Could anyone please post the information to do upgrade to v2.0? I have deleted the post info and web page and have no where to retrieve this information.
The short for of the method would be to make sure you are running the v1.0 MSN Companion software. If you have trashed it somehow, http://nc.flyingbuttmonkeys.com/mirrors/IA1/ this site will have the v1.0 image so you can restore. (NOTE: to get that far, you must reset the CMOS settings, get into the BIOS and change the boot order to allow for booting from the external CF slot...need instructions on that?)
From there, you can CTRL-U your way into the upgrade utility. Using this, you can verify and adjust the settings required for upgrade/update. If you have your own dialup ISP and would rather have as little contact with Microsoft/MSN as possible, change the username and password to your own along with the phone number. In either case, you *MUST* change the "https://" to "http://" (removing the S) or else you will fail and you will have trashed your system again.
You may recover from this failure by doing the CTRL-U again and correcting for mistakes made along the way.
CTRL-U is performed as the system is attempting to boot up. This would be after the memory count. I just hit CTRL-U a lot and I didn't have any problems getting in. But I will restate, that the critical modification is removing the S from the "https://."
I think it would be nice if there was a way to acquire the files needed to upgrade the IA-1 to v2.0 MSN software by some other means... such as someone volunteering to make a simple v2.0 CF image that we could zap into the system...? To my knowledge, no one has done this deed.
Personally, I am LESS than impressed with MSN Companion v2.0 software and even less impressed with their technical staff. They promised me a "second level" call back and I'm still waiting. I was to get a call back within 3 days and didn't. They are a week past due on their call and I don't expect one. Furthermore, their email method completely lacks a CC: and BCC: function! How ridiculous is that? I'd say support of flash and java are laughable if it weren't for the fact that it makes your web experience all the more miserable.
Once we have a Linux distro with good modem support, ethernet support *and* a good browser client, I'd say it's almost time to start a new business venture with Compaq and your local ISP.