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Accessories / New Socket Sd Wifi Card
« on: October 18, 2005, 07:05:46 am »
There is a new SD Wifi Card from Socket

and seems like it has a driver for MontaVista Linux too

Do you guys think there will be chances that this card will work on the Zaurus?
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As far as I know there is no way that this will work on any Zaurus model because they do not support SDIO.  Sorry to rain on your parade  
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Decius have you seen [a href=\"]this thread[/url]?

Not sure it's going to help if you have a 5600 but interesting none the less.

To summarise, the 860 (and presumably the other clam-shells) do have the SDIO hardware but the cards need to have drivers.

Accessories / Appears 2b New High Capacity Battery
« on: October 14, 2005, 11:22:57 am »
I'd be really interested if they could offer a higher capacity battary in the smaller BL-06 size.

General Discussion / Help Picking My First Zaurus (ok Went For C760)
« on: October 12, 2005, 12:01:38 pm »
I did own an SL-5500 and now own an C860.

I'd say its definitely worth getting any of the clam shell models just for the screen.  

Size is one of the things stopping me from upgrading to one of the newer models.   I bought one of the smaller batteries for everyday use.  It makes the 860 the same size as the 750.  IMHO the 750 is just about the perfect compromise size and nicely fits in the pocket.  If I need the extra battery life then I can always go back to the large cell.  Unfortunately, you can't do that with the new models you're stuch with larger size.  I guess they've got loads of advantages other people can tell you about to make up for it.

I've ordered some accessories from Conics; I'm also based in the UK.  They took a little while to answer some of my initial enquires but were quite good there after.  I ordered my Z from Japan-Direct who were excellent if a little pricey.  They sent me loads of updates on what was happening to the order and they got it through customs without a hitch.

I think the cheapest place I've looked recently is PriceJapan but I've never used them personally....

Hope that helps,


C1000/3x00 General discussions / Bluetooth Gprs Problem
« on: October 10, 2005, 12:16:32 pm »
I have a Vodafone UK pay-as-you-go SIM for GPRS as a second account via Bluetooth.

When I first tried to connect I found that I had to request that Vodafone enabled full web GPRS on the account.  Just checking but have you asked them to do this? (I did see from the quote that they sent you the settings so I would have thought they would have enabled it).

Next thing to check, what dial up string are you using? This can effect which access point the phone tries to connect to.

Here's a link of most UK GPRS Settings which might be of help.

I haven't got my Z in front of me to check the settings I use but if you're still having problems then give me a shout and I'll post them here.

Software / Textmaker Delays
« on: October 06, 2005, 12:21:20 pm »
I bought a copy sometime ago.  I always got the impression that the program was half finished.

Take the screen icon problem.  I asked in Softmaker's forum whether anything could be done to better scale the icons I was told that it would take too time consuming for them to do.  I even offered to help do it for them but no joy.

Sorry if this seems like a glib answer but my advice is that if you want good office software then migrate to PdaXrom with XFCE.  AbiWord works perfectly for me now with good response times and all the dialogues not going over the boundaries of the screen.  :-)  I would guess that OZ/GPE would also allow you to also run the same software.

Plus you can also run Gnumeric and have access to proper spreadsheet.


Security and Networking / Connecting Nokia Gprs Via Irda With Z
« on: October 05, 2005, 06:18:12 am »
After several attemps to make it work, my Nokia 5140 just doesn't want to connect with the Z trough the internet. First I got the message "Subscribe to GPRS first" and after playing around a lot I eneded putting the wrong command in the console:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/irda/max_tx_window
echo 1000 > /proc/sys/net/irda/min_tx_turn_time

Now it doesn't even show the "G" of gprs connection... it dials directly the number!   
The screen now shows "Dialing *99***#1"   

How can I deactivate this pair of commands?
Any idea what is wrong? Anyone getting the same messsage?

Thanks in advance
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You don't mention which service provider you're using.  My original phone provider only provided WAP access over GPRS.  I got the "Subscribe to GPRS first" error message from them.  Then I got a Vodafone Pay as you go SIM for web access and got the "Subscribe to GPRS first" untill the SIM was properly registered, which took about 48 hours.

This was in the UK so YMMV.


General Discussion / Xscale 'monahan' 1.25ghz Coming Soon
« on: October 02, 2005, 06:33:47 am »
Although this topic is all over the place I have to say it's been interesting to follow.

So far I haven't been too bothered about upgrading from my 860 to one of the new machines.  The processors haven't seemed to offer much in the way of new functionality.  That may be because they're not specifically catered for....yet.

What would be interesting, to me anyway, would be if a new processor had enough 3d grunt to run something like Google Earth or NASA World Wind.  Since I use my GPS on the move I'd like to be able to use either of these with out lugging a laptop with me.

As for other upgrades to the design: C750's size, 6K's screen and built in wireless, 8G microdrive, USB host, 256MB+ and Bluetooth.  With Bluetooth I can connect every thing else I might want anyway (Keyboard, GPS, Mouse, GPRS, play music through the car's hands free system).   Most of that list seems to be the same things that everyone's else is also asking for.

As for useability well.....  Sharp is, for me, really just a hardware manufacture for the community.  All the inovations in the software has come from the Cacko, pdaXrom and OZ/OE guys.  So hopefully a new Intel processor would help to further open up the specs....  I have no loyalty to Sharp because of their minimal support of the software platform and the community.  If another manufacture produced a better design which I could buy without paying MS tax then I'd jump ship as long as I could get community support for it.

Zaurus - pdaXrom / Xkd Rc 10?
« on: September 30, 2005, 05:55:40 am »
ive got one too...Id love some help!

What xkd are you using?
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I'm also a Belkin user.  I've attached a copy of irk for Cackco which supports Belkin.

I'm not sure where the keymap file is....but I know it's in there somewhere  

X/Qt / Getting Started With Development
« on: September 30, 2005, 05:28:16 am »
I know how you feel. I come from the Java world which is almost non-existant on the new Z models except for the ancient 1.3.1 version
Now I have to learn C and Perl to write apps for the Zaurus 
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I've thought a bit about this.  How hard would it be to port Sun Java to an X based system like pdaXrom, GPE or X/Qt?

I'm sure that I'm not going like the answer to that question!  

Sun do make the  [a href=\"]source code[/url] available.  I wonder if there would be particular issues with memory usage and lack of floating point though?


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Which Bluetooth Cf Card
« on: September 28, 2005, 12:27:32 pm »
Thanks LTRM,
From what I've been reading on other threads there are several revisions of the socket BT card.  Do you have the most recent one.

I've been pleased with their wireless netowrk cards and the BT one supposedly also has the nice profile (not sticking out too much)
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I think that they go up to revision G, so mine can't be that new.  I've tryed cardctl info and ident but they don't really shed much light.      I think that some of the newer cards are having problems but mine has been peachy!  

With pdaXrom and this card I'm really starting to like bluetooth.  I also have the Socket/Symbol WiFi card which is good but with bluetooth I don't have to worry about taking the card out of the PDA and even the small battary lasts.  

Plus I can do more with bluetooth then I can with WiFi; GPRS, GPS, access point at home, keyboard, mouse, printer. (I think I maybe labouring this point a little but I'd never bothered with bluetooth till a few weeks ago   )


Zaurus - pdaXrom / Which Bluetooth Cf Card
« on: September 28, 2005, 05:26:06 am »
I've got the  Socket bluetooth card (the link is your's from above) and it works really well under Cacko.  I particularly like that it doesn't stick out from the Zaurus.

I can't remember if I tried it under PdaXrom last time I was running it but I'm going to give RC11 a go and I'll let you know how I get on.

One fly in the ointment though is that there are several revisions of this card which have different chipsets.  I think that mine is a rev E card, it's dated 2002.  Apparently not all the cards are as well supported.

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Just in case anyone is still interested, my Socket bluetooth card works a treat under pdaXrom, even better than under Cacko 1.22 actually.


Zaurus - pdaXrom / A Few Questions About Appearance...
« on: September 23, 2005, 10:05:26 am »
Apologies if the answers to these questions are buried in the forum somewhere but I couldn't find them.

1.  I'd like to change the size of the scroll bars used under PdaXrom.  Is this possible?  I had a little nose around to see if I could find any config files with this in but alas I failed.

2.  Going one stage further is it possible to skin the screen widgets under PdaXrom, to resemble Cacko 1.22 for example?  I realise that this might not be to everyone's taste but if you could give me some pointers I could post the results up to the forum.  Would I need to change window managers to do this?

If this sort of stuff is held in a set of man pages/info/FAQ list somewhere then a link would be great.

3.  Slightly more ambitious but how hard would it be to edit the source code to abiword to reduce the size of the file/open dialogue so that it fits completely on to the screen?  Surely it's only a simple change (famous last words....) as the contents of the dialogue look like they would fit within 640x480.  I'm a Java developer but it looks like I'd better learn C++ if I want to contribute to Zaurus software.  



Hardware Mods / Upgrading Your C*k
« on: September 23, 2005, 09:06:16 am »
What a brilliant thread!

It looks like if Sharp won't produce the "perfect" Zaurus for me to upgrade to, the ZUG will.  

I'm really interested in hearing how you get on with this.  As a hint, if there was an on-line  importer who wanted to sell a custom Zaurus, well some of these upgrades don't sound like they would add that much to the price of a 3100.....

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Oz 3.5.4 Release Date?
« on: September 22, 2005, 09:02:35 am »
Now 3.5.3 has been "out the door" for a while, is there any progress towards 3.5.4?

Am especially interested in a version for the 860.

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Zaurus - pdaXrom / Which Bluetooth Cf Card
« on: September 20, 2005, 07:18:34 am »
opps, i meant fleabay, besides being cheap i can't spell either
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I've got the  [a href=\"]Socket bluetooth card[/url] (the link is your's from above) and it works really well under Cacko.  I particularly like that it doesn't stick out from the Zaurus.

I can't remember if I tried it under PdaXrom last time I was running it but I'm going to give RC11 a go and I'll let you know how I get on.

One fly in the ointment though is that there are several revisions of this card which have different chipsets.  I think that mine is a rev E card, it's dated 2002.  Apparently not all the cards are as well supported.


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