gonna-buying mine, my personal questions before doing it

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Nababbo, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Nababbo

    Nababbo Still Fresh

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Ready to buy, but I want to check some simple and basic issues, if all satisfying I buy one for me.


    1)Recovering. No mind it runs open software, I like the IDEA you can always turn back your Computer EXACLTLY LIKE IT CAME OUT OF THE BOX, I mean like when you buy a Windows PC, you have Discs (dvds etc) provided (or user self created). So I MEAN EXACTLY as it came, same software inside, same version, all. I like the IDEA, the thought, knowing I can ALWAYS go back as my device came out from the factory, then obviously I can try other OS and updated OSs.


    Well: is it possible? Do you get 1 or more recovery disc inside the box? If not: how to do that? Mean knowing exactly what release OS you have and where to get THE SAME. Do you need another Linux PC to reload OS (firmware as you call...)?


    2)Is it possible to uninstall part of software provided you don't use (imagine a game or application you know you never use) to free storage space? This involve again point 1)if answer is "yes" imagine you do this for a fault and want it back: how can you do?


    3)I've understood you have only 512 MB for storage: where to install additional apps? I think you can put in the SD, by the way: up to what size SD Card are supported?


    4)Is it true that you can turn your pandora into a digital TV using a (supported, I saw a list) USB TV Tuner, the same of Windows world?


    5)Mouse, keyborad and above all Joystick from Windows world do work with pandora? I have the old style Speedlink Joystick, like the thought being able to use with games... This launches the point 6)


    6)One of my dream is to turn pandoras into Amiga, above all to play the legendary Kick-off. I have WINUAE emulator on my Windows PCs, well: Does exist WINUAE for Pandora Lunux? Does it run on it?


    7)Is it strong and durable, signs on keyboard keys don't wipe away?


    8)Like the idea of having a mini notebook always with me: can I manage excle, word and access files from windows world back and forth from and to Pandora? Imagine writing a long text, continue a job started on a windows PC during your trip with Pandora, and when back again with your Win PC...


    9)Can I use it as a video player (I mean Divx if yes up to what size?) and a mp3 walkman? This would be very useful and worth the expence.


    10)Can you even print with you Win-Printer with it? maybe it depends on model, but any chance for it?


    11)Touchpad like, if you don't use stylus, what keys are' Analog pads? and left and right buttons?


    That's all for now, if I get satisfying answer I'll buy mine, sorry but almost 500 € are a lot for me and I want to be sure I really get the device of my dreams as it seems...


    Thank you in advance to administrators (experts) and to whoever will answer me being a total newbie...
     
    Tags:
  2. ekianjo

    ekianjo Hardcore Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    8,261
    Location:
    神戸市、日本 (Japan)
    I can answer a few questions very fast


    3) 512 mb is not storage,; it's RAM. for storage you need SD cards. SDHCcards are supported.


    4) Only if you have the right tuner model, know how to install the drivers, and know how to overclock. Don't expectg too much ofit.


    5) You need a USB hub first to connect keyboards and mouses. Speedlink joystick wouldn't work unless you have a USB adapter for it.


    6) WinUAE is for Windows. Pandora is a linux machine. For Pandora we have UAE4All


    7) i wouldn't worry about the keyboard, but the unit is kind of fragile. You better take care of it well.


    8) No, it's NOT a windows PC. but you can use linux equivalents, like abiword, gnumeric and all.


    9) Yes (but not HD player, except for some videos), yes.


    10) You cannot print with it so far.


    11) left and right button are dealt with the right analog pad to emulate a mouse.


    Please remember this is NOT a windows device. Some of your questions seem to assume you can run windows on it or something.
     
  3. mcobit

    mcobit Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Messages:
    6,755
    1.) Yes, you can just download a firmwareimage and flash it to your internal storage via sdcard. Will be all like before and if you use an updated one, better :)


    2.) PNDManager installs and uninstalls programs for you. You only have to delete the appdatadirectory (files, that the program saves) from your sd manually, but there will be an option to do that from the software later, too.


    3.) The internal storage only holds your operating system and you shouldn't have to install apps to it. All apps will be single files, pnds, that you just put in the right folder on your sdcard and they will be automatically discovered and shown in the menus.


    Files, that those apps create go to a folder on your sdcard.


    4.) This works, if you buy the right one (see compatibility list on the wiki) or if you or someone else cacompile a linuxdriver for it.


    5.) They will work, as long as they are usb 2.0 directly. If they are 1.x they should work, if you plug them into a 2.0 hub, that you connect to the Pandora.


    6.) A version of uae runs on the Pandora and you can play most games up to the a500. Emulation for the 1200 and aga is in the works and in kinda betastatus right now, but it works.


    7.) The plastics improved a lot and recent Pandoras are sturdy. Especially the keyboardkeys don't peel off or something.


    8.) You have a lot of tools, like abiword or, if you install pandebian, a full openofficesuite, so you can work on documents on the go.


