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General Discussion / Any Admins About?
« on: June 28, 2007, 05:53:46 am »
Da_Blitz informed me by PM of the "hack", but was not sure whether to delete the posts. I emailed Offroadgeek and I also thought that the "report a post" link goes to all Admins.

Therefore, where are the admins? I have some admin rights in certain fora, but not enough to look at the details of the posts in question.

Anyway I have locked the topic for the time being.


P.S. Bloody Firefox, will not let me type an apostrophe, nor use the cursor keys, nor copy & cut & paste. Need to restart it me thinks, grrrr

Off Topic forum / Serial Interface W/ Analogue/digital In/ouputs?
« on: August 16, 2006, 12:29:48 pm »
I'm after a general purpose digital/analogue input and output interface to connect up to a serial port, something like these:

just that I'd prefer it to use serial so that it's more compatible with the various PDAs I have lying about (Zaurus will do usb and serial, Psion will do Parallel and serial).



Nokia Tablet / Optimised Memcpy Function For Nokia 770?
« on: March 15, 2006, 12:06:24 pm »
Anyone been following this thread (which has become split unfortunately)?:

The chap is asking for people to supply results for processors other than the omap, and I thought we might be the perfect people (assuming most people reading the forum have a Zaurus or a 770 & a Zaurus) as we have a variety of processor types (and possibly optimisations).

I wonder how much of a difference the in-lining makes though. Anyone have any ideas?

-finline-functions would in-line things, but presumably functions like memcpy() would have to be available in source form to be inlined (making it more difficult for the test program, but not for patching glibc)?

I need to rebuild my toolchains, so I won't be able to do much for a day or so, but if anyone else has a working toolchain I'd be interested to see the results.


For Sale / Wanted / I'm After A Cheap Bluetooth Keyboard
« on: February 22, 2006, 12:42:20 pm »
I'm looking for a bluetooth keyboard, not too bothered whether it's full size or fold-away. In the UK, the cheapest I can find on the web is the Apple BT keyboard for £39.00.

Has anyone seen anything cheaper? (From the US too if they are able to post to the UK, though that tends to be rather expensive)



Off Topic forum / Proxy Problems With Nokia 770
« on: November 20, 2005, 10:56:15 am »
I've been using my shiny new Nokia 770 on my university's wifi network.

We have to use a proxy server for http, the config file for which is here:

My problem is this:

Initially I set the proxy manually to; with this in place, the web browser worked fine, but no internet-radio nor news reader.

I then decided to use the proxy.config file (linked above) after which the internet-radio also started to work; however there's still no sign of the news-reader doing anything.

Now the Nokia apps are a bit wierd - they show generic (useless) error messages and no output to stderr, so I'm trying to find the cause without any help from the apps themselves.

I've logged with tcpdump, the results of which are here:

The one which is interesting is news-reader3_auto-proxy.log which is using the proxy.config file, and still not working. For comparison with a working session (web-browser) see web-browser2_manual-proxy.log (manual proxy though).

Can anyone spot a problem in the output from the news-reader?

This is driving me mad!



Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Oz 3.5.4 Rc Kernel For C7x0 With Cpufreq
« on: October 23, 2005, 01:49:41 pm »

Built slightly before the RCs themselves, but exactly the same bar the addition of cpufreq support. This was built for a GPE image (there's a small difference for opie images - the bootsplash stuff), I imagine it should work fine with an opie initrd.bin though and there are no kernel module differences etc., as the cpufreq stuff is compiled in so it's otherwise the same as the RC builds.

A bit of info about cpufreq & its use:

I'd recommend using the ondemand governor:

# echo ondemand > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor

(by default it runs the performance governor which just runs the processor at full speed).

I've been pretty busy with other things and haven't been able to do any battery life testing, so I thought I'd throw this out and see if anyone wants to have a go and report back.

It all works fine BTW - I've been running a cpufreq kernel for the past 1 or 2 months without any issues (and so has hrw afaik and I've not heard of any troubles from him either).


Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Oz 3.5.4 Rc Bug & Work-around List
« on: October 22, 2005, 06:49:06 pm »
Hello all,

This is a Release Candidate, so it's not the final thing, but we would like to track down bugs, etc., before the final release.

