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General Discussion / [news]zaurus Sl-c3100
« on: June 13, 2005, 04:32:24 am »
As one guy around here mentioned before, it would be nice to get a brand new Z with all the modern and quite useful things - 624 MHz PXA270 CPU, 2700G video accelerator and 128 Mbytes of RAM as well as NAND. Most of those features are already present in high-end Windows mobile handhelds, like Dell Axim X50v. I'm unable to understand why Sharp doesn't want to put them all into new Zaurii. To my mind, I need only few things that my C760 doesn't do too fast: 1) Smooth midi playback via Timidity; 2) Smooth DivX playback of CD titles without having to recompress them; 3) Swift WWW surfing via Firefox; 4) Performance of slow 386 ar at least 286 when playing PC games via DOSbox (with SB sound, of course).

I'd like to buy 3100, if I wasn't afraid of some things: 1) Limited performance of 416 MHz PXA270, especially when executing video output; 2) Extended size and weight of 3k series; 3) Very unserious and inconvenient 5-way joystick instead of good ol' T-reversed cursor keys (I've got really used to it ).

RAM limitation, of course, stays here as well. And programs like multiple-windowed Firefox are still crashing at 64 Mb space...
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I know why IMHO SHARP don't use anything better and not adding new features. They just dont want to touch anything generally in the hardware of Cxxx series so they do only do improovment such to not touch basic motherboard and construction. I think they will publish absolutelly new model redesigned to Christmas market. And then will try to patch that model next 2-3 years. They are just too lazy to redesign whole unit from scratch now. But what I don't really understand is their policy NOT to sell it worldwide. Maybe they don't have support or production capacity, but I really dont understant it.

Security and Networking / Bluez: Billionton Annoying Problems
« on: June 09, 2005, 09:19:45 am »
Sorry, I don't want to hijack your thread, but I am also having problems with the Billionton card and this seems like an appropriate place to mention it  (I have SL5500 and am running the TKr alpha ROM).

What did you edit in the /etc/pcmcia/serial to get it to work?

I installed the Bluez drivers pinned in this forum, and the card is detected as the Billionton ok...  I followed the instructions here:

but when I attempt the "hciattach /dev/ttyS3 bcsp" it fails giving me the error:

Can't set device: No such device.
Can't initialize device: No such device.

If I try your step 1) /etc/pcmcia/serial start ttyS3 the light on top of the card stops flashing?

Any pointers you could give would be appreciated
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Basically I added to /etc/pcmcia/serial this line

setserial /dev/ttyS3 baud_base 921600

and I had to run it manually ... I dont know why it dont start with insert card ....
dont have time right now to deal with it ... I am using it as I written above:-)
If you will have more problems just ask ... I can e-mail you may configs

Sharp ROMs / Hybrid Rom documentation
« on: June 09, 2005, 09:14:07 am »
I've played with Cacko Hybrid ROM a while ago and I've found out that I like much  features it has (home on jffs2, qtopia installable to RAM, jffs2, SD), but I didnt like Qtopia look and feel. So basically I took ROM part, added some software in it (patched kernel IRDA for T610 phones, ssh, midnight commander, etc ...) and took Qtopia part from TKCrom 2.0 alpha, made some changes (added cyrillic keyboard from Cacko 1.22, neocalc, time applet, unicode fonts, changed install script to be Qtopia installable also on CF card (i didnt had SD)) and now I'm quite happy SL 5500 user. The rom has features from hybrid but is fully compatible with Sharp 3.10 sync appz (intellisync, qtopia for win), has ipkg old and new, I can use Hancom, Jeode, Opera packages from TKC rom and everything is working quite well. Now I'm trying to add bluetooth support to this ROM and create packages for other Qtopias (1.6.2, 2.1.1) to install and switch between them. If someone is curious I can upload this ROM somewhere for you to try.
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Hi Merli, I found this post when searching for information on your custom ROM when I saw it in your signature in your bluetooth thread.   I recently started using TKCRom Alpha, because I liked the look and feel better than the Cacko rom... I would be interested in trying your ROM also...  I can provide some webspace for uploading the ROM if you wish to provide it to others?
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OK ... So tell me where can I upload it... I'm looking for your comments also ...

General Discussion / [news]zaurus Sl-c3100
« on: June 08, 2005, 06:27:04 am »
Now there should be two models C3100 with microdrive and 1100 without microdrive
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What's the difference between the 3100 without microdrive and the 1000?
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In C1000 there is no connector to place microdrive and no controller to internal CF bus. Of course you can buy controller and connector and solder both by hand, (because board is same) but I wouldnt do it on my Z personally.  

General Discussion / [news]zaurus Sl-c3100
« on: June 08, 2005, 03:47:30 am »
A few things I like about this one:

1. Internal flash is 128 Mb. This means the whole ROM can be stored on it, microdrive can be removed and a bluetooth or maybe even a wifi card can be plugged in instead.

2. It looks even nicer - it's more black than C1000

The thing I don't like is the price - due to the microdrive AND internal flash it will be most expensive Zaurus we've ever seen
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Yes you can remove microdrive ... but you have to pay for it at least $200 ...
Now there should be two models C3100 with microdrive and 1100 without microdrive

General Discussion / New Zaurus This Summer?
« on: June 07, 2005, 10:41:39 am »
The model C3100 (though not the specification) was known about in February so I would be surprised if this is what Trisoft are expecting in 18 days time, or is that now 17?
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Let's ask Trisoft

Hey Trisoft ... is that Zaurus SL-C3100 you mentioned to be surprise in 17 days?

