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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 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 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 / 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 / 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 / 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

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Smc Barricade Wireless Router Thumbs Up!
« on: March 01, 2005, 10:50:26 pm »
Hi all,

I'm finally online wirelessly with my C860 (Pretec CF Wi-Fi) thanks to a cheap 'SMC Barricade SMC7004AWBR' wireless router, after a year of trying to use the so called 'soft access point' built into my desktop to share my internet.

Simple setup of the router using web browser interface. Is only 802.11b (OK for my Z) but has DSL port, serial port for dialup (essential for me ... no broadband and this is missing on many recent routers,) 3 wired lan ports, firewall and print server!

Just AU$87 here ...

... via the 'more specials' link.

They have other SMCs on special which might suit those who would like 802.11g and dont need dialup, print server etc.

This has ended a year of frustration for me. Thought others might be interested.

All the best,

Mark Brown

Zaurus - pdaXrom / libncurses.a
« on: September 20, 2004, 04:18:48 am »
Hi everyone.

I want to compile a programming language called 'Euphoria' using the native SDK for pdaXrom RC3. I need libncurses.a which does not appear to be included with RC3 or the RC3 SDK. I am compiling on C860.

I have tried compiling ncurses on the C860 from the Debian ARM source but received errors.

Does anyone have ncurses compiled for ARM? Any advice / suggestions appreciated.

Mark Brown

Cxx0 General discussions / Pretec wifi and C860 - Help Needed
« on: June 17, 2004, 07:21:52 am »
This is my first post, so hello everyone.

I\'ve had a new C860 for about 6-8 weeks now. By using the search on this forum I\'ve been able to solve my own problems ... until now

I bought a Pretec CF 802.11b card yesterday for my Z. I am trying to connect to an ASUS Digimatrix XP box which has built in wifi on a mini pci card.

I have done the following

1. inserted card in Z - light blinks
2. used network software which comes with Cacko rom (1.21b)
3. added a wireless lan service on the Z using ESS-ID \"any\"

attempted to connect. card flashes and appears to be attempting connection but after a while the connection fails.

4. added the following from another post (by maslovsy) to /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf

card \"Pretec CompactWLAN Card 802.11b\"
manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
bind \"prism2_cs\"

This didn\'t help.

The card is setup on XP using the ASUS utility as ...

SoftAP with internet connection sharing and firewall enabled. SSID = any, channel = 1.

The only other thing I can think of is that in the Digimatrix BIOS, it had settings for \"Radio\" .... US, Europe and a handful of others (I\'m in Australia ... not listed in the bios) The Digimatrix also has a built-in AM/FM tuner so I\'m not sure what the settings relate to.

Sorry for the long post. Hope someone can help.

Mark Brown
Zaurus C860, Pretec 802.11b CF, 1 GB Sandisk SD

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