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Site Suggestions, Requests, and Updates / Zug Downloads Broken
« on: August 07, 2005, 09:26:47 pm »
Thanks for getting it working again.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Can The Kernel Support 8 Memory Banks?
« on: August 07, 2005, 09:00:02 pm »
Ah boy, you got me drooling too. I hope stacked chip is possible on the 5x00s, will open up mine sometime soon & have a look. As to making an SRAM CF, the specs for CF must be somewhere on teh intarwab, I may have a look for them sometime although even as a DIY project I don't suppose an SRAM CF would be particularly cheap. I don't know that for sure though, so perhaps I should keep my mouth shut until I've found out. Thinking of pinouts has lead me to another thought, although it's a bit of an idle one: perhaps the Z's CPU has some unused ports that could be used for SRAM read-write. It would mean the CF port would still be free for wireless & whatnot, but there's several reasons why this might not work or be worth it.

Btw my Z is 64MB, my mistake. Still interested in an upgrade though.

Software / Installing Cron
« on: August 07, 2005, 08:32:32 pm »
For the actual test, if you've got a 'big' Linux system handy (or are lucky enough to have man pages on your Z) I'd check the man pages for swapon & swapoff. There might be something like swapon -l to list swap areas, if not... I'd hack something using the output of the free command to check whether swap is active or not, although that doesn't seem like a wonderful solution.

I expect there's some way to hook into the hotplug (or whatever) system to swapon when your card's inserted, or you can look at the crontab man page to find out how to do it that way. The cron way may be a little more reliable, but you'll have to write a script to perform that check & if you don't already know how to do that it'll take some effort to learn. I can give you a pointer or two if you like, should save you some time.

For ejecting, if you're lucky the actual eject command the GUI uses will be configurable and you can insert your own script to swapoff before unmounting / ejecting. If not, you'll have to run your swapoff+eject script from a terminal instead of using the GUIs eject button.

One thing, swap on your SD card will wear out the card, they (& other flash memory devces) are only good for so many write operations but you knew that right?

Sharp ROMs / Calendar Crashes On 3.10 / 5500
« on: August 06, 2005, 04:11:31 pm »
About the first thing I noticed when I flashed 3.10 was that the calendar crashes when switched into month view. It dies immediately after (or in the last stages of) displaying the month layout, and the only extra info I get from starting it from the command line is qeclient_sendcommand(): server child accidentally finished! It's a particular nuisance because the calendar is the only app on there that I can't do without and I only ever use the month & day views. I would say I could get by with the week and year views but I'd lose newly-entered data to this problem often enough for it to be a real nuisance.

Is this a known problem that would be fixed with the 3.13 rom or suchlike? Could it have been a fault during the flashing session that maybe won't happen again? (hope hope hope!) I've no idea what to think, other than finding it mildy ironic that it was the calendar's broken before I've had a chance to start working on my own.

5x00 General discussions / I'll Just Go Out And Ask It:
« on: August 06, 2005, 03:30:57 pm »
The socket is the regular 3.5mm size most headphone sockets are, it's slightly larger than 1/8" unlike the 2.5mm plug used by the Sony Ericsson P800 series. I would have kept the headset from my P800 if it fitted.

5x00 General discussions / Os Options?
« on: August 06, 2005, 02:05:23 pm »
Searched the forums (to scratch an "I know I read about it somewhere" itch) and found this:

Not much info there other than that it's OpenBSD not Net, but it shouldn't be too hard to find the project. I wouldn't use it myself, I use BSD in Darwin/Mac OS X form regularly on my iBook and by 'eck I prefer the GNU file- and textutils.

Sharp ROMs / Which Sharp-based Rom Do You Use?
« on: August 06, 2005, 12:15:45 pm »
I've considered having a set of matching quick draw hip holsters made to carry them in.

Sorta - "Feel lucky, Punk? Go ahead. Make my day."[div align=\"right\"][a href=\"index.php?act=findpost&pid=82338\"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a][/div]
This made me laugh out loud IRL.

