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Old 11-25-2004, 12:13 PM   #1
Alan Lakin
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Location: Wallington, Surrey, UK
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Memory for iPaQ

I have just aquired an H3630 with an expansion slot. A few hours spent looking at my linux options suggests that I could install linux on an expansion card and then not have to flash the ROM. This sounds like a safe option to try things out

My first question is: does it matter very much what type of memory I purchase (or how much)?

My wife uses Compact Flash with her camera so that sounds like a good option to me. Then I read that there are different quality CF cards. I was looking to get 1GB. The "Pro" style cards that offer faster memory access are about 30% more expensive. For the use I will be giving it is it worth it or will a basic card do the job?

A much broader question is: am I better off with , say, Familiar Linux and OPIE rather than stick with the OS it has installed? I think I can guess what the reaction could be on this forum

Many thanks.
Old 11-26-2004, 07:03 AM   #2
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The familiar site seems to be down at the moment so you would have trouble installing familiar anyway.

I have a IPAQ 3970 with familiar and OPIE installed, however the big drawback is that the power consumption is terrible compared to the MS Pocket PC that was installed origionally. Even powered down the battery continues to drain about 2-3% a day.

I do not know if this is a general problem or specific to my hardware.

I guess I am saying beware before you go installing familiar. Never tried booting of a compact flash card but if this works then that is the way to go (wish I had done it that way).


Old 11-26-2004, 04:09 PM   #3
Alan Lakin
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Thanks shmonkey.

I am already slightly concerned about power consumption and my wife does not want to cart the expansion pack around with her (it's for her by the way). That will be for domestic use only. She's had a play with Windows CE and seems to like it so I reckon that will be that. However, as you have probably guessed, I am keen to have a play with Linux so might try the CF option for fun. I will have to make sure the personal data is safely backed up and I know how to put it back safely If all goes well I might try an pick up another iPaQ on the cheap for myself


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