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C1000/3x00 General discussions / Cacko3k Feedback
« on: May 06, 2005, 10:03:31 am »
Is there any way that the Cacko ROM can be tweaked to allow the Japanese input and dictionaries to remain?  The Zaurus has a great dictionary built in and it would be a shame to lose it.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Anyone Syncing To Linux?
« on: March 14, 2005, 10:33:03 am »
There is a pinned file about syncing a C3000 to Windows XP but does anyone have experience on syncing to Linux?  

I will die and go to heaven if I can sync to Evolution 2.0 on Ubuntu but will settle for anything I can get.  Unless all I can get is Windows, in which case I will die and go to hell.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Request For C3000 Dict2
« on: March 09, 2005, 09:27:13 pm »
I have successfully downloaded a copy of dict2 which makes me happy.  I am even happier that three people made downloads available and another offered to burn a copy of the CD and send it to me.  Y'all folks are kind to strangers.

It occurs to me though that the forums have an omission.  I watch one of the Yahoo groups because it is the best forum for Toshiba Magnia linux servers (think of it as the Zaurus of mini-servers).  The Yahoo message boards are obnoxious because of all the advertising but one thing they have which OESF lacks is a well defined place to upload files or links to files.

Anyone know the folks who run OESF well enough to know how to lobby them?  I'd like to talk them into having an upload page (for small files) or pinned item of links so that we could have one-stop shopping for C3000 software.


Security and Networking / A Zaurus Mystery
« on: March 06, 2005, 10:31:39 pm »
It has to be something technical but it isn't in the settings.  Six machines with the same settings but only the laptops work.  802.11b is a standard and the Zaurus gear should implement it the same as the laptops.  I don't care much about the lack of access in one coffee shop.  Open WiFi hotspots are more common in Tokyo than bowls of rice.  What I am intrigued by is the possibility that there is something systematically different or wrong with the way the Zauruses do WiFi.  And it can't be in the CF WiFi cards.  I have a Buffalo Tech card and the other two Zaureses had different flavors of Planax cards.  All no go.

Matt, let me know when you are coming to Tokyo and I'll try to meet you in Akihabara.

Excellent Zaurus story! There should be a separate catgeory for Zaurus stories like this one!

No idea why all Zaurii would stop working one day... suppose they may have changed their access point to one which for some reason is incompatible with the WiFi driver(s) in the Zaurii?

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Security and Networking / A Zaurus Mystery
« on: March 06, 2005, 09:38:18 am »
So I was walking through Akihabara today and dropped in the Linux Cafe for a coffee and some WiFi.   Akihabara, if you don't already know, is the computer Mecca of Tokyo and there really is a Linux Cafe although really it is just a rebranded Pronto.  Pronto is a chain of coffee shops a bit down scale from Starbucks but with free WiFi.

So anyway, I fire up my C3000 and try to log on.  Now I've done this before and it has always worked.  The required ESS is pronto but otherwise, the settings are standard Non-ESS, Any, Any.  Automatic DHCP, no WEP, no PPoE, yadda yadda.  Only this time it doesn't work.

I ask this older guy with a WinXP laptop what WiFi settings he is using.  Even with my bad Japanese and his worse English we confirm that my settings are right.  Hmmm.  OK, I decide to ask two younger guys at the table next to me. Each of them is using a W2K laptop and both have browsers open.  They must know something.  Their English is ever so slightly better but they still seemed a bit confused by something.  And this is the comedic bit.

After they looked over my WiFi settings and said yes, it should work, they did something that could only happen in Japan.  Both of them reached into backpacks under the table and pulled out a Zaurus.  The pudgy, shaggy haired guy pulled a C3000 and the gaunt, shaggy haired guy an 860.  In the States, what are the odds that you would run into one stranger with a Zaurus, much less two?

So here is the mystery part.  They fired up and opened networking and each had the same settings.  Three Zauruses (two C3000s and an 860) with three different known-good WiFi cards.  None of the Zauruses are getting online even though all have in the past.  But the three laptops, which are all using the same settings as the Zauruses, are on without a problem.  What gives?  Laptops good, Zauruses bad?

