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12 Jul 2008
I'm selling my C3200 sad.gif Since few months I don't have the time to use it almost at all. I'm too busy working, and I realised I had to sell it.

Now, for the unit - It's in great condition, was never dropped or hit, I used it rarely lately, battery holds a lot, few hours, with CF - a bit less. It has some scratches on the corners ( check the pictures - it's not very good seen there, but it's a bit white where it should be silver ) , NO cracks. I had screen protector till few months ago, but the edge of it got loosy and I had to remove it.

Included :

original packaging:
* 3 CDs
* books
* Sharp earphones (I think it's called like this)
* Charger
* Plastic stylus


* 3-in-1 pentopia metallic stylus
* screen dust cloth cleaner (no idea if it's correct to say it like that)
* 2 ADDITIONAL chargers ( not on the picture )
* CF wireless card Canon K30225 CF ( works great in pdaXrom, Sharp rom, I read it works on debian, but never tried it )
* CF Wired card Taxan iTax-LAN10 10 MBit ( not pictured , forgot to do it )
* USB Host cable for USB storage and external devices.
* 4GB MMC card ( I bought this for zaurus, and have nowhere else where I can use it, so I'm giving this away too )

I'm looking for 250 EUR ( = $395 ) for everything + the shipping cost to wherever your location is ( from my country it's totally different for each destination).

Please contact me via PM if you're interested, I can give you details. If you're interested also in putting pdaXrom beta3 on it or whatever, I can give you great advice, as I was making hundreds of packages and fixes for it.
11 May 2008
Last updated: 13 may 2008

fixes by default (located in the default "backup" file that the system is restored from):

These changes you can see / replace in backups/backup*.tar.gz (can't remember the name right now, but it's only one file)

note: for the .tar file, check section 'The upgrade/fix all-in-one'

* image files open with gpicview
* mc is now able to open .ipk files on enter key
* /usr/bin/mbsession - can't remember what i've fixed there ...
* startx - added '-kb -screen 480x640@270'
* /etc/X11/kb - added usb.xmodmap (most of the things do work ...)
* /etc/X11/kb - userdefined.xmodmap - F1-F10 support, Insert key support, some other fixes - see it closer
* /etc/apm/scripts.d/hwclock fixes suspend/resume problems with clock setup
* /etc/mplayer - best setup (my opinion) for playing with mplayer in console
* /etc/pcmcia/ide.opts - this is a strictly setup like mine - /dev/hda3 points to /storage here
* /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit ... can't remember what I've fixed here smile.gif
* /etc/sysconfig/clamshell/* - adds support to switch wallpaper in ROX with /home/root/rox_wallpaper_landscape and /home/root/rox_wallpaper_portrait ( simple text files which contains path to images )
* /etc/fstab - strictly set up for my hdd setup - do not use if your's is not like mine ( or change to your preference )

scripts in /usr/local/bin ( also installed with the backup file mentioned above ):

* backup.sh - allows you to make full backups of all directories that you might need, in a specific location - PLEASE EDIT BEFORE USE!!!
* build_prepare and build_prepare_compat - development scripts
* change_wallpaper - this is for ROX desktop
* cleanup_some_space - removes some doc files
* cpu1, cpu2, cpu3, cpu4, cpu5, cpu6 - underclocks/overclocks the cpu (SL-C3200 tested ONLY. might work on SL-C3X00, but not for others - please check the values inside)
* distcc_use_home - development script
* dt - the right way to synchronize your date and preserve it correctly. Check sync server inside, if you don't like Bulgarian one
* duh - the same as 'du -hacs'
* lt_set and lt_unset - sets and unsets timezone - this is needed for correct operation of 'dt' script. CHECK CONTENTS and change to your timezone.
* make2 and make3 - development scripts
* mp - script that will switch to 624mhz, play the file you want and then go back to 416mhz. Use under console for best results! It will play greatly encoded files in 640x480. Check my script for making such files.
* reb - okay, this is cleaner way to reboot your system. If you don't clean /etc/mtab , you might end up with some non-working X terminal screens. But if you reboot with 'reb' - everything is perfect smile.gif
* s - suspend the machine (if used in console/x console) - actually equivalent to 'sync ; date ; apm ; apm --suspend' - sync, show some info and suspend, but it's faster for me to type 's' wink.gif
* search_remote - useful script to search for packages
* socklist - borrowed from slackware - better way to show what's listening on your machine
* zstore.sh - okay, this one is actually VERY powerfull, if you use it correctly. I suggest that you clean it up from my stuff, and then add your stuff. The idea is to backup ONLY WHAT YOU WANT from your Z machine, not everything. The resulting backup file is stored (right now) in /mnt/card/backups/backup_stored_files.tar.gz and later used in the install procedure. So, the idea is after you setup zaurus the final way you want - run 'zstore.sh' (of course, edit it first!) and it will backup ONLY the settings/files that you want. If you do this, the first time it might take you some more time, but the next time you add something, it will be really fast. Using this script, it's really quite fast for me to restore in clean system from plain beta3 to _exactly_ what I've setup before the reinstallation. It's worth checking it.

