Well I have performed a partial hack. I have done the following:
*Flipped over the power switch
*spliced into the Power supply power connector to get a single 4 prong Hd power conector
*Installed a 1.2 Gig laptop HD using a 2.5<-->3.5 inch IDe convertor and an old ISA IDE card
I* removd the Disk On Chip
*Mounted the HD
Plugged in a D Link USB<--> Ethernet adaptor
Installed Win98 (first version, no patches)
Upped the RAM to 48 Megs (had a spare 32 meg stick. Don't know if it's PC-100 or 66)
Overclocked up to 200 MHz (Have had it up as high as 266, but both 266 and 233 gave lockups. Gonna try 200 for a while)
Ok, now my questions:
1) Anybody come up with a way to wire up the HD activity connector on the 2.5<-->3.5 adaptor to one of the LED's on the front panel? I currently have the "LED on a wire" that came with the adaptor just dangling near the "Waiting" LED so I can at least slightly see when the drive light is blinking. I'd like a more permanaent solution though.
2) I'm still occationally getting lock ups. I don't know if they are thermal or not. I've applied all the patches/drivers that have been listed. The CPU has a BIG ASSED heatsink/fan combo from Antec on it now, with thermal grease applied. The Heatsink never seems to get hot. If I run the unit with the cover on, the hard drive seems to get rather hot. I've considered drilling some holes on top to get some air flow for the drive and power supply. Any other ideas? there's not enough room to put any other fans in here that I can see (unless they are VERY small ones!)
Any other things I should look at doing? I am NOT skilled enough with the soldering iron to do the surface mount stuff (had a hard eenough time with the power supply splice! Seems like you always need a 3rd hand when soldering...) I'm using this unit for MP3 playing and some basic web surfing while laying in bed. Might also set it up to run the X-10 stuff.
I'll put up a page this week as soon as I get the pictures back from processing and have some time to sit down and write stuff up...