|Well, I just got an I-opener 2 weeks ago, and I have already taken a liking to it.|
It was an Ebay win for like $40, and I have to say its one of the better things ive gotten from ebay.
ANYHOW, I wanted to make it as close to stock looking as possible. really I wanted the footprint. it makes a great kitchen computer
so, on to how I did it:
hard disk, 2.1gb from ebay, as well as 128mb sodimm.
the ide cable i fashioned from an 80 wire ide cable, stripping 2 wires at a time to keep them paired
then reversing the wires at one connector (1,2 becomes 2,1 ect ect.)
the 80 wire cable seemed to really work well. I got it from the ones I had laying around, not to mention they come with like, every motherboard you get these days.
I installed windows ME on it by using an adapter to connect the hard disk to my regular computer, copying the installation files to it and sticking it in the i-opener. (I made the hard disk bootable first, tho.)
I use a belkin USB ethernet adapter with it, no problems at all.
used the latest via 4 in 1 and the trident drivers, set the display at 800x600x16bpp and it looks great.
I fashioned an insulator and mounted the hard disk to the rf shield above the keyboard/mouse connector and next to the heatsink
I had to cut some of the rf shield away to do this.
so, I have the stock keyboard, usb adapter and the iopener in the kitchen now. and its really handy there.
I got all my ideas from this bbs, so I owe everyone here my thanks for all of the ideas.
the hardest part was the ide cable, which once i figured i could use the wire from an old ide cable, I did it in no time.
I really like the i-opener, its fast enough to do what I want with it, and quiet.
not to mention it just turns the display and hard disk off after x minutes, depending on the settings.
thanks guys, for all of your ideas.