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Sharp ROMs / Cacko Rom 1.23 Is Released
« on: November 14, 2005, 08:58:58 am »

I installed the 1.23-lite version, but have a small problem with the docked applications.
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Well to answer my own question ... the docked applications are ok with a fresh install! I'm just getting the gadget back to it's former fully loaded glory  

Sharp ROMs / Cacko Rom 1.23 Is Released
« on: November 14, 2005, 08:17:15 am »

I installed the 1.23-lite version, but have a small problem with the docked applications.

Firstly, I did a backup of my 1.22-lite via the Qtopia GUI. Then I removed Hotfix-A and did another backup. Then installed 1.23-lite and finally restored from the 2nd backup (without the old Hotfix).

However, my problem is similar to the problem reported by a few people back in 1.21 (IIRC), in that the docked applications stack on top of each other. Also, occasionally when I enable / disable one Qtopia crashes.

Just in case it's a conf file problem, I'm about to re-flash 1.23-lite and then just extract the PIM data & WiFi settings from my backup file (as that's all I really need) and re-install the applications.

Any ideas?


Sharp ROMs / Ok, No More Major Issues In Cacko 1.22?
« on: January 13, 2005, 09:06:56 am »
There is one small asthetic feature I've noticed which was the same on Cacko 1.21 ...

On the applet docking bar the quite often overlaps other applet icons. If it helps, the applets I have on the bar just now are:

clock applet
kopi alarm applet
clipboard applet
net mon applet
memory applet
kbd applet
card mon applet
comb battery applet
volume applet

If I disable the net mon applet (or even the clipboard applet which it overlaps) and then re-enable it, the applet bar sorts itself out though.

Sharp ROMs / Irda Baud Rate
« on: January 12, 2005, 09:31:27 am »

I'm currently trying to get my Z (running on Cacko 1.22) to talk to my Nokia 6310i via IR to connect to the Internet.

I read a posting here saying that the baud rate can be set from within the network settings. Is this perhaps under a different ROM flavour?

I've had a look at the file /etc/irda.conf which allows different baud rates for different devices to be set up. However, if this is the method of doing it, how does the Z know what device it's talking to if it needs to set the baud rate to talk to it?

By my recolection (from setting this on my now sold Palm) I need to set 19,200.

Can some kind soul please help?


Linux Issues / Sync Problems With C860
« on: January 11, 2005, 05:43:00 am »
I've ended up with a slight change in plan:

Installed Pi-Sync, sources on SourceForge which uses modified KOrginizer etc.

It allows me to sync with Ko-Pi and Ka-Pi both on my Windows & Linux desktops and even with the Sharp PIM apps in the Z itself.

That's all I wanted ... if only Sharp would get their act together and sort out Qtopia Desktop for syncing with the new ROM under Linux, that would save me having 2 sets of PIM apps in my Z!

Thanks for all suggestions,

Linux Issues / Sync Problems With C860
« on: January 06, 2005, 02:17:38 pm »
Thanks for that tip ... was just getting around to playing with zync tonight when I got notification of reply.

Did as you suggest and it now fires up  

Now all I need to do to think about keeping Cacko is get my Calendar info into the Z somehow. Sure I read somewhere that someone had utils to convert between DTM and XML.

Linux Issues / Sync Problems With C860
« on: January 06, 2005, 06:01:37 am »
Thanks for that answer ... it's _exactly_ what I wanted to know.  

The fact ftp was used by sharp but not any more. I knew it was more involved than just a change of PIM file format.

However ... what I'm now thinking : could I use the Cacko ROM (first impression of OZ Opie when I installed it was that it locked up as soon as I installed a bit of software, so ditched it) with the Opie apps (as downloaded from the Cacko feed) and install an ftp server.

Any thoughts on this? I'll be trying it shortly once I finish typing and find one.


--- Update

QT Desktop sits for a second or 2 connecting to the Z, but there are obviously files somewhere that it's looking for straight away. Possibly time to reconsider what to do - OZ or zync. But I need to be able to sync PIM data as a priority.

Linux Issues / Sync Problems With C860
« on: January 06, 2005, 03:08:06 am »
QT desktop for linux does NOT sync with the Sharp based ROMS - including Cacko. They use the wrong format for PIM apps (dtm vs xml).

Sharp in it's infinite wisdom decided that a Linux desktop wouldn't want to sync with a linux PDA.
Yes, I stated that in my original post. However, I'm not even getting that far, in that I don't appear to be able to establish a connection from QT Desktop to the Z.

