LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 05-31-2017, 04:00 PM   #1
Erroll
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2017
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
How To Restore a Zaurus SL-5500 SD Card Backup To A Different Unit?


Hello, I'm new to this forum. I purchased two "vintage" Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA's, one as a main unit and one as a backup. Call them "A" and "B". After typing all my contacts into "A", I backed up "A" to an SD card. Obviously, there's no problem with restoring the data back to "A". However, I noticed that I CANNOT restore the data to "B". To me this is kind of dumb, because my whole plan is that if "A" gets lost or damaged, I want to be able to restore my data to "B" and carry on with life. I don't know anything about Linux, but I was hoping one of the gurus out there could answer this for me. Since this is such a sophisticated unit, I imagine there should be some kind of workaround for this problem. Again, in short, how to restore an SD-card backup from SL-5500 "A" to SL-5500 "B"? Thanks in advance for any assistance!
 
Old 05-31-2017, 08:50 PM   #2
jailbait
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain
Distribution: Linux Mint 17, Debian 8
Posts: 7,865

Rep: Reputation: 311Reputation: 311Reputation: 311Reputation: 311
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Erroll View Post
I noticed that I CANNOT restore the data to "B".
What software did you use to try to restore it and what error indications did you get?

-------------------------
Steve Stites
 
Old 06-01-2017, 02:14 PM   #3
Erroll
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2017
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hi Steve, thanks for your prompt reply. I'm using the backup/restore utility that is built into the Zaurus. I'm not 100% sure, but from some basic research I believe the program may be "Smartbackup". Here is a link to info on it: http://www.handheld-linux.com/swi/sh...il.php?app=785


I have attached a screenshot: As you can see, when I insert the SD card in the alternate Zaurus and go into the restore function, I select "Restore", and then "SD", but the "Start" button is greyed-out (non-functional) so I cannot proceed. If I do the same thing on the primary Zaurus (where the backup was created) I get the same screen but the "Start" button is clickable and I can restore as normal.

It just seems pretty strange that I can restore to the source machine of the backup but not to a different machine of the same exact model.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Zaurus Screenshot.jpg
Views:	18
Size:	259.4 KB
ID:	25158  
 
Old 06-01-2017, 03:32 PM   #4
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 19,285

Rep: Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957Reputation: 2957
Maybe some unique naming in there to prevent users from doing what you want.

I'd look at the format and way the data looks on a linux system with a card reader. You may discover what is going on (assuming you can read the sd card)
 
Old 06-02-2017, 06:04 PM   #5
Erroll
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2017
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I looked at the backups on my SD card and the naming format is as follows: YYYY-MM-DD-HH-MM.backup_sl5500-US-3. So my latest backup from 11:59PM on 5/29 is called 2017-05-29-11-59.backup_sl5500-US-3. All the other backups share the same file extension of ".backup_sl5500-US-3". I can open the file on my laptop with Notepad but the format is crazy, looks like a debug dump. I can see pieces of my address book data in there, but it's garbled up with special characters and not really in any usable form. I suppose the key to solving this may be to determine what would make a backup unique to a particular SL-5500? Maybe I'll create a backup on the auxiliary machine and see if the naming convention is different... In the meantime I'm all ears (eyes?) for any other suggestions...
 
Old 06-05-2017, 11:25 AM   #6
Varthall
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2016
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
By googling around I have found a post where it is suggested to rename the backup by changing the "3" digit at the end with "unknown", in your case "2017-05-29-11-59.backup_sl5500-US-3" would become "2017-05-29-11-59.backup_sl5500-US-unknown". I'm not sure what that number means, but I suspect that it indicates the revision of the kernel and/or the Sharp ROM version installed on the device where the backup has been made. If the revision in the filename and on the destination Zaurus don't match, the backup tool might refuse to flash the backup. I don't have here my 5500 ATM, but there should be an About menu where you can verify which version of the OS you are running.
You might also want to first flash the same OS version/ROM on both devices before making a backup, to avoid to flash a different version over the original one. Here's a updated Sharp ROM for the 5500, which allows to use the whole 64MB of RAM on these devices:

http://www.oesf.org/repository/websites/cacko-crow/

You'll need a CF card (or an SD one on an CD adapter) in order to reflash your devices, as this ROM is distributed as a complete dump of the flash memory, and it has to be flashed using the internal flashing software which only supports CF cards.

Varthall
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much space needed on sd card for typical Zaurus 5500 software install? esteeven Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 07-25-2005 06:36 PM
Zaurus SL-5500 troubles LavaDevil94 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 35 04-03-2005 05:02 PM
Zaurus SL-5500 questions Brian1 Linux - Hardware 7 03-09-2005 04:55 PM
zaurus 5500 CF cards asalford Linux - Hardware 3 05-01-2004 10:22 AM
Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 bkeating Linux - General 1 06-02-2002 08:52 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:47 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration