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Software / Gpsp Gba Emulator For Cacko/sharp Roms
« on: October 21, 2007, 01:49:16 pm »
Who wants a near full speed and very playable GBA emulator for the Sharp Roms. Suhami(is that his name?) compiled the original gpsp for pdaxrom and I ported it to the sharp rom (
It needed a compiler upgrade, the 2.95 gcc is not up to the task of compiling anything anymore.
Gpsp since it is made for the psp and then ported to gp2x has very good arm assembly optimisation for near full speed play. I have tried many games and most of them are very playable.
I am including the executable in this post as well as the script needed to play it in zemu frontend. I have modified Suhami's code to change the key bindings to
If you dont like these keys suhami aslo mentions in his website and i checked his code that you can use the environment variable GPSPKEYS as shown below to use your favorite keys.

GPSPKEYS= L,R,Down,Up,Left,Right,Start,Select,B,A
$ export GPSPKEYS=303,120,274,273,276,275,13,32,306,308

I am sorry not to ipk it but maybe someone can do it for me... and oh yes you need libsdl for it.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pysol Over 200 Solitaire Games
« on: March 18, 2007, 05:00:25 am »
I have been trying to run pysol ( in pdaxrom.
What i did was download the pysol packages for debian.
and then use meanie's deb2ipk script to convert them to ipks. Note the conversion failed in the zaurus due to lack in memory and i had to do it in my desktop for pysol-cardsets_4.40-3_all.deb.
Then i compiled the pysolsound server. I have uploaded it here. I then placed it in /usr/lib/python2.4/lib-dynload/ but you can also put it in /usr/share/games/pysol/ where pysol gets installed when you install the converted ipks. You need SDL, SDL-mixer and smpeg for the sound server to work.
If you have a base python install like me then you will also need many python packages when you can copy from the python full package. They are

in /usr/lib/python2.4
UserList.pyc        htmlentitydefs.pyc  markupbase.pyc      sgmllib.pyc
formatter.pyc       htmllib.pyc         pickle.pyc

in /usr/lib/python2.4/lib-dynload

in /usr/lib/python2.4/lib-tk
Canvas.pyc          FixTk.pyc           Tix.pyc             Tkinter.pyc         tkFileDialog.pyc    tkSimpleDialog.pyc
Dialog.pyc          ScrolledText.pyc    Tkconstants.pyc     tkColorChooser.pyc  tkFont.pyc          turtle.pyc
FileDialog.pyc      SimpleDialog.pyc    Tkdnd.pyc           tkCommonDialog.pyc  tkMessageBox.pyc

Oh yes you also need tcl, tk packages and then you are ready.

the debian package installs a script /usr/games/pysol which you can  use to run pysol.

Finally I would like to ask for someone with more ipk tools experience than me to package all these files to nice packages.

The result is over 200 high quality solitaire games with lots of cardsets and nice music.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / New Movie Player Solution - Ffplay
« on: February 22, 2007, 04:58:07 pm »
Hi all

For work i was in the process of porting ffmpeg to various platforms so i thought why not do it for the zaurus too. The only problem i encountered was that the pdaxrom gcc (beta 1 edition) crashed (????? ) when optimisation level -O3 was used. I changed that to -O2 and it compiled fine.

From my tests on my c860 i found that results were a bit better than mplayer if i played the video outside x. the video should also be 320x240 max resolution.

Let me know if you guys find it faster than mplayer. I have not included anything other than the codecs included in ffmpeg itself.

On other news i will look at the scource code of tcpmp a nice media player for palm and ppc to see if i can port it in parts. I cant imagine that my loox 720 ppc undeclocked to 312Mhz plays videos better than zaurus at 400Mhz.


PS sorry no ipk as it just is one executable that can be put anywhere.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Latest And Possibily Last Of Atty's Mplayer
« on: February 15, 2007, 06:07:26 am »
It is available here.
Meanie maybe you can repackage it for pdaxrom. Can you also do a favour. Your package is for cxxxx but i have a c860 so i cant use the bvdd module. Can you update your package such that if a c860 is detected then the bvdd module is not loaded and the driver w100 is used (-vo w100).


