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Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Quality Team For OZ
« on: March 02, 2004, 07:33:33 pm »
I thought OZ was discontinued?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / GPRS/Audiovox works on X11 ROM
« on: March 02, 2004, 07:13:59 pm »
I just tested GPRS on X11 ROM, and it works great. Just update /etc/pcmcia/serial.opts with serial opts=\"uaert 16550A\" and upload serial_cs.o.

If anyone using GPRS and need more details, just ask. But the old how-to should work in the same way with the x11 rom.

Hong Kong / Zaurus SL-7500C hit China market with Chinese OS
« on: March 02, 2004, 12:26:21 am »

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Extracting initrd.bin content to hard disk
« on: February 28, 2004, 06:09:39 pm »
Hi folks,

Is there a way to extract the contents of initrd.bin (from xrom) into hard drive? I\'d like to extract just the libs, to mix and match with qtrom+xqt

I tried bzip2 ang gzip, and none of them recognized it

Accessories / Cheapest CompactFlash SD cards?
« on: February 24, 2004, 09:12:09 pm »
The cheapest I found are SanDisk from local Csotco. Never had any problems with them on C760

Security and Networking / How2 dial into GPRS using blueZ+dialup applet?
« on: February 24, 2004, 05:17:04 pm »
I don\'t use cell phones for GPRS, but I did find this docuemt helpful:

Try some of the scripts from the command line, and if it works, copy the script over to override your applet script (named DIALxxxx

Zaurus - pdaXrom / latest X11/pdaX ROM!?!?
« on: February 24, 2004, 05:08:01 pm »
I just found the announcement here:

Zaurus - pdaXrom / latest X11/pdaX ROM!?!?
« on: February 24, 2004, 05:07:00 pm »
Judging by the file name, it\'s a new version, packaged today!

General Discussion / site changes
« on: February 21, 2004, 06:38:47 pm »
Do you think it would be reasonable to contact all the authors which hosted projects on devnet and offer them to develop their qtopia/opie stuff as part of the (opie) cvs - can also provide mailing lists etc.? I know some authors had sentiments against the Opie team, but this once again may be a chance to have a knowledge transfer and have synergie effects by hosting on the same server / cvs repository.

I think contacting most of the authors would be difficult, unless you know their other emails, since most of them used their  on their project pages.

But if you have their emails, I can\'t see why not. They\'ll either accept the invitation, or go elsewhere.

General Discussion / site changes
« on: February 21, 2004, 11:04:03 am »
They may come back, but what good is that going to do? Will anybody trust them again?

Claims of technical difficulties or \"cheaper host\" are bogus, this is Sharp we\'re talking about, not a solo shop running in a garage somewhere.

I doubt many developers will ever trust them again, or use their space to store stuff, only to have them hijack it again, with no advance warning.

Maybe we should start using sourceforge or any stable open source hosting facility?

Accessories / GPRS without a mobile
« on: February 18, 2004, 06:29:20 pm »
Too bad devboard is gone. Thanks for the cache link tumnus, and I\'ve re-posted it again here on this forum:

plus an upload to the downlaod are with all the files.

Accessories / Announce: Pretec GPRS card
« on: February 18, 2004, 06:23:08 pm »
I use the Audiovox RTM-8000 with no problems, I prefer to have it use the Z battery, since it reduces the clutter.

I have written a how-to document, posted here in the communications forum, and uploaded the serial_cs.o file along with the scripts and instructions.

Note that it works with voice as well, you just need to type the dialing string to dial. I know some who do that with their Z\'s, I haven\'t since I only pay for data.

But I do agree that manufacturers don\'t care about the Linux PDA market, it\'s just too tiny for them.

General Discussion / woohoo, just got my 860 from Brando !!!!
« on: February 17, 2004, 07:34:09 pm »
I got my C760 from Brando last June, nice guy and promt response.

serial_cs.o and sample 3 gprs scripts were uploaded to the ZUG download section, under Applications/Drivers.

(Updated with less steps)

Hi folks,

I finally managed to get my Audiovox RTM8000 GPRS/GSM CF card to connect to the internet. I do have a Wi-Fi card, but I need to connect sometime when I'm not at a hot-spot, so this is an ideal solution for my needs.

My setup:

Sharp Zaurus SL-C760
Using Sash ROM (but a default ROM should work, as the Sash ROM gave me the same errors as the Sharp ROM, the bad Vcc error)
Audiovox RTM8000 GPRS/GSM compact flash card

GPRS/GSM provider: Fido in Canada
Plan: data only, no voice. CDN$50, unlimited data

Fido network settings: (Note these, so you can replace with your own provider settings
User name: fido
Password: fido
DNS: none
IP: none

Fido simply asks for your smart card number, and the MEI number (from the bottom of your modem), and sets you up (activate)


Note: You can download a gzip file containing serial_cs.o and sample scripys from here:

Steps 1 and 2 are not required if you are using the Cacko Qtopia 1.2 ROM, as it contains the proper serial_cs module

Step 1.Download serial_cs.o driver. One place that has it available for download:

Step 2 Copy the serial_cs.o to the modules directory:



depmod -a
modprobe serial_cs

Step 3 edit the file /etc/pcmcia/serial.opts and set:

SERIAL_OPTS="uart 16550A"

Step 4 Insert the Audiovox RTM8000 card

Step 5A. Use the network setup application to create a dial-up PPP  connection . Simply launch the network setup, select Dial-up PPP from the frop down menu. Click Add, Select, and enter the following information (Images of the screen attached below):

In the Account tab, enter any name, and in the user name and password fields, enter the username and password provided by your GPRS provider. In the phone number field, enter *99#

In the Modem tab screen (image provided below), enter the following modem init string:


Simply replace "" with the APN for your GPRS provider.