Just in case a little more technical detail will help, here is the setup at the Linux Cafe.  Two large rooms, each with a Toshiba WiFi access point.  One room has an ESS of pronto and the other of tsunami.  I ran Kismet to check the settings and I could see both of them with heaps of packets and good signal strength.  No WEP.  One thing I did notice with the Zauruses is that when you initiated the WiFi connection it would briefly (maybe two seconds) recognize the correct ESS but then flip to 'Unknown' ESS and lose the connection.

Anyway, after 20 minutes, I gave up on this, finished my coffee and walked out the door. On the way out I passed another guy with a Zaurus (an 860 I think) setting up.  I just kept going.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Request For C3000 Dict2
« on: March 04, 2005, 10:12:06 pm »
I have only one CD which has Dict1 on it.   The other CD seems to have gone on vacation.

According to some of the Japanese Z sites, the dict2 files are on the 2nd CD that comes with C3k.

Do you have 2 CDs?

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C1000/3x00 General discussions / Request For C3000 Dict2
« on: March 02, 2005, 07:19:35 am »
I am trying to rebuild my C3000 after a factory reset and need to reinstall the dict1 and dict2 directories.  I can only find one of the two CDs that came with my Z so I have dict1 but not dict2.  If someone could zip it for me, an easy way to move files is a website called


Sharp ROMs / In Serious Trouble...
« on: February 28, 2005, 08:39:19 pm »
I did the same thing to mine last week and have posted notes on how to do a factory reset, language conversion and common customizations:
(Mammothrept's Notes on Debricking an SL-C3000)

Thank you both ever so much.   the solution for anyone in the same problem is at the bottom of this post... that manual link is the business!  THANKS A HEAP!

** To Format Internal Flash to new Custom SLC-3000 ROM **

** Note You will lose all the data on your Zaurus!**

1.   Make sure you have the and initrd.bin files in the root of your cf/sd card, or the Flash image from Sharp I mentioned in my first post.
(Yes, you can use either cf or sd to flash now!)

2.   Make sure the Zaurus isn't plugged into AC power.
3.   Remove battery for at least 5 seconds.
4.   Replace battery (replace battery cover, lock cover), plug in AC power.
5.   Press and hold the "OK" button on the keyboard.
6.   Turn the power on, you should see the Japanese service menu:
7.   Now Plug in the Power Cord.
(You will get an error if it isn't plugged in!)
8.   Select option 3 (Erase all / Format (all data will be lost!))
9.   You should then get a confirmation message (in Japanese) with a Yes/No
option (left one is Yes). Click the Yes button to confirm.
(If you don't get this, then you don't have the AC power plugged in.)
10.   Wait, get some coffee/tea, watch the pretty screen.
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C1000/3x00 General discussions / Mammothrept's Notes On Debricking A C3000
« on: February 27, 2005, 07:23:01 pm »
Yep, missed that.  There is also a problem with the Japanese dictionaries that I did not notice earlier.  When I start Translate or Zdict, it cannot locate the Japanese dictionaries.  I'll have to figure out why this sequence doesn't work and change it.

Maybe you should also add that at the end of step 1 you have to tap the screen. (In japanese it says something about tapping the screen to see if it works.) Then you are asked to calibrate the screen. Just hit the crosshairs. Then you can do the rest of the actions.
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C1000/3x00 General discussions / Mammothrept's Notes On Debricking A C3000
« on: February 26, 2005, 03:38:35 am »
Mammothrept's Notes on Debricking an SL-C3000.  The hard way.

Once upon a time (yesterday), I tried to get a KWINS CF card modem working on my Zaurus SL-C3000 but somewhere along the line, it froze.  I could not get it to shut down so I pulled the battery out. Bad move.  When I tried to restart, the Sharp splash screen would come up and hang.  Forever.  No turning it off without pulling the battery again.

I noticed that at the bottom of the Sharp splash screen that there was a little bit of flickering.  On very close inspection, the flickering was actually a rapidly cycling line of text from a Linux kernel panic.  Something about not finding a PCMCIA file.

After reading through the OE Forums and Trisoft's manual I came to the conclusion that the most likely way to get unbrick my Zaurus was to do a factory reset and recustomize everything (and no, of course I did not have a recent usable backup).

So, I set out to reset and reconfigure my Zaurus and to keep detailed notes as I went along as well as assembling a repository of all files I was downloading.  If, someday, disaster strikes again, I want to be able to undig the hole faster.  While these notes are for reconfiguring after a reset, they may also be useful as a distelled set of mini-HOWTOs for common C3000 customizations.

