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pda's and wireless

by tj21 / November 9, 2003 9:18 AM PST

I have 2 pda'a that I want to get connected wireless. One is a Toshiba E350 and the other is an Ipaq 3955. I have an expansion pack for the Ipaq. I have not seen in either the Toshiba or Ipaq websites any help or suggestions as to part numbers or manufacturers of wireless cards for the pda. Does anyone know what can be used for these models ? Thanks

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E350 D.O.A. AFAIK.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2003 9:35 AM PST
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Re:E350 D.O.A. AFAIK.
by tj21 / November 9, 2003 10:11 AM PST
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gee Bob, you are always full of good news- at this point I am hoping I have the model number wrong !

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The PXA250 issue with SDIO.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2003 9:53 PM PST
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Something's amiss with SDIO and the PXA250 chip. For instance, the iPAQ doesn't use the PXA250 MMC controller. It has a true SDIO controller built in so you don't hear big noise about this issue.

It's a shame you have to read about SDIO wide and narrow interfaces like you'll find at which, brings to light the status of some Pocket PC machines.

In short, because of the SDIO debacle, my advice is to avoid ANY and ALL PXA250 based PDA. You could do research on whether they added in a SDIO controller, but its easier just to avoid this CPU.

And while you may think I'm the one bearing the bad news, who else will be telling you? I've cornered the PDA vendors on this issue many times at trade shows and the people there are just there to shovel their glitz.


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Re:The PXA250 issue with SDIO.
by tj21 / November 9, 2003 10:29 PM PST

I guess that explains why I haven't gotten any help from Toshiba. And of course, this is the pda that already has wireless in the house. I guess that I am going to have to make some phone calls...

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Re:The PXA250 issue with SDIO.
by tj21 / November 9, 2003 11:23 PM PST

well- would it make a difference if it was a Toshiba E310 ? Through some digging, I discovered that I had the wrong model number..

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E310 D.O.A. AFAIK as well.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2003 11:46 PM PST
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"It did not work on the Toshiba e310."

The issue is likely the underlying CPU (PXA250?) since the narrow SD interface is what I understand the reference BlueTooth design uses. With higher datarates from WiFi, I bet the reference design and drivers are all based on the full SDIO interface.

I'd ask for a refund.


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Re:E310 D.O.A. AFAIK as well.
by tj21 / November 10, 2003 4:11 AM PST

thanks, Bob. I will check into this a little more. Device is my daughters and she has all the documents with her. Have also had for over 3 months, and that could be an issue..

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Make it a warranty issue then.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2003 5:40 AM PST

Defects are... defects. I've returned items after three months so I'm pretty pushy on that.

Let me share that you must never get mad, shout or be threatening.

Next, you can share "what would make me happy" with who you are talking to. In one instance I wrote "I'd take the model that works and pay you the difference."

They took my offer and I paid very little for the change. Refund was for the year ago price, the new price was today's price.

May your story end so nicely!


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Re:Make it a warranty issue then.
by tj21 / November 10, 2003 9:02 PM PST

thanks, Bob

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