VOGONS


VIA-based thin client rescue

Topic actions

Reply 40 of 43, by Kadath

User metadata
Rank Member
Rank
Member

Really interesting, awesome thin client upgrade - I think this particular client model is interesting, and almost expandable in more ways, in its tiny size and layout. I just can't mount 512MB RAM, because I've only taller ECC models of this size, and I can't close the case in that way, so only 256MB for now. Have you found anything interesting about its PCI riser pinout? Maybe you can try suck power by more of those pins, instead from just USB headers?

Currently I'm trying Damn Small Linux greater brother, Puppy Linux - and it works really nicely, and full of useful software. Its X server recognized this thin client Trident acceleration too, instead of just relaying on VESA - just installed on CF, without problems - and loaded OS on RAM, to speed up programs execution (paying a little more initial OS loading time, at startup).

Please let me know if you'll find something about PCI riser of this particular model, thanks - meanwhile, I'm ordering a couple of mini IDE to IDE adapters, I've 2-3 2.5" HDD (40GB IBM Deskstar, etc) in my garage lab, to experiment with.

First comes smiles,
then lies.
Last is gunfire.

Reply 41 of 43, by xjas

User metadata
Rank l33t
Rank
l33t

^^ Does yours have the same issue with the power switch as mine? I think I'm probably missing a piece of plastic but no idea what it's supposed to look like.

I'm sure you can get power from the PCI bus, but without a pinout I don't want to go poking it with a multimeter too much. One thing interesting is that there are 80 pins on the board but PCI itself only has 62 pins - what are the other 18 for? (ISA has 98 pins so it's not that, unless there's some advanced bus-switching logic on the motherboard ... doubt it though.)

twitch.tv/oldskooljay - playing the obscure, forgotten & weird - most Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:30 PM PDT. Bonus streams elsewhen!

Reply 42 of 43, by yawetaG

User metadata
Rank Oldbie
Rank
Oldbie
xjas wrote:

I'm sure you can get power from the PCI bus, but without a pinout I don't want to go poking it with a multimeter too much. One thing interesting is that there are 80 pins on the board but PCI itself only has 62 pins - what are the other 18 for? (ISA has 98 pins so it's not that, unless there's some advanced bus-switching logic on the motherboard ... doubt it though.)

The riser card in my NLX system also provides other connectors besides the slots, and connects to the motherboard via a huge edge connector (whole length of NLX mother board) to accommodate the signals for those connectors. So it's likely that the proprietary riser card for your thin client has some other connection abilities besides a PCI slot and doesn't plug into a PCI slot on the mother board, but a similar 80-pin slot. I have no idea what those additional connectors could be, but based on other thin clients they might be stuff like IrDA, extra USB headers, a power header for PCI cards that require additional power...

Reply 43 of 43, by dr.zeissler

User metadata
Rank l33t
Rank
l33t
Kadath wrote on 2016-12-21, 15:46:

Puppy Linux - and it works really nicely, and full of useful software. Its X server recognized this thin client Trident acceleration too, instead of just relaying on VESA - just installed on CF, without problems - and loaded OS on RAM, to speed up programs execution (paying a little more initial OS loading time, at startup).

What Version of Puppy do you have installed on the TK3350 ThinClient?

Thx

Retro-Gamer 😀PowerMac 6100-66/Houdini 486/66 - G4 Cube 450/Rage128pro OS9.0.1 - Macintosh LC/Apple IIe Card OS6.0.8 - Acorn A4000 Archimedes - Unisys CWD 486/66 + Aztech Washington