Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000
Screen: excellent: even v. small fonts in the bash terminal are very
Software: After a quick look I ignored the Sharp PIM tools, and
started exploring the K ones ...
Good sound quality from the tiny speaker at the rear.
Trisoft: excellent and
fast service. "No-questions" replacement when my first Zaurus failed
to either light up or boot (a replacement was shipped *before*
I had chance to return the original yet).
Problems: s/w sometimes gets confused with the screen orientation
(characterise better later).
Importing data from Palm (migrating from Palm Vx to Zaurus SL-C3000)
I basically followed the advice here
to sync from Palm to KDE desktop, then export, copy to Zaurus and
import into KOPI (KDE
(Using SUSE 9.1 / KDE 3.2.1 / Palm Vx to Zaurus SL-C3000 KDE PIM/PI
applications (pre-installed ?by Trisoft)).
- Sync Palm to KDE (using "conduits" in KPilot) : using option to sync
only from Palm to PC (HHtoPC ?).
- Memos: save individually to text files and copy to
- Address Book: beam across to KA/Pi (a few addresses were truncated: I
updated these manually on the Zaurus) and re-create categories on Zaurus.
- ToDos: beam across, category at a time.
- Calender: from KOrganiser save as .ics file, copy to Zaurus and then
Import into KO/Pi
- Passwords: (to do) rework into CSV format (see PwM/PI menu Help/FAQ)
and Import into PwM/PI.
I had a problem with the time of entries in the calender: they
where all 2 hours out on the Zaurus. I fixed this in KOrganiser:
- (I did this in Germany (+1hr) during Daylight Saving Time.)
- Examining the .ics file Exported KOrganiser I could see that the
times are stored as Zulu times (i.e. +0).
- I had to adjust the time zone to +2 to get the correct Zulu time in
- *Before* importing into KO/Pi on the Zaurus ensure you have the
correct timezone setup, DST enabled and the correct dates set
(Action/Configure/Time Zone on KO/Pi menu).
Connecting to Linux
The Zaurus, despite running Linux, only comes with Windows syncing
software :-( However it is compatible with Linux 'usb-storage'.
I had success linking to an SD Card, after ignoring lots of error
messages (expand). (Gentoo/2.6.10 Kernel).
As I wanted to share cards/data between my PC, Zaurus and camera I
decided to buy a cheap n-in-1 card reader and use the cards to
Networking to Linux over USB
I followed the instructions here
but first installed slightly different VLC packages (next para) (I
found the bvdd packages here (site in Japanese, but
enough English to find what you need!):
# ipkg install bvdd_0.4.0-1_arm.ipk
# ipkg install mplayer-bvdd_1.1.5-1_arm.ipk
> mplayer x.mpg
And with packages from: VLC/Zaurus/download:
# su -
# ipkg install librt_2.1.3_arm.ipk
# ipkg install libffmpeg_0.4.6_20030304_arm.ipk
# ipkg install zaurus-libsdl_1.2.5_arm.ipk
# ipkg install zaurus-vlc_0.5.4_arm.ipk
Then I tried Kino2 for a GUI from, downloaded from here but I think it
screwed up my display (see below).
Just installed ZPlayer:
works much better than Kino2 (for me !) although it does seem to drop
a lot of frames.
Zaurus Sl-c3000 software Rotation Broken
Following is an edited post to OESF Forums (25/07/05):
When I open it (landscape) it displays in portrait mode, then
decides to rotate *part* of the screen to landscape *upsidedown*.
When I start an app it starts in portrait mode (even thought the
screen is still physically in landscape) and works OK apart from
that. But no way can I get back to using landscape mode.
Record of what worked for me (thanks to "curiosity"): My qpe.conf
had the [Rotation] section in, but it was empty. So I added the
"HReverse = 1" and saved the file. It does not take effect immediately,
but when I physically rotated the screen to portrait it was read and
took effect. I rotated the screen back to landscape and it works fine
- Sharp call it a "Personal Mobile Tool", not a PDA (Personal Digital
- CPU: Intel(r) XScale(tm) (PXA270, 416 MHz)
- Display: 640 x 480 dots, 3,7", 65,536-color, back-light
- Orientation: Landscape/Clamshell or portrait style, hot-switchable
- Full QWERTY keyboard and direction keys
- 64 MB SDRAM
- 4 GB Harddisk (approx 2.9 GB free at delivery)
- Card slots: CF Typ II, SD
- Other interfaces: Infrarot (IrDA 1.2), USB
- Headphone socket, built in speaker
- Power: Lithium-Ion Batterie, EA-BL11
- Size: 124 x 87 x 25 Millimeter
- Weight: ca. 298 Gramm
- OS: Linux kernel 2.4.20 from Lineo
- Graphical User Interface (GUI): Qtopia 1.5.4 from Trolltech
- Suite of Personal Information Management (PIM) applications
- Hancom Mobile Office
How-To Docs: Wiki with *loads* of help; some on the Zaurii in
general, but also an SL-C3000 specific section.
hluc: my Zaurus
SL-C3000: Loads of information:
software/config/advice/instructions/loads of links...
importer, e-shop, and localisation to English for Zaurus devices and
accessories. Excellent service. Most of the site is also in English.
Why can't I stop and start my desktop computer just as fast as my
Zaurus ? (like turning on the TV).
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