December 14, 2012

Not Claimed by Any Active Driver

Posted in Hardware Adventures, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 12:05 am by sdjf

Well, the bad news is that while my Startech USB to Ethernet Adapter 2016S has arrived, Ethernet is still not showing up in the Networking GUI when I plug the adapter in to my Tosa’s USB hub.

And, if I examine dmesg output, I see that it is “not claimed by any active driver.” No matter what I do, I am having trouble getting it to bind to a driver.

It also is heating up very, very quickly, making me wonder if it is a defective unit. The box it came in was not properly sealed and there was not anything in the box to keep the adapter from getting jostled around and damaged during shipping.

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December 2, 2012

Ethernet

Posted in Hardware Adventures at 7:24 am by sdjf

Friends have been trying to get me to install Ethernet on my sl6000 Zaurus for years, and I had no reason to do so before now. But, now that I am getting a Raspberry Pi, and that the only way to perform the initial boot to set up the Raspberry Pi’s operating system without an external monitor is via Ethernet, the time has come!

First, I am taking the easy way out and using the built in Network GUI on my Tosa to configure LAN Ethernet.

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June 21, 2008

Battery Failure: Charging Light Issues

Posted in Hardware Adventures, Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 4:08 am by sdjf

My EA-BL06 had been in almost constant use since August 2005, since I always leave my Collie plugged into it’s AC adapter. And, there were signs it might be losing the ability to charge. For over a year, the charging light would occasionally turn on for no apparent reason and that was happening a lot the last couple of months.

So, when I could not turn my Zaurus on one morning, I was not very surprised.
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September 4, 2007

No icon appears. Has my CF card gone bad?

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures, Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 9:24 am by sdjf

I had a CF card scare the other day. I needed to send copies of some files on my old 128MB CF card to a friend. But my CF modem was plugged in to the CF slot on my Zaurus. So, I tapped on the “Eject card” icon in the taskbar, waited until the networking and CF card icons disappeared, and then removed my modem. Then I inserted my 128MB CF card and waited for the CF card icon to appear. And waited. And nothing happened, no icon appeared.

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August 10, 2007

Veritech 512MB SD Card

Posted in Hardware Adventures, SD Card Issues, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 3:58 pm by sdjf

I had seen posts at oesf here and here indicating that some Sandisk SD cards, the other brand I was considering buying, were not reliable on sl5500’s, so decided to try a 512MB SD Veritech Card from http://geeks.com at the incredible price of about $7.

The card has an impressive red-green-blue label on it, with yellow control numbers etched on the back of it’s classic navy blue body.

The yellow etchings at the bottom of the back of the card:

6451AG 512M 025H1
Made in Taiwan

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August 20, 2006

Final installment: CF card saga

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures at 1:03 pm by sdjf

Tried a few more things on the sage advice of some friends:

bash# /mnt/card/Programs/fdisk /dev/hda1

Unable to read /dev/hda1
bash# /mnt/card/Programs/fdisk /mnt/cf
You will not be able to write the partition table.

Unable to read /mnt/cf
bash#
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August 15, 2006

My CF card saga continued

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures at 5:40 pm by sdjf

Okay, remember I bought a generic CF card. But it shows Hyperstone Model 1 on cardctl ident. Hmmm…..might be interesting to google Hyperstone Model 1! Found:

“Basically I want to make work a lucent orinoco card om my laptop. … 2.0 or 2.1 pccard1: CIS info: Hyperstone, Model1 pccard1: Manufacturer code 0x0, …”
lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-mobile/2003-August/001409.html

I don’t understand all the output or follow the thread (I have no laptop experience) but maybe it is a lemon they wanted to disguise?

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August 13, 2006

Difficulty umounting CF card

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures at 3:27 pm by sdjf

According to the how-to for my distro at oesf,

http://www.oesf.org/index.php?title=Step-by-step_CF/SD_fdisk/formatting_for_newbies

the first step in formatting a card is to umount the card, but it doesn’t seem to work on any of my cf cards!

First tried with new card after did ls -l for the heck of it. Then tried umount and a bunch of guesses:

bash# ls -l /mnt/cf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 Dec 31 2001 /mnt/cf -> /usr/mnt.rom/cf
bash# ls -l /mnt/cf/
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 0 Aug 13 00:41 NotAvailable
bash# umount /mnt/cf
umount: /mnt/cf: Invalid argument
bash# umount /mnt/cf/
umount: /mnt/cf/: Invalid argument
bash# umount /mnt/card
bash# umount /mnt/hda1
umount: /home/system/var/mnt/hda1: No such file or directory
bash# umount /usr/mnt.rom/cf
umount: /usr/mnt.rom/cf: Invalid argument
bash#
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