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  1. MarioPandio added a post in a topic [SOLVED] Pandora rather than Pyrrha to this rescue of a deluge....?   

    Well thanks folks for all the help.
    4hrs later and Yay the Phone is fixed.
    Spank my ass and call me Sally but despite it being arduous getting there, Pandora to the rescue and it all worked out fine in the end.  Even the sun is now shining! 
    Beer Garden it is then
  2. MarioPandio added a post in a topic [SOLVED] Pandora rather than Pyrrha to this rescue of a deluge....?   

    Thanks for the pointers. 
    I´m getting somewhere via other means at present but will return to this if it goes Pete Tong.
    I´m well aware already that when I finally accomplish everything on the Pandora and am smug with myself that the files are all copied...I´ll pop it in my phone and it will all go mental anyway!
    So like the weather today I´m a sucker for punishment when I could just say screw it and go out and chill with a stiff drink and chalk this one up to experience
  3. MarioPandio added a post in a topic [SOLVED] Pandora rather than Pyrrha to this rescue of a deluge....?   

    Well this is proving an awkward headache it seems.
    1. Ext2fsd cant help on pc with dealing with the Ext2 that way.
    2. Not enough space on the partition for the commandline options to even have thinking space to make the tar and it wont accept new paths as the output location either.
    3. Made space and the terminal attempts fail to tar things up for various errors.
    4. FileRoller is awkward to use on the Pandora display. Probably great via TV Out though.
    5. Xarchiver fails to tar the files.
    6. Squeeze does work! Yay! 
    7. Wiped the partition and made new one on Windows.
    8. Squeeze cant untar the tar.gz it made to the ext2 partition for permission errors.
    9. Command line copied the archive to the partition but...
    10. Terminal cannot untar a tar.gz file!
    Is there a different command that will untar the tar.gz file into the new partition by any chance?
    Its like pulling teeth
  4. MarioPandio added a post in a topic [SOLVED] Pandora rather than Pyrrha to this rescue of a deluge....?   

    Okay thanks for the much appreciated input and options guys. I´m going to risk what I can in a moment.
    The partitioning anew etc is no problem, I was just surpised that I cant simply restore an image of the smaller partition into a newer bigger one with various tools. It just wont let me and simply offers to remake a smaller partition with no option to resize or merge it. Weird.
    Anyhow I figured Pandora can at least read and tar it all. SO...
    I guess I´m looking at
    tar cfvz archive.tar /media/oldpartition
    cd /media/newpartition
    tar xfvz path/to/archive.tar
    to get a compressed and verbose read out of its progress both ways?
    I´ll check out file roller first as well. Turns out I have that already but I couldnt locate it amidst the myriad of wonder tools the Pandora can pack into two 128gb cards (as it calls itself Archive Manager in the menu and desktop not FileRoller doh!)
    FBnil that Ext2fsd driver sounds VERY interesting. Thanks for tip. 
    Lots of options now but thats Pandoraland.
    I´m not afraid of commandline personally but like to know exactly what commands I´m giving, hence heading here for expert advice.
    Cheers folks will let you know what happens.
    Question in the meantime is... Will Prometheus return to sail with (Pyra) Pyrrha and her son Deucalion and repopulate the Pandora/Pyra fora in the near future with all things Megaman?
    Only she has the foresight to know this but inquiring Pandorian minds want to know....
  5. MarioPandio added a post in a topic [SOLVED] Pandora rather than Pyrrha to this rescue of a deluge....?   

    many thanks I will try your advice as best I follow it. Its been awhile with any issues with my Pandora (faithful) and I´ve totally forgotten old aspects of linux commands I used to need with Pandora.
    I take it the commands will tar and untar the partitions files and as you say, I´ll then pick up the pieces if it doesnt go super smooth.
    Invaluable advice anyway and many thanks.
    Sounds like R2D2 is up to something with projected princesses.
    Revenge of the Nerds?
  6. MarioPandio added a topic in Support   

    [SOLVED] Pandora rather than Pyrrha to this rescue of a deluge....?
    Evening folks....
    Need some help with a phone SD card issue that only Pandora can get close to solving.
    Need some Linux terminal commands knowledge from those with such force, to put it bluntly.
    To waffle...
    Had a crap samsung galaxy ace bought for me ages ago, that drove me mad (low phone internal memory problem), which had to partition the external mini SD card as Fat32 and Ext2 for the apps storage space and use a program called ´Link2SD´ to shift everything to the Ext2 partition to avoid the phone going nuts.
    Anyway that solved things back then, along with a 32gb SD but... I recently got given a Samsung SII (old I know by todays standards) and thats great, except I stuck with a 3gb Ext2 partition for linking apps! ............Its full and the new phone is freaking!
    Problem is :
    Home PC is windows. No Linux dual boot at present, or Live Cd to hand.
    No Internet at present, except via the phone. So I cant download linux, or a live Cd to the PC.
    Windoze based Imaging programs, (even linux based ones) can copy the Ext2 partition but not allow me to resize the partition. Or merge, or anything, into unallocated space taken from the FAT32 partition. Which is weird imhho.
    Windows cannot mount !he ext2 image, or real partition, on the ext2 section to copy its files either.
    Pandora can....    Yay and Yah!
    Despite spare space on a Fat32 card in the Pandora, to copy the files off of the Ex2 partition...
    Permission is denied in simple cut and paste.
    I´m aware from these forums historically, that that´s the obvious stated blatantly to my face.
    What I need is (I believe?) therefore, the correct commands to permission wrap and tarball, an extractable and restore-able version of the current 2gb Ext2 partition, into a freshly made 8gb Ext2 space?
    As no windows programs will it seems (or hear my screams!)....
    Pandora can solve this.... I know for sure.
    Prometheus would have helped me here back then and not stolen any Megamans thunder entirely. Miss her and her chapters. Was a good book in the making that.
    Kind regards
    edited : To amend TITLE to SOLVED
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  7. MarioPandio added a post in a topic GParted failing to format a partition   

