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Angstrom & OpenZaurus / What Are Your Favorite Gpe Tweaks?
« on: July 13, 2006, 01:13:33 pm »
I always finds gems here and there on great ideas for enhancing how you use the interface. I thought it might be nice to have them collected in one thread. I'll post a few of mine and hopefully others will share theirs:

Being able to use the LCD softkeys and the space between them is great. I've mapped the space below the Book icon to toggle hiding the panel. Being able to hide the panel is useful, but trying to bring it back can be difficult sometimes, so in /etc/keylaunchrc.matchbox I've modified the following line:
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key=....F30:-:~matchbox-remote -panel-toggle
Doing a lot of command line typing I get tired of the shift+"/" to get the slash. I use it much more than I use commas so I modified the /etc/ so it's the comma that requires the shift:
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keycode  51 = slash  comma
And finally I like to spice up the prompt with a bit of color, see attached screenshot, by changing the PS1 statement:
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PS1='\[\033[1;37m\][\[\033[1;32m\]\[\033[1;31m\]\u@\h:\w\[\033[1;37m\]] # \[\033[0;0m\]'
What are some your special tweaks?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Beta 4 Usb Networking?
« on: May 19, 2006, 10:14:46 am »
Anyone able to get USB networking to function?

IIRC, the 2.6 kernel & 3100 & windows don't work for some reason (this was true in OZ). But on my Linux machine (Ubuntu - Dapper) it doesn't work either. To make matters more difficult, the USB applet doesn't work, however the usb config files that are default seem to be set correctly.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Rott Problem Compiles Fine But....
« on: April 24, 2006, 08:38:25 am »
I'm trying to get ROTT to run. It's a old favorite 3D shooter for those that may not have played it. It was supposed to have been a sequel to Wolfenstien 3-D. Linux port source code can be found here:

It compiles natively fine on my Z but when the binary runs it crashes with a not so helpful
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# ./rott
Rise of the Triad Startup Version 1.4
Shareware Version
Z_INIT: 8950000 bytes
IN_Startup; Mouse Present
Here is where:
Stack dump:

I've looked through the source code, but I'm no coder so nothing jumped out at me. I've tried running the ROTT ipk that's in OZ when I've flashed to OZ/GPE and that binary doesn't crash, rather it hangs while loading the wad file.

To add insult to injury, I tried compiling ROTT on my Ubuntu/Dapper box and it fails on the SDL-mixer portion of the compile.  

Anybody ever got this puppy to run on a Z? Any help would be appreciated!


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Playing Mp3s Volume & Screen Blanking
« on: April 18, 2006, 01:45:37 pm »
I'm using mpd & ncmpc to play mp3s which is working pretty well. Only problems are:

The matchbox volume applet doesn't control volume. I have to run alsamixer to adjust volume. Is there a better way?

Also, I'm looking for a way to prevent auto suspend when I close the screen on my 3100. Is there a way to blank the screen & keep the Z from suspending so it can be put in your pocket while it's functioning as an mp3 player?



Zaurus - pdaXrom / How To Get Xdm To Run @ Boot?
« on: March 01, 2006, 01:06:08 pm »
I'm trying to get xdm to run @ boot.
I added the following to the end of my /etc/inittab
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x:5:respawn:/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm -nodaemonI also changed the paths to the proper locations in /etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config & Xresources
However the /var/log/xdm.log shows the following errors:
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xdm error (pid 1013): chooser socket creation failed, errno 97
xdm info (pid 1013): Couldn't connect to PRNGD socket "/tmp/entropy": No such file or directory

On the console the error is:
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INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
What am I missing? Or is there a better way?



Zaurus - pdaXrom / Got Wifi-radar Working
« on: February 20, 2006, 01:35:19 pm »
I've been using Wifi-radar on my laptop and want to use it to identify and associate with wireless networks. The interface is written in Python and only requires pygtk2 and iwconfig. I have all of those installed, yet I keep getting this error when I try and run it:
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[/home/root] # wifi-radar -v
Could not find platform independent libraries
Consider setting $PYTHONHOME to [:]
'import site' failed; use -v for traceback
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/sbin/wifi-radar", line 1241, in ?
    confFile = ConfigParser.ConfigParser()
NameError: name 'ConfigParser' is not defined

Any Python gurus out there than can help? I've tried googling the error without coming up with anything that helps (meaning that I can understand - see my avatar  )

This would be a great app for the Z if we could get it to run.

For more info and the files for Wifi-Radar see:


Thanks to iamasmith's help below, this handy utility is working.It works fine with my old Socket card.

I made an ipk of it complete with desktop file so it shows up in the menu. Let me know how it works with your different cards.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Zgcc-3.4.5.img Problem
« on: February 14, 2006, 01:59:00 pm »
I was trying to compile an app that requires wxWidgets but unfortunately in the zgcc-3.4.5.img file the wx-config file in /opt/natinve/arm/3.4.5-xscale-softvfp/bin is a broken sym link that points to /home/sash/Work/Corgi/pdaXrom-builder/build/native_headers//opt/native/arm/3.4.5-xscale-softvfp/arm5tel-cacko-linux/lib/wx/config/arm5tel-cacko-linux-gtk2-unicode-realease-2.6

Since the cramfs image is read only, how can I replace that symlink so that it points to correct file within the zgcc-3.4.5.img? Can it be mounted rw?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Wellenreiter & Aircrack Ported To Pdaxrom
« on: February 06, 2006, 06:52:59 pm »
Well, I managed to get my first app compiled for pdaxrom, thanks to lots of help from mickeyl on #oe and pgas for compiling the qt dev files.

