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Old 03-06-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
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Box of Unused VisionPlate Tablets - Help with OS


I bought a box of 16 unused brand new condition Hitachi VisionPlate tablets. They have no OS installed on them. I have been able to install Puppy Linux on a couple of them and get X working and WiFi internet. Have been unable to get the touchscreen to work. I have a usb keyboard and mouse connected to operate the tablet.

I have found threads on this forum from 2008 and 2009 describing some work being done to operate these tablets, but nothing that provides a true solution to getting the touchscreen operational.

This is a 2001 tablet with very limited drive space and RAM. It supposedly can run embedded Windows XP or Linux (some where shipped with Midori Linux OS).

I would like to get these tablets operational as a web browsing device, reader, email, and all around novelty item.

Here are some of the specs:

Processor: Transmeta Crusoe Processor - 400MHz

Memory: 64MB

Storage: 128MB Compact Flash

Display: 10.4 in. TFT 800 x 600 SVGA or 1024 x 768 XGA

Video: SMI SM712 with integrated 2MB VRAM for 800x600 SVGA;4MB VRAM for 1024x768 XGA

Audio: Sound Blaster Pro 3.01, 16-bit PCM sound source

Wireless Communications: Samsung wireless Wi-Fi 802.11b

I/O Ports: USB (2), PCMCIA Type II (1), MiniPCI Type III (1)

Operating System: Designed to use Embedded Linux or Microsoft Windows XPe. Currently running Puppy Linux 4.00

Size: 11.6 in. x 8.8 in x 1.3 in. (294 mm x 223 mm x 34 mm)

Weight: 2.8 lbs.

Regulatory: FCC class B, UL, VCCI, CE

Interoperability: Wireless LAN ready, thin client connectivity

Power: High-performance rechargeable lithium ion battery. Standard: 2-3 hours, Long Life: 5-6 hours

Supports USB keyboard and mouse

Has touchscreen capability and built in stylus storage

Below are a couple of links to VisionPlate information (most are from 10 to 20 years ago):

http://visionplate.blogspot.com/

http://linuxdevices.linuxgizmos.com/...reless-tablet/

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6793

https://www.scribd.com/document/9845...e-R2-Datasheet

https://archive.li/yYegJ

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Old 03-07-2017, 01:25 PM   #2
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Seeing as you lack an OS, have you considered the various Android options (Cyanogenmod, etc.)where you will probably find hardware support?
 
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I have not considered the Android option. Do you have any suggestions as to which version will work with the Transmeta processor and such minuscule drive space and RAM?
 
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The transmits CPU is an issue. But it was for mobiles, and you may find a compiler for it. probably the ideal would be a development system for Transmits Very Long Instruction Word code, but they did an x86 code interpreter.


Either you'll find an x86 code OS the Transmeta translator, & with drivers that matter, or you won't. Don't omit Android from the search, or the various mods. At least some versions of GCC support the Transmeta so a 'from source's distro is possible. You have considerable technical obstacles ahead whatever way you go, and bulk sale online was not a bad option for whoever you bought them off. That's an indication someone else has tried & failed. it's always an option for you also.
 
  


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