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For Sale / Wanted / -sold-
« on: May 22, 2009, 02:56:26 pm »

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Top 10 Things To Do In Pdaxrom
« on: February 14, 2007, 11:36:28 pm »
The Zaurus is a very usefull tool   I drove cross country three times in the past couple of months ... and the Z was definatly handy. I mainly use it as communications + entertainment.

1. Email - (Sylpheed) - was my ONLY source of online communication for 2 months in Utah, I was applying for jobs from my Z at coffee shops .

2. IM - (Gaim, xirc) - how I kept in touch with my friends back home

3. Web - (Dillo, Firefox) - research, news, internet goodness, MAPS

4. Games - (xSNES) - playing my Nintendo roms from the SD card

5. Movies - (Mplayer) - watch anime (already got subtitles, who needs audio)

6. Music - (xmms) play mp3s on SD card through portable speakers = my z-pod

7. Hotspot finder - (kismet, wifi-radar) I learned coffee = internet access

8. Txt edit - (Abiword) - lets me update my resume, and write cover letters

9. GCalc - How much where my bills??

10. Linux experience + learning tool + scripting + Bash

Things the zaurus did Not do -

1. wake-up alarm O:-)  (it's nicer to sleep in anyway)  
2. easy-to-setup printer support (it's linux, is printer support ever easy?)

So basicaly the Z was my entire tie to the outside world while driving through towns where the cows outnumbered the people. (literally, I saw one in southern Utah that was Pop. 24 on the sign!)  -- it's equally useful in the city, one doesn't always want to carry around a laptop bag jumping subways in a new town. The Z always fits

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Infrared ?
« on: February 11, 2007, 10:42:42 pm »
I had z-remote working on my 5600 w/ zynergy I think. -- for a very brief time -- it did need lirc to work. ... I never did get it to control my TV tho.

    You need a remote file from lirc-remotes...  I chose an RCA D770  .. be sure to get a universal remote, once you get lirc working, you'll still need to program the remote with your TV.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pdaxii13 On C1000
« on: January 03, 2007, 12:05:25 am »
a number of the patches and altered files from the custom.tgz aren't set up properly for the C1k  -- I was tinkering around, and have been going through piece by piece ...  I'm in the middle of driving cross country (in the hotel as I write this) :: so I'm short on time to really tinker right now with 16 hours in the car ... but hopefully I'll be able to incorperate Meanies patches into the C-1000 without breaking anything else ..

If you want to play around with it ... Do a NAND restore first ... You'll need to copy the diff program to your /bin directory - you also cannot run the shell script from an SD card as it replaces the module, and can't do so cleanly if it's in use.

Meanie : Which file has the customisation for right-click on a window? It's bringing up a fluxbox type window (options for roll-up, maximize), instead of the more useful rox menu with delete, move functions.  (when you [fn] click an object)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / I Need A User Manual
« on: December 05, 2006, 12:38:41 am »
I tried to set up my page in a user - manual sorta way ... switching desktops + the input set-up bug are both listed.

if you have any notions or ideas that should be added - let me know! or feel free to pull anything from the page to include in an offical manual.

For Sale / Wanted / -sold-> Sl-5600 W/ Box + Dev Enviro
« on: November 08, 2006, 11:14:28 am »
Changed price ... only $100 - 'tis the season

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Want Compiled Thread?
« on: November 02, 2006, 11:41:19 pm »
Could you compile a working IMage BUilder binary that will run in the pdaX86 enviroment?  I get erros from Qmake when I try to compile, but I never have done it before.  see this thread

the download for the Image BUilder source can be found here : iMAGE buILDER 0.0.2  and instructions from the original release are Here:

I found this Qtopia manual ... and have tried some help on IRC ... but I can't make it happy. . .   If you could compile this for x86 that would be Astounding!

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Beta 3 Fixes, Customs, Contrib
« on: October 31, 2006, 01:20:35 am »
Just added an update ::: Instructions for partitioning SD cards as well as chaning ipkg.conf + fstab  to reconize the new partitions.

Cxx0 General discussions / Partition Sd 4gig - Hmmm
« on: October 27, 2006, 12:33:10 am »
do you mean issues with the driver ?  or with this version of fdisk? Sandisc Ultra cards are common enough I would assume they are supported

Cxx0 General discussions / Partition Sd 4gig - Hmmm
« on: October 26, 2006, 12:46:20 pm »
Well I tried to change the bitsize of the ext2 partition ... and it's still giving me the same error .... I tried these same commands on a 1 gig SD card I had prior ot this,and it's working on that card ... so I think that the size is an issue .... the print option of fdisk shows that it's seeing 4 Gigs. however it shows 128704 cylinders while the 1 gig card shows 167680 cylinders ... that's because the size of each is much smaller on the 1 gig than the 4 gig. (12 * 512 as opposed to 64 * 512)

it's driving me a little batty ::  I can't figure out where it's having trouble.

I tried switching the order of the partitions .. making the primary 1 the ext2 and the second as vfat ... and now I am able to mount -t ext2 /dev/mmcda /mnt/ext2 fine ... however I get the same error when I try to do mount -t vfat /dev/mmcda2 /mnt/card   --- so it seems the end of the card isn't happy mounting ... grrr what causes this?

Cxx0 General discussions / Partition Sd 4gig - Hmmm
« on: October 26, 2006, 04:26:47 am »
it's only creating two partitions ... I was originally going to do 3 and use swap at the end of the drive ... but /dev/mmcda3 wasn't being crated, so I said screw it.

