I may be the newest member here. I've found a ton of useful info here.
Even though I had seen the initial advertising for the iOpener when it was first announced long ago, and remember telling everyone about it, I didn't buy one. Why would I? I already had a computer at home, and a great one at work. I'm an internet professional, but i've been managing computers, networks and databases for more than 15 years. I guess I look at this hack project as a way to jump back into hands-on (or hands-in) computing.
Anyway, I read an article in the paper about hacking into electronics, which mentioned the iOpener. I looked into it, and I was hooked. I bought one on eBay. I'm not sure what version it is. I need to get the hex kit from radio shack to remove the center screws so I can take a look inside. The other perimeter screws are just philips screws. The date on my box is 08/28/00, and from what I can see of the BIOS chip after taking off the memory door, I can't see any epoxy. I still have my fingers crossed, though.
If anyone knows of a "version chart" that will tell me what version I have I would appreicate the info. I've seen many posts regarding versions, but I think it would take me a while to figure out my exact version.
I plan to use the IO as a backup to my home computer, as a basic computer for my daughter (5 yrs) to learn with, and even as an MP3 player for the car. I'd also like to explore the GPS stuff also, and any other car applications.
I've bought almost everything I need, 2.5" hard drive, Windows, 2.5-3.5 adaptor kit, etc. - and plan to start soon. Unless the speed really bothers me or I get memory errors, i'm not going to waste money on more memory or a faster processor. When you have kids and college funds, you don't have money to burn.
I'm almost afraid of this working out. If it turns out like I think it will, I have at least a 5 or 6 famiily members who will be beating down my door to get me to do one for them too.