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For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: Sharp Zaurus Sl-6000 W Wifi
« on: November 29, 2015, 12:10:52 am »

My headphones got tangled, and ripped the headphone cables, and ruined headphone jack of my 6000.

I'm hoping to find a replacement, many thanks.

email to for quick reply, thanks!


General Discussion / I'd Love To Setup A New Z Resource...
« on: September 12, 2011, 11:39:19 pm »
[a PM to someone offering a web site and FTP server, from almost a year ago]


Yes, I must agree the forum is somewhat of a ghost town.

If you are still offering a free website, and/or FTP server, PLEASE count me
in.  I use my Z (SL-6000) daily, and I'm about to look through a "mile" high
pile of CDROMs for PdaXqtRom, and a bunch of other stuff.

It seems almost all of my old links are now invalid, and I'm finally about to
try to get videos working on the 6000.

I'm not sure I'll ever have the interest (or opportunity) to use my computer
engineering skills in the marketplace, and I'm gravitating towards other
interests, such as songwriting, and recording, etc. again.

Anyway, PLEASE let me know,  John

For Sale / Wanted / Fs - 2 Sl-5500s (1 Is Black ) And Maybe An Sl-6000
« on: January 27, 2007, 12:52:44 am »
Hi Folks,

As you can see from lack of recent posts, I really haven't been doing much with the
Zaurus these days.  I have a completely working SL-5500 which is black from removing
the silver paint on the front to look really cool and unique.  I did this before I got an SL-6000.
The other SL-5500 is missing one sound channel, maybe just the jack, maybe not.  It
also as a small and barely noticeable wear spot on the screen I think due to the previous
owner's repeated clicking of the opera icon on the stock ROM.

Anyway, it would nice to be able to keep one of the power supplies as a spare for my
SL-6000, so I'm willing to entertain offers for various combinations of things, as I have
2 cradles, 2 power supplies, 2 flip covers, 1 standard leather case, and 1 aftermarket case.
I suppose I could throw in a 64MB CF if I had to, but would rather not.

Oh yeh, a note on the black one.  The flip cover will not attach as tight as it use to, since
in process of removing a slight layer of the paint, that funny shaped indentation for the
flip cover became a little shallower mostly on one side.

Anyway, reply, or PM, and I will try to answer questions, and may post pics soon if there
is any interest.  I am in the USA and prefer paypal.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Howto Build A 5500 Beta1 Kernel Using Pdax86?
« on: November 02, 2006, 04:24:23 am »
Hi Folks,

I tried this a few months ago, and gave up.  I would very much like to
persue this effort again from scratch.  In an effort to get off on the right
track this time, I'd like to discuss this, and hopefully end up with enough
information to be able to build it myself, and also write up a detailed HOWTO.

I read the guide,
but the links to the source don't work, and I also need the 5500 sources.

I assume the correct pdaX86 ISO to boot is the one under the directory ?

And, I'm confused as to why that kernel compile guide mentions that the
pdaX86 system is configured with all the build tools, but then mentions that
he installed pdaXrom builder and cross-compile tools.

I've had some problems booting some of the pdaX86 ISO files on my laptop.
I'm going to burn the one from the beta1 location above shortly, and see if it
will boot as a starting point.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Troubles With Hostapd On Sl-6000 Beta1
« on: October 26, 2006, 02:14:45 am »
Hi Folks,

