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Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: pp4zaurus
« on: April 24, 2024, 08:46:51 pm »
Thanks Varti, this is very helpful. Fingers crossed!

Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: pp4zaurus
« on: April 24, 2024, 04:10:37 am »
And used to exist, but unfortunately is not on

Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: pp4zaurus
« on: April 24, 2024, 04:04:33 am »
Thanks Varti!

I thought I got lucky today, but it was a dead link:

Yes, it seems that personal-profile-for-zaurus_arm.ipk is contained within

Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: pp4zaurus
« on: April 23, 2024, 08:04:32 pm »
Does anyone have this file instead?


Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: pp4zaurus
« on: April 22, 2024, 07:16:30 pm »
Hi Varti,

Good to hear from you and thanks for looking into this for me.
I am trying to run some Java Swing applications. I was able to get them working in Jeode, which runs Java 1.1 and works well with the swingZ.jar library. I was also trying to get it to work with the latest version of Sun's pp4zaurus (1.0-fcs-b25-1_arm), which is Java 1.3, but that isn't compatible with Swing 1.1. I get a 'getPeer()' error. It seems that Java 1.3 is looking for java/awt/peer, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with sun/awt/peer.

Looking at this post from 2002 - - the older version of pp4zaurus does work with Swing 1.1, which is why I am trying to get hold of it.

I am looking for pp4zaurus build 1.0_ea4-b18.


Zaurus - Other distros support / pp4zaurus
« on: April 22, 2024, 03:54:32 am »

Does anyone still have a copy of the original pp4zaurus?

It can't be downloaded from on


P.S. I do have personal-profile-for-zaurus_1.0-fcs-b25-1_arm.ipk but I am looking for the earlier one.

None of the developers seemed interested in writing another Zaurus patch for me, so I had to learn how to submit one myself. Thankfully though, even if it is an old bug, they will accept a patch.
I tested the patch on 5.4 (Linux Mint 20), but not on the later kernels. I was planning to try connecting the SL-A300/5600/C700 on Ubuntu 23.10 when it is released in October.

No worries! It was kind of fun to do. One thing I learnt was that you can use the A300's CE-UA1 USB adapter for the SL-5600 instead of the bulky cradle. Too bad the adapter doesn't work with the SL-6000, even though it plugs in OK.

The patch has been added to the 4.19.291, 5.4.253, 5.10.190, 5.15.126, 6.1.45, and 6.4.10 kernels, so future Linux distros and kernel upgrades should support USB networking again for the SL-A300, 5600, and C700 models.

Hi Varti,
I have attached a patch that would add back Linux support for your SL-5600 and A300 (and also the C700 which AFAIK you don't own). I applied the patch yesterday and compiled the kernel, and it worked. I am not sure if this will ever get added to the official Linux kernel though  :(
Oh well, at least SL-6000 support was fixed last year :)

Hi Varti,
I was finally able to buy a couple of SL-A300s on ebay. Thankfully their batteries are still functional.

Thanks, Varti. That's really helpful. Fingers crossed!

Hi Varti,
I managed to take the back cover off the A300 and remove the battery. It is thinner than the EA-BL06 and does not look like something you could buy online (see attached photo).
I would need access to a working A300 in order to test any patch before it is added to the Linux kernel. Could you possibly lend one of your devices to me? I would pay for international postage and return it as soon as I test the patch...
If you would like to discuss offline, please send me a PM.

Thanks, Varti. Let me know if you ever want to sell one of your SL-A300s.

Hi Varti,
Thank you for that information. I did not know that the SL-A300 uses the EA-BL06 battery.
I had a look at the Japanese manual, and it says that the customer cannot replace the battery, but should ask the retailer or Sharp customer service (この製品の充電池は、お客様では交換できませんので、お買い上げの販売店、またはもよりのシャープお客様ご相談窓口にお問い合わせください).
I have no experience taking apart electronics, so I guess I might have to take it to an electronics repair shop. Did you ever have to replace your SL-A300's battery?

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