Anyway, I haven't voted as I've hardly started messing with my Z, but amongst other things I use it for rapidly noting things down when I'm having a creative rush. Creative rushes are not nice things to have interupted, especially not repeatedly by your own tools so if I had an unstable rom I'd quickly end up wanting to shoot the thing.

Themes, Icons, and Backgrounds / Changing The Q Start Button?
« on: August 06, 2005, 10:45:28 am »
I have the same problem as tombraider, although I do have a go.png on my system. It's in /home/QtPalmtop/pics/xtra/go.png and is a gold star, obviously not used for the start button as that is a Qt icon. (This is with the oslinux theme for the 5500 installed. Nice theme btw, thanks Cresho.)

Software / Installing Cron
« on: July 25, 2005, 05:51:33 pm »
That's simple enough, if I'm not mistaken: crontab -l lists your current crontab, but unless there's a bug there you don't have one yet.

Python / Non-qt Gui On Pdaxrom Issues
« on: July 25, 2005, 05:47:51 pm »
I've run into the same issue myself on DarwinPorts (BSD-style software installation for OS X). My best guess (I havent' taken the time to look at it properly) is that the 'different' pygtk is a gtk-2.0 version. The old version wasn't really right in having all it's names prefixed with Gtk & expecting you to do a "from gtk import *". It's rather more logical to have the programmer do "import gtk" and "win = gtk.Window()" for example; less namespace polution & all that, and I wouldn't be surprised if they've took the change to gtk-2 (which will break a few things anyway) to make this major change.

« on: July 25, 2005, 03:42:10 pm »
Allo, new user here. I'm another one from down south, West Sussex to be roughly exact, & am currently tinkering with a 5500.

Themes, Icons, and Backgrounds / Zaurus 6000 Startup Screen
« on: July 25, 2005, 10:50:46 am »
There's a short howto on startup screens with the 5x00, aparently they have to be rotated to show up the right way on the screen. Link:

Edit: The 5500 screen is 240 x something, I believe 240x320.

5x00 Hardware / A 32mb 5500?
« on: July 25, 2005, 09:11:35 am »
Ohhhhhhh... I'd assumed the ramdisk automatically resized, but looking looking closely it's an ext2 fs which can't do that. My mistake.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Can The Kernel Support 8 Memory Banks?
« on: July 25, 2005, 08:45:11 am »
I investigated this with  We sent several emails back and forth.  It appears that the boot loader must initialize the memory.  Someone in Japan had hacked it to do this but I never found a released boot loader.
I'm no expert, but maybe the work being done by the LinuxBIOS folks could be of some use?

Before work gets started on that, though, I do have to ask the obvious question: Is is a Known Fact that the collie bios won't initialise more than a certain amount of ram, or could we be lucky and find it autodetects?

- be careful, some of the sites which have pictures of the SL-5500 internals are actually showing the SL-5000 (32 mb chips)
32MB SL-5500s do exist, I have one and as you might imagine am quite interested in a RAM upgrade.   I'd imagine you'd see more of them on Japanese sites as they seem to get a lot of hi-tech stuff earlier, and what with Sharp being a Japanese company & all.

- has anyone seen a CF card that uses SRAM instead of flash?  This would make a nice swap file
It would. I personally know a little more about what goes onto the silicon than I do about what's currently selling in electronic retail, so excuse me if this seems to be a foolish question but is SRAM actually used in any medium-to-high-capacity general purpose storage applications? I'm asking because iirc SRAM cells take more than twice as much chip space as DRAM or (presumably) flash cells, so I don't really think a manufacturer would use them where the primary design goal is maximum capacity for your money. More's the pity if I'm right.

I've heard this problem arising due to a lack of ram. I guess it could arise if you have a full /home mounted in ram and it might be an idea to check how much ram you have. 32MB 5500s do exist; I have one but I've not seen any documentation here that mentions them, they're all supposed to be 64MB.

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