I have done quite a bit of reading on here and on other web sites about the iOpener. I just purchased one from a surplus dealer on eBay. It has a sticker on the back of it that says it is refurbished. I boldly ignored the stickers that said that the warranty would be voided if I removed them, and ripped the thing open. Considering there's no Netpliance around to warrant them, I don't feel I'm in that much danger. ;)
I have what appears to be an early v4 by most accounts. I've seen that the v4's have a Hitachi screen, but this one has a Sharp. (Maybe because of the refurbishing?) This has the Rise 266 CPU and no SW4 or even a place for one. The BIOS is not epoxied, it has a Yamaha sound chip, and all of the IDE pins are intact. The motherboard revision is: "IA1 M/B REV: I P/N DA0IA1MB4I6" which also seems to point to an early v4. The motherboard manafacturing date reads "0018" (19th week of 2000 or mid-May 2000?). The stickers on the front and back panel both say Rev: 3B and have dates of 5/3/2003 for the back and 4/28/2003 for the front. When I boot it up, it has the black screen that simply says "i-Opener" in big letters. If I get it into demo mode, it proclaims itself as the "iOpener 2001".
From what I have read on this board, none of the root exploits work on this unit (which I have personally verified). It seems that pressing TAB during the boot up sequence is supposed to let me see the boot process, but I am unable to get that to work using either the stock keyboard or a standard PS/2 keyboard. I've also tried Ctrl-Alt-Esc and Del to get into the BIOS with no success.
I've read of a way to flash the BIOS using a QNX image on a hard drive, but they all mention getting into the BIOS on the iOpener which I have been unable to do. Any ideas if these methods will work with this machine or how I can get into the BIOS? I'm beginning to think that I have some kind of V4 with a V5-like "unhackable" BIOS. Is there such a beast? If this is the case, I guess the only alternative is to order a BIOS from badflash.com.
Any help would be appreciated.