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Wyse 9455XL: Hardware 


 


 

 



wyse WT9455XL

The WT9455XL is a 'fat' thin client! It is physically larger than most thin clients. Like some other early Wyse thin clients (eg Wyse WT941GXL) It is using a standard EPIA mini-itx motherboard. The case is large enough to fit a CDROM drive, hard drive and floppy drive. Mine came with a USB interfaced floppy drive and a Wireless PCI card fitted.

My 9455XL was manufactured in October 2004.

Specifications

The basic specs are:

Processor
   Type
   Speed
VIA C3 Samuel 2
550MHz
Memory
   Flash
   RAM
256MB
256MB (512MB max)
Video
   Chip
   Resolution
integrated Trident Blade 3D
1024 x 768 @ 32-bit colour
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
10/100
2 x USB1.1
1
1
2 (Kybd & Mouse)
Power
   Plug
   Off
   Idle
   Running
Coax 5.5mm/2.1mm
1W
8W
14W
Dimensions
H x W x D (mm)270 x 75 x 200 (foot pushed width to 103)

The embedded operating system is Windows XPe SP1.

CPU

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

vendor_id:CentaurHauls
cpu family:6
model:7
model name:VIA Samuel 2
stepping:3

Power Supply

The unit requires a 12V supply and uses a standard 5.5mm/2.1mm coaxial connector.

Expansion

inside Almost everything you need to know is in the motherboard manual.

Flash: The flash is a DOM plugged into the second of the two 40-pin IDE connectors.

RAM: The RAM is a conventional stick of 168-pin PC133 SDRAM plugged into one of the two DIMM sockets. According the manual each DIMM socket will take up to 512MB DIMMs giving a 1GB maximum (2x512MB).

PCI: There is a small riser board carrying a PCI socket so that a small expansion board can be added - such as another ethernet interface, wireless LAN card or USB2.0/USB3.0 interface card. Mine came with a riser fitted along with a Wireless card.

USB: Although there are symbols for two USB ports on the front panel there is nothing there other than a blanking plate. The connector for two additional two ports that's on the motherboard is used to interface to the floppy disc drive.

What with the PCI slot and the available internal space there is considerable scope to turn this into a useful appliance of some kind. The most obvious upgrade for those who want more power would be to replace the mini-ITX board with a more modern one.

Click on the photo for a closer look at the internal hardware.

 


Any comments? email me.    Last update April 2013