April 20, 2009

sl600l: More Corrupt Network Settings

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 5:31 am by sdjf

The solutions to my occasional difficulties getting online with my Tosa which I had written about in this other blog post worked fine for a while, but then I had trouble getting online again.

I had thought that I had all my connectivity problems resolved, and a clear list of what to do if my network settings got corrupted again, so I was quite surprised when I had trouble getting online again. Read the rest of this entry »»

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October 10, 2008

Corrupted Networking Settings

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 2:38 pm by sdjf

I had been getting online rather quickly and easily with my sl6000 for the past month or two. But, when I tried to go online the other day, I kept getting messages in my pppd log kept saying “Failed to authenticate ourselves to peer,” over and over and over again. I wondered whether my ISP had done something to block my account or reset my logon password to a previous one. I tried calling them and could not get through.

Opera had crashed during my last session online, and I did notice that there was no listing for /dev/shm when I did the “df” command. But, the files in /etc/ppp/peers did not seem to have been corrupted. They looked like normal text files. Read the rest of this entry »»

September 28, 2008

Finding Which File to Extract from a Tar Backup

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 7:18 am by sdjf

A primary reason I have so little free K bytes in internal memory on my Zaurus is that I want easy access to all the files and email I have written or downloaded, no matter which SD card I happen to be using, and whether or not I am using my CF modem at the moment. I do not want to have to putz around, hunting through backups and then having to extract the files, I want them quickly and easily.

But I have gotten very tired of the lack of space, and started wondering if I could find a way to quickly and easily locate old files I need and extract them. I have not found a perfect solution yet, not one good enough to make me feel comfortable about erasing a bunch of files, which I think I might need access to on a moment’s notice, but I thought I would share what I have figured out so far, as I have found some techniques which I have found quite helpful when I need to examine the contents of a backup file.
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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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May 15, 2008

I found some OESF/ZUG Downloads!

Posted in Hunting for Software, Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 3:18 am by sdjf

Hey, trying to find an ipk I wanted to check out, all the download links for http://www.zaurususergroup.org I tried were dead, but I found they seem to have moved to http://www.oesf.org/howto/downloads.

I do not know if all the ipks that were on the old feed are there, but check out and bookmark the software index there, in case it might have what you are looking for!

sdjf

January 11, 2008

Make Backups to Prevent Grief

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 6:06 am by sdjf

Geeks will be geeks and hackers will be hackers, and any time one of us messes around writing scripts or going on a cleanup campaign, IMNSHO, it is just plain stupid to not make backups. It also is rather foolhardy to install new software on the Zaurus without making a backup immediately beforehand, at least that’s been my experience when trying to install some packages that ended up trashing my system.

One day about a month ago, silly me had not made a backup in about four weeks, being too preoccupied with other things to want to take the time to change cards around to do it, and I sure paid a price for that stupidity. Read the rest of this entry »

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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July 18, 2007

Extracting a Single Directory from Sharp’s Backup

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 12:35 pm by sdjf

Ever find yourself in the position of having accidentally erased an entire directory from your Zaurus, along with it’s contents, and not want to use Sharp’s backup utility to take your entire Zaurus back to last week’s or last month’s backup?

As I mentioned in my post about retrieving single files from Sharp’s backup, the backups in Sharp ROM 2.38 are simple tar files. In the discussion below, I will show how to extract just a single directory.

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May 31, 2007

CF Card Overview

Posted in CF Card Issues, Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 11:55 pm by sdjf

The posts you will find here from August 2006 document what I went through in attempting to use a new CF card that turned out to be physically corrupt.

They serve as unfortunate examples of the kind of output one can get when attempting to check the physical integrity of a bad CF expansion card.
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May 13, 2007

True Confessions: Installing IPKs

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 7:49 am by sdjf

About a year ago, I made the mistake of using the GUI for installing an ipk meant for another distro, an arm.ipk that was not necessarily for the Zaurus, and it totally messed up my Zaurus. So, I am overly cautious about ipks now.

I do try to make backups before installation, but I also have had some backups that yielded “bad tar header” messages when I tried to view them, and/or which the GUI could not use without failing. Read the rest of this entry »

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