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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Synergy Client
« on: April 24, 2007, 03:39:53 pm »
Seeing as the pdaxrom feeds are mostly deaded, does anyone have the ipk for the synergy client for pdaxii13, as packaged by desertrat?

It would be supremely useful for me.


Software / Kapi Vcfs With Embedded Images?
« on: April 24, 2007, 09:22:17 am »
Does anybody understand the intracacies of Ka/pi with regarding to storing image data? There seems to be some buggage lurking around.

If I have a photo stored inside a contact, I can sync it to a second computer by selecting Synchronize on the second machine. The second machine receives the contact with the embedded photo, but then when it writes back the data to the first machine the first machine loses its photo.

The Write Back operation always writes back a file that has no image data. It's rather annoying.

The other thing is that the actual stored vcard file doesn't have any image data in either. When you do a direct sync, it looks like it creates a temporary vcf file with embedded images, which is what it sends over to the other machine. But this temporary file is not created when syncing via upload/download, meaning that image data is lost.

Besides taring and gzipping the kabc folder and uploading that for synching to my server, and using the same method to sync between machines, does anyone know of anyway to fix the above problems?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Removing R198?
« on: April 22, 2007, 03:09:36 pm »
After much nail-biting, I decided to back everything up and then leap from the Sharp ROM to pdaXrom on my C3100.

Very nice. Very pleased with it....except for one thing. I can't connect to my Windows laptop. I'm using the linux.inf file for the Windows driver when it is recognised as a RNDIS device, but it gets to installing the 8023x.sys file and sits there until I unplug the USB cable. Then it finishes installing, but hasn't installed properly. The RNDIS device appears in Device Manager, but there is no device in Network Connections. I've tried all manner of re-installs and linux.inf variants all to no avail.

So I thought that I would try PdaXii13 instead as I believe that it's based on the 2.4 kernel and thought that it might help with the problem.

But I now have no update menu on the Zaurus. If I turn on while holding down 'OK', it just boots into PdaXrom. I can get to the service menu by holding down D+M, or get the flashing lights from D+C (although they flash indefinitely, no matter what is on the CF or SD card).

So how can I fix things here. Is there a way to get the RNDIS driver working on WindowsXP? Is there a way to get the 'OK' menu back? Can I update using the service menu? How can I get PdaXii13 after having installed PdaXrom R198?

Any help appreciated. Thanks.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Suspend = Death
« on: February 19, 2007, 12:39:40 pm »
Bit of a problem here.

I have an SL-C3100 (original Sharp ROM). It's started to suffer from not waking up after being suspended. I found a thread here detailing the same problem, but there was no resolution.

Anybody got any idea what I can do to fix this? I've taken everything off fast load and uninstalled anything that starts up on boot, but it's still the same. I have to take the battery out and reboot it for it to work again after it has been suspended by the on/off button, the menu, or the power saving.

Software / Atari Lynx Emulator Working!
« on: March 07, 2006, 02:21:38 am »
I noticed that the source for HandySDL has finally been released. By the looks of things, the original author lost the source and started it again. Took me a couple of hours, but I've got it working! I've been after this for years. I love my Lynx.

The screen seems to be rotated for non-clamshell Zaurii, and the sound stutters, but apart from that, it look pretty much full speed on my SL-C750. I'll have a look at rotating it. Make sure you run it in magnified mode.

You'll need the executable and the lynx boot rom. You'll have find the game roms yourself.

Software / Zeditor Syntax Highlighting
« on: November 05, 2005, 11:25:26 am »
I've been using ZEditor for years for programming on the Zaurus, but I've never had any syntax highlighting. Has anybody ever had it working? What am I missing in the options if so? I can put some keywords into the color... options page, but is has no effect.

Software / E-book Formatter Available
« on: November 01, 2005, 04:08:40 pm »
I thought I'd make this available, as someone mentioned the horror of ebook formatting in the opie-reader thread. By the way, one of the best features of opie-reader: reading gzipped text. I have everything in that format.

textbath zaurus executable

It's my Textbath program for re-formatting text files. It's getting pretty fat now. The only thing missing is that is doesn't convert HTML/XML entities fully yet (it will only replace about three of them at the moment).

At it's most basic, it will remove all of the line-breaks and replace multi-line breaks with a single one, indenting new paragraphs if defined. Thus the text comes out much cleaner and easier to read on word-wrapping applications. It can decide when to add a line-break or paragraph based on the length of the current line, start-of-line string matching, and capitalization. It can also re-join hyphenated lines, remove tabs and HTML/XML tags (and convert some HTML/XML entities), add <p></p> and <br> tags, convert all non-ASCII characters into pure ASCII (e.g. the © symbol into (C), that annoying binary apostrophe into an ASCII one, and all others), display file stats.

You can also use it to convert files between Unix/DOS/OldMac text formats without any editing. I don't know what I would have done without it.

It needs to be run from the terminal. Let me know if you find it useful, or have any problems with it.

Software / Looking For A Full Speed Spectrum Emulator
« on: December 09, 2004, 09:44:10 am »
Does anyone know of a good ZX Spectrum emulator on the Zaurus? The Java ones are incredibly slow.

I found fbzx, an SDL spectrum emulator and got it compiled and working, but it's as slow as its Java counterparts.

Anybody else got any leads?


General Discussion / Keyboard = slowdown
« on: May 31, 2004, 03:29:52 pm »
I\'ve got a C750 using the standard Sharp ROM. I was wondering if the following is fixed/improved in any of the other ROMs, or if there\'s some setting I can change somewhere:

If you hold down a key, it really slows the machine down. This can be demonstrated by going to a terminal, getting a big listing on the screen (that scrolls off the top) by doing a \"du\" or something. Then Hold down Shift + Up. While the keys are held down, the scrolling is painfully slow. If you let go, it still empties the keyboard buffer so continues scrolling, but scrolls quite a lot faster.

Also, the slowdown is very noticable when running some emulators. GnuZBoy slows down, as does snes9x. The GB emu is especially noticable on scrolling games as it runs at 100% GB speed unless you are holding a key down.

Linux Applications / SDL compile trouble
« on: May 31, 2004, 10:47:02 am »
I can now compile fbzx, the spectrum emulator. It runs, but the screen is messed up. So that I can test the result of various SDL settings to try to fix it, I\'ve written a tiny test SDL program that should initialize SDL, open an SDL screen, then shut down.

The test uses the same command sequence as fbzx, uses the same parameters, and links to the same libraries. But if I try to run it, I get \"QPaintDevice: Must construct a QApplication before a QPaintDeivce\".

I can\'t see why it\'s doing that because fbzx actually runs and opens a screen.

Anybody know what\'s going on?

I\'m using SDL1.2.6 libraries from zports with the SDL1.2.6 SDK files from

Linux Applications / Cannot find -lpthread
« on: May 30, 2004, 11:03:25 am »
As the only Spectrum emulators I can find for the Zaurus are awful slow Java ones, I did a search and found fbzx which uses SDL.

So I downloaded it and am trying to compile it on the Zaurus itself using gcc 2.95.2. It gets pretty far before coming up with:

ld: cannot find -lpthread
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

The line causing this includes -lpthread to the linker, but libpthread is definitely in the path. I think the SDL libraries need to link with it as if I remove the reference, it complains that the SDL library can\'t find various thread functions.

Anybody got any ideas? Searching for the problem via Google brings up references to the same problem on FreeBSD and various other apps, but no solutions that work.

It\'s driving me mad.

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