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For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: Sl-6000
« on: January 29, 2007, 05:19:19 pm »
I noticed a 6000 for sale on ebay, and it also has the rare
expansion sled.  I've toyed with the idea of getting rid of my
6000 also, but can't seem to bring myself to part with it just yet.
Unfortunately mine has some small screen scratches from the
previous owner, and no flip cover, so I doubt I'll ever get enough
for it to be able to let it go.  I'm also curious as to the worth of
the 6000 these days, and wondering what the one on ebay will
sell for, but again it is complex, since it includes the expansion
sled which is very rare.

For Sale / Wanted / Fs - 2 Sl-5500s (1 Is Black ) And Maybe An Sl-6000
« on: January 27, 2007, 05:57:35 pm »
lets have a look at some pics of the black one, out of curiosity if possible. I was thinking of spraying mine.
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Here are a couple pics.  I forgot that it was very tough to remove all the paint in the
area that frames the screen.  I spent about 10 minutes on the spot near the bottom
and would have had to spend about 2 hours to do it all around that frame, since there
is a little ledge, and it was very tedious.  Anyway,  I was satisfied at the time with
the results I achieved.

EDIT: I have no idea of the age of either of the 5500 units.  I bought them off ebay about
2 years ago in used condition.  It seems the rules require posting the age or a reason why
it can't be stated, so I am just trying to comply.

For Sale / Wanted / Fs - 2 Sl-5500s (1 Is Black ) And Maybe An Sl-6000
« on: January 27, 2007, 12:52:44 am »
Hi Folks,

As you can see from lack of recent posts, I really haven't been doing much with the
Zaurus these days.  I have a completely working SL-5500 which is black from removing
the silver paint on the front to look really cool and unique.  I did this before I got an SL-6000.
The other SL-5500 is missing one sound channel, maybe just the jack, maybe not.  It
also as a small and barely noticeable wear spot on the screen I think due to the previous
owner's repeated clicking of the opera icon on the stock ROM.

Anyway, it would nice to be able to keep one of the power supplies as a spare for my
SL-6000, so I'm willing to entertain offers for various combinations of things, as I have
2 cradles, 2 power supplies, 2 flip covers, 1 standard leather case, and 1 aftermarket case.
I suppose I could throw in a 64MB CF if I had to, but would rather not.

Oh yeh, a note on the black one.  The flip cover will not attach as tight as it use to, since
in process of removing a slight layer of the paint, that funny shaped indentation for the
flip cover became a little shallower mostly on one side.

Anyway, reply, or PM, and I will try to answer questions, and may post pics soon if there
is any interest.  I am in the USA and prefer paypal.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Wifi Cards And Net Connection Help Help !
« on: November 27, 2006, 07:08:19 am »
What does the command "iwconfig" show?

If the wlan0 device is shown try a few commands to see if you can talk to the card:

# iwconfig wlan0 mode managed
# iwconfig wlan0 essid YOUR_ESSID_OF_ACCESS_POINT

(if you use WEP and say your key was 1234567890)

# iwconfig wlan0 enc 1234567890

If these commands are accepted, and you use DHCP, try:

# dhcpcd wlan0 &

At that point, after about 10 seconds or so, you just may be connected, so try:

# ifconfig

And, see if you have a network device and address assigned.  If you do, you are connected,
so it just a matter of automating this in the proper config files.  Lately I have been using
beta1 on SL-5500/SL-6000 so I can't help you there...

5x00 General discussions / Sd Updater Not Work
« on: November 25, 2006, 01:25:25 pm »
I have only flashed 5500s from a CF card.  I did not think it was possible to
flash a 5500 from SD card.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Web Browser Suggestions
« on: November 13, 2006, 10:52:57 pm »
I had never heard of this osb stuff until this post.  I found the homepage at and I get the idea that this
is flaky, and no longer progressing.

I'd be curious to know how well it works before I install it.   The page mentions that
it crashes during day-to-day browsing, that more documentation will follow soon,
and at the bottom it says copyright Nokia 2004.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Howto Build A 5500 Beta1 Kernel Using Pdax86?
« on: November 09, 2006, 09:19:53 pm »
I found what looks like the original 5500 kernel source code from sharp on the
mirror page mentioned in the page at

I'm not sure yet if this is the correct source to use for pdaXrom, but I figured I'd
mention it.  Unfortunately I do not read Japanese, and therefore I'm lost right away
when visiting Sharp's site in Japan.

The URL I used for the kernel source is:

Can anyone confirm this is the correct source to start with (for pdaXrom)?

