|Ok, I'd like to start off with the fact that there are a few different type's of emachines. The one I'm looking at was shut down last year but the units are being sold very very cheep! http://www.hitechcafe.com/eshop/product.asp?sku=EZNET+200&dept_id=14 This place has been selling them cheep, I got mine for about $25. The contence of the unit are very basic. 200mhz x86 geode processor, 32megs ram ONBOARD solder pads for an upgrade sodimm socket, onboard hardware conexant serial 56k modem (internal), onboard 16meg sandisk, award bios (enter with F2 at bootup), the back of the unit has a speaker out, vga connector DB15 CONNECTOR (RES? UPTO 1024X768 ?), 2 USB PORTS BOOTABLE OFF OF BOOTABLE DEVICES. There are lots of options for upgrades to this unit with lots of empty solder pads. But of all things the one thing I'd like to find is the ablity to add IDE, there is a person who has added an IDE header to this unit in an other posting. But its hard to find due to the jumble of different type's of emachines being talked about in different postings about different type of units. The main IO chip is a standerd IO chip which supports parallel, ide, floppy, IRDA, ECT!!! YOU NAME IT. The thing is is that most of the components are NOT implimented, but could be introduced via test points which are all over the back of the board.|
I think these are a little more intresting then the IA-1's that and I have not been able to get ahold of one, but I'v never tryed ether. Didnt realy intrest me as much as this unit does. Reason being is the design, this unit could become any thing from a wirless MP3 unit to hook upto a set of speakers. To a very very nice little linux terminal, the sky is the limate. Besides seeing as how a hard drive has been added to the unit by someone. this unit could do ANY THING.
The unit came with only a few things, a USB logitec mouse (VERY NICE MOUSE) and a custom keyboard minus a lot of keys and for the most part (USELESS). it also came with a small power cube that outputs 14v 2.4amps. From what I can tell this small power brick is over powerd for what the device even uses, but I'v hurd some stories of people not being able to boot with certian USB devices with out a powerd USB hub?? As far as adding a hard drive and other INTNERAL io, I dont see any power problems. Printed in white there is a lot of info on the mother board but one thing that cought my eye was info about setting multiplyers and frequences? maby this unit is overclockable. a 200mhz processor clocked at ? any thing over 200 would be a nice improvment, even if its only to 225-250mhz. I have yet to find the areas for changing these settings.
IMO the first mod to this unit MUST COME in the form of adding a power switch, ether soft or hard. a hardware switch is easy, lift one end of the board's FUSE (white) near where you plug the PSU into the unit and add a switch (non momentary).
a very easy and obvous hack is to add what I believe is a line in hack, (mic) to the unit. There is an identical hole set that matches the head phone jack in the back just below.
Welp that's my starting point lets see where this post leads to, SARRY about spelling.