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Sharp ROMs / Cacko 1.23 Mirror Site
« on: March 11, 2010, 08:26:05 pm »

Just restored my akita with the cacko rom from the above site.  I'm not affiliated.  Pls let me know if this is already posted.

Hi all,

How do I restore a Zubuntu installation back to Cacko 1.23?

Tips?  Appreciate if you can include links to any images or files needed.  Thanks!

Ubuntu / Netbooks And Ubuntu Making Me Lazy! :p
« on: August 20, 2009, 10:48:23 am »
Just popping in to see if there is anything new.  Hope everyone is alive and kickin!

After reading through the threads, esp the one on Zubuntu, I realised how lazy I've become!
Ever since I started using Ubuntu on my main notebook, I learn to take for granted the ease of use of Ubuntu and forget how hard it was to get my Zaurii (sl5500 and c1000) to work exactly the way I want it to.

Now with a netbook running Jaunty, it almost seem ridiculous to me to have to follow any precise steps in installing Ubuntu.  Until I read the Zubuntu thread.  

I'm not complaining abt Zubuntu ... I have it (half) working on my c1000 but it's been months since I use it.  I'm complaining about myself ... ... taking a back seat and not really willing to try out the latest greatest OS.  Why, I even thought of restoring my c1000 back to Cacko just so that I know everything that was working would work as it did.  

I only stopped because I was too lazy to even do that.

I blame it on the ease of use of Ubuntu!!      

Ubuntu / Installing Cacko On Sd Partition
« on: March 11, 2009, 01:37:58 pm »

So hopefully this is one of the last times you needed to flash your Zaurus. From now on, if you want to try some distro, simply extract the filesystem on a CF or SD memory card. Multiple partitions are supported, and multiple filesystems (gzip, cramfs, romfs, xfs, minix, ext3, ext2, reiserfs, jfs). Simply create a /boot directory in the root of the filesystem. Rename the the kernel image to zImage and copy it into the /boot directory. Create a file named kernel-cmdline containing the kernel startup command line and optionally add a file named image.nfo containing a description of the distro, all in the /boot directory. After rebooting the device your new distro will show up in the boot menu automatically.

Can someone decipher this and give a step by step guide?  Exact terminal commands with example /dev/sdc2 etc would be help.

1. Extract filesystem to CF, SD
Say SDHC card is used and detected as /dev/sdc.  Partition 1 contains zubuntu and is at /dev/sdc1 while partition 2 is going to contain cacko at /dev/sdc2, mounted at /media/disk1.

Extracts cackoimage.tar.gz to present directory, /media/disk1
/media/disk1$ sudo tar xvzf /pathtocacko/cackoimage.tar.gz

2. Create a boot directory in the root of the filesystem. Which filesystem?  /media/disk1?

$ mkdir /media/disk1/boot

3. Copy cacko kernel to /boot directory in the above filesystem

$ cp /mypath/zImage /media/disk1/boot/

4. Create a file named kernel-cmdline containing the kernel startup command line
How do we do that?  In the boot directory as well?  Ambiguous.

Create a new file kernel-cmdline at the boot directory
$ gedit /media/disk1/boot/kernel-cmdline

Insert the kernel startup command line.  Erm ... how??  Sample?

5. Optionally add a file named image.nfo containing a description of the distro, all in the /boot directory

Create a new file image.nfo at the boot directory
$ gedit /media/disk1/boot/image.nfo

Insert a description of the distro.
Is this a unformatted plain text description or is there a format here?  Sample?

Anyone with info on the above?  Please help!  Many thanks!

Off Topic forum / Appreciating The Zaurus
« on: February 08, 2009, 05:51:25 am »
Hi all,

For the past 9 to 10 months, I've not been using my C1000 nor my 5500.  I've been busy and neglecting them.
Around the same time, I started using Ubuntu on my 15.4" notebook and around mid last year, I got a Asus eeepc 701.

The eeepc did not get as much usage as my c1000 when I was still using it (the zaurus).  It ran xandros and although one could install other OS onto it, I dabbled for awhile and basically stopped.  I was too busy.

But all these months, I was using Ubuntu on my main notebook.  Now looking back at the zaurus, I really appreciate how it is remarkable in many ways.  For one, it was running linux.  For two, many things just worked.  So much so, I did not really knew that much about how things worked.  For the notebook, sound and graphics were half the time working.  So I spent many hours on the terminal configuring.  I guess there was a realistic limit as to how much one could install and run on the Z, so it limited what one could tweak it to do.  Further, I was just too comfy with Cacko and the apps in it basically did what I expected a tiny device like that to do.

Now I wonder if I should step out of cacko and bring in zubuntu for my c1000.
I wonder if I use it often enough to warrant the investment in time and setup.

And the 5500?  After neglecting it for almost 2 years, an over night charging brought it back to life again.  Sometimes I wish it would die so I can get an Asus 900HA eeepc without feeling guilty!   ... but it just booted up to opie 1.2 like nothing ever happened.