For Sale / Wanted / For Sale: Excellent C860 With Many Extras
« on: June 07, 2005, 03:10:58 am »
This is depressing.  I'm thinking of selling my C750 with all of my accessories for $550, but seeing as you're having such a hard time selling a C860 with even more accessories for that much, I'm a little discouraged.

Has interest in the Cxx0 models dropped so low that they are worth so little?  How depressing...
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Zaurus hardware are relativelly expensive in comparation to other PDA ... You can buy PocketPC for example Loox with wi-fi, bluettoth 640x480 128MB RAM/ROM CF and SD, GPS slot USB host _new_ for cca $500 in Europe (not US) (my coleague bought some recently...). One thing Zauris are above is clamshell design and Linux OS (some of Pocket PC can be converted to linux also). Sharp should go with prices of their devices lower by 1/3 to be competitive with other PDA. Because if you buy Z C1000 for $500 you have to buy Bluetooth CF min $50, Wifi min $50 and so on ... and you will end somewere about $800 where in PocketPC market you have top models with Digital Camera, GPS and GSM phone integrated with 600 Mhz processor ...

Security and Networking / Bluez: Billionton Annoying Problems
« on: June 06, 2005, 11:13:05 am »
Hello. I got to work billionton BT CF card with Z. I had to edit /etc/pcmcia/serial, installed Bluetooth applet from maslovsky and it works .... but
1) I have to start BT manually /etc/pcmcia/serial start ttyS3....
2) When I want to connect and BT is UP (hcitool scan finds my SE  T610) in network applet I dont see in menu my bluettoth dial-up. I have to go to settings-> network-> edit bluetooth config -> press OK and _then_ in in network connection applet bluettoth dialup is shown.. and working
So internet connection via bluetooth is usable but a bit annoying. Can any1 help?

For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: C1000 Or C3000 Or C860?
« on: June 06, 2005, 09:42:52 am »
@merli: The EA-70S is the adaptor that SHARP shipped in
Europe / US for the SL-5500 models. This is the right one
for all known Zauris (including SL-6000 and SL-C series).
But never ever use another one (just search this forum or
Google a bit). The risk to blow your Zaurus is too high.

Have fun with your Zaurus,


Marc Stephan
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Thnx for answer. When I will buy my _new_ (not used) Z you will be first I will ask for.
One impatient questions. In 18 days will it be Evolution or Revolution?  

General Discussion / New Linux Clamshell Device?
« on: June 06, 2005, 09:09:27 am »
its a 5500 in a clamshell no?
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Little bit better 5500 (wifi, microphone, speaker, UBB host ....)
but nice to know that linux devices are _IN_

For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: C1000 Or C3000 Or C860?
« on: June 06, 2005, 07:45:32 am »
Difference in price is "only" 100 euro. is by 100 Euro expensive than Interesting isn't it?
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yep, that's interesting and interesting things
need explanations  

The difference is 70,-- EUR as the prices for the Zauris
dropped a bit but we haven't updated the website last
week (it's done now).

There's not only support / warranty etc., for your 70,--
EUR more you'll get _different_ hardware. The most
important and easy-to-see is the original SHARP AC
adaptor (worth 49,50) and the USB-host cable (9,99 EUR)
that is included in our prices.

Then it's some minor stuff, like the better pen, a printed
manual, a CE/FCC conform device etc.

We would love to take 100,-- EUR more than our
competitors, but i think that wouldn't work with every1
capable to compare worldwide prices via internet  


Marc Stephan
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OK I'll take it. ... I'd like to know what AC adapter is in original Zaurus package. I have SL-5500 and any "normal" 5V 2A adapter should fit. I tried IPAQ 4150 AC adapter and it worked without any problem. I think that similar situation will be also in Zauri C1000. Will AC adapter from SL-5500 fit in C1000?

For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: C1000 Or C3000 Or C860?
« on: June 06, 2005, 07:22:35 am »
I'd say the 100 euros you pay extra on Trisoft are worth it. They do a great job, from what I've seen here on the forums. If you want the cheaper price, then or something like that is the way to go, but then you have to pay the postage to japan if anything goes wrong with your pda, and you risk at least having to pay VAT.
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If I ordered from I'd have to pay VAT and TAX and I am exactly on price from trisoft competitors :-) at least in slovakia

General Discussion / Sort Of A Clamshell Z Thingie....
« on: June 06, 2005, 04:53:42 am »
I found brief english article about that phone... Read here.

General Discussion / Sort Of A Clamshell Z Thingie....
« on: June 05, 2005, 04:26:15 pm »
Thingie looks very good IMHO. In compare to Z missing CF slot and Linux OS of course, _but_ added GSM phone (missing Edge?), wifi, cursor keys also in PDA mode, Digital camera (what resolution?), (is there Bluetooth?), USB (host?), 520 Mhz processor. Can't speak japaneese so I dont know what is the small circle below cursor keys on display. Add to it Edge, BT, GPS eventually and to port Linux on it in dual boot mode and I cannot imagine better device in my pocket!

For Sale / Wanted / Wanted: C1000 Or C3000 Or C860?
« on: June 05, 2005, 04:10:54 pm »
Thnx for info ... anyway I think I will go way to get 2nd hand c860/760 for "good" price if there will be any possibility to get some inside Europe. (Inside EU you don't pay VAT and TAX). I dont mind much USB host funkcionality and 16 MHZ. Just for comparing. I searched web and I found in Europe two places in Germany where you can buy c1000/c3000. Differenece in price is "only" 100 euro. is by 100 Euro expensive than Interesting isn't it?

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