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C1000/3x00 Hardware / Interesting Problem With Ambicom Wl1100c
« on: July 28, 2007, 01:12:30 pm »
here is what my card says:
# cardctl ident
Socket 0:
  product info: "AmbiCom", "WL1100C 802.11b CF-Card", "2.2"
  manfid: 0xd601, 0x0002
  function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
  no product info available

I notice these differences:
* different root prompt - are you not using the Sharp ROM?
* Vcc 3.3V is ok
* irq is 39 - are you not using the Sharp ROM?

Please post the cardctl ident as well - there might also be differences.

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I'm running pdaXii13 build 5.4.7 (like my sig says ) and this isn't even the default prompt for that ROM, since the default prompt was interpeted as "smileys" by the forum.  So I changed the prompts to '>'.

It does appear that your voltage is being recognized correctly.  I'm curious if that's a result of the ROM or the firmware on the card.  Could you try running hostap_diag wlan0 and post the results?  This should indicate the firmware versions you have.  Or are you using the orinoco drivers?  I don't believe the hostap_diag command will work with orinoco drivers.

My cardctl ident output is:

root> cardctl ident
Socket 0:
  product info: "AmbiCom", "WL1100C 802.11b CF-Card", "2.2"
  manfid: 0xd601, 0x0002
  function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
  no product info available

This looks the same as your output.

I can't say that I'm looking forward the hassle of flashing a new firmware, especially if it's going to require that I install a special kernel in the Z.  On the bright side, I suppose I'm glad that it's possible to flash the card using the Z, since I don't seem to have another machine to plug the card into.

C1000/3x00 Hardware / Interesting Problem With Ambicom Wl1100c
« on: July 26, 2007, 06:41:16 pm »
Juts be careful, and make sure you do it from a linux box. I tried to flash mine from Windows this week, and it did not update the secondary, so it's now a very small doorstop!!


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Sorry to hear about that, but thanks for the warning.  I was planning to use Windoze, since I don't have a PCMCIA slot on my desktop box.  In fact, now that I think about it, I think the Windoze laptop has the new style slot, not the old PC card slot.  I'm starting to wonder how hard it's going to be to flash this thing if I can't even find a slot to put this into.

I'm pretty sure that a multi-format memory card reader will not support an IO device.

I copied the code you gave me to a file which I named "ipk" (because you said to run "sudo ipk") and made it executable.
In the terminal as root, I cd to /mnt/card where I have "ipk" and "amortize_1.0.0_arm.ipk" located for testing.
When I run "sudo ipk amortize_1.0.0_arm.ipk" I get an error message something like "not found: sudo ipk".[div align=\"right\"][a href=\"index.php?act=findpost&pid=165392\"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a][/div]
I'm going to guess that the directory you put the 'ipk' file into was not in your path, in which case you'd need to specify the path to the executable.  If you're in the directory containing the executable, you could do:
sudo ./ipk amortize_1.0.0_arm.ipk

A better solution, if you're planning to use this script, would be to put it into a directory that is in your path.  That could be /usr/bin or some other directory where you store executables.

BTW, you don't need to run sudo if you're logged in as root.  The sudo command allows you to run commands with root privileges while you are logged in as a normal user.  If you're root, just leave the sudo part off.

C1000/3x00 Hardware / Interesting Problem With Ambicom Wl1100c
« on: July 24, 2007, 09:34:21 pm »
i have seen the screen white out and belive it is related to masive poower draw (ie a bug in the firmware) that knocks out the screen, it would also explain the resets and why everything keeps working when you pull it out

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I recently purchased a new AmbiCom WL1100C-CF and I'm experiencing similar problems:
- screen fades to white, unplugging card returns screen
- Zaurus sometimes bogs down, becoming extremely slow to respond while card is inserted
- card will shutdown intermittently for no reason
- card generates significantly more heat than the Symbol LA-4137 it is replacing
- battery runs down much more quickly than with Symbol card

I've found a couple posts where people suggest that it may be an issue with excessive power draw.  I've also read people make vague complaints about both the "new" firmware being buggy and the "old" firmware being buggy.  I don't know which firmware might work!

