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For Sale / Wanted / Fs: Sl-c3100 Like New (now $400) (sold)
« on: June 01, 2006, 06:20:05 pm »
Selling a like-new SL-C3100 (perfect condition) with all original packaging, software, cables, etc. I bought this from Dynamism, and I believe there may be some warranty time left which I would transfer to you (assuming they allow xfer).

Asking $400 + shipping (from NY) which is not much more than the price of a C1000, except you get the 4GB microdrive.

Has the latest cacko on it, but will flash with whatever ROM you like, if you wish.

Also have a WCF11 wireless CF card and 1GB SD card available but only if you want to buy with the zaurus.

Just dropped the price down $50! Sorry guys, $400 is my rock bottom.

OpenBSD / Reading Project Gutenberg Etexts
« on: November 04, 2005, 01:19:37 pm »
The idea of using emacs, vi, or even lynx as an ebook (plaintext/html) reader annoys me. Has anyone found a reader program that will organize your books, give you permanent bookmarks by page or chapter, or do anything else that's useful for a reading program?

There has to be something good out there that will compile on a BSD and not use Java or KDE...



OpenBSD / Nycbsdcon
« on: September 19, 2005, 03:45:20 pm »
On Saturday I was privileged to attend the NYCBSDCON, a day conference for BSD devs, enthusiasts, and vendors.

At the conference I encountered 3 other zaurus users. I met wormwood from here, and two other folks. Wormwood and I were running snapshots on a c3000 and c3100 respectively. The other two folks where running Opei on a c760 and sharp rom on a 5500.

The zaurus was a great conversation piece. I had plenty of folks asking me about the zaurus and oggling it. The best part is that I customized my fluxbox configuration (with wormwood's help) and read all kinds of man pages throughout the day which saved me from nodding off at inopportune moments.

There were great talks on CARP, DragonFlyBSD (presentation given on a windows laptop... ugh!), UFS, and more.

I don't really remember, but I'd say there were about 100 people there all together, but only 4 zaurus's tallied. =)


OpenBSD / Are The Snapshots Packaages For Arm
« on: September 19, 2005, 03:38:55 pm »
The base packages are in snapshots/zaurus, but the arm packages are in snapshots/packages/arm.

Are the arm packages compatible with zaurus + all other arm targets (I don't think there are any others)? Why not call it snapshots/packages/zaurus? A bit confusing... especially since I can't imagine binary packages targetted at one arm platform would work on another arm platform.


C1000/3x00 General discussions / C3100 Rom Tester Available
« on: September 10, 2005, 03:06:32 am »
I'll wipe out my c3100 and install whatever you want, as long as you help me unbrick

I only have OpenBSD on it at the moment, which I can always reinstall on a smaller partition (not using it for much besides learning OpenBSD because there are no binary packages available for 3.8 yet!).

I figure, this way I can try various ROMs and provide a community service. I don't generally hang out on IM, but you can PM me.


OpenBSD / Anyone Know When Ports Packages Will Be Available?
« on: September 07, 2005, 10:21:26 am »
Does anyone know when 3.8 is going to go stable and when zaurus ports packages will be available so we don't have to spend 24 hours building every application?

OpenBSD / Openbsd 3.8 Current First Impressions
« on: September 04, 2005, 11:45:10 pm »
I started my OpenBSD install on Saturday afternoon. Following the INSTALL.zaurus document was smooth sailing. I ran into my first problem when I answered 'yes' to the question "Do you want to use the entire disk for OpenBSD?" I changed my mind and aborted the install, not being give the choice to go backwards.

Not realizing I could just re-launch the installer via ./install. I ended up rebooting, hoping to get back into the Sharp environment. No such luck - I was stuck at the boot> prompt cycling endlessly. Finally after a few hours of crying, and posting a desperate plea for help on oesf, I decided to try the manual zboot/insmod process in the INSTALL.zaurus which worked beautifully. I went all the way through an install finally (after messing up and having to do the rescue a few times) but then when I halted and rebooted... stuch at boot> again!!! Argh indeed.

Thanks to barryg, I tried resetting (b+d process) with the wifi CF card out. It worked! You guys are the best.

So, I now have a full OpenBSD install running and I've started installing software from ports.

