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Off Topic forum / The First Real Zaurus Sl-c Competitor...
« on: February 01, 2005, 07:48:18 pm »
OK, here's another link:

This is really interesting. I wonder if it is just a ROM flash away from being a silver 6000L? If both Sharp and Hitachi are selling them, then maybe the OEM could be found and the HW imported for cheaper than these guys want...hmmm...

General Discussion / Pocketop Keyboard
« on: January 11, 2005, 07:30:49 pm »
I am running a stock Sharp ROM, with IRK from the 6000L thread:
6000L Keyboard thread

I ended up with model MP-0118, which is the same as the microtouch keyboard (says "made by Pocketop) that can be found at Frys.

The KB works great, the size is decent and touch-typing requires only a little re-training to get back up to speed. The included stand doesn't hold up to the heft of the 6000L when in the vertical position, but then again, since the IrDA is on the side of the 6000L I only use it in portrait position anyhow. The stand works well in this orientation.

Cheers, JJ

6000 - Tosa / Naked Zaurus!!
« on: January 07, 2005, 12:43:31 pm »
Nice Pics!! I am inspired- ran into the same issue with the 6000 on a recent flight, needed light to type. Maybe a little bit of EL tape along the top of the KB...hmmm....

General Discussion / Pocketop Keyboard
« on: January 07, 2005, 12:26:39 pm »
Hello all,

I ordered a Pocketop keyboard for my 6000L back in November based on the many recommendations from this site. After 3 weeks the keyboard had not shown. I contacted their service organization directly, but didn't hear back for a couple of days. At this point it was the week before Christmas, and I figured they were probably just getting caught up in the holiday rush. I waited a couple more days and called, leaving a message on their voicemail, asking if they had shipped the order and when it might arrive.

Much to my display the message I received back stated that yes, the order had been shipped, and UPS had marked it as delivered. Someone in my neighborhood had a shiny new keyboard, but it wasn't me. I sent a reply email, thanking them for the response, and grumbling about shifty neighbors.

I got back a short reply, stating "Happy New Years!".

Today the replacement was there, on my doorstep. Marked on the shipping receipt: "Gratis- not requested."

I can't speculate if this is standard Pocketop policy or just a spur of the moment decision, but they have made a loyal customer. And the keyboard works great too . I wanted to share this story with the Z community because it is unusual to find companies that support customers this well.

Go Pocketop!

*I'm not affiliated with Pocketop in any way, other than being a very satisfied customer.

6000 - Tosa / GPS and the 6000L
« on: December 18, 2004, 08:49:53 pm »
Hi Ken, Neuroshock,

Sorry I can't currently post piccies - "borrowing" wifi whilst on vacation, but the program is just like Ken posted. GPSdrive takes gif images from expedia and you can download at many different scales to get the detail level you need. The automatic wifi point logging and mysql waypoint management are really sweet. The only thing lacking is good autorouting- it will even use festival to speak directions to you, although I don't know how well that works on an already taxed Z.

Cheers all!


6000 - Tosa / GPS and the 6000L
« on: December 16, 2004, 06:59:32 pm »
A quick reply:

Here's a shot of the Z running GPSDrive under Xqt/Debian. Hatchetman set me straight on how to set up the tty in the chrooted Debian environment so that gpsd would see the GPS on /dev/ttyS3- see here.

So now I chroot and launch gpsd inside the debroot environment. I have also installed mysql for logging wireless APs, again this was done inside the debian chroot. Now that mysql and the GPSDrive gpsd are running I can exit back out of the chroot and launch kismet- woohoo, GPS shows up across the bottom!

Lastly, launching the X/qt and chrooting back into Debian, GPSDrive can be run which will automatically talk to Kismet, gpsd, and MySQL to log any APs you see. The screenshot below shows the stock map (haven't got around to downloading the ones for my area) and some APs I ran across ont eh way home. WooHoo!

6000 - Tosa / Screen protectors
« on: December 14, 2004, 06:22:29 pm »
I took up the earlier advice and chopped up a clear overhead foil for the screen- making it 1-2mm larger than the screen real-estate lets it slip under the case nicely. I also chopped off a corner at 45 degrees so I could later get at the sucker easily, so far it is working great.

Not having had my fill of basic scissors usage for the day, I also chopped up a cover for the clear screen flip-cover and taped it on- so far I had left on the clear adhesive-backed protector that came on it, but it wasn't really that clear and was starting to peel...

Cheers, JJ

Software / Sound Quality
« on: December 07, 2004, 06:46:40 pm »
A bump and another datapoint...

Running XMMS under a n Xqt/debian environment has the same qualities- good range, nice treble, low bass. And a killer equalizer. That kills the application. Drat.