Most of these notes are a rewrite of things I found on Google and the forums.  If it looks like something you wrote, it probably is.  If it looks wholely original, I probably screwed something up.

Please post corrections in this thread.  If there is enough interest, I will post a revision of these notes which incorporates corrections.

10.    UNZIP


See Trisoft's English language manual for the C3000 for detailed and graphical instructions (Page 20-21).

The short version:

Unplug AC power cord from C3000.
Remove battery for about 30 seconds.
Replace battery (replace battery cover, lock cover), and plug in AC power.
Press and hold the "OK" button on the keyboard.
Turn power on.  Japanese language text box will appear with questions.
Select option 3 (Reset)
Select option 1 (Normal)
Select left box (Yes).
Wait as the Zaurus reboots.


I need to be retain the Japanese language capabilities of the C3000 so the most common method or converting to English (mcconvert) is out.  I do use mcconvert just briefly at the beginning to set up the initial Internet connection but I delete it once is run.

   Install mcconvert from for quick and dirty conversion to English.

   Set up wireless card and get online.
   Download from
   (A much better conversion that leaves the Japanese abilities intact.)

   Uninstall mcconvert


One side effect of using for the English conversion is that the Sharp terminal program disappears.  You will regularly need access to the command line so immediately after using, install another terminal program from


download and install/store these files:

zeditor_1.3.5english_arm.ipk     ZEditor - text editor
opie-reader_0.7h_arm.ipk    Opie Reader - eBook reader    Explorer style file viewer
c3000qse.pdf    C3000 manual by TriSoft
psi4z_0.8.5a-4z_arm.ipk    Required libs for the Zaurus
kaddressbook_1.9.13_arm.ipk    Address Book    PIM for Zaurus
kmicrokdelibs_1.9.13_arm.ipk    I think contained in above, but not sure, install!
kopiemail_1.9.13_arm.ipk    Mail client, features SSL. Must install openSSL below.
openssl_0.9.7d_arm.ipk    OpenSSL , mainly for kopiemail. Won't run otherwise.
korganizer_1.9.13_arm.ipk    Organizer
korganizer-alarm_1.9.13_arm.ipk    Organizer alarm plugin
kphone-pi_0.9.8_arm.ipk    IP phone
ktimetracker-pi_0.9.7_arm.ipk    Time Tracker
pimTABicon_1.9.13_arm.ipk    TAB icon editor (untested)
pwmanager_1.9.13_arm.ipk    Password Manager (untested)


To get USB mouse functioning:

Go to

Get latest version of inputhelper.  Currently 1.0.0-1

    * Version 1.0.0 inputhelper_1.0.0-1_arm.ipk


Install most recent version of Kino 2: kino2_0.4.2_arm.ipk
Also install mplayer-bvdd_1.0.1-1_arm.ipk   - (New mplayer package)
Also install bvdd_0.1.0-1_arm.ipk - video driver for C3000
Also install sudo:
(Your Zaurus will reboot as soon as you finish installing the new video driver.  You should notice
an improvement in USB mouse responsiveness.)


(Note 1. When networking with the home LAN, I use a Buffalo CLT LAN card.  You could use WiFi but
my WiFi access point is built into our cable modem and it is outside my LAN's firewall.)

To get SMB (Samba) file sharing working:

(Note 2.  I could not get the smbmount package from Nayno to work correctly even though it is
supposed to be for the SL-C3000.

Get smbmount and libncurses from

Open a terminal.  Use SU to get root.  Create a mount point.  
The share I want to mount is //myserver/public so I created a mount point on my Zaurus of:
    /hdd3/Documents/LAN (all future shares will get mounted off of this)
Next, I created:

The syntax that works for me is:
   smbmount //myserver/public /hdd3/Documents/LAN/public username=(mysername),workgroup=(myworkgroup)

Your newly mounted share should show up in the Files tab inside the "lan" folder.


I have heard that Opera 7.55 works on the SL-C3000 but I could not get it to do so.  What does
work in part is Opera 7.30.  First, read:

Then, from the same page download and install these files:


After installing these files, you will discover at least three limitations.  You cannot make Opera run as root.  The second and third problems are that while you can change the home page from the original and create bookmarks, once you close and restart Opera, all of your changes are gone.  I still cannot get bookmarks to save but you can fix the other problems.  

