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Software / Utilities applications with the Zaurus
« on: November 18, 2003, 09:25:44 am »
May I suggest you click the \"Unofficial Zaurus FAQ\" as it will hopefully answer your question.

Out of the box the Z (aka the Zaurus) supports quite a few radio based connection cards, and several more with user-written drivers and applications. The person who maintains this website keeps a list of all cards that have been tested with the Zaurus:

Cxx0 Hardware / Battery Recharge problem?
« on: November 17, 2003, 04:49:33 pm »
How long is one meant to charge the Zaurus C760 for when it\'s first bought, and subsequently after that?

Accessories / Fast SD access?
« on: November 17, 2003, 06:51:41 am »
I don\'t suppose you know what the max bitrate is for 1 data channel SD access do you?

Accessories / Has anyone used this CF WiFi card?
« on: November 16, 2003, 04:28:03 pm »
It\'s just cheap because the bidding started at $9.95.

It looks to work well from the screenshots, I can\'t however find it on the user submitted compatability list at

I suggest at that price you get the card, see if it works. If it works then heh that\'s cool, submit it to the above URL as a working card.. If it doesn\'t however just sell it back to ebay for the price you bought if for (and mark it down as unworking on the above URL)

Accessories / Fast SD access?
« on: November 14, 2003, 07:00:26 pm »
Heya one and all, I\'m thinking of buying something like this on ebay: for my C760

I know it\'s a SanDisk card and they apparently have a reputation for failing (another post has these details) but can the Z take advantage of what the auction quotes as \"8 times the speed of Regular SanDisk!!!!\"?

Can the Z\'s SD port run at 9MB/sec or so is quoted?

Also is there any steps I can take to make sure my SD card doesn\'t fail if I buy one like a SanDisk one for my C760?

General Discussion / Yo! My first couplea questions.
« on: November 13, 2003, 04:08:42 pm »
Rendering the unit useless by means of a messed up flash is affectionately called \"bricking\" around these parts (turning ones zaurus into a brick), but to answer your question the majority of bricked Z\'s can be recovered from (albeit losing all data not stored on CF / SD cards).

The read / write speed of the Zaurus is unaffected by the different speeds of the latter-released SD cards I\'m afraid, all will be the same speed. I personally recommend storing MP3\'s and other documents on the SD card, not those which require high data rates like video\'s. Only put apps on the SD card if you\'re not bothered about a couple of second load time for that particular application.

CompactFlash is the best one to use for high data rates, and if memory serves you can currently buy a CompactFlash WiFi card somewhere that also has built-in 128MB storage (but that will no doubt increase with time).

I think the majority of the reasons people bought a Z is because they\'re curious how far it can be pushed, to find the limits. At least with this PDA if you mess something up most likely you can clean everything up.

General Discussion / Yo! My first couplea questions.
« on: November 13, 2003, 03:27:52 pm »
Yup the Z\'s support 512MB SD cards however it\'s no good for fast transfer rates. It\'s good enough for MP3\'s and low bitrate (less than 256kbit) video\'s.

The battery life is typically around the 1 hour mark if you use it intensively.

The front end (Qtopia for Zaurus) is quite easy to use, you only need to deal with text based complicated work if you do stuff like kernel recompiles / flashing etc which you won\'t need to do within the first month at least.

Cxx0 Hardware / More photos of C860 and comparison with C760
« on: November 12, 2003, 01:10:36 pm »
Nice find, the unit sure does look pretty, I still like the look of the C750\'s black keyboard though

I just bought a C760 though so heh I\'m unlucky

Cxx0 Hardware / New c860 translate from Jap
« on: November 12, 2003, 10:34:57 am »
I ran this page through a translator, the specs don\'t look any different from the C760. The translation is not perfect but it gives a full list of the C860 spec\'s.

There\'s a lot of garbage in the text about Japanese / English translation, I think the only important selling feature about the C860 would be the fact it can automatically switch between Japanese and English language without the need for full recompiles.

Instead of posting the link to the translated page I saved the page to my own website to save their bandwidth, you can find the the (poorly) translated page here:

Cxx0 General discussions / Pre-purchase questions about the C760
« on: November 12, 2003, 09:52:24 am »
- Is there any easy way to sync up your contacts with a cell phone?

