_cs module

Step 1.Download serial_cs.o driver. One place that has it available for download:

Step 2 Copy the serial_cs.o to the modules directory:



depmod -a
modprobe serial_cs

Step 3 edit the file /etc/pcmcia/serial.opts and set:

SERIAL_OPTS="uart 16550A"

Step 4 Insert the Audiovox RTM8000 card

Step 5A. Use the network setup application to create a dial-up PPP  connection . Simply launch the network setup, select Dial-up PPP from the frop down menu. Click Add, Select, and enter the following information (Images of the screen attached below):

In the Account tab, enter any name, and in the user name and password fields, enter the username and password provided by your GPRS provider. In the phone number field, enter *99#

In the Modem tab screen (image provided below), enter the following modem init string:


Simply replace "" with the APN for your GPRS provider.

Click "OK", and thin click "Connect".

[span style=\'font-size:25pt;line-height:100%\']That's it, you're done! The following steps are only required for debug, if the above didn't work[/span]

Step 5B Go to the directory /etc/ppp/peers

Create 3 files as follows

a. gprs  (replace "fido" with your username)
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# the two lines below help debugging, delete when things work fine

debug debug debug


# end debug




connect /etc/ppp/peers/connectgprs

user fido



mru 1500

mru 1500







disconnect /etc/ppp/peers/disconnectgprs


And second file, connectgprs (replace " with your provider's APN) Note, make sure you use tabs in editing this file, if you need a template use an original file from the links at the bottom, or wget and make the appropriate edits from this code:
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exec /usr/sbin/chat -sVS

        TIMEOUT         5                              

        ECHO            ON                              

        ABORT           'nBUSYr'                      

        ABORT           'nERRORr'                    

        ABORT           'nNO ANSWERr'                

        ABORT           'nNO CARRIERr'                

        ABORT           'nNO DIALTONEr'              

        ABORT           'nRINGINGrnrnRINGINGr'    

        ''              rAT                            

        TIMEOUT         12                              

        SAY             "Press CTRL-C to close the connection at any stage!"


        SAY             "ndefining PDP context...n"  

        OK              ATH                            

        OK              ATE0V1                            

        OK              'AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","","",0,0'  

        OK              ATD*99#                        

        TIMEOUT         22                              

        SAY             "nwaiting for connect...n"    

        CONNECT         ""                              

        SAY             "nConnected."

        SAY             "nIf the following ppp negotiations fail,n"  

        SAY             "try restarting the phone.n"

And last file, disconnectgprs
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exec /usr/sbin/chat -s -V -S

"" "K"

"" "+++ATH"

Step 6 go to the directory /etc/ppp

edit  the file chap-secrets

Add a line to insert your username and password, in my case fido and fido:

fido [tab] * [tab] "fido"

Step 7 Make sure your card is ready, type:

cardctl status

if it shows "suspended", then (only if it is suspended, otherwise skip this step) type:

cardctl resume

Step 8 Now the good part  To connect, go to /etc/ppp/peers and type:

pppd calll gprs

That should do it!

Step 9 If you want to have the connect/disconnect through the GUI network setting application, simply create a modem connection with username/password and phone number as *99#, then click o.k. (tip: you can enter an accelerator proxy here, if your provider offers one).

Then copy the gprs script to override the generated Zaurus script.

cd /etc/ppp/peers
cp grps DIALUP*

Where DIALUP1234 (or any number) is the one created by the zaurus network app.

Note: Do not edit the connection from the Network setup menu, it will overwrite your connection script

Connection output
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Removed stale lock on ttyS3 (pid 4133)

Press CTRL-C to close the connection at any stage!^M

defining PDP context...








waiting for connect...




If the following ppp negotiations fail,

^Mtry restarting the phone.


Serial connection established.

using channel 5

Using interface ppp0

Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/ttyS3

sent [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b440 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [LCP ConfAck id=0x1 ]

rcvd [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

lcp_reqci: returning CONFACK.

sent [LCP ConfAck id=0x1 ]

Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b440.

sent [PAP AuthReq id=0x1 user="fido" password="fido"]

Timeout 0x200ebbc:0x203b6e0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [PAP AuthAck id=0x1 ""]

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

sent [CCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b7a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [LCP ProtRej id=0x1 80 fd 01 01 00 07 15 03 2f]

Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b7a0.

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x1 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x2 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x2 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x3 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x3 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x4 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x4 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x5 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x5 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x6 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-REJ

sent [IPCP ConfRej id=0x6 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x7]

ipcp: returning Configure-ACK

sent [IPCP ConfAck id=0x7]

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [IPCP ConfNak id=0x1

Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0.

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x2
Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [IPCP ConfAck id=0x2
Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0.

ipcp: up

local  IP address

remote IP address

primary   DNS address

secondary DNS address

Script /etc/ppp/ip-up started (pid 4181)

Script /etc/ppp/ip-up finished (pid 4181), status = 0x0

Finally, this is a really quick how-to, as I've just connected right now, and thought I'd list all the info before I forget.

Try it out, and hopefully it will work for you too. If not, post here, and we'll try to sort out the problem.

Resources: I found the following info below helpful. I had to make adjustments, and after several trials and errors (4 days) it finally worked. I will list the links, just in case they help you, if my info doesn't work in your case:

Tips from members (copied from the devboard which has been shutdown)

1. Using voice GSM.
From: datatedy   
Posted: Sep 10 2003, 01:06 AM

BTW: If you ever like to use you card as a phone try this:

atd 001 212 123 4567;

The pin needs to be the pin of your sim card (PIN1). The semikolon after the telephone nunber is important. Otherwise you will try to make a data call.


2. List of international GPRS providers
I found this link, which lists many global GPRS providers:

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