This page shows you how to set up English menus whilst retaining the kanji/kana recognition (and readable Japanese menus) on the Sharp SL-A300 released in Japan.
WARNING: no warranty is expressed or implied here. Proceed at your own risk! Consequences of following these actions may result in losing all your data and a system that will not boot correctly!
Special thanks to Ulrich Plate, Jerome Gotangco, Howard Abbey, Armin Rump, Erwan Loisant, Matt Faull and the ZOK mailing list for getting me through various phases of this task.
Download the packages you need
Download from http://ipkgfind.handhelds.org
qpe-language (language support)
qpe-i18n-en (English support)
gpe-terminal (to get a bash shell)
Plus the small unicode font
Installing the Windows software
Comment from Erwan:It is possible to have japanese application working clean on an english Windows XP (should work with 2000 also). Go to "Control Panel", "Regional and Languages Options", "Advanced". In "Language for non-unicode program", select "Japanese". Result: your system will be a japanese windows with english menus. A best for any foreigner living in Japan, with difficulties in japanese ! - your menu will be unchanged, unicode application will work, as well as all english applications. - the anti-slash will be changed to the yen symbol (not so big problem) - japanese application will work without garbage
Installing the required packages
Setting up for English menus
Enabling Japanese text
This is the messy bit. If you don't know Unix you could get into trouble.
bash-2.05# cd /home/QtPalmtop/lib/ bash-2.05# mkdir fonts.good bash-2.05# cp fonts/* fonts.good/ bash-2.05# cd fonts bash-2.05# cat fontdir | grep uni > fontdir.new bash-2.05# vi fontdir.newThis will open up the vi editor. I hope you know what you're doing :-)
unifont unismall.bdf BDF n 50 100 u unifont unifont.bdf BDF n 50 160 u
bash-2.05# rm fontdir bash-2.05# mv fontdir.new fontdir bash-2.05# rm helv* fixed* sm*
Have fun! Dave