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Scarath
January 18th, 2008, 07:08 PM
I was thinking of getting a Archos PMA 430 because I saw this (www.pointlisse.com/pma430) website and thought it would be cool to have a mess around with it.

Does anyone know of any other handhelds (either gaming or media) that can run linux?

Considering the power of machines like the JXD and newer Archos products, it must be possible?

GeneralZod
January 18th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Does anyone know of any other handhelds (either gaming or media) that can run linux?

The GP2X is a gaming and media handheld that runs Linux:

http://gp2x.co.uk/

In a few months, its "spiritual successor", the Pandora, will hopefully be released:

http://pandora.bluwiki.com/

helliewm
January 18th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Nokia N800 or N810 run Linux. I have an N800 its brilliant.

Helen

Scarath
January 18th, 2008, 07:20 PM
The GP2X is a gaming and media handheld that runs Linux:

http://gp2x.co.uk/

In a few months, its "spiritual successor", the Pandora, will hopefully be released:

http://pandora.bluwiki.com/

Yeah i cant wait to see if the Pandora project materializes :) I made a thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=653999) a little while ago on the subject



Nokia N800 or N810 run Linux. I have an N800 its brilliant.

Helen

I never really looked at Nokia stuff as i've never been into phones, but i guess phones and pdas have been meeting in the middle for some time now anyway.

Im really looking for something that i can install things on (make it do things it wasnt meant to do :D)

helliewm
January 18th, 2008, 07:25 PM
The N800 and N810 are NOT phones. They are both Internet Tablets.

Take a look here:

http://www.internettablettalk.com

Helen

alwiap
January 18th, 2008, 09:04 PM
I second the n800, it is a great functional device, and the price is very reasonable. It's not in my opinion worth getting a n810 as you can have the same operating system flashed to the n800, and the on screen keyboard is fine for basic use. If you have any questions about the n800 I would be glad to help out :)

helliewm
January 18th, 2008, 09:08 PM
I just bought myself a small Stow Away Bluetooth keyboard just in case I needed it for the N800. The only difference is the N810 has its own keyboard but there is a big price difference.

Helen

Scarath
January 18th, 2008, 09:11 PM
Ok here are a few questions about the n800:

1. can i plug a normal keyboard into it (usb) or does it have to be bluetooth?
2. can i install most other linux programs, e.g. a word processor like OOwrite etc?

Does anyone know if the JXD has been hacked to run other programs? I googled it but came up dry. Same for the newer Archos media players >.<

helliewm
January 18th, 2008, 09:18 PM
No it will not support a USB keyboard. It has to be bluetooth. I picked one up for 20.00. I find the Touchscreen Keyboard fine, just have the bluetooth one just in case.

Yes you can add other Open Source software. Check the repositories out for the N800 at:

http://www.maemo.org

Maemo is the Linux Operating System for the N800.

Hope this helps. I love mine.

Helen

alwiap
January 18th, 2008, 09:22 PM
Ok here are a few questions about the n800:

1. can i plug a normal keyboard into it (usb) or does it have to be bluetooth?
2. can i install most other linux programs, e.g. a word processor like OOwrite etc?

Does anyone know if the JXD has been hacked to run other programs? I googled it but came up dry. Same for the newer Archos media players >.<

1. yeah, it has to be bluetooth, but unless you're going to be writing papers and extended typing, I really think the on screen keyboard is sufficient. I might get one like Helen just in case, etc.

2. Yes

if you do decide to get a n800, you can upgrade to os2008 (which comes by default on n810), which will actually run faster as it 'overclocks' the processor if you were using os2007, which comes with n800. an easy tutorial to upgrade it is found here (http://tabletschool.blogspot.com/2008/01/nokia-n800-how-to-update-n800s-firmware.html)

Scarath
January 18th, 2008, 09:29 PM
thanks for the help you two!

I will defiantly have a look around, reading that maemo is based on debian has defiantly swayed me in the n800's direction.

Im a bit disappointed with the lack of usb keyboard support, the n800 has got a mini usb port right?
I wonder if a mini usb to usb converter would allow u to plug in a keyboard with a bit of jiggery-pokery

helliewm
January 18th, 2008, 09:36 PM
It does have a small port so you can link it to your PC. Don't know if a USB keyboard would work?

But its brilliant well worth the money.

Helen

Scarath
January 19th, 2008, 12:30 AM
I found a hack that makes it so you can use a usb keyboard with the N800 :D

So now i just have to find one on ebay

alwiap
January 19th, 2008, 04:50 AM
I found a hack that makes it so you can use a usb keyboard with the N800 :D

So now i just have to find one on ebay

fyi, Buy.com had a special a while ago where they lowered the price of the n800 to $179.99, I don't know if they will do it again but I would be on the lookout there, it's a steal for that price :)

helliewm
January 19th, 2008, 06:01 PM
I picked mine up for 140 on ebay. Its great I love it. Ebay was the cheapest place.
Can you post details of the hack you found?

Helen

pabrown85
January 20th, 2008, 09:56 PM
A bit late, but I agree wholeheartedly about the N800,

I bought the N810 back in November for the full price. The only significant differences between the 800 and 810 are the hardware keyboard and the GPS -- both of which are nice, but not necessarily worth the extra cost.

I'd say go with the N800 and get a bluetooth keyboard if you find you need it.

Scarath
January 21st, 2008, 01:10 AM
I picked mine up for 140 on ebay. Its great I love it. Ebay was the cheapest place.
Can you post details of the hack you found?

Helen

Late reply, u have probably found the info by now but heres a few things i found:

Hacks here (http://www.hutsby.net/2008/01/n800-usb-host-mode.html) and here (http://www.internettablettalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4177)

First link is the most useful, i obviously dont know if it works, You have to do a bit of trawling in the second one but its interesting.

Depressed Man
January 21st, 2008, 02:46 AM
A bit late, but I agree wholeheartedly about the N800,

I bought the N810 back in November for the full price. The only significant differences between the 800 and 810 are the hardware keyboard and the GPS -- both of which are nice, but not necessarily worth the extra cost.

I'd say go with the N800 and get a bluetooth keyboard if you find you need it.

Well I'd say another significant difference is that the n800 has two SD slots. You can use SD, SDHC (with OS2008), and microSD with the given adaptor. The n810 only has one SD slot and it's microSD (well SDHC if they make micro SDHC cards?) only (it makes up for that by coming with built in two GBs for the maps).

solar george
January 21st, 2008, 09:10 PM
The old HP jornada 680 to 720s can run linux from a CF card.
http://jlime.com
http://720degrees.org/