- Is there a CF bluetooth adapter that is compatable with the 760?

- Any chance of being able to hook it up to my server\'s serial port to use as a console?

I\'ve been doing a lot of digging on these questions as they are related to what I want to use my C760 for (I\'ve just placed the order).

No doubt there\'ll be an easy way to copy your phone contacts via Infrared / Bluetooth, probably some software that you must purchase but the majority of Zaurus software is less than $30 from what I\'ve seen.

Yes there are multiple CF bluetooth adapters that work with the 760, you can find a list of them here:

As for the serial port question, I have seen somewhere a Compactflash to Serial adapter. As the majority of Bluetooth Adapters use a 16650 (I think the numbers wrong) UART then most likely there\'ll be a CompactFlash version with Linux / Zaurus drivers somewhere. I suggest you check out the Official Zaurus DevNet Forums at

The C7x0s can technically run just about any Zaurus game AFAIK.  

All Zaurus games are listed here:  

Thats a very comprehensive list tumnus, thankyou

Cxx0 Hardware / Battery Recharge problem?
« on: November 11, 2003, 08:20:55 am »
I have had exactly the same problem
I have put my old sl5000 battery in and it works ok and seems to charge with the powert supply from the Sl5000 but drains pretty quickly(needs more testing).
but the original battery died I am sending the battery back along with the power supply to  
see if there is a problem with either.

Are you too using a 3rd party AC adapter Guest? I\'m about to invest in a C760 imported from Japan and I don\'t wanna have to send it or it\'s components back to Japan for repair

Cxx0 General discussions / Pre-purchase questions about the C760
« on: November 11, 2003, 08:16:31 am »
The form factor of the C7x0 isn\'t suited very well to many of the existing Zaurus games out there because many of the games are designed for a portrait screen and expect you to be able to use the cursor keys at the same time. For example, some of the best games for the Zaurus from are probably not very easy to play on a C7x0.

Excluding the screen layout / resolution would it still be able to run more intensive applications / games? I don\'t wanna buy one and find out there\'s no decent games for it

Cxx0 General discussions / Pre-purchase questions about the C760
« on: November 10, 2003, 06:48:14 pm »
How come they are more limited? I would have thought that the CPU is twice or more than twice as fast as it\'s predecessors?

Cxx0 General discussions / Pre-purchase questions about the C760
« on: November 08, 2003, 04:15:01 pm »
Hello one and all, I am thinking of jumping aboard the Z wagon, but I have a few questions to help me make up my mind, those will be towards the end of this post.

I\'ll start by introducing myself, I\'m an IT technician from the UK and up to now I have had only a little experience with Linux (after numerous kernel recompiles I got sick of it and reverted to Windows) but enough to get by. While visiting a friend in france I had the opportunity to play with his Zaurus (5xxx series) and was quite smitten by it, but the cost was a little too much to justify something in my eyes is a lustworthy boys toy.

When the C7x0 series came out touting the X-Scale CPU and a great clamshell design I reconsidered my judgement and realised it could be of some real use. I am giving strong thought as to whether to sell my Sony VAIO C1VE and use the money to buy a C760.

The questions I have are as follows:

:arrow: I\'ve read various posts on watching movies on the Z, I\'ve noticed that mplayer seems to be the best for watching divx movies like, but what\'s the best it can handle? Would it play a 320x240 25FPS 384kbit divx movie with a 48khz MP3 Stereo sound track perfectly?

:arrow: I notice that the C760 doesn\'t support SDIO, is this a hardware limitation or kernel? Basically all I\'m asking here is if there\'s a chance in the future that SDIO support can be added to the C760

:arrow: I read in a post that watching movies from a SD card is a bad idea, something about the SD card not being able to transfer the data quickly enough. This question is would an SD card work fine with transferring MP3\'s and other things? Also will the C760 support a 512MB SD card?

:arrow: I\'m a big fan of First Person Shooter style games and I read that the C760 has Doom available for it, also Quake (but it apparently runs slowly). Are there any better first person shooters than these games for the C760 that take advantage of the X-Scale CPU?

My hat goes off to the people who answer my questions

Jason Gaunt aka Foxdie
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