Here's how I do it (more info to follow):

Initial info
My HDD setup is this:

/dev/hda1 points to /mnt/ide - place for additionally installed application. This is by DEFAULT.
/dev/hda2 is swap file or some experimental partition
/dev/hda3 points to /storage - a place where I store everything that's mp3s or videos or devel files

beware that some system files might not work correctly if this is not the way your system is set up.

To have more space in /tmp, create directory in /storage ( /dev/hda3 ) named 'tmp' ( /storage/tmp ), it will be used in install procedure to link it to /tmp

I will explain, according to my setup. Whenever appropriate - please check and edit the target /dev/hda* or /dev/whatever and target locations.

The upgrade/fix all-in-one

1. Download this archive:


and unpack it in /mnt/card or wherever you want. If you use different location, don't forget to edit install/functions and replace the paths with the appropriate ones.

2. Edit files according to your settings ( if needed ) AND check the installed files:

a ) GENERIC settings: /mnt/card/install/functions - these are for target locations. Note that by default ipkg will not install in / - because it can easily go short on space, but on the secondary location ( /mnt/ide by default ). This can easily be changed by editing /etc/ipkg.conf later.

b ) PLEASE, examine /mnt/card/install/fixes/* files and if needed - replace or remove parts of them, to suit your installation and/or preference. Specially fix_other scripts needs a lot of changes or things to be removed. I've left some of mine for reference.

c ) edit /mnt/card/install/install_packages_upgrade and check the removed packages section. Normally there's a good reason for them to be removed, so you can leave them as-is.

d ) Check the files that are processed. they are named packages_upgrade, packages_required, packages_development, packages_custom_root, packages_custom_additional. While you can edit freely *custom* directory contents, beware that _upgrade, _required might be essential for correct system installation/upgrade. Files from packages_custom_additional will go to the specified secondary location. packages_custom_root will go to / .

e ) I suggest, after editing the files, store them somewhere safe.

3. cd to /mnt/card/install/

./install script basically runs these 4 scripts:

./install_network $@
./install_scripts_fix $@
./install_packages_upgrade $@
./install_recover_settings $@

so, if you don't want any of them - just comment it out.

In order to install the updates/required upgrades and additional packages, run

./install ok

It will remove some files, install the required ones, upgrade the newer, and then add packages from *custom* directories. You should check to see if there are things that you don't need, inside. I copied my setup, so you can just remove files, not add smile.gif Of course, you're free to add whatever packages you need additionally.

for development ( -devel ) packages installation, run

./install_development ok


I use this script to convert movies on my slackware box for playing under console in pdaX b3


usage is like this:

zencoder /path/to/movie.avi /path/to/output.avi [/path/to/subtitle.sub|srt]

You need working mplayer with codecs that can handle opening the file you want.

Best playback expirience you will get if you use my mplayer.conf setup and the script 'mp' located in /usr/local/bin/ . Beware that it overclocks the machine to 624mhz (tested on SL-C3200 - might be different on others). Althought everyone says it's dangerous to do this, I've played more than 150 whole movies like this, without _any_ problem so far, and my Z is working still smile.gif

This should cover what I wanted to say in general, I will add more info if needed, or when I have it, or when I fix bug. Hope you enjoy painless updated beta3 setup, as I do.

Cross compilation setup
It should be noticed that I use Slackware -current, but the setup is compatible with any distro ( It should be ). You may need to install distcc server, don't know - with Slackware it comes preinstalled.

Desktop setup

Download this archive:


Unpack it somewhere ( it contains subdir cross/ ) and symlink this cross to /opt/cross, like this

ln -s /storage/devel/cross /opt/cross

Okay. When I need distcc running, I execute (normal user, not root) this shell script:


It basically contains only the following:

PATH=/opt/cross/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/bin:$PATH nice -19 distccd -j 2 --daemon -a

What it does is to setup path to cross compiler before the normal path to compiler and execute nice ( no need to get all the cpu for your desktop ) which executes distccd with 2 threads in daemon mode and will accept requests for IP ( That's my Zaurus ). Refer to distccd documentation for more parameters, those are mine.

When you execute it, distccd listens and basically, your box is ready to accept connections. Note: the cross compiler might be outdated in terms of header files and whatsoever. But I've compiled SO much programs without _any_ problem, so I don't consider it a major thing. However, if something fails in crosscompilation, it will be built natively automatically.

