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    i-Opener (more recent ver) input

    OK I did a search and a majority of the comments were on the earlier versions of the systems.

    I've seen these systems go for $30 (+SH) on eBay [http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2302355945]. So now I'm thinking that for the price, it's worth to experiment.

    I realize that i'll still need to drop another $70+ (?) on add-ons (notebook HD, new bios, cables, maybe CD) but is it still possible to hack these? I've read about the glued-on bios chips. Anything else I should know?

    My purpose is to make a carputer for my livingroom with remote control features (TV, stereo, maybe some x10).

    Thanks in advance everyone,
    -F
    No Carputer YET.
    A car I'm designing...

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    I actually just completed a project with one of these for the exact same reason. Mine is a v5 which means it has no epoxy on the bios but it needs a new bios chip completely (www.badflash.com sells them along with custom cables etc).

    I ended up externally mounting my hard drive because it was a bit too thick and I didn't want to get a new heatsink. Also, to allow the IDE connector to fit with the stock headsink, I had to dremel a chunk out of it.. so you may want to get a new heatsink if you want to mount everything inside.

    If you get any of the older ones with epoxy, I guess it IS possible to get it off.. it just takes a long time and you have to be very careful not to crack the socket. If you do, you will have to solder a new one on (yay, that sounds like fun ).

    I assume you have checked the message board at www.linux-hacker.net?
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    Callahan,

    Thanks for the info. Many of the links that I tried have expired. I found a good thread about version diffeences here (http://www.linux-hacker.net/cgi-bin/...97968928122985).

    Thanks again.
    No Carputer YET.
    A car I'm designing...

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