I have been experimenting with setting up my SL-6000 as an access point, since
I saw hostapd in the feed, and this is very interesting.  I am plugging in a LinySys
WCF-12, which I am able to setup as wlan1 manually (using iwconfig and dhcpd)
to connect TO an access point.  I am stuck though, when I try to use it with hostapd.
I get as far as:
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# hostapd -d /etc/hostapd.conf
Configuration file: /etc/hostapd.conf
Opening raw packet socket for ifindex 6
Using interface wlan1 with hwaddr 00:06:25:24:8d:28 and ssid 'testap1'
Flushing old station entries
Deauthenticate all stations
Received 146 bytes management frame
RX frame - hexdump(len=146): 00 02 b3 05 26 55 aa aa 03 00 00 00 08 00 45 10 00 84 e1 ef 40 00 40 06 d4 59 c0 a8 01 66 c0 a8 01 64 00 16 c3 b2 c7 ca c8 74 58 c3 ab 5b 80 18 26 40 28 04 00 00 01 01 08 0a 00 00 fa f0 01 21 67 e7 1c 55 2b 71 91 04 43 ca 9b f8 17 6f 6e 50 f5 73 fc 3f 14 00 97 d5 7b 8c ad 65 72 76 99 29 b4 04 b5 de e8 e5 fe a9 4a ba b2 3d 34 5a 22 f2 02 d2 26 84 12 a1 87 26 7a 35 bb 23 55 6f be a9 91 73 9d fa 8c 51 96 e1 e5 ae 1c c5 9a fe 57 e4 dd 3c
MGMT: BSSID=00:84:e1:ef:40:00 not our address

The hostapd process continues to run, but the light on the WCF-12 just blinks.
I'm new to hostapd and not sure if that MGMT message about the BSSID is
an error.  I have experimented with many things, since I could not find much info
on the web, and I'm hoping that someone else in the forum has used hostapd
on pdaXrom, and can tell me what might be failing.  I can't figure out where it
is getting that BSSID, nor where to specify one.  Many thanks for any info!

EDIT: More info, from when I kill the hostapd daemon:
Code: [Select]
Signal 15 received - terminating
Flushing old station entries
Deauthenticate all stations
ioctl[PRISM2_IOCTL_PRISM2_PARAM]: Operation not supported
Could not disable PrivacyInvoked for interface wlan1
ioctl[PRISM2_IOCTL_HOSTAPD]: Operation not supported
Could not remove generic information element from interface wlan1
ioctl[PRISM2_IOCTL_PRISM2_PARAM]: Operation not supported


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Can't Read Comments In Developer Blogs On Homepage
« on: October 16, 2006, 06:29:41 pm »
Hi Folks,

When I click on the comments link on any of the developer's blog entries, I
do not get any text.  I have tried it in a couple browsers (firefox/galeon), and
figured I'd report the issue.

I'm about to burn the updated x86 ISO to CD, but I'm not sure if there is anything
I should know first (in the comments), which what prompted me to try to read them.

Thanks in advance, for any info, or for fixing it!   John

General Discussion / Adobe's Plugin Not Authorized On Linux Pdas!
« on: June 27, 2006, 03:37:41 am »
Wow, I read the end user license agreement for the shockwave plugin that
I was installing on my (desktop) RH9 box, and was very surprised to see all
the efforf (and words) they put into excluding "embedded linux" and basically
anything other than Microsoft XP Tablet Edition - based PDAs from being
an "Authorized Operating System" as they put it.

They say they perform audits, and that you can end up reimbursing them some
unknown amount of money, etc..  Man...

link ->

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Wierdness With Beta1 If Sd Is First In Ipkg.conf
« on: June 23, 2006, 04:17:00 pm »

Maybe this is not the right thing to do, but in the past I have changed
the /etc/ipkg.conf file, to list the SD card as the first destination, thus
making it the default.  This to avoid having to specify it, as well as
to prevent running out of space on / if I forget to specify it.

Anyway, I'm on a 6000 with beta1.  With the SD card as the first destination
ipkg update goes wild, and seems to even try to delete the /mnt/card directory!
There are also other errors that I have never seen before, and I have included a
few lines of output below, but some of the xterm history got corrupted.

It seems putting / back as the first destination and running "ipkg update"
makes everything OK again, but I figured I'd mention it.  Whew!

# ipkg update
Downloading ...
rm: /mnt/card: is a directory
/home/tmp/ipkg: Unsupported scheme.
           => `/mnt/card/feed'
Connecting to||:80... connected.

Later on:
100%[====================================>] 6,072         --.--K/s            

15:47:31 (49.00 KB/s) - `/mnt/card/Packages.7' saved [6072/6072]

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Problem With Feeds, Or Did They Move? Help!
« on: June 21, 2006, 05:53:30 pm »
Hi Folks,

I'm trying to find firefox (and deps) for the 6000 for the latest (beta1) release.