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Zaurus Remote And Xmms Tip
« on: February 15, 2007, 05:49:45 am »
All the posts that i have seen regarding using the ce1 remove with xmms involve keeping xmms in the foreground and remapping the remote keycodes to c,v,b,n etc.
What i found that if you bind the remote keys as follows in fluxbox for eg.

None XF86AudioPlay   :ExecCommand /usr/bin/xmms -t
None XF86AudioStop   :ExecCommand /usr/bin/xmms -s
None XF86AudioPrev   :ExecCommand /usr/bin/xmms -r
None XF86AudioNext   :ExecCommand /usr/bin/xmms -f

then xmms need not be in the foreground and you dont need to remap the remote keys in x. I am sure you can do this in other window managers too.
The advantage here is that if xmms is not running then it will be started by the remote key press.
The only disadvantage of this is that you cannot use the remote keys in any other application. They are bound to xmms. Maybe i will write a script that will send the remote button press to mplayer or xmms whichever is running and it will start one of the two depending on user preference.

The volume up and down keys are the only ones left and i am yet to find a mixer application that can increase or decrease volume from key presses. something like $MIXERAPP -increase and $MIXERAPP -decrease. mixmos is not capable of this


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Tip For Rox Users.
« on: February 15, 2007, 05:31:17 am »
Hi all

If you like using rox in pdaxrom like I do. It kinda reminds me of the palm os launcher which is the most ideal app launcher in a pda imo.
The problem is not many ipks have rox app shortcuts. They do however have .desktop shortcuts which is usually supported by most desktops.
There is a nice Rox app which converts a whole directory of desktop shortcuts or a single shortcut when you drag and drop the dir or the shortcut on the convertor icon. It is called Desktop2App and it is available here
It however doesnt work with the standard python distribution in pdaxrom as it needs two files© and©. You can get these two files anywhere or install the full python package. I downloaded the full python package and extacted just these two files to make it work.


Software / Maelstrom 3.0.6 Game For Cacko/sharp Vga
« on: March 28, 2006, 04:51:29 am »
Hi all

help yourselves to Maelstrom ( for cacko/sharp vga models.

Package: maelstrom
Priority: optional
Section: Games
Version: 3.0.6
Architecture: arm
Installed-Size: 3.3MB
Maintainer: Tovarish <>
Packager: Tovarish <>
Depends: libSDL, libSDL-net
License: GPL
Cardinst: enabled
Description: You pilot your ship through the dreaded "Maelstrom" asteroid belt -- suddenly your best friend thrusts towards you and fires, directly at your cockpit. You raise your shields just in time, and the battle is joined.


Software / Circus Linux 1.0.3 Game For Cacko/sharp Vga
« on: March 27, 2006, 06:25:43 am »
Hi all

I compiled Circus Linux (a game similar to breakout ) for Cacko/Sharp VGA models.

Package: circuslinux
Priority: optional
Section: Games
Version: 1.0.3
Architecture: arm
Installed-Size: 2.2MB
Maintainer: Tovarish <>
Packager: Tovarish <>
Depends: libSDL, libSDL-mixer, libSDL-image
License: GPL
Cardinst: enabled
Description: "Circus Linux!" is a clone of the Atari 2600 game "Circus Atari," produced by Atari, Inc. (which is itself a clone of an earlier arcade game named, simply "Circus").  

try it and let me know if it works fine.


Software / Freedroid 1.0.4 For Cacko/sharp Vga
« on: March 27, 2006, 04:39:43 am »
I compiled freedroid ( for cacko/sharp vga models.

Package: freedroid
Priority: optional
Section: Games
Version: 1.0.2
Architecture: arm
Installed-Size: 6.1MB
Maintainer: Tovarish <>
Packager: Tovarish <>
Depends: libsdl
License: GPL
Cardinst: enabled
Description: Freedroid is a clone of the classic game "Paradroid" on Commodore 64 with some improvements and extensions to the classic version.  