Click "OK", and thin click "Connect".

[span style=\'font-size:25pt;line-height:100%\']That's it, you're done! The following steps are only required for debug, if the above didn't work[/span]

Step 5B Go to the directory /etc/ppp/peers

Create 3 files as follows

a. gprs  (replace "fido" with your username)
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# the two lines below help debugging, delete when things work fine

debug debug debug


# end debug




connect /etc/ppp/peers/connectgprs

user fido



mru 1500

mru 1500







disconnect /etc/ppp/peers/disconnectgprs


And second file, connectgprs (replace " with your provider's APN) Note, make sure you use tabs in editing this file, if you need a template use an original file from the links at the bottom, or wget and make the appropriate edits from this code:
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exec /usr/sbin/chat -sVS

        TIMEOUT         5                              

        ECHO            ON                              

        ABORT           'nBUSYr'                      

        ABORT           'nERRORr'                    

        ABORT           'nNO ANSWERr'                

        ABORT           'nNO CARRIERr'                

        ABORT           'nNO DIALTONEr'              

        ABORT           'nRINGINGrnrnRINGINGr'    

        ''              rAT                            

        TIMEOUT         12                              

        SAY             "Press CTRL-C to close the connection at any stage!"


        SAY             "ndefining PDP context...n"  

        OK              ATH                            

        OK              ATE0V1                            

        OK              'AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","","",0,0'  

        OK              ATD*99#                        

        TIMEOUT         22                              

        SAY             "nwaiting for connect...n"    

        CONNECT         ""                              

        SAY             "nConnected."

        SAY             "nIf the following ppp negotiations fail,n"  

        SAY             "try restarting the phone.n"

And last file, disconnectgprs
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exec /usr/sbin/chat -s -V -S

"" "K"

"" "+++ATH"

Step 6 go to the directory /etc/ppp

edit  the file chap-secrets

Add a line to insert your username and password, in my case fido and fido:

fido [tab] * [tab] "fido"

Step 7 Make sure your card is ready, type:

cardctl status

if it shows "suspended", then (only if it is suspended, otherwise skip this step) type:

cardctl resume

Step 8 Now the good part  To connect, go to /etc/ppp/peers and type:

pppd calll gprs

That should do it!

Step 9 If you want to have the connect/disconnect through the GUI network setting application, simply create a modem connection with username/password and phone number as *99#, then click o.k. (tip: you can enter an accelerator proxy here, if your provider offers one).

Then copy the gprs script to override the generated Zaurus script.

cd /etc/ppp/peers
cp grps DIALUP*

Where DIALUP1234 (or any number) is the one created by the zaurus network app.

Note: Do not edit the connection from the Network setup menu, it will overwrite your connection script

Connection output
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Removed stale lock on ttyS3 (pid 4133)

Press CTRL-C to close the connection at any stage!^M

defining PDP context...








waiting for connect...




If the following ppp negotiations fail,

^Mtry restarting the phone.


Serial connection established.

using channel 5

Using interface ppp0

Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/ttyS3

sent [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b440 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [LCP ConfAck id=0x1 ]

rcvd [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

lcp_reqci: returning CONFACK.

sent [LCP ConfAck id=0x1 ]

Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b440.

sent [PAP AuthReq id=0x1 user="fido" password="fido"]

Timeout 0x200ebbc:0x203b6e0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [PAP AuthAck id=0x1 ""]

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

sent [CCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b7a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [LCP ProtRej id=0x1 80 fd 01 01 00 07 15 03 2f]

Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b7a0.

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x1 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x2 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x2 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x3 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x3 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x4 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x4 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x5 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-NAK

sent [IPCP ConfNak id=0x5 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x6 ]

ipcp: returning Configure-REJ

sent [IPCP ConfRej id=0x6 ]

rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x7]

ipcp: returning Configure-ACK

sent [IPCP ConfAck id=0x7]

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 ]

Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [IPCP ConfNak id=0x1

Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0.

sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x2
Timeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0 in 3 seconds.

rcvd [IPCP ConfAck id=0x2
Untimeout 0x20084bc:0x203b6a0.

ipcp: up

local  IP address

remote IP address

primary   DNS address

secondary DNS address

Script /etc/ppp/ip-up started (pid 4181)

Script /etc/ppp/ip-up finished (pid 4181), status = 0x0

Finally, this is a really quick how-to, as I've just connected right now, and thought I'd list all the info before I forget.

Try it out, and hopefully it will work for you too. If not, post here, and we'll try to sort out the problem.

Resources: I found the following info below helpful. I had to make adjustments, and after several trials and errors (4 days) it finally worked. I will list the links, just in case they help you, if my info doesn't work in your case:

Tips from members (copied from the devboard which has been shutdown)

1. Using voice GSM.
From: datatedy   
Posted: Sep 10 2003, 01:06 AM

BTW: If you ever like to use you card as a phone try this:

atd 001 212 123 4567;

The pin needs to be the pin of your sim card (PIN1). The semikolon after the telephone nunber is important. Otherwise you will try to make a data call.


2. List of international GPRS providers
I found this link, which lists many global GPRS providers:

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