It's working on my Z, requires libpcap amd qt-mt. Of course, YMMV

It's my first ipk so expect errors



Here's aircrack, see the aircrack-README.html in /usr/local/bin after you install. Not sure what the dependencies are besides libpcap.

***2nd Update***
Added updated wellenreiter ipk, new has .desktop file for menu & is stripped to make it smaller (by 1/3!)

**and again ! *** Sorry, the directory structure was wrong in previous 2  wellenreiter ipks, v3 is current. Sorry about that, but I said to expect errors  

**One more time** current versions are V4 for wellenreiter & V2 for aircrack, see post below for details.

***aircrack updated to 2.41**

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Custom Kernel Compile
« on: January 30, 2006, 02:22:33 pm »
I've been trying to compile a custom kernel for my 3100 (need to get Socket Low power card to work with Kismet)

I downloaded the sources, applied the patches on my linux laptop, copied over the patched sources to my Z, ran make menuconfig fine; saved it but when I run make dep I get the following error:
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# make dep
  Making asm-arm/arch -> asm-arm/arch-pxa symlink
  Making asm-arm/proc -> asm-arm/proc-armv symlink
rm -f include/asm
( cd include; ln -sf asm-arm asm)
make[1]: Entering directory `/mnt/ide2/linux/arch/arm/tools'
/mnt/ide2/linux/scripts/mkdep -D__KERNEL__ -I/mnt/ide2/linux/include -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -O2 -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common -Uarm -fno-common -pipe -mapcs-32 -D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=4 -march=armv4 -Wa,-mxscale -mtune=strongarm -mshort-load-bytes -msoft-float -Uarm  -- getconstants.c |\
 sed s,getconstants.o,constants.h, > .depend
make all
make[2]: Entering directory `/mnt/ide2/linux/arch/arm/tools'
arm-linux-gcc -D__KERNEL__ -I/mnt/ide2/linux/include -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs -O2 -fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common -Uarm -fno-common -pipe -mapcs-32 -D__LINUX_ARM_ARCH__=4 -march=armv4 -Wa,-mxscale -mtune=strongarm -mshort-load-bytes -msoft-float -Uarm -S -o constants.h.tmp.1 getconstants.c
make[2]: arm-linux-gcc: Command not found
make[2]: *** [constants.h] Error 127
make[2]: Leaving directory `/mnt/ide2/linux/arch/arm/tools'
make[1]: *** [dep] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/mnt/ide2/linux/arch/arm/tools'
make: *** [archdep] Error 2

I have zgcc 3.4.5 mounted
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/dev/loop0 on /opt/native/arm/3.4.5-xscale-softvfp type cramfs (rw)
What am I missing?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Getting Swap Partition To Start On Boot
« on: January 20, 2006, 05:15:40 pm »
I've re-partitioned my internal HD in my 3100 and the /dev/hdc2 & /dev/hdc3 are mounting properly, but not /dev/hdc1 which is a swap partition. I put it in the fstab
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/dev/hdc1  none sw defaults 0 0
but no joy.

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swapon /dev/hdc1 seems to work but
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df -h &
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mount -l don't list the swap  

I'm missing something obvious, what is it?



Zaurus - pdaXrom / Mplayer Running 640x480 On 3100
« on: January 20, 2006, 05:06:26 pm »
I just upgraded to a 3100 and was surprized that I am able to play .avi files encoded @ 640x480 at 500 kbps    The default mplayer from the 3100 pdaxrom feed was very choppy, but after reading that the Cacko version was able to do this, I downloaded the Cacko bvdd version; untarred it and copied the binary over (it was over 6 mb compared to the  almost 2 mb pdaxrom version). I also copied over the mplayer fonts & config files, but it worked without them (just no more complaining about missing fonts)

Running it within fvwm (no need to drop out of X anymore!) with
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mplayer -vo bvdd *.avi is enough to run at full screen! Very cool.

I wonder what the difference is between how the Cacko version and the pdaXrom are compiled? It would be wonderful if mplayer could be compiled for pdaXrom that performs as well as Cacko's version.

Meanwhile, I feel like I have High Def on my Z!


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Looking For Imlib2
« on: November 21, 2005, 02:20:14 pm »
Anyone have imlib2 compiled for pdaXrom? There were some old links to an ipk in the forum from 2004 but the links are dead.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pdaxrom Team Quiet
« on: February 24, 2005, 11:33:07 am »
It's been about 10 days since Laze has posted anything. Makes me wonder if they are getting ready to release something or simply taking a well deserved rest.

Laze you still out there or have M$ thugs kidnapped you & Sashz?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Making Pdaxrom Secure
« on: February 16, 2005, 09:59:19 pm »
Is there a way to lock down the Z so that if it suspended and someone picks it they.d need a password to get it to resume?

My employer requires all PDAs to be password protected and I'm not sure how to do this.



Zaurus - pdaXrom / Request For Software
« on: February 14, 2005, 11:48:28 am »
My linux skills are still not up there where I can cross compile yet, but those of you that are may want to take a look at this terminal:
mrxvt source code
It's similar to aterm but has tabbed vt, it supports transparency and everything. I've been using it in my fvwm desktop and it is very cool.


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