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Howto Build A 5500 Beta1 Kernel Using Pdax86?
« on: November 02, 2006, 06:39:37 am »
Well, my laptop boots that version of pdaX86, but I only have 256MB of RAM,
and it might be very painful to build the kernel, but I'm willing to try if I can
gather the necessary components.   I posting this from pdaX86 and the Mozilla,
and I hardly have any free RAM left:

# free
              total         used         free       shared      buffers
  Mem:       254636       250916         3720            0        36692
 Swap:       309952            0       309952
Total:       564588       250916       313672

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Howto Build A 5500 Beta1 Kernel Using Pdax86?
« on: November 02, 2006, 04:24:23 am »
Hi Folks,

I tried this a few months ago, and gave up.  I would very much like to
persue this effort again from scratch.  In an effort to get off on the right
track this time, I'd like to discuss this, and hopefully end up with enough
information to be able to build it myself, and also write up a detailed HOWTO.

I read the guide,
but the links to the source don't work, and I also need the 5500 sources.

I assume the correct pdaX86 ISO to boot is the one under the directory ?

And, I'm confused as to why that kernel compile guide mentions that the
pdaX86 system is configured with all the build tools, but then mentions that
he installed pdaXrom builder and cross-compile tools.

I've had some problems booting some of the pdaX86 ISO files on my laptop.
I'm going to burn the one from the beta1 location above shortly, and see if it
will boot as a starting point.

For Sale / Wanted / Sold: Sl-c760 And Accessories
« on: November 02, 2006, 02:35:20 am »

The link to the 760 is incorrect, it should point to item number 260046987099

I would post a link, but the German site gives me URLs that I am not accustomed to,
and I barely found the equivalent of "view sellers other items" to find the 760.


5x00 Hardware / Sl 5xxx Service Manuals ?
« on: October 31, 2006, 01:14:45 pm »
I'd like one for the 5500!

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Troubleshooting Segmentation Faults
« on: October 31, 2006, 12:56:50 pm »

I'm glad I could offer a working solution.  I expected it work actually, as long as
other code did not "play tricks" with the structure, like bypassing normal (proper)
C structure access, and using pointer arithmetic etc. to work with data residing
in the structure.  

As far as your statement regarding the "character arrays", only pointers to "character
arrays" are stored in the structure, so the length does not matter in any way.  Technically
a pointer to the first character is stored.

Since you mentioned that the crash was occurring when the function pointer was
being dereferenced and then called, I assumed that the "uint16_t" types were being
accessed OK, or at least not causing a crash.  So I just began by trying to address the
root cause of the crash.

EDIT: Oh yeh, you could have just added the filler like I suggested, and not worried
about doing anything with it, right?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Linksys Wcf12 Firmare Update
« on: October 30, 2006, 06:51:23 am »

After a lot of research, I managed to upgrade my WCF-12 firmware.

The Whax Live CD has the prism2 firmware download option turned on.
Be sure to execute the command "switch-to-hostap" on that distro, in order
to the hostap drivers.

I used the procedure documented at which
has a lot of great information, and I advise following the check procedure first
(without the -f) option, to verify that the files are OK.

After the firmware upgrade, I was able to use the WCF-12 to setup a laptop
as an access point, and will try again on pdaXrom soon.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Linksys Wcf12 Firmare Update
« on: October 28, 2006, 05:36:35 am »
I ran into many problems trying to get that driver running on win98se with the WCF12.  At one
point, I could not remove the dlink 650 device from the device manager list, as it would give
me a crash of rundll.exe even after a reboot.  I finally managed to delete the device by
creating a new hardware profile.  I started again, and got the device to the point where
I would get the low-high tone, and the device manager said the device was working
properly.  I was confused as to why it said there were no drivers installed or needed.
It appears the link to that generic 815 utility program is invalid, but I found one on
another page ( ) which would not show
the card.  Since I was unable to get the WFC12 to work as a regular WIFI card in
win98se, I decided not to persue the firmware upgrade.

I will wait until I can get around to building a linux kernel with proper (and firmware
download capable) hostap driver and utilities, and persue the LINUX-based
firmware upgrade procedure.

If anyone knows of anything that might fill in a missing piece on win98se, or better
yet has a suitable hostap.o and/or beta1 kernel that would work on the SL-6000
please post it!

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Linksys Wcf12 Firmare Update
« on: October 27, 2006, 11:31:12 pm »
Well, I just tried the procedure in that link, using a Windows 98 SE laptop,
and it did not work.  I made the change to the WLANNIC.INF in the
[DeviceList] section.  I used the "Add New Hardware" wizard, and
when I selected the directory containing the driver files, it complained
that it could not find a driver for the device.

Is that the only place it needs to be changed?  The reason I ask, is that
I noticed in the [WLAN_PCMCIA1.reg] there is a line with:
HKR,Ndi        ,DeviceID,0,"PCMCIA\D-Link-DCF-650W-1986"

I'm very hesitant to experiment with this stuff, especially when performing
a firmware upgrade, as I do not want to ruin my WCF12!

Unfortunately the only windows version I have access to is 98SE.

EDIT: I just found the following page, and I will try those extra steps

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