When I run hostap_diag, I got the following:
NICID: id=0x801b v1.0.0 (PRISM III PCMCIA (SST parallel flash))
PRIID: id=0x0015 v1.1.1
STAID: id-0x001f v1.8.0 (station firmware)

I assume the v1.8.0 is my firmware.  In mikeones' post, he claims to be using 1.7.4 and is having the same problem.  Is there a stable firmware version that someone would recommend?

Another thing I noticed was some apparent inaccuracy with the data that cardctl is returning.  I don't know if status and control are supposed to match, but the Vcc data that cardctl config is returning seems to be corrupt.  I get a similar result with my Symbol card, but my wired CF NIC is showing Vcc=0.0V (which also seems wrong).

root> cardctl status
Socket 0:
  3.3V 16-bit PC Card
  function 0: [ready]
Socket 1:
  no card

root> cardctl config
Socket 0:
  Vcc 19035983719525297636657645800639437755846826507098900494933073014962157839226327
251354149570021102190592.0V  Vpp1 0.0V  Vpp2 0.0V

  interface type is "memory and I/O"
  irq 135 [exclusive] [level]
  function 0:
    config base 0x03e0
      option 0x41
    io 0xf6000000-0xf600003f [16bit]
Socket 1:
  not configured

Since my old Symbol card works, I'm assuming it's a firmware issue with the AmbiCom, but is the cardctl data possibly contributing to the problem?  Or is it possible that this card is defective and should be returned?  It seems that the problem is actually getting worse.

General Discussion / Turn On Problem , Please Help !
« on: May 24, 2007, 09:00:37 pm »
I am a newbie and I have bought a 2nd handed Zaurus 3100 recently.

The OS is pdaXrom beta 3. It happens sometimes that , no matter how hard I try, Zaurus could not be turned on. I have to remove the battery and reboot it  again in order to make it turn on.
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Are you sure that the Zaurus isn't turning on?  The lowest screen brightness setting is actually "off," which can make it appear that the Z isn't turning on when, in fact, it is only the backlight that is still off.  If this is the case, Function-4 should kick the brightness up one level and you should be able to read the screen at that point.

Just a shot in the dark, but as you mention that you're a newbie, I thought it might be a valid suggestion.

Off Topic forum / Favorite Distro
« on: May 24, 2007, 08:50:43 pm »
WooHOO!!!  I win!  I've got the distro that 100% of the people are using!  ...oh, wait... I'm the only one who voted so far.

To be honest, I've only really used Red Hat.  I started with it a good number of years ago and wasn't dissatisfied enough to bother trying another distro.  I did try Slackware a long time ago (95-ish?), but didn't really do much with it back then and it was several years later that I really gave Linux a spin, and the popular distro at the time was Red Hat.

Off Topic forum / Objects Of Desire
« on: May 14, 2007, 10:56:49 pm »
I've got fond memories of a few items:

Atari 2600 -- I wish I'd kept those cartridges!
Commodore 128 w/2MB RAMdrive
USR 14.4HST modem -- It was huge with lots of blinking lights and it was super fast!
HandEra 330 -- Did just about everything I needed from a PDA
Duke Nukem 3D -- My first network shooter... wife and I had tons of fun with that one!

C1000/3x00 Hardware / Fighting The Usb Mini-a Shortage...
« on: May 09, 2007, 09:19:00 pm »
I have also hooked up my Palm Zire 72 this way, and it is recognized in USB in system info as a Palm device. I haven't figured out how to use this though.[div align=\"right\"][a href=\"index.php?act=findpost&pid=160885\"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a][/div]
This reminds me of something I've been thinking about doing.  I tend to not carry my Zaurus with me everywhere, like I used to do with my old PDA.  I miss having my PIM apps available.  I was thinking about upgrading my phone to a model that can store appointments and more comprehensive contact info than just names + numbers.  I would be using this strictly as a reference while I maintain the "live" version on my Zaurus, where I'd make edits and such.

