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Specifications

For the Neoware thin clients there is a handy document from HP which you can use to identify exactly what you have. I think the Capio must slightly predate this as the part number is not presented in the XX-XX-XX style format (but it is close). In my case I have a 620 and an 800. The circuit boards are identical, the difference being in the operating systems and supplied memory. The labels on the back of each read: Capio 620 CP4K-HD and Capio 800 CP4K-CB. These break down as:

CPProduct LineCapio
4Software(?) - Standard software
HPlatform(?) - actually CE.NET
CFlash CapacityC = 32Mb
BRAM CapacityB = 64Mb
 
CPProduct LineCapio
4Software(?) - actually 'standard'
KPlatform(?) - Actually XPE
HFlash CapacityH = 192Mb
DRAM CapacityD = 256Mb

The ones in my possession were manufactured in 2003.

The basic specs for the 620 are:

Processor
   Type
   Speed
GX1
300MHz
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
32MB
64MB (max 512MB)
Video
   Chip
   Max resolution
CS5530A
1600 x 1200 32-bit colour
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
10/100
2 x USB1.1
1
1
Kybd & mouse
Power
   Off
   Running
0 W
14-18W
Dimensions
H x W x D (mm)240 x 35 x 210 (Excluding Stand)

CPU

For those to whom it matters here is some detail from Linux's /proc/cpuinfo

vendor_id:CyrixInstead
cpu family:5
model:9
model name:Geode(TM) Integrated Processor by National Semi
stepping:2

Power Supply Neoware Capio Circuit Board

Unlike a lot of other thin clients the Neoware Capio has an internal power supply. The mains lead has a "clover leaf" style connector rather than the more usual kettle style. If your Capio came without a lead these are easy to source. The power supply is fanless.

Expansion

Both the Flash memory and the RAM in the Capio are easily replaceable.

Flash: The flash can either be a Disk-On-Chip (DOC) or a DiskOnModule (DOM). The latter interfaces via a 44-pin IDE connector. The 620 (pictured) is fitted with a 32Mb DOC. The 800 is fitted with a 192Mb DOM.

I have connected a CDROM drive to the IDE connector (using a 44-pin to 40-pin adaptor) and successfully booted both Tiny Core Linux and DSL. I've also run Tiny Core Linux 4.6.2 using a Compact Flash-to-IDE adaptor. Space is limited, but it should be possible to fit a Compact Flash to IDE adaptor under the metal cover close to the IDE connector. I don't know if it would be possible to shoe horn in a 2.5" disk drive.

RAM: As far as the RAM is concerned I haven't been able to locate an actual specification for what the Capio supports, but the 64MB module fitted is a 144-pin PC133 SODIMM (133MHz-CL3). I have successfully replaced this by various 128MB and 256MB SODIMMs. Also a 512MB SODIMM (Kingston KTM-TP133/512) worked well.

Capio memory jumpers The board has a couple of soldered links - JP1 and JP2 - associated with the memory. The nearby silk-screened table reads:

JP1JP2 
XX1.8V266MHz
OX2.0V300MHz
OO2.2V333MHz

I haven't tried anything here.

Capio CPU jumpers CPU: Adjacent to the CPU is a 6-pin header whose jumpers are used to set the CPU clock rate. The nearby silk-screened table reads:

1-23-45-6 
OXO333MHz
XOO300MHz
XXX266MHz

Once again I haven't tried anything here.

Click here for a larger picture of the Capio circuit board.

 


Any comments? email me.    Last update October 2012