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Old 06-04-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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Turning a Fujitsu Point 1600 into a Linux tablet pc.

Good morning y'all,

My current project is an attempt to turn a Fujitsu Point 1600 into a Linux tablet PC that I can use to keep electronic versions of my rulebooks, maps, and characters for the weekly table-top Dungeons & Dragons game I play with some friends.

I bought a Point 1600 off eBay really cheap, but it came with no hard drive. So, I put a Damn Small Linux frugal install on a CompactFlash card, bought an IDE to Compact Flash adapter, and an adapter to connect the IDE to the proprietary Fujitsu hard drive connection.

Here's my problem: The hard drive connection in deep inside the hard drive bay, and I can't get my fingers in there to connect the CF drive! I tried unscrewing every screw I could find on the case to open it up, but it still won't open! The thing doesn't seem to be designed to be disassembled easily AT ALL!

Has anybody had any experience with this tablet and know any trick I could use to get into the dang hard drive bay? The best idea I can come up with is to use some sort of long needle-nose pliers to get the CF drive in there.

Or, maybe I should give up on the Point 1600 regardless of how cheap I got it and I should try doing this project with a newer (though not new) tablet? I've also got an NEC MobilePro that might work, but I haven't found a compatible power adapter for it, and an old Apple eMate but it would be REALLY slow and hard to work with.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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You can use a "component" called an extension board.
Example from eBay, quote...Fujitsu LifeBook S6100 Laptop IDE Extension Board $14.11,
no longer available from there, but try in a store selling used computers.
I owned one of those boards once, (gave it away), so they exist.
Keyword for google...laptop extension board.

Good luck !
Old 07-11-2008, 03:11 PM   #3
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I've found plenty of 44 pin IDE extension ribbon cables, but not a still extension "board". The ribbon cables don't solve my problem because I still can't get my dang fingers deep enough into the hard drive bay.

Any ideas where a stiff extension "board" could be procured?

I suppose I could try glueing a ribbon cable to a piece of stiff plastic. Hmm...


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