Since i am presently running pdaxrom i cant test it myself so i hope someone can tell me how it works out.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Port Request: Gnome Games
« on: March 20, 2006, 04:22:03 am »
Hi all,

I as wondering if it is possible to port Gnome Games to pdaxrom.
There are some nice games there and it would be a good idea to even have them in the main pdaxrom feed as a starter game pack like gtkboard.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / New User's Problems
« on: March 15, 2006, 04:18:16 am »
Hi all

After running sharp rom for over an year on my 860 i got used to somethings with the cacko rom. I now have decided to try pdaxrom (1.1.0beta2) and am quite suprised by the speed increase (over x apps with xqt + debian). I also have been more or less able to find replacements for all the apps i used most in cacko rom except for the excellent opera and netfront browser. Dillo is not yet there .

i however have some issues with pdaxrom and would like to know how people overcome these.

1. I installed many apps and libraries in the user mount as well as on my 1gb sd card. For these apps to work effectively i have to run ipkg-link mount at startup. This slows bootup times immensely. any workarounds?????? for eg atleast making the "/" mount the entire size of the flash ram.

2. Working with the CF slot freezes the zaurus. If i use CF cards, Bluetooth cards and WIFI cards extensively then more often than not the zaurus freezes. The only option then is to remove the battery and restart. It leads me to believe that the CF insert and eject routines are very buggy. Have others experienced such problems. This + problem 1 makes it very irritating to reboot often.

3. The pdaxrom sdk is only for linux and you need root access to install it. I have access to linux workstations at work but only user access. It could be useful to also supply a cygwin sdk. I am aware that i can use qemu to emulate a linux box but i cant afford the diskspace needed by a complete linux system.

I think till the CF slot problems are the  most annoying especially it effectively needs a battery reset to resolve it.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Port Request: Heroes Game (not Might And Magic)
« on: March 15, 2006, 03:09:05 am »
Hi all,

I had ported this game to sharp/cacko rom and it was pretty easy. I am hoping that someone could take some time to port it to pdaxrom. I cant do it for lack of a linux box.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Port Req Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection
« on: March 12, 2006, 04:45:09 pm »

I have just moved to pdaxrom after using cacko/shrp rom for more than a year. I loved playing "Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection" on debian with XQt. I would like to request a port of these to pdaxrom. The games are really cool and easy to port and would be a good addition to the pdaxrom library of games.

The trouble is that i have a windows laptop and only non-root access to linux machines at work and so i cannot install the pdaxrom sdk without installing qemu or vmware else i could port these quite easily. I have ported quite a few games to cacko sharp because a cygwin sdk is available to make apps for the sharp rom.

The sources could be obtained from here.

thanks to anyone who would try,


Software / Scummvm For Cacko/sharp Vga
« on: February 25, 2006, 05:50:10 pm »
I managd to compile the latest scummvm (0.8.2) for cacko/sharp vga models.
I have also mapped the calender key as F5 needed for the menu for many games.

Package: scummvm
Priority: optional
Section: Games
Version: 0.8.2
Architecture: arm
Installed-Size: 4.4MB
Maintainer: Tovarish <>
Packager: Tovarish <>
Depends: libsdl, libmad, libogg, libvorbis, libfluidsynth
License: GPL
Cardinst: enabled
Description: A game engine for Lucasarts adventure games.
 Scummvm is a game engine capable of running famous Lucasarts
 adventure games (Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam'n Max, ...)
 on your Zaurus.

tell me if it works well.


Software / New Game Mirror Magic For Sharp/cacko Vga
« on: January 26, 2006, 03:18:57 pm »
I compiled Mirror Magic for  sharp/cacko vga models.

Package: mirrormagic
Priority: optional
Section: Games
Version: 2.0.2
Architecture: arm
Maintainer: tovarish <>
Depends: libSDL
License: GPL
Description: Mirror Magic for Zaurus SL CXXX Arm


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