The feed links, if clicked in a browser return "page not found".  The main feed
seems to work for "ipkg update" but not for:

Is there something wrong with the feed?  Any help greatly appreciated!

Thanks,  John

Zaurus - pdaXrom / 5500 And 1.1.0 Beta1 - No /etc/wlan/ Directory?
« on: June 13, 2006, 05:08:12 am »
Hi Folks,

After flashing an SL-5500 with the 1.1.0 beta1 version, I have no /etc/wlan/
directory, and thus I am stalled on WIFI setup.

Until now, I have not used any of the betas, and I'm wondering if the configuration
for WIFI has changed in this version.  I am accustomed to modifying wlan.conf
and creating a wlancfg-ESSID file, etc..

Any clues welsome,  John

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Sl-6000 - Square Brackets, Braces, Etc. (x11)
« on: March 14, 2006, 01:18:50 am »
Hi Folks,

I just figured out how to do this, and I figured I'd pass it on.  Also, it might be
helpful to put these in the default pdaXrom tosa.xmodmap unless there are
reasons not to, that I do not yet know about.

Anyway, I decided it would be easy to remember, mapping the square brackets
to the (printed) angle bracket keys.  And the curly braces to the (printed) parentheses
keys.  These would take effect when both FN and SHIFT modifiers were pressed.

SO, edit /etc/X11/kb/tosa.xmodmap and change the four lines as follows:

   keycode 20 = l L parenleft
   keycode 71 = comma semicolon parenright
   keycode 72 = period colon less less
   keycode 36 = Return Return greater greater

   keycode 20 = l L parenleft braceleft
   keycode 71 = comma semicolon parenright braceright
   keycode 72 = period colon less bracketleft
   keycode 36 = Return Return greater bracketright

I hope this is of some help to some folks,


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Rc11 On Sl-6000 - Looks Ok So Far!
« on: September 19, 2005, 08:59:37 am »

I was just about to go to sleep, when I clicked "refresh" on the forum page
and saw the RC11 announcement.  Needless to say, I grabbed it (twice -
incorrect MD5sum the first time) and installed it.  I figured I'd post, to let folks
know that it did not brick my device, etc.

I noticed that the power button suspends/resumes OK, mixmos appears to run,
but I have not yet attempted to do much more.  I can provide an update later
if folks are interested.

Many thanks for this RC11 ROM and *feed* !!!


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Microphone Support? Can't Run Oss Mixer, Mixmos
« on: August 28, 2005, 12:59:12 pm »

[ editied: I'm using an SL-6000L ]

I'm trying kphone, but having microphone problems.  The OSS Mixer app
never launches, and running mixmos produces:

# mixmos

Please, does anyone know how to overcome this, and get the mic working?

Many thanks,  John

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Wallpaper On Sl-6000 Is Oriented Wrong
« on: August 26, 2005, 06:15:27 pm »
I use the portrait (480x640) orientation almost exclusively, and
was wondering if anyone has come up with a workaround to
allow the wallpaper to be oriented correctly.

I found a workaround myself, but it is tedious:

Install fvwm

Use the "Look and Feel" screen to set the desired wallpaper.

(From a terminal)
   "killall openbox"
   "fvwm" (which will orient the wallpaper correctly)
    Control-C out of fvwm (when it is done initializing)  
     "openbox &" (which will restart openbox in the background)

Perhaps if I knew how to locate the "commands" or "scripts" that
are executed when buttons were pressed, I could determine what
openbox is using to install the wallpaper, and correct the command.

Anyway, I hope a better workaround exists, if not, enjoy mine!


6000 - Tosa / Digitizer Accuracy/fluctuation, Is It Normal?
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:56:15 pm »

I finally took the plunge, and picked up a up a 6000.  I'm noticing that
when running X, if I'm holding the stylus perfectly still on the screen,
the cursor is fluctuating a pixel or two in each direction continuously.

Is this normal?  This unit has a textured abrasion on the corner, sort of what
I would expect from a drop on a driveway.

Anyway, I'd be curious if others see windows shake when dragging them and
keeping the stylus steady.

Thanks,  John

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