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Neoware M100: Hardware 


 


 

 



Stock image mine

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). Subsequently I did buy a 'dead' M100 that let me assemble a fully working one from the combined bits.

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The M100 carries no manufacturing date. It's part number is DB-A3-KD-BK0.

Specifications

Processor
   Type
   Speed
VIA Eden
800 MHz
Chipset
 VN800
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
512MB
512MB (Max 1GB)
Video
   Screen15" XVGA 1024 x 768
   Chip
   Max resolution
integrated in CN800
up to 1600 x 1200 32-bit colour
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
10/100
5 x USB2.0
none
none
none
Power
   Battery8 cell Li-Ion(4800 mAh)
   Connector
   Charger
   Off
   Running
Coax 5.5mm/2.5mm
19V/3.42A
0W
~60W
Dimensions
H x W x D (mm)318 x 277 x 22~36.7

The operating system is Windows XPe.

Power Supply

Mine came without an external power supply/charger. The label on the bottom of the M100 reads "19V 3.42A". The connector is a conventional 5.5mm/2.5mm coax connector .

Getting Inside

It is straight forward to get inside the M100 if yours comes with all the bits fitted. Turn it round so you are looking at the back. If you look at the hinge covers you'll see a small slot at the bottom. Using a large flat-bladed screwdriver insert it into the slot and twist gently to overcome the resistance of a couple of clips. Next open the lid fully and you should be able to remove the hinge cover/strip above the keyboard. This lifts from the rear and once free you can lift it clear. After that the keyboard can be moved to reveal the metal shield and the screws necessary to remove that.

CPU

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

vendor_id:CentaurHauls
cpu family:6
model:10
model name:VIA Esther processor 800MHz
stepping:9
flags:fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge cmov pat clflush acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 tm nx pni est tm2 rng rng_en ace ace_en ace2 ace2_en phe phe_en pmm pmm_en

PCI

The output from the linux lspci command:

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. PT890 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge
00:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1510 PC card Cardbus Controller
00:0c.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT2561/RT61 rev B 802.11g
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.2 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.3 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
00:11.6 Communication controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 80)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 78)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc.
                                        CN700/P4M800 Pro/P4M800 CE/VN800 Graphics [S3 UniChrome Pro] (rev 01)

Expansion

Inside The photo on the right shows the area under the keyboard. Two things of note are the IDE DOM (bottom right) and the Wireless card (bottom middle).

Memory

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.

Drive Slot 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. RAM The RAM is located under a panel on the underneath of the laptop. There is space for two SODIMMS to give a maximum of 1GB of memory. However, in my working example, only a single SODIMM socket is soldered to the board. In the case of the 'dead' M100, both sockets were in place, so it looks like it may be pot luck as to how much RAM you can fit.

The RAM fitted is made by Apacer and marked 512MB SOD PC2-4300 CL4.

Wireless

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. (Shown to be a Ralink RT2561/RT61 in the lspci listing).

Free Space

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. Added August 2010    Last update May 2017