Much better way to get rid of macrovision.. :)
cut the trace between r31 and the via below L43, and install a switch to bridge that same connection. At power on, the connection needs to be complete for the player to boot. After boot, disconnect, and the macrovision will merely never be enabled. works on every disc I have tried, and lets you keep the better features of the new bios..
still have not done anything with linux.. realised that there's nowhere for a lan card.. .. but it might be cool to make a SIMILAR machine with the same CPU and such..
The DVD drive IS a standard IDE drive; it can be used in a PC and a PC drive can be used in place of it.. (if only I had a black slotload DVD)..