If you find a bug, by all means post it here (and if you have a workaround, etc. please post that too), but please please please have a look on to see if the bug has already been spotted and reported (if it has, do say so in the thread) and if it hasn't, then do add a bug for it (create an account for yourself if you need to submit a bug). The majority of the devs hang-out on IRC and all read the mailing list (the bug tracker reports are sent to the mailing list), not may of them check the forums I'm afraid.



Accessories / Any New Non-sticky-outy Wifi Cards Out There?
« on: October 19, 2005, 09:34:02 am »
I've been happy with Linksys WCF-12 for ages, but I could do with something which sticks out less. I don't suppose anyone has seen anything which doesn't stick out at all; if not, what's the smallest thing available at the moment?



P.S. Random, and OT, but I wonder if bluetooth & wifi CF combo cards are available...?

I've been sent a few PMs recently - both from people reporting posts, and just normal PMs.

Confusingly the email notifications seem to take a fair while to arrive and seemed to be arriving out of order too.

I'd forgotten about this but I just received a 'reported post' PM which was sent on Oct 1 2005, 03:28 PM, and arrived about a minute ago.

I've no idea what the cause is, but has anyone else seen this happening?


Cxx0 General discussions / C750 Won't Flash - Any Ideas?
« on: September 09, 2005, 06:56:03 am »
Right, I've been doing this for a while so I hopefully haven't made any school-boy errors.

I've flashed a fair few times this week (perhaps 10 times) testing kernels, so my CF card was working as was the transfer method (sftp -> WinXP -> card reader -> CF card), likewise the should be okay.

I press and hold the Okay button, then press the On button - I get the Japanese menu from which I choose option 4, then choose 2 to get the Cf card, then Y to confirm. Then rather than rebooting using the Sharp code, the screen just goes black. I considered the possibility that the backlight wasn't being turned on, so I've left it for 10min or so (which is enough time to flash a kernel) however it doesn't do anything.

When I get bored and then press the on button to see what's happening, there's a sort of flash across the bottom third of the screen (but not bright, it's black - it looks like the difference between the screen being powered and black and switched off).

I press the on button again and get back to the Japanese flashing menu, selecting option 1 will allow me to reboot.

I've no idea what's wrong, if anyone has any suggestions I'd be glad to hear them.

To sum up what I've done to check that I've not made a mistake:

* I've used the Cf card before, have tried another one too and also an SD card. I've also re-partitioned and formatted the CF card.

* I've replaced the

* I've checked the md5sum of the zImage.bin file, and also tried one which flashed without troubles earlier in the week (just in case the zImage.bin was the problem)

* I've checked that there are no extra file extensions (using my Z to look at the contents of the card).

* Power is attached and battery is good.

* I've left the machine unpowered and without the battery overnight (on the off chance)

I'm at my wits' end, any ideas gladly accepted,



Cxx0 General discussions / C7x0 Ok Button & Power Button
« on: September 08, 2005, 05:17:03 pm »
I'm just after a translation of these menus & warnings etc. which you get if you hold down the Ok button while pressing the on button (the way you reflash basically) if anyone can point me the right way. I've always wondered, and a failure to flash a few minutes ago made me think perhaps I ought to know.



Sharp ROMs / Developing For Sharp-based 'rom's Using Oe
« on: August 24, 2005, 09:04:17 am »
I've been a bit busy lately and hadn't noticed this, but OE can now build Sharp-based 'ROM' compatible stuff. I thought this might be of interest to some of you, whether you want to use applications which are available to OZ users, or just want to use a nice build system to develop your own apps, etc.

Take a look here:

Then head over to the Getting Started page to see how to install everything and get going:


Open Embedded / Building For The Sharp-based 'roms' With Oe
« on: August 24, 2005, 09:01:08 am »
I've been a bit busy lately and hadn't noticed this, but OE can now build Sharp-based 'ROM' compatible stuff.

Take a look here:

Then head over to the Getting Started page to see how to install everything and get going:


I was looking at xev to try to trap the hinge 'keypresses' so that I could turn the screen off automagically under GPE but it didn't seem to work.

So I flashed over to Opie to see how that was going and noticed that the 'screen off on close' setting (in the light & power applet) doesn't seem to do anything so I wonder if the hinge 'keypresses' work at all with the 2.6.x kernel.

Any ideas/experiences anyone?


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