Also is using fdisk going through the SD driver? I suppose it would have to be. . . I could change it back to the pdax_mmc and try that I suppose ... but I find it very strange that i can't get the partitions created correctly . . .   I thought maybe I use using outdated tools or something. .

or do you mean to keep my explination simple? I was writing a tutorial as I was working, so I can post each and every keystroke if nessacary. . . I'm driving cross country in a couple days .. so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to play .. but I'll try to track down what's going on.   thanks!

Cxx0 General discussions / Partition Sd 4gig - Hmmm
« on: October 26, 2006, 12:38:19 am »
I just got a new 4 gig card  YAY!!   now I want to partition it, so I have a vfat partition, and an ext2 partition ...

I'm using fdisk as shipped with pdaXrom beta3 - I have replaced the SD driver with the newer tetsu/cresho one (from the newer 3200 series)

I fdisk /dev/mmcda

and create two new partitions. (at cylinders 1600 and 2407)

This should give me two partitions roughly 3 gigs and 1 gig .. or close enough.

then I use the type option to set primary partition 1 to type 6 (fat16) and primary partition 2 to type 83 (linux)

Then I do mkfs.msdos /dev/mmcda1
and a mkfs.ext2 /dev/mmcda2

mkdir /mnt/ext2

a mount -t ext2 /dev/mmcda2 /mnt/ext2 fails with a generic error .. wrong fs, too many mounted file systems ... etc ...  Not sure why this is happening. . .

And when I put the SD card into my windows machine, it only reconizes 1 gig. (.99 to be exact) I figured this was because of choosing fat16 and a limitation. so I chose hex option b (fat32) the next time I fdisked the card ... and still the same problem.

I have since re-built the partition info, and formatted in windows to get the full 4gigs in vfat. However -- I don't like that it didn't work ... I followed all the instructions I've found perfectly, and I understand what it is doing and how it's happening ... but I don't see where my error is occuring.

Anyone else have some input that might help me out on this? I would like to install GIMP + extra brushes on the SD card since I don't have enough room for it internally.


C1000/3x00 General discussions / What Is The Difference?
« on: October 25, 2006, 02:44:39 am »
NAND is a type of Flash Memory
Developed by Toshiba a year after Intel's NOR flash, NAND flash functions like a disk rather than memory. Flash Translation Layer (FTL) software makes flash look like a disk drive to the operating system. Reads and writes are sector-sized blocks of 512 bytes; however, typically, a 2KB page of four blocks are read and written at one time. Before writing, cells are erased in blocks ranging from 16KB to 128KB. Less expensive than NOR, NAND flash can be rewritten up to a million times, and erasing and writing NAND is faster than NOR

When creating a back-up of a NAND it is archiving each inode, every superblock, from zero to the last. (In the case of our Z's a full 128MB of installed memory) You do not need to have an OS installed to perform a NAND backup. (the service menu is not an OS per-se -- as long as the service menu functions you can reflash a NAND image) ... **as a note there are also two service menus .. in case one gets corrupted. They are accessed by hitting [D]+[M]+power and [Fn]+[D]+[M]+[Power]  ( D+M stands for Diagnostic Menu)

The back-up/restore function is found in Sharp based ROMS (Cacko/Sharp) under that name .. I think it is called something different in OZ. pdaXrom does not have a utility built-in. backup/restore is OS dependent in that You need to have already flashed an OS on your Z. It is creating a tarball (compressed image) of the files you have specified. ie: your /home directory, also user space, configs, and installed programs... it generally does not archive the kernel, all system files, etc ..

To restore from a restore/backup tarball you need to have a working OS flashed to your NAND memory. (generally the same version the tarball is originally from) the tarball then extracts your /home and configs so you can duplicate your settings.

A good way to think about it is that the NAND is the physcial base like your harddisc. a NAND backup archives everything where it phsycially is on the disc. the kernel, libraries, configs, etc... all remain exactly where they were when you created the image. You do not need to have an OS flashed to restore from a NAND image. it can be used to install a full system, OS, settings and all. for instance a C1000 owner running OZ could use a NAND backup from another user to install pdaXrom fully configured with extra prorgams already installed. it will overwrite EVERYTHING.

a backup/restore generally adds or alters whatever is already there. If you do not have a working image on the Z, the restore will fail. or if you try to use a backup/restore for a different OS then what you are currently running, the restore will fail.

hmmmm ... make more sense when to use which? I haven't needed to make a backup in a long time .. pdaXrom is very stable for me ... but I used backup/restore to keep my calendar data up to date, and avoid minor inconviences.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Pdax86 On Hard Drive
« on: October 17, 2006, 01:30:43 pm »
If you copy the rootfs.bin from the CD to a FAT formatted partition in your computer .. you can create a persistant home. you then just need the CD as a bootloader, and can take it out once it's booted up. I'm using the beta3 image, off an external usb drive and it boots fine ... however windows doesn't like booting back up,  don't think the memory clears or something, it always needs to checks discs and since hte 'image' still resides in memory? sometimes windows acts quirky for a reboot or two untill it's overwritten.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Scans Reader?
« on: October 14, 2006, 04:27:05 pm »
I want to read my scanned manga on the Z ... the default image veiwing program sucks for this tho ... are there any scans reading prorgams?  or ageneric Image Viewer that would do the job well alrady in the feeds ?

 what do you use? Thanks !

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