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Compal Jax 10 MID with Linux (Intel Moblin core) (XP capable)

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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2010-12-24 6:18 PM
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Fellow members, Merry Christmas!

See what I got myself for Christmas. A cute and powerful MID/UMPC/HPC.

How much did it cost me? Well, a sweet deal ($100) as it's basically brand new (Its list price was $750 when it came out in 2008/2009?)

Compal Jax10 MID (also re-badged by Gigabyte and Aigo)

Powerful Intel-based Mobile Internet Device.

A fully featured computer that fits in your pocket!
• Full web browsing experience (Flash, Java, Embedded Media, etc)
• Full Office Suite
• E-book Reader
• Full-featured Media Player (Video/Audio/Pictures)
• E-mail, IM, etc..
• 802.11 b/g Wireless
• Bluetooth
• 3G ready (built-in sim card slot, PCI-E interface, and antennae mounts)*
• Windows XP capable

Technical Specifications
Manufacturer: Compal
Model name: MID
Model ID: JAX 10
CPU type: Intel Atom
CPU speed: 800 Mhz
Graphics: Intel GMA 500
OS: Linux (Intel Moblin core) (XP capable)
Display size: 4.8" 800 X 480
RAM: 512MB
Flash: 4 GB SSD
Keyboard: ES (Slide-out)
Battery: 11 (W/hr)
Weight: 10 oz.
Size (w x h x d): 6" x 3.1" x 0.9"

Physical Interfaces
USB2.0
Micro SD slot
Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)
MIC-in
GPS Antenna socket
Mini USB 2.0 (client)
Wireless Interfaces
802.11b/g
BT2.0
HSDPA/3G ready*

Additional Specs and Accessories
GPS
Front webcam and rear 3MP camera
Microphone
Speaker

Compal MID Overview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKywlwCntsg

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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2010-12-24 7:03 PM
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Very sweet....but I didn't see the HD type or size...solid state or what? How long does it last on a charge with wifi?
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2010-12-24 7:12 PM
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4GB SSD. I got it yesterday. I have not tested it with WiFi yet. Oh, it has a slide-out thumb keyboard. I could put XP on it but probably wouldn't do it.
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Where did you get this?
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2010-12-25 4:58 AM
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I bought it (via Craigslist) from a co-founder of a company that cooperated with Intel to explore Atom-based MID market.
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2011-01-02 1:19 AM
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Oh baby, this device is incredible. I fully charged it and browsed internet (checked my secured Yahoo mail and other account) for 35 minutes. It had 85% juice left. It allows language switch between English and traditional Chinese. I'm satisfied for now or quite some time to come. 2 pix attached. Enjoy! Happy New Year!

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Chuck E Page Icon Posted 2011-01-03 4:20 AM
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VERY cool and rare find, many congrats! I'd leave the existing OS on it to keep the device original and authentically itself. Love the keyboard. Everything about it looks intriguing. Have mega fun with it!
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takwu Page Icon Posted 2011-01-03 7:05 AM
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Yeah I can't even find it on eBay (either Compal, Gigabyte, or Aigo version), so that's hard to find I wonder what the market price should be, but I'm sure CAUser got a very good deal.

As usual Jenn at Pocketables wrote an excellent review for this:
http://www.pocketables.net/2008/10/review-aigo-p88.html

Note the price was $699 at the time.

3 hours of browsing is a bit disappointing (I could do that on the Nexio with ext batt, when both batts were new). Did you have better results?

If you're not putting Windows on it, will you consider Ubuntu?

I would love to have a handheld Ubuntu machine (my definition for "handheld" is something like a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP). But it looks like Atom is still not efficient enough; either battery life is too short or the device is weighted down by a large battery, or both. Guess I'll stick with WinCE/WinMo/WP7 for now.
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2011-01-04 6:08 AM
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I tried to get it for $80 initially but decided to pay $100 as he asked.
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2011-01-04 7:27 PM
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You can find Aigo P8880 at
www.taobao.com
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takwu Page Icon Posted 2011-01-06 6:56 AM
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ok so the cheapest they have is 2000 RMB, which is about 300 CAD or USD. You paid only 1/3 the price of a new one from China!
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2011-01-06 4:04 PM
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Yeah, it's a rare chance for me. I constantly check local CL for handheld PC or UMPC. There are so many tech companies here. Sometimes, there are unwanted samples or prototypes.
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CAuser Page Icon Posted 2011-08-28 1:55 AM
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According to the MAC address of the WiFi module in Linux, I found Arcadyan Technology is the OEM and the chip is Broadcom BCM4312 as the MAC is 00:1D:19:F0:BB:92. However, people have tried many xp drivers for Marvell SD8686 SDIO module to make JAX10 XP edition work. I'm puzzled. Which chip is right?

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I have Gigabyte M528, and (surpris) WiFi is working with WinXP. MAC is 00:1d:19:f0:f0:16.
All drivers I found on: http://www.owendia.com/forum/aigo-p8860-mid/softwares-pour-aigo-p8860-mid/
But, I need "blueghost" - Aigo control utility from 0xDEADBEEF. Where I can download it?
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