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I'd like to consider myself relatively tech-savvy; obviously I use Linux (Arch to be precise; K.I.S.S. FTW), and I enjoy learning new things about computers in general (both software and hardware-related).

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An Old Toy

Posted 10-25-2010 at 04:52 PM by MrCode
Updated 12-28-2010 at 08:30 PM by MrCode

I was wrong about my Arch lappy being my first laptop...I found an old toy "laptop" of mine that was laying around in some boxes of my old toys from when I was in my single-digits/early tweens. It's one of those "educational/learning" toys...

Here's a shot comparing my real lappy with the toy:



Unfortunately, however, it doesn't work anymore. I had done some (more recent) circuit-poking with it and accidentally severed (well, pulled off ) the power lines from both the battery compartment and the DC input. The thing really isn't all that complicated on the inside:



My guesses as to what the circled components are (some of them I actually know what they are, but w/e):

1. CPU + I/O bridge
2. "Smart Card" I/O pins (you could get little expansion cards for it with extra games/activities/etc.)
3. Caps Lock LED (directly under the key; all the keyboard keys are translucent)
4. External mouse port
5. Power button base (I think the small transistor there may be for switching power between AC/battery when it's plugged in/unplugged, but I'm not entirely sure)

I'm probably wrong about at least one of those things, but whatever. It was still fun to poke around with.

I think I accidentally busted it when I was messing around with the circuit board while it was on (don't worry the thing doesn't use much power, so no zapping ), bridging CPU and I/O pins together (just by touching between them with a metal paperclip) to see what bizarre ways it would glitch out in (yeah so I'm weird ), and I had accidentally pulled the bottom cover too far out and yanked the wires leading from the battery compartment to the +/- power pins on the main circuit board straight off the compartment. I don't remember how I busted the wires from the DC input... Anyhow, I would try soldering the battery wires back on, but I don't exactly have the equipment for that. *sigh*

I just thought it was cool that I still had the thing.
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  1. Old Comment
    Fix it, and install Slackware.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 04:35 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Or Debian.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 08:28 AM by peonuser peonuser is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Actually, I've decided I'm gonna take it completely apart and see how everything fits together.

    It's not like I'm gonna use it again, so I figure "hey, why not?"
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 07:50 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
  4. Old Comment
    I say fix it, install Debian on it, take it to work/outside/wherever, and outperform everyone using a toy.

    You could still take it apart, just put it back together without breaking something afterward.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 10:15 PM by PehJota PehJota is offline
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    I say fix it, install Debian on it, take it to work/outside/wherever, and outperform everyone using a toy.
    I'll take this as a joke ...it's really just a simple little thing with a small set of programs, i.e. you wouldn't be able to get a Linux running on it. There's no optical drive or ports (other than the mouse port, which is built like an ethernet port but with more pins , and a small ⅛" jack for a serial connection), and the CPU is prolly some obscure RISC architecture; I couldn't even guess, and it doesn't say/give any hints on the chip package.

    It really is just a toy, LOL.
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 11:44 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
  6. Old Comment
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    Originally Posted by MrCode View Comment
    It really is just a toy, LOL.
    No, it's a supercomputer.
    Think I've found the desktop version:
    http://www0.epinions.com/VTech_Power...ay_~full_specs
    Not much information in the "full specs".
    Posted 10-27-2010 at 05:32 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  7. Old Comment
    The nslu2 only has 32 meg of memory and can run linux. That being said, you would be surprised what will run bsd.
    Posted 10-31-2010 at 10:18 PM by peonuser peonuser is offline
 

  



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