Cheers, JJ

General Discussion / Where Is
« on: December 07, 2004, 01:06:07 pm »
I will also mirror stuff if it will help---

6000 - Tosa / USB Adaptor & Cables
« on: December 07, 2004, 01:04:16 pm »
If you get a small USB hub you can connect up a bunch of stuff to the Z while in the cradle. Plus if you find a powered hub you don't have to supply power to the accessories you plug in- the hub will power them.  I currently use the iriver host cable to connect to the hub, and have a keyboard and USB HDD plugged in. The iriver host adapter cable works well in the cradle- something that my original GoldX cable would not do.

X/Qt / Debian with Xqt
« on: December 07, 2004, 12:58:51 pm »
3. How do i format my CF card to use ext 2?

I don't know if this is necessary, but I have been using fdisk to re-partition the card to set the partition type to linux prior to running mke2fs. Essentially:
Code: [Select]
fdisk /dev/hda
p (prints the partition table)
d 1 (get rid of the default FAT16 partition)
n p 1 enter enter (make a new primary parition, #1, filling the card)
w (write the partition table)

Now run:
mke2fs /dev/hda1

and then mount it up.

This worked for me on my CF, CF microdrive, and USB drives with no problems so far.

Next, a question:

XQt/Deb works great, I have everything running well and when at work can chroot into the debian environment prior to launching XQt, export DISPLAY=1:0 and launch vncserver to get a VNC sesison running on my desktop machine. I've installed apache/mysql and GPSDrive inside the debroot and they all work great. At this point I would like to get Kismet and GPSDrive talking to each other. I have the Ambicom CF GPS and it works great on /dev/ttyS3.

Launching the gpsd that comes with qpeGPS and running the kismet under the Sharp environment (outside debian) does not work- kismet will not see the gpsd no matter what I try. The kismet.conf has been edited to support GPSD, but no go. GPSD is working, I can telnet to it and see data, qpeGPS works, and if I launch gpsd prior to chrooting into debian, I can launch GPSDrive and it sees the qpeGPSD and works great.

At this point I've searched the boards and googled my way around for hours and it appears as though either the qpeGPSD does not talk to Kismet, the complied-for-zaurus Kismet does not have GPS support built-in, or both. I've been unable to find an alternate gpsd that works, so I have one last-ditch attempt I want to make:

Use the GPSD that comes with GPSDrive.

To do this, GPSDrive needs to be able to see the Zaurus /dev/ttyS3 that is outside the debain chroot. Symlinking from the stock environment like this:
ln -sf /dev/ttyS3 /mnt/cf/debroot/dev/ttyS3
does not work.

Does anyone know how to either link or mount the Sharp /dev filesystem (like mounting the /proc system) into the Debian chroot? I'm googling my way around, but struggling...

Cheers, JJ

X/Qt / Debian with Xqt
« on: December 03, 2004, 10:22:42 pm »
OK, I was flat out wrong on the swap. I've had 2 kernel panics now with messages in dmesg about running out of RAM. Win some, lose some...mount your swap inside your chroot!

Cheers, JJ

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Oz 3.5.2 - Back To The Sharp Image
« on: December 03, 2004, 02:48:06 pm »
For diagnostic mode on the 6000, try reset+d+p.

Power button does not work, on 3.5.1 it would set you up into an infinite reboot loop, so it looks like it was disabled in 3.5.2/ Either use the menu or just let it sit for a miute- it will suspend on its' own.

X/Qt / Debian with Xqt
« on: December 03, 2004, 01:44:32 pm »
After a chroot you cannot access the other files.

Except swap, buit I think this is cause swap is done at the kernel level. I set up a swap partition on a USB drive (/dev/sda2) and am using:
swapon /dev/usb2
at the zaurus root, THEN chrooting into the debian environment. So far no crashes, and running "free" from time to time shows that the swapfile is being used quite a bit.

Dunno if this helps anyone, but I had to try it....

I also tried the chrooted deb environment under the Opie/OZ 3.5.2 ROM, but it was incredibly slow and I seem to be having problems with mounting/unmounting cf cards in OZ. Opie hangs randomly if I ahve a CF card in either slot...argh...

Oh well, deb/xqt rocks!

Cheers all!


6000 - Tosa / OpenZaurus, OZ on the 6000
« on: December 02, 2004, 05:11:22 pm »
Hello all,
I gave OZ/Opie and OZ/GPE 3.5.2 a try and both work. 3.5.2 seems much more polished and stable. See the OZ homepage for sources.

So far the only glitch I've run into is Opie will hang on mounting/unmounting media, not sure what I can do about it though..

Cheers, JJ

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