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Old 10-19-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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linux on amd's 50x15 PIC

i recently acquired a bunch of amd's 50x15 "personal internet communicator" (PIC)
it's remarkably useless and super locked down (i cannot access the bios, add/remove software, etc) it runs windows ce and has specific software and settings on it that you can't modify.

i am hoping to set up a media lab for common ground relief (a grassroots hurricane relief organization in new orleans) with these machines, but would like them to be much more customizable and open to the users, so i'd like to put linux on 'em.

there's no cd drive, and since i have no access to the bios i cannot tell it to boot from a usb pendrive. i can bust it open and take the harddrive out, but i am concerned that the kernel and programs wont compile correctly since it has a funky amd geode processor. does anyone have any suggestions on how i can go about this? i have found nothing on google that's pointing me in the right direction as far as getting linux on one of these PICs. any help or resources are much appreciated.

Old 10-20-2005, 11:00 AM   #2
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Do these help?

You _may_ be able to get HaReT to load a specially compiled
kernel and custom rootfs from WinCE.
Old 11-04-2005, 02:32 PM   #3
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It would seem those AMD PICs might have some real useful applications if you could easily run Linux on them. AMD has some Linux drivers for the Geode processor listed at:,00.html

There's a picture of the inside at:

Apparently someone has gotten Linux to run on an AMD 50x15 PIC. I can't read Thai, but it sounds like maybe Linspire was used. See:

Have you contacted AMD?

Good luck with your project.
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Taking apart

How would one go about taking apart an AMD PIC?
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Nice 11 year old post.

It should have either or both hidden screws under rubber parts or stick on parts or a plastic latching around the edges where a guitar pick or plastic spudger might open.

It will have a very locked down bios. You will have to kill CE.

The sites that had windows ce programs are almost all gone. Some embedded xp software might work. I thought it was a neat OS for devices and we still use industrial handheld devices with it and xp embedded every day.


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