On the left is a stock photograph of a M100. On the right is the one I have. It is missing its keyboard, two hinge covers and the strip that goes above the keyboard carrying things like the on/off button. However, in compensation, it did only cost me 99p (plus £9 postage).
The M100 carries no manufacturing date. It's part number is DB-A3-KD-BK0.
Chipset VN800 Memory Flash
Video Screen 15" XVGA 1024 x 768 Chip
integrated in CN800
up to 1600 x 1200 32-bit colour
5 x USB2.0
Power Battery 8 cell Li-Ion(4800 mAh) Off
Dimensions H x W x D (mm) 318 x 277 x 22~36.7
The operating system is Windows XPe.
Mine came without an external power supply/charger. The label on the bottom of the M100 reads "19V 3.42A". The first supply I tried - from an Acer laptop - did not fit as the central pin on the M100's power socket was too large. I ended up powering it from a 'universal laptop power supply' that had a range of tips that could be fitted.
As the unit had no keyboard I used a standard PC keyboard connected to one of the USB ports. This worked perfectly.
Flash/Disk. The M100 has two IDE ports. The first is a 44-pin male IDE connector on the motherboard. (Normally, to gain access to it, you would have to remove the keyboard - I had no such problem!) The standard system firmware (Windows XP) is on a Disk-On-Module (DOM) connected to this. You can see this at the bottom right in the photograph.
The second IDE interface is a female 44-pin connector that sits at the back of a drive bay that is revealed if you use a screwdriver to remove a cover on the front of the base of the laptop. The bay is the right size for a 9.5mm thick 2.5" drive. I inserted an IBM Travelstar 4GB drive with Tinycore 3.0 installed on it. After a suitable adjustment to the list of boot devices in the BIOS this booted and ran.
Ram. The RAM is a single SODIMM located under a panel on the underneath of the laptop. The RAM fitted is made by Apacer and marked 512MB SOD PC2-4300 CL4.
Under the keyboard adjacent to the DOM is a mini-PCI socket for a standard wireless modem card. No card was fitted in my M100, but the leads to the aerials were there. I purchased a suitable wireless card from e-Bay for £1.70 and fitted it.
This is obviously a standard chassis that was designed to carry a CD/DVD drive. To the right of the main circuit board there is a large area of free space that this would have occupied. There is no provision for fitting such a drive and the only access to that space is from the top after the keyboard has been removed. As it is adjacent to the motherboard's IDE connector it would be somewhere to place an IDE-to-CF adaptor should you wish to provide flash storage that way.
Any comments? email me. Last update August 2010