Zaurus setup

download and extract somewhere where you have space, this archive:


I personally extract it in /storage/devel/ and do

ln -s /storage/devel/native /opt/native

I have this in /etc/profile: (note that my custom built setup updates /etc/profile with this code already, it's here for anyone who wants to use onboard (and cross) compilation of programs:

###### devel env

export QMAKESPEC=/usr/lib/qt/mkspecs/default/
export QTDIR=/usr/lib/qt
export KDEDIR=/usr/lib/kde
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$KDEDIR/lib:/opt/native/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/lib:$QTDIR/lib:/opt/native/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/qt3/lib:$KDEDIR/lib:/usr/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export NATIVE_SDK_FILES_PREFIX=/opt/native/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux
export QMAKESPEC=/opt/native/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/qt3/mkspecs/default
export DISTCC_HOSTS=" localhost"
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig:/opt/native/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/lib/pkgconfig:/opt/native/arm/3.4.5-xscale-softvfp/armv5tel-cacko-linux/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig
export PKG_CONFIG=/opt/native/arm/3.4.6-xscale-softvfp/bin/pkg-config

My /usr/local/bin/distcc_use_home contains (change the IP address to whatever you like):



. /etc/profile

export PATH=/home/root/distcc:/usr/bin:$PATH
export DISTCC_HOSTS=" localhost"

echo "Use 'exit' to exit"
echo ""


Ok, so - my zaurus have as IP and my box's IP is - it's easy to understand, that those are my values - you need to change them if your setup differs.

If you want to compile something, you need to execute this shell script _before_ starting compilation.

Compiling ... autotools based programs

That's the easiest thing to compile. I personally use the following script for this:


or the more compatible one:


the one have FLAGS="-mcpu=xscale -mtune=iwmmxt -O3 -fomit-frame-pointer -fno-common"
the other have FLAGS="-O2"

it's up to you to choose which one to use. I personally prefer more optimized one. In _some_ cases, the compilation may fail with very strange problems. Try make distclean and use the second one. May not fix it, but you can try.

If the compilation is okay, you will have your package pseudo-installed in $PWD/package directory.

Making package out of a directory

First, cd to $PWD/package/ or whatever your directory is. Then create directory named CONTROL and put a file inside, named control. In my case the full path to the file would be /storage/devel/build/program-1.0.1/package/CONTROL/control

It should contain something like this (those are the minimal required fields):

Package: lighttpd                                                                                                                          
Version: 1.0.0                                                                                                                            
Architecture: armv5tel                                                                                                                    
Maintainer: wasp@drun.net                                                                                                                  
Description: some text here

You can also add scripts inside CONTROL directory, named postinst, postrm, preinst, prerm - via them you can control whether to start/stop a service before/after install or removal.

Ok, so it's up to you to strip the binaries ( build_prepare tries to make install-strip, but this may fail sometimes ). It's up to you also to remove all doc, man pages, as your zaurus have limited space.

I normally also copy package dir to package-dev and separate the files - /usr/bin/include and /usr/lib/pkgconfig and /usr/lib/*.a and such files go into -devel package, all others are in the normal one.

Then, go to the directory that contains package/ directory, in my example - /storage/devel/build/program-1.0.1/ and type:

mkipkg package

If you don't have errors in your CONTROL/control file, you will get the ipk in the same directory with a small notice about it.

Common issues

1. If you encounter PATH_MAX undefined, edit config.h and add

#define PATH_MAX 65535

I fixed this while ago in the native compilation setup, but I lost it , and had to restore from backup, so I never fixed it again smile.gif

more will follow soon ...
2 Feb 2008
Is it possible to have something like

Fn + tap = right click ( ONE time only ) ?

Not like "To change in right click mode, press something, to change it back to left click mode, press something else". I hate this.

smile.gif any ideas?

Ah, even tap and hold would work when keyboard cannot be used.
2 Dec 2007
Well, I installed finally Debian. So far - I like it, but I'm having few questions/unsolved problems that occured. Can someone help me there?

1. Under X - I see some shadow of lighter windows on the darker parts of the screen. Which was not the case before. Looks like some unproper phase or I don't know ...

2. How I right click ?

3. Under console - I get a lot of ugly messages when something hardware-specific happens - SD card ejected/plugged in and so on. I tried disabling at /etc/syslog.conf but no success.

4. I downloaded mplayer for iwmmxt from Angstrom, but I'm not able to run anything with -vo pxa. What else needs to be done?

5. I solved this - no USB device was loading at all - I had to 'modprobe ohci-hcd'

Thanks in advance, guys. If there are any other questions, I will add in another post below this one.
25 Nov 2007
Wow ... noone wrote anything here a lot of time ... no activity ... what is going on ?

I saw some guys that were active here, posting a lot in oesf/debian forum ... are we moving there ? is pdaXrom dying ?

I guess it will remain in the archives as very successful distribution ... but dead.

Almost no activity in the devel list for months ... this should speak enough ...

Sad times for pdaXrom ... this used to be my favorite distro so far (well, beta3 was the most stable x11-based distro I've encountered)

Maybe it's time to try debian ? ... seems things are going great there.
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