To do this, go to the "Tab Settings" manager in Settings and create a new launcher.  The new icon will settings will be:

Name: Opera
Icon: (browse to the Opera icon)
Program: opera

Save and go over to the Applications tab.  You should now have two launchers for Opera.  The one you just created can now be set to run as root by holding the stylus down on it until an options box comes up.  By setting Opera to run as root, it will now retain homepage settings.  Not secure, but more convenient.


Before starting, note that you will need a text editor.  The one that comes with a stock Zaurus is lobotomized so it cannot see system files.  You will need to know how to use a command line text editor like VI or use a real graphical text editor like Zeditor.  See Section 2 above (KO/PI PIM AND MISC UTILITIES) for instructions on downloading Zeditor.

Now to start installing Kismet:

First, read
Pay most attention to Kerensa's post #12.

Second, install Kismet,Kismet-qt, libpcap, and libstdc++.  Use these versions:

Third, setup a network connection

   Name: AdHoc for Kismet
      ESS-ID: any
      Network type: Ad-Hoc

      Select 'Specify' IP Address:
      Subnet Mask:

Fourth, use a text editor (running as root) to edit this file:
Make sure the source line looks like this:


* This source works for my Buffalo WiFi card but you may need to select a different source line depending on which WiFi card you use.  A number of commonly used source lines are already in the kismet.conf file.  To enable one, remove the # character at the beginning of the line.  If you are changing the source line from one to another, make sure that you comment out the first one (i.e. add the # character).  You can only use one source line at a time.

Fifth, make kismet_qt run as root.  
To do this, open a terminal and use SU to get root.  Then type:

    chmod 4755 /usr/bin/kismet_qt

Sixth, connect to the network service you created and then launch kismet


Remote desktop application for the C3000.

First, read

 qtrdesktop_1.2.0_arm.ipk ( 37.78k )

Download from
It installs but have not tested yet.  Looks like portrait mode only.


Unzip for the zaurus console.
Download and install


Batteryplus is an applet that gives more information about your battery status than the stock Sharp applet and also lets you change some settings.  Download from bottom of page at:

The page is all in Japanese but the applet is in English.


C1000/3x00 Hardware / Power Limit Using Usb And Cf?
« on: February 26, 2005, 12:54:11 am »
I am starting to suspect there is a limit on the power output of an SL-C3000 that makes it dicey to run a USB mouse, USB keyboard and CF card at the same time.  It does not always happen but sometimes the USB keyboard is either not detected or the character mapping is way off.  I think it is only happening when using all three are plugged in simultaneously.  Anyone else seeing this?

General Discussion / Who are you and where are you from?
« on: February 25, 2005, 10:12:35 pm »
39 yr old American lawyer living in Tokyo.  Originally from the midwest.

SL-C3000 with WL12-CF-S11, Filco USB keyboard and Logitech mouse.  iRiver IHP-120 for external storage.  Pocket Dict softcase and Pelican 1120 hard case.

Home systems are an RH7.1 server and homebrew desktop running Ubuntu and Fujitsu laptop running Xandros.

And the mammothrept is my four year old.  (Mam"mo*thrept) n. [Gr. grandmother + to nourish.] A child brought up by its grandmother; a spoiled child. [R.]

C1000/3x00 General discussions / New Zaurus In March?
« on: February 25, 2005, 09:53:21 pm »
Buffalo Technology is not going belly up.  They may (although i haven't heard this elsewhere) stop making WiFi cards but they are still very much in business.


On the same news page they also have a story about Sony killing off the Clie in Japan, which contains a mention of the Z and Buffalo, manufacturer of WiFi cards (their English translation):
Sony kills Clie, even in Japan!

Well, it seems that the rumours have become reality, and after throwing the towel in Europe and the States, the Japanese giant decided to stop the production of its last Clie models (VZ90 and TH55) in July 2005. Impress has the dirt on this story, and they say that the PSP will fill up the gap. Impress makes it clear at the end of their article that Sony will focus on the PSP and mobile phones… so will we have a PDAphone soon in Japan?