I wonder if SHARP will ever restart the zaurus line and take center stage once more.  I wonder.  I hope it does, 'cos it did such a good job with the zaurus hardware.  But I also fear that it does.  I doubt it would go rock bottom with pricing like Asus did.  And I also fear that it (SHARP) would drop the platform after a few lame misguided attempts.  Only this time, there are many other OEMs at the game, so we consumers will not be left in the cold.

I wish my eeepc had InstantOn like my zaurus, and had wakeup / alarm capabilities so I can use it for appointments.  I also wish it (eeepc) had longer batt life like the z, or like the pre-color palm used to have.  Two AA cells for a few weeks!  Try beating that!

Maybe the 900HA will be my zaurus replacement.  It boasts 5hrs batt life although we all know it will be more like 4~4.5hrs or less.  Sure, it is lower than the zaurus, but it will be enough for now.  It has the smallest footprint for a 8.9" netbook, longer (est?) batt life for its size and for a dirty cheap price at $299, it is even cheaper than my c1000 when I got it 2.5 years ago!  It would have a 160gb hdd, so storage is not an issue.  I have mobile broadband ready via USB, and if wifi is around, I can tap onto that.  All without too much tinkering.

So unless SHARP pulls out something from its sleeves at the 11th hour, I see myself getting further away from my zaurus despite all its strengths and features that I love.

In the end, I may still keep the c1000, and once awhile, charge it up and show ppl how way before the netbooks, we had a convertible "tabletpda" running linux, surfing the web on firefox etc.

Linux Applications / Firefox Ported To Qt
« on: August 19, 2008, 10:52:26 am »

Off Topic forum / Trouble With Forum Login
« on: August 12, 2008, 06:17:30 am »
I've been using Opera 9.5, Ubuntu Hardy and found that surfing on OE forum recently kept prompting me to login.  I then found that the site preference was identifying the browser client as FireFox.  I switched to "Mask as IE" and now it works.  Try this if it bums on you.  

Admins, any idea on this issue?  Mine is just a workaround.

Off Topic forum / Mouse Gesture Support In Linux (ubuntu)
« on: June 04, 2008, 01:18:39 am »
Having used the c1000 z for almost two years and finally switching my main machine (notebook) to Ubuntu, I'm well converted to using Linux on a daily basis.
The one thing I miss, actually two things are:

1. Support for left and right mouse wheel tilt-button
2. Support for mouse gestures

I recently got #1 working by installing btnx.  So now I'm onto #2.  Currently FF3 supports it, but increasingly I'm finding Opera providing a much better web experience.

Opera supports gesture, but is shy to display the strokes ... so I'm like gesturing blind! grrrr

Is there some mouse gesture app for linux, mainly Ubuntu, that I can run?

I'm gonna switch to Ubuntu for my eeepc, and with zubuntu coming up nicely, I might just switch my Z to ubuntu as well.

Pointers and advices appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Software / Pim That Is Usable
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:15:21 am »
Hi all,

Any recommendations for a light and good PIM for cacko on c1000?
In particular, organiser / calendar functionalities.

I got kopi installed ... but find it too heavy and complex for my usage.

Off Topic forum / Text Editor That Supports Hyperlinking?
« on: February 22, 2008, 12:08:52 pm »
Hi all,

This is way off-topic.  I'm using notepad++ on windows, zeditor on my z, and kwrite on my eeepc.  I was wondering if kwrite or some text editor has support for hyperlinking?

I'm trying out tiddlywiki but for really large files, like journals, it can be a tad slow.  Any substitute app that you are using for something like tiddlywiki, but light like kwrite?

Maybe I should get konqueror installed just to run tiddlywiki?  Is it lighter than firefox?  I think it is right?  Does it make sense?

C1000/3x00 Hardware / Swapping Batteries Causes Reboot?
« on: February 16, 2008, 09:37:38 am »
Hi all,

I was trying out my new battery and found that my c1000 would reboot when I swap the battery.  Is that normal?
Shouldn't it maintain state between battery swaps?

eg I suspend the unit, swap battery, power on, it resumes.

Now I suspend the unit, swap battery, power on, it does a cold boot.

Is this normal or is there an internal battery that needs replacement?

Hardware Mods / 16gb Or 32gb Cf In Cxx00, Anyone?
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:40:33 am »
So has anyone tried using 16gb or 32gb CFs into the cxx00?
Does it work or is a kernel patch (again) needed?

General Discussion / I Almost Lost My Z ... And Was Half Glad At That
« on: January 05, 2008, 08:57:05 am »
... I almost thought I misplaced my Z just half hour ago ... and I was half glad at that and half lost.

Half glad because I was like thinking ... "now I have reasons to have an n810!" ...
Half lost 'cos I have a ton of info on that little Z! ... What irony!

Any I recovered my Z and so no n810 until end of this year or something ...

C1000/3x00 Hardware / Size Of The Ac Adapter Tip
« on: December 12, 2007, 08:58:23 am »
Hi all,

Any have any idea of the size of the AC adapter tip that the zaurus uses?

Is it 3.5mm? Thanks!

PS: I have the jack, but no clue where to measure ...  

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