Has anybody done anything similar?  Basically, I'm looking to upload (not even sync, necessarily) info to the phone so that I can quickly view it.  I don't need a really sophisticated phone and will not be upgrading to a Blackberry-type device, as I intend to manage this data on the Zaurus side.  I'm not even sure if the Zaurus can perform this kind of operation with a phone.  Is this idea even feasible?

Deals and Great Z Buys / 1 Gb Sd Card At Aldi $14.99
« on: May 09, 2007, 08:51:14 pm » also has a special on 1GB Kingston SD cards: 4 1GB cards for $22.95 after rebate, free shipping.  It looks like the rebate offer ends 5/12.

Kingston Technology Part Number: SD/1GBKR

General Discussion / Third Episode Of The Zum Tyrannozaurus Podcast
« on: May 08, 2007, 06:14:40 pm »
I sound horrible
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I haven't had a chance to listen to the whole thing, but from the bit I've heard so far the Skype sound quality is pretty poor.  There were a couple parts where you had me reminiscing about the old Battlestar Galactica series.  I would have paid good money to hear you say, "By your command."   As much as I like the new series, I do miss those "old school" Cylons!

Still, you learn by doing and I think it's great that Antikx added this new feature.  Thanks!

Windows Issues / Wifi Monitoring Program
« on: May 04, 2007, 07:00:33 pm »
I do have a light that flashes on my router that shows activity in "WLAN"
I probably won't be able to locate such a program for windows, but I wanted to have a user interface (in windows), that shows if someone is trying to log in or access my router from outside my house, and hopefully tell me where the incoming signal is originating from.
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I don't know how easy this would be to do in Windoze (relatively easy to script it in Linux, I'd expect) AND I don't know much about the Linksys user interface (I'm assuming that it has a browser interface for configuration)...  So that's my disclaimer.

You could try opening the router in your browser, finding the page that indicates connected devices, and copying that URL.  Then, write a script to open that page directly by slightly editing the copied URL to include the login name and password like: [a href=\"http://login:password@your.router.ip.address/connected_devices_page.html]http://login:password@your.router.ip.addre...vices_page.html[/url].  The script would open this page, parse it to extract the connected devices, and issue some type of warning if/when something new connects.

There.  Super simple.

General Discussion / The Future Of User Interfaces
« on: May 03, 2007, 05:43:14 pm »
I can also see these being integrated into desk tops and kitchen tables down the road for everday use.
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This would really rock for D&D!  Right now, we've got the GM half-seriously considering getting a projector, but that would have to be top-down projection and we haven't figured out the best way to position a projector over the kitchen table.  (Well, not in a way that will allow him to stay married, at any rate. )

C1000/3x00 Hardware / Otterbox
« on: April 29, 2007, 10:13:50 pm »
Alternativley are there any other cases which could do this? I've seen the Pelican 1020 mentioned but it doesn't look like you can read the screen through it?
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I have a Pelican 1020.  The top is clear enough that you could read the screen, but there is a decal that would probably interfere.  If you removed the decal, there are still a couple of "ribs" on the outside of the case that would probably interfere with easily viewing a map.  

The 1020 is a very nice size for my C1000, but I've never considered trying to use it while in the case.  I think a case with a larger unobscured window would work better.

Angstrom & OpenZaurus / Gpe-calender: Repair Corrupted Database File?
« on: April 29, 2007, 07:00:02 pm »
The database was OK. The date was wrong. And it took me two days to find out. I'm feeling bad.
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 At least any feeling of embarrassment also came with a sigh of relief!

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Usb Mini-a Plug
« on: April 27, 2007, 07:05:20 pm »
More or less the same thing ... but I made mine from 2 separate cables so I have at each end exactly the plug I wanted: mini-a (plug) -> A (receptable).
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"Cannibalize" and "Frankenstein" are usually associated with B movies, but that's what I'm planning on doing.  Cannibalize a couple cables to make the Frankencable!

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