Some comments based on my initial impression:

* The ports system is far superior to hunting down ipk files
* sshd by default is very helpful for doing postinstall stuff
* fvwm is quick and functional
* man pages are indeed useful
* /usr/games is a lot of fun

* Battery life seems to be much less than my former c860 w/ cacko (3 hrs vs 5+ hrs)
  - this can probably be improved once I figure out some power saving settings
* If the system is reset (as if battery + power was removed for a minute), and I boot with a CF card inserted, I can't boot.
  - this has been blamed on the linux boot process. don't know if it's fixable
* No cross compiler? I'm not looking forward to building large packages
* Looks like I need to learn how to mirror packages and set them up to build overnight the way barryg does (thanks for the info)
* xterm doesn't have flexible font scaling (go from 6pt micro 170 columns to 16 point lcd 79 columns with a few button presses)
* Bluetooth stack probably not available any time in the immediate future

* build some useful applications, especially fluxbox and eterm
* dual boot cacko or pdaXrom from 1gb SD card

Thanks again.


OpenBSD / Stuck In Openbsd Install Limbo
« on: September 03, 2005, 02:35:29 am »
* Got the current ipk for 3.8
* Ran install openbsd
* Entered openbsd installer
* Aborted to shell after realizing i wanted to keep some space for linux
* rebooted
* Now stuck at boot prompt. No disk label, nothing boots.

I did the procedure that's supposed to prevent the booting of the linux partition:

mount /dev/mtdblock2 /mnt
cd /mnt/home/etc/rc.d

cat rc.rofilesys | sed -e '/vfat/s/^/#/' > vfat
diff -u rc.rofilesys vfat      # to double check
cp rc.rofilesys rc.rofilesys.vfat
cp vfat rc.rofilesys

The diff seemed to show that lines which were already commented out were just re-commented (double ##'s). Anyway, didn't really do anything... just thought I'd mention it.

I can boot into single user mode, but don't know what the heck I can do from there.

Now, do I need to do a NAND restore, or is there hope?

Thanks for listening. I apologize for being a moron!

OpenBSD / Status Of Sd/sdio Support?
« on: August 30, 2005, 11:40:19 am »
One of the projects listed on the zaurus page is SD/SDIO support. Anyone know what the status of that project is? One of these days I'll poke around CVS.

OpenBSD / Should Openbsd Link To This Forum On The Z Page?
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:53:43 am »
If you chose No or Maybe, please elaborate or post a suggestion. I'm pretty sure that the page linking to this forum would be OK with the webmasters of Offroadgeek - any comments?

OpenBSD / Welcome Arm Mailing List People!
« on: August 25, 2005, 12:26:13 pm »
Welcome visitors from the arm mailing list. I think you'll find to be a great resource for your zaurus needs, as it has been for mine. (That is, if you're not already a member!)

Enjoy, and feel free to start a topic on any OpenBSD issue that's itching you at the moment.

OpenBSD / Gprs + Openbsd
« on: August 22, 2005, 06:14:28 pm »
On the arm list, a couple of people said that OpenBSD probably wouldn't be able to use a CF card to do bluetooth GPRS with a bluetooth phone.

Here's the most interesting response I got:

"AFAIK, looking into src/sys/netbt, it seems that BT support in OBSD
is far from complete. Only HCI commands/events are supported, L2CAP and
RFCOMM is not implemented. The particular driver support (BCSP in the
case of Socket Communications (rev G) bluetooth card) wouldn't really
matter until network protocol stack is completed."
-Albert Rybalkin    

Seems like even a bluetooth USB dongle would be pointless. Any ideas? I used to use GPRS with my T610 phone with my C860 (cacko rom) and it was pretty useful. I'm trying to figure out if I can duplicate the experience somehow on a C3100 running OpenBSD.

OpenBSD / Welcome To The Zaurus Openbsd Forum!
« on: August 17, 2005, 09:59:54 pm »
Well, maybe this will be a good resource for folks who want to try the new Zaurus support in the OpenBSD 3.7 arm port!

Thanks offroadgeek!

Project page -
Install docs -

P.S. I had difficulty subscribing to the arm port mailing list via gmail. If anyone is already a member, please post a link to this forum on the mailing list.

Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Create An Openbsd Rom Forum?
« on: August 16, 2005, 11:47:25 pm »
C'mon moderators. Give us an OpenBSD ROM forum.

see for details

C1000/3x00 General discussions / There Is Now An Openbsd Zaurus Forum
« on: August 16, 2005, 11:44:40 pm »
UPDATE: offroadgeek has created the forum. Go check it out!


I'm sure there must be some BSD fans here!

The OpenBSD has a full port (arm port) working and stable (so I hear) for the C3XXX series and are working on the other recent zaurus models (C760/860/1000).

There really ought to be a ROM forum for OpenBSD. The openbsd arm port mailing list is pretty dead.


PS. Supposedly it's a piece of cake to dual boot OpenBSD on your Z...

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