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Palm OS applications on the Nokia N900

12 December 2009Entry by

Nokia N900 Garnet VMThe Nokia N900 is now capable of running an Palm OS emulator called Garnet VM as their last two version where capable of too. It is still officially unsupported although there is an installation possible with a little bit of hard work you could get it to work. If you don’t feel sure about this, you can wait because the next update will work officially on the Nokia N900.

I want to point out that the current version of the Garnet VM emulator is not built for the last version of Maemo OS, the Maemo 5 which is the one that runs on the Nokia N900. So if you go for the installation be awarded that it’s probably not going to work property well. Most user reports claim that it works fairly well, though being an emulator on unsupported hardware there may be additional incompatibilities and issues

In order to make the installation possible as the default install process doesn’t work, you can follow these relatively simple instructions from Nokia’s site talk.maemo.org where Bruce says:

I downloaded the latest OS2008 package then opened an xterminal (shell), changed to the folder where I downloaded the package, gained root access, then ran “dpkg -i garnet*.deb”. The package installed without complaint and the application ran. I was uncertain how to exit Garnet once starting it so I ended up powering off the phone to exit.

And then the helpful comment of sarahn came adding:

To quit:
Press power button and then “End current task”

To switch tasks:
Press ctrl + the ‘<-‘ key (this is the standard shortcut that works everywhere.)

The Access Garnet VM emulator can be downloaded here.

Here is a video of the Garnet VM working on a N800

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppRpaohHWRc

Source: Palm Infocenter

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