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Old 07-18-2006, 06:14 PM   #1
siplus
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Linux on a Palm Zire 72


Hello,

I bought a Palm Zire 72 when it first came out (maybe 2 years ago?) and have not used it for some time now (it is way past warrantee).

Problems started occuring with the battery where it seemed unable to hold a charge. Some times it would not charge after being plugged in overnight, and sometimes it would incorrectly report the battery level.

A short while thereafter it became completely unstable and unusable. It could freeze, completely, so that whatever screen was showing would show until the battery ran out. I tried only running it when plugged in, but the same thing happened, although randomly.

Resetting didn't un-freeze it. Neither reset method (hard or soft) would work. Also, after the battery runs out and I plug it back in, it will turn on, but all info has been wiped.

Now it is a few months later and I am curious if I can get it working again. I tried to set up syncing with Ubuntu Dapper's default palm software (and it worked! back when I used fedora core III (2 years ago?) It wouldn't recognise the zire 72).

It also throws random Fatal errors, some i can recover by resetting, others locks it hard and I have to run the battery.

What I am curious to find out is if I install some kind of linux distro designed for these handhelds if it will work. (I'm not sure what is available, but I am aware that there are options for installing linux on palm devices)

I have no idea what the problem with my palm is, but I am hoping because of the freezes and fatal errors that it could just be a corrupt palmOS. I have been curious about linux on palm for awhile now and I would like to know if anyone would consider this as an option.

Thank you for your time,
Siplus
 
Old 07-20-2006, 12:14 PM   #2
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Look at this thread. http://www.oesf.org/forums/lofiversi...hp?t19945.html I haven't actually looked at the page they link there, but it's worth a shot
 
  


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