Even running under Windows 98 (or Windows 2k as I am at the moment) with QT Desktop 1.7. In fact, I've just noticed that the sync buttons are masked out when running in win2k too. They are active on my win98 machine, but don't appear to do anything, even read the list of installed packages.

Does the new sharp ROM use a completely different method of even connecting to the Z - not just different PIM file formats? That's what I'd like to know, then at least I can figure out what's going on.

My plan was to use the opie applications to sync with QT Desktop as I read elsewhere on one of these forums will work. They're installed at the moment.


Linux Issues / Sync Problems With C860
« on: January 06, 2005, 02:55:59 am »
Well, here is one solution. You could always use the stock PIM applications (the ones that use DTM). I have been working on a tool for Linux users that synchronizes with PIM applications using Sharps synchronization protocol. Hence, you have to install nothing on your Zaurus for the synchronization to work. Check it out at Please e-mail me at if you have any problems with it, questions or suggestions.
I did stumble upon your project last night.

Firstly trying the RPM but finding, when trying to run zync-gui, that a shared library couldn't be found (sorry, but can't recall which one off hand). I then tried the source tar balls and compiled them, only to find the same thing.

I don't understand why ... the library is there and if I did an ldconfig -vn /usr/local/lib I can see the entry for that particular library in there.

I'll e-mail you when I get home tonight with the details.

But good work on reverse engineering the protocol!


Linux Issues / Sync Problems With C860
« on: January 05, 2005, 05:40:32 pm »

Forgive me if I sound like a numpty, but I just can't get this going. I'm not a newbie to Linux ... been using it for a few years, but can't figure this bit out.

I have SL-C860 with Cacko ROM 1.22
Running on a Mandrake Linux 10.0 PC (2.6.3 custom kernel) with QT Desktop 1.7 installed
Also got Windows 98 with QT Desktop 1.7

I understand that since sharp "modified" the Qtopia storage for the PIM that it will no longer sync to those apps, but I've been reading on these forums and else where that with the Opie apps installed, QT Desktop can be used with this, since they use XML.

However, even without this fact I still have a problem:

What I can do ...
I can connect Z via USB and get IP over USB working happily
  (using as Z IP and as PC IP)
I can ping both Z from PC and PC from Z.
I can ssh both from Z to PC and PC to Z.
I can mount //zaurus/home on the PC
I can mount //zaurus/system on the PC
I can do all these things when the Z is connected to my WiFi network too

I've managed to import my Palm calendar / contacts etc. (by the way ... discovered that the new Palm Desktop software, 4.14 crashes QT Desktop because it's got a different file format for the enhanced PIM applications - had to revert to an older one).

I've setup the QT Desktop Settings to point to the correct connection (i.e. either USB or LAN depending on how the Z is set up).

What I can't do for the life of me ...
Get the sync buttons on QT Desktop (running in Linux) to illuminate.
They illuminate in Windows, but I can't appear do anything with them.
In both, the connection status in the bottom right of the QT Desktop window is always red!

I've been hunting through Google and Forums for days now and am drawing a blank.

Could you please (no ... really, _please_) tell me how the 2 actually communicate. I only have the Z manual in Japanese, which is no use to me. I've tried all sorts of things, but QT Desktop just never illuminates these buttons.

How does QT Desktop contact the Z?
Is it all done via port 137 (samba / windows port)?
Does QT Desktop do an smbmount in the background when the sync button is pressed?
Is it done via ssh?
Do I also have to hit the "Start Sync" button on the "PC Link" app on the Z?
If so, when?
Do I have to stand on one leg and rub my head when launching any sync apps?

Ok, getting silly now because it's doing my head in :-(

So can anyone help me out please?


Sharp ROMs / Cacko Rom 1.22 Is Available!
« on: January 02, 2005, 06:18:57 pm »
Hi ... I'm the very user that uczmeg mentioned earlier having problems connecting WiFi with the new ROM - worked with 1.21 although I discovered that he modified wlan-ng.conf before shipping it to me.

After reading this thread, I turned off the "autoconnect" option and all works fine now.

However, can you tell me why this is the case? Before I unchecked this, the card was recognised as "Zonet ZCF1100" and whilst connecting, the LED flashed a few times but always failed. In 1.21, it connected with the autoconnect selected.

Anyway, liking the new ROM ... now that my WiFi is working, time to download some stuff  


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