The PDA market becomes a lot more dull all of a sudden, as Sony had a nice share of the market. PDA’s powered by PocketPC are present on the market thanks to HP and Toshiba (which is the only brand present in the Japanese press concerning this), and there also is the Sharp Zaurus, but that has some problems too as Buffalo, the company that makes the WiFi Compact Flash cards for the Zaurus, has decided to call it quits too, and new owners of a Zaurus will not be able to get WiFi on their devices anymore.

If manufacturers like Nintendo start offering PDA functions on their devices, and if Sony offers a browser and basic PIM functionality on the PSP, there will no longer be any PDA’s in Japan very soon.

They also mention Hitachi's new 6GB microdrive.

And here's their English translation of the Z item:
Rumors: We may have a New Zaurus?

BE CAREFUL, THIS IS UNCONFIRMED INFORMATION: I talked to a retailer on the phone this morning, who told me that there COULD be a new Zaurus in March. Of course, no news from Sharp, so WAIT & SEE.

This new device could be a logical evolution of the line-up (Zaurus 3000 and 860), because there is not one Sharp PDA with Wireless LAN functionality and it’s no longer possible to get WiFi cards for these existing Zaurus models in Japan.

I find it interesting that they think users in Japan won't be able to get WiFi cards for the Z anymore in Japan because of Buffalo going belly-up.  There are plenty of other vendors of WiFi cards.  Surely the Japanese could at least import some?

I hope they're correct though about Sharp adding WiFi to the new Z because of this (or for any reason, for that matter!).

I would also guess that the new Z would use the new 6GB microdrive.

This would then be a compelling upgrade for many C860/760 users, I think: built-in WiFi; 6GB microdrive; and USB host.  I may have to get the checkbook out myself.  

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If you are buying in Japan, I would go to that 'store on the corner.'  The sign atop the store says Sharp and in smaller letters it says Cyberspot (  The company's real name appears to be Nishimura.  That is what is on their business cards and the credit card receipt for my Z.  If you buy there, it would help to have some Japanese language ability or at least a Japanese speaking companion.  Not absolutely necessary but useful.

Another interesting option if you are in the country is   They seem to have the lowest price anywhere.  They speak Engllish and have a purchasing service for tourists staying in Japan and will get you gadget for a few per cent over the lowest widely available retail price.  I suspect they are supplementing their 3 per cent commission with whatever the kickback is on the frequent buyer membership cards available at places like Yodabashi Camera or Laox.  (Nothing dishonest about this).

Again, if you are shopping in Akihabara, check out Mobile-senka for accessories.  Little 6th floor shop for pda accessories.  Here is a map;

If you are not in Japan, screw the cost savings and buy from one of the repackers like Trisoft, Conics or Dynamism.  A Zaurus is wonderful but too expensive to buy without access to technical support if you muck it up.


i have a few more hints to add:

You should always think about the possibility of a repair.
If you buy a device in a japanese shop, you're LOST !
They won't accept repair shippings because they don't
have a clue how to send it back to you. Also it's not possible
to send a device to SHARP Japan for repair if you're outside

If you buy a device in Japan or from a japanese dealer,
do yourself a favor and buy a SHARP EA-70S ac adaptor.
Don't try to use the EA-72 100V type in the US. It will work
for a while, but you may face a destroyed charger
electronic soon.

There's a lot more, but these are the _really_ important
points to have in mind.


Marc Stephan
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C1000/3x00 General discussions / Overclocking The C3000
« on: February 18, 2005, 06:19:35 am »
This question is so obvious that it is silly but here goes.  How useful is overclocking on the C3000?  What can you now that it is overclocked that you could not do before?  

This is not a troll.  If there is something nifty waiting at the end of this trail, I'll pull my Z out and try to whack a new kernel into it.

Just for context, I have the stock kernel and ROM running on mine and won't be using Debian because I need to keep the Japanese data entry functionality.

Just a quick test to see if upping upping the VCORE and CCCR values really does overclock the CPU. And the answerr looks like YES!

Running this loop:
for (( i=0; i <= 10000 ; i++ )); do echo $i; done

CCCR:  2000218
VCORE:  0e
time: 7.390s
time: 6.731s
time: 6.745s
time: 6.740s

CCCR:  2000210
VCORE:  0a
time: 11.536s
time: 11.350s
time: 11.218s
time: 11.180s
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