I will now be hacking a Compaq Ipaq IA-1 real soon. It would be most helpful if you can help with some assistance with your knowledge on this topic. I am looking to add a hard drive but find the scan disk Mod very difficult is there an easier way to attach a hard drive? What are your thoughts on perhaps using a 2.2GB usb orb drive as a hard drive?
my main point of taking this project on is they are now at a steel on ebay and looking for a cheap machine just to surf the web, listening to mp3s and perhaps minor word processing.
I'm not an expert on this, but I do have Midori running on my IA-1. I'm very pleased with it. These things do not well replace desktop computers, but they make great toys. You can get a used desktop for less than it will cost you to get get a hard drive working on a IA-1 and the desktop will be more reliable and easier to use than the IA-1. Many similar laptops are available for $100-$200.
I understand that you can use a USB drive, but you won't be able to configure it to boot directly. If
you're talking about a NVRAM USB "drive", be aware that they have a limited number of accesses. Somewhere in the range of 10**4 to 10**6.
Advantech makes the adapter that I used in the pictures you refer to (I used to be "Klunk"). The part number is CF-HDD-ADP. Go to /www.advantech.com and get their phone number and call to order the part(they don't take web orders).
OK, I finally found my CF to IDE adaptor schematic that I made. http://greta.dhs.org/IA1/CFtoIDE.pdf
Note that some things are not labled. For
example, JP1 is a power connector. If your CF has 5V power, you
can connect J2 and get power that way. On JP1, pin 1
is +5, pin 2 and 3 are Gnd. I've also included both a
44 pin (for the laptop hard drives) and 40 pin (for
normal IDE drives) connectors. You would probably only
use one at a time.
I borrowed one of the commercial adaptors and coppied the schematic from it. I hope this helps somebody out.
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