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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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 »»

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 »»

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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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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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

There also is a yellow control number along the right edge of the card. Read the rest of this entry »»

June 3, 2007

More gmail woes

Posted in Online Tips, Tricks and Tools, Webmail Issues, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 6:44 pm by sdjf

I’ve been getting “Connection closed by remote server” messages at gmail the past day or two. It’s happened to me in the past, trying to log in using pop mail, and I’ve been able to log in later without changing any settings in my email client.

But it also happened today in Opera, and I decided to google the message. Hey, guys, if you get this message, I don’t think it’s your browser, your email client, or your cellphone. It’s gotta be either gmail itself, or a problem with the interface between your ISP and google, IMNSHO. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

April 12, 2007

Updating Time Zone Files

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 8:55 pm by sdjf

With all the hullaballoo in the Zaurus community about changing our Z’s to the correct daylight or standard timezone information, I tried finding out how to correct the timezone information on my sl5500.

After reading that menaie had posted an ipk with the updates for all Zaurus models and ROMs, and seeing that the ipk might have all the data, but might not install properly without a lot of work, I decided to try just fetching the one timezone file I needed off of a friend’s Linux box, and installing that.

I’ve been having serious space issues, and while I could have extracted just the one file I needed from menaie’s ipk, I thought that would be more work, and I decided to do what I thought would be easiest for me. Well, I turned out to be wrong.

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