    9.) Divx can be played up to 720p if the profile is not too high, but 480p should be possible at least. There are a lot of good programs, including rockbox and audacious, as well as commandline mp3players for you listeningpleasure. Also the sound othe Pandora is really good!


    10.) Printing is a bit of a problem, as the normal firmware doesn't seem to include everything for it. The problem is known and could be sorted by using another distro like slakware, but you can easily copy your files to the windowspc and print them there.


    11.) If you don't like to use the touchscreen, you can use the left nub for mousing and the right one for mousebuttons. But that is all configurable.


    Hope this helped you :)
     
  4. lollipoppizza

    lollipoppizza Still Fresh

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2012
    Messages:
    35
    Location:
    Paris
    If not this answer questions than emulator is useful. No, I'm only joking. I'm guessing English is not your first language but I'll try to answer your questions.


    6) Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200 are both emulated on Pandora.


    8) You can edit/create word and excel documents with Abiword and Gnumeric


    http://repo.openpandora.org/?page=detail&app=abiword-abiword-32254


    http://repo.openpandora.org/?page=detail&app=gnumeric-gnumeric-29130


    You can also get OpenOffice or LibreOffice with debian.


    9) There are a few video players that support divx as well as other formats. The screen is a 5:3 WVGA screen (800x480). There are also multiple mp3 players that play even when the pandora is closed.


    11) Because it is a resistive screen and the screen is relatively small using the stylus is a lot better than using your finger. The D-Pad is the directional keys. As for the nubs (analog pads) I think it is page up, page down and two other keys (I can't remember the two others).
     
  5. pmprog

    pmprog Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2011
    Messages:
    3,719
    1. You simply just reflash the latest (or even an older firmware if you prefer)


    2. Most applications you will use will be single files called PND that you copy to SD cards. Uninstallation is deleting the file. Nothing more complicated than that


    5. You'll only need a hub if your devices aren't USB 2.0. Mice generally aren't, but some keyboards are


    8. I think Linux-SWAT got LibreOffice/OpenOffice running through Slackware, so technically, you should be able to open and work on documents. I've not tried though
     
  6. mcobit

    mcobit Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Messages:
    6,755
    Lol, all those posts would make a brilliant newbie faq ;)
     
  7. WizardStan

    WizardStan Mega GP Mania

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Messages:
    16,650
    Regarding #1, it is as simple as downloading a zip file (which you can do on any computer, be it Linux, Windows, Mac, or Other), extracting that to an SD card (which you should have anyway, it's required to do anything of any real meaning), and then rebooting the Pandora with the right trigger held down.


    The various official firmware versions can be downloaded here. Note that all Pandoras are currently shipping with SuperZaxxon which is technically a beta firmware and therefore isn't on that list yet. You are free to go back to any older version (but why would you want to?) or get the latest version and start over fresh.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 6, 2016
  8. Nababbo

    Nababbo Still Fresh

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Goood!!!!!WizardStan: this is the BEST answer for me!!! I was right: 1) discover what version you got; 2) take up the same from there... good!
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 6, 2016
  9. Lao Rebel

    Lao Rebel Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2012
    Messages:
    112
    all im gona say is this. GET THE DAMN PANDORA!!!! nothing will go wrong. this mini computer will keep me entertained for a lifetime!! yes you heard me, a LIFETIME!!
     
  10. WizardStan

    WizardStan Mega GP Mania

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Messages:
    16,650
    Great, you just guaranteed that something is going to go wrong. I hope you're happy with yourself. :p
     
  11. Farox

    Farox Certified Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    2,018
    Location:
    Italy
    Nababbo....you are from Italy ? :)
     
  12. Nababbo

    Nababbo Still Fresh

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Yes, I'm an italian.
     
  13. Farox

    Farox Certified Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    2,018
    Location:
    Italy
    Feel free to ask every thing you need (in italian..) in private message.


    Ciao
     
  14. Nardella

    Nardella Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Messages:
    352
    I really like these threads and I am glad we allow them. Enjoy your Pandora Nababbo.
     
  15. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    9,474
    Just a minor correction here, if I may. :)


    The d-pad does indeed act as the arrow keys, but the analogue nubs don't handle Page Up, Page Down, and so on. Those are the domain of the game buttons - "Y" (the topmost one) is Page Up, with "X" acting as Page Down at the bottom, Home is on "A" (the left-most game-button), and End is "B" (the right-hand one). This helps to make thumb-typing very quick and easy.
     
  16. Nababbo

    Nababbo Still Fresh

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    So which control(s) act as a mouse? (not using touch screen...)
     
  17. Cerbera

    Cerbera Ecnes

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Messages:
    8,966
    Left nub = movement


    Right nub = buttons
     
  18. spiralofhope

    spiralofhope Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Messages:
    199
    Alrighty, I'll add it to my todo.


    Also, if some answers aren't thorough enough, someone say something and I'll get the answers including creating a howto.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 25, 2012

Share This Page

Loading...