    Many thanks again Linux-SWAT,
    I was not aware of Lucky Backup or BGS either and the page you linked sounds a fairly ideal Pandora only solution to tar up and re apply a working backup fairly quickly. Sounds straight forward enough even for me, so I´ll give it a whirl sometime. Cheers.
  8. MarioPandio added a post in a topic GParted failing to format a partition   

    Thanks to both of you for the help, that got it sorted out for a fresh SD install. Many thanks

    Just of curiosity really, are there any other partitioning tools/formating on the Pandora and are there any Imaging programs for making images of a Partition/card for fast recovery?
  9. MarioPandio added a topic in Support   

    GParted failing to format a partition
    Hi, just wondering if anyone can help out with some terminal commands or alternatives to GParted, as its failing to allow me to either format or delete my SD card installations partition, in order to allow me to reinstall the SZ 160 firmware?
    The primary SD card is split into BOOT (fat32), Linux Swap, ROOT (ext3) and a larger STORE (fat32) partition and suddenly it no longer accepts my correct password to boot from the SD install and is stuck in a loop requesting username and password endlessly.
    Usually if GParted fails to format/delete then reformat the ROOT (ext3) partition, I use a different PC and partitioning software but I don´t have access to them at the moment.
    Dosfs tools (? iirc) should be useable via GParted, can someone tell me the correct terminal commands to either reformat the ROOT partition (mmcblk0p3) to ext3, or how to delete and then remake it again in the space unallocated please?
    Any advice appreciated, as its been so long since any Pandora issues (been stable for ages) I have forgotten this info.
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  10. MarioPandio added a post in a topic Just got a pandora   

    Doesn't look like Craig's accoun, you got a steal there. that last unit I asked a question of and was told if the nubs were replaced by ED or askarus for example, that it would be restored to fully working.

    There is also a Pandora model check pnd on the repo and pnd manager that will identify it, plus wb made the system info tool which is very useful.
  11. MarioPandio added a post in a topic Docking station?   

    I would consider it wise for the above to be true and in addition, that the docking station be capable of charging a few spare batteries at once, rather than having to rotate the batteries within the Pyra to ensure you can set off with several full spares easily if on a long trip.

    The higher capabilities of the Pyra when pushed to greater things, will surely lead to less battery life than the standard Pandora battery during intensive things. This feature would help combat the shorter duration.
  12. MarioPandio added a post in a topic Pyra Phone   

    Wizardstan post#10 makes a very convincing argument for Pyra to have an optional phone capability.

    Personally I'm not paranoid enough to be bothered by using a separate cell phone but clearly a large market is tapped into of concerned folk who want total control of their data or privacy, if the Pyra has such a feature.

    Privacy concerns may heighten further still in future and that's all good money for dragon box projects to make up for the bad luck the ancestor Pandora project suffered imhho.
  13. MarioPandio added a post in a topic Courserian [New Pandora Use]   

    Thank you for bringing this to Pandora ekianjo, and the nice write up on your excellent blog to explain about it all. Had never heard of this but it sounds incredibly useful and coupled with the Anki pnd and other tools in the repo the Pandora has yet more strings of hope to her bow now.
  14. MarioPandio added a post in a topic REICAST - Dreamcast Emulator   

    Your in luck. seems to run slightly underspeed, stutters in the intro movies/cut scenes but is rendered correctly and very playable.

    That's on a 1ghz with v2 or v3 builds and default or 4.10X driver respectively.

    Other titles that seem pretty good to me are :

    crazy taxi 1 (as number 2 is very slow.)
    Daytona USA
    mag force racing
    power stone 1 and 2 (speed fluctuates but certainly playable)
    legacy of kain SR (intros are very slow but in game is a playable speed)
    red dog superior firepower
    Sega bass fishing (rather slow but renders correct on 4.10)
    south park rally (playable speed)
    star wars episode1 racer (good speed but no sound or music in races)
    unreal tournament (slow but rendered well)
    zombie revenge (fairly playable speed)
    virtua tennis (slow and a bit glitchy)

    jet grind radio is a decent speed and sound but lots of graphical problems of the city.
    soldier of fortune (rendered well but is a total slideshow)

    I must have different formats or regions of Sega rally 2, rayman 2 and skies of arcadia as mine all just crash on starting.

    Others that just crash for now are :

    house of the dead
    Tokyo extreme racer 1 (number 2 plays but pretty slowly)
    vanishing point

    Hats off to the devs and all involved in this as its frankly amazing to see any of these titles
    on the Pandora and to have some of them playable is gob smacking. she is still quite the powerhouse and that's some brilliant coding.
  15. MarioPandio added a post in a topic App to remove uneeded appdata-folder after deleting the pnd???   

    Seems a very wise feature add to pndmanager, or as a separate pnd program.

    Something that can backup the appdata folders if removing a pnd, or upgrading, as many updates suggest a new folder is wise (requiring exit of pndmanager & manual backup of the old folder for save states and such), prior to being able to just use pndmanager to relaunch the new version.

    Plus not all pnd have obviously named appdata folders, making tracking them down more of a less user friendly experience and potential sd card bloat in obsolete appdata folders.

    Ideally it should offer to backup the old version of a pnd and it's appdata folder as well, to separate locations and be able to restore them if wanted, after testing the updated version.

    It should also offer light refreshments cooked by dragon fire