i did it in about 6 hours. it wasn't perfectly easy, and i have one tip to add (i don't think this has been mentioned yet):
i had some problems with winme. i don't know if any of you have this horrible os, but i have a machine (that will soon be xp'd), the last windows box in the house with usb, running winme. if you try to sys or format /s in winme it says "this is no longer supported. please use the add/remove programs -> create emergency rescue disk option in control panel." so i tried this with a blank floppy, and then copied the files to my 128 mb cf (after using part.exe to partition) and it didn't work. so i set up one of my machines to dual-boot 98...long story short, i finally got it working with 98se and a vfat-16 partition, using rasmus wonderful jailbait linux image 3. i dolly'd, i booted, got lilo, everything is cool. so there's your success story.
now for the questions:
i have a cis ws-u50r 10/100 usb ethernet adapter that uses a realtek 8150 chipset. it looks like a dolphin (the network cable plugs into its rear, quite amusing). i got it off a page i found through pricewatch, and it came with linux drivers. i would like to use it, although the drivers are not included in the image. so let me preface this with the fact that i am sorta a linux newbie, i can find my way around redhat but this is a little more difficult...anyway i know i need to gcc and insmod, etc. but gcc does nothing, does the image even have gcc? and will i need to edit /etc/modules; if so, what can i use as a text editor? i am used to having emacs around.
question 2: i have a little vipor 170mb pcmcia hard disk. it would be --perfect-- for this project, has anyone tried this or something similar yet? if so, i would be interested to hear your results.
question 3: while i had the ipaq open, i installed a k6-2 300mhz chip that i had lying around. i also have a nice spare fan/hs i could add, i have seen that some people have changed the chip but have not seen any description on how to set the bus multiplier at a different speed (although i noticed the chart under the little modem board on the ipaq). is there a simple method of doing this? please post if you know...thanks.
question 4: i have seen the discussion about making this thing an x terminal and i am interested. is there a howto somewhere on this? i have a redhat 7.1 server routing for my network and i think this would be perfect.
thanks for enduring my long-winded post. sorry if i missed something that has already been discussed, i have been picking through the last 5 or 6 pages of posts for about a week now trying to soak everything up before i started. anyway thanks everybody for all the help.
life really is better at 1.2 ghz