From October 2012 the description here came from Pascal in France who had a st5742. (t5740 with no flash and no operating system - see HP's naming system). He had found a relatively cheap st5742 from the US to replace his t5700 which was acting as a low power home server. You'll find a description of what he did under the mods tab.
Finally [Feb 2015] I've got my hands on a t5740, albeit with no flash memory, no bottom cover and with no stand but it was working and has enabled me to fill out this entry to match the others.
Intel Atom N280
2GB (max 8GB)
2048 x 1536 32-bit colour
1920 x 1200
8 x USB2.0
VGA & Display Port
Dimensions H x W x D (mm) 267 x 44 x 222 with Stand
The operating system is Windows 7.
From HP's datasheet:
Intel GL40 graphics with support for two high-resolution monitors up to 2048 x 1536, or up to 32 bit color depth. Output through VGA and DisplayPort connectors. Optional adapters available for DisplayPort to VGA or DVI-D connections.
The power supply is a laptop-style 19V one with a coax connector. The outer diameter of the plug is 4.8mm. I believe the inner diameter to be 1.7mm but it's not the easiest thing to measure the diameter of the recessed pin in the socket, it might be 1.4mm. When I searched on line for 't5740 PSU' I was surprised to find a number of offerings claiming to be replacements that were fitted with 5.5mm/2.5mm plugs. I can assure you anything with those dimensions does not fit my t5740!
The CPU is an Intel Atom N280 CPU, a single core 32-bit CPU but with Hyperthreading.
vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 28 model name : Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N280 @ 1.66GHz stepping : 2 flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm dtherm
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 09) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03) 00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03) 00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03) 00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03) 00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03) 00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03) 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03) 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03) 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03) 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03) 00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 03) 04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 01)
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Flash: As mine came without any flash fitted I'm not 100% certain what type of flash is included. The board offers two ways of adding the flash - a 44-pin IDE connector or a SATA socket. The SATA socket is one of the combined power and data sockets and is to the SATA II standard.
As with other HP boards of this vintage the board is tracked for a second SATA socket. The traces for this are between the IDE connector and the edge of the board. (See photo below). Various correspondents have successfully soldered in a second SATA connector to the board.
Note: I've had an email from Christian who tried to use a 3.5" SATA disk with the t5740 and found it wasn't recognised and actually didn't spin up.
...so I've checked the pins from the power connector with a multimeter and found out that there is no power provided on the three 12V pins - not on the Combo-Connector nor on the unequipped connector near the 44pin IDE connector. The 5V and 3.3V pins provide the correct power. It works with 2.5" HDDs because they usually don't use 12V, only 5V (some older ones also 3.3V).
RAM: The motherboard has two sockets for SODIMMs, one on the top of the board and one on the bottom. The one on the bottom is accessible by removing a small metal panel - you don't have to take the motherboard out of the enclosure. The datasheet mentions '1 or 2 GB DDR3/667MHz system memory'. In my model there was a single 1GB Hynix SODIMM fitted, PC3-10600S, part # HMT112S6TFR8C-H9. The datasheets put the maximum memory supported as 8GB, i.e. 2 x 4GB modules. I've successfully fitted a 4GB Elpida part (2Rx8 PC3-10600S).
I also found the following 2GB parts I had to hand worked:
I also had a 4GB 1Rx8 PC3L-12800S part from Nanya - (NT4GC64C88B1NS-DI) - that didn't work which made suspect that it didn't support 'PC3L' parts. However I had an email from Parker Reed who was happily using a 2GB 1Rx16 PC3L-12800S part from Samsung (M471B5674QH0-YK0).
NB:The N280 is a 32-bit processor and so can only directly address 4GB. It does support PAE and so one imagines it could physically use more memory if you're running with a PAE kernel. However, as I and various correspondents have discovered, with the t5740 you're basically stuck with the typical ~3GB maximum of a 32-bit CPU. For some unknown reason the 'PAE' doesn't work except with two(?) exceptions: Jordan in Indiana, USA who found Windows Server 2003 recognised and used the 6GB of RAM he had installed, and Victor in Miami who then tried out Windows Server 2008.
At the moment it looks like there is no benefit in fitting more than 3GB of RAM unless you are planning to use an early version of Windows Server. (Windows Server 2008 was the last 32-bit edition of Windows Server).
If you know better please email me using the link at the bottom of the page.
USB: Like a lot of the HP thin clients of this era the t5740 includes two 'secure' USB sockets within the housing. There are also two on the front panel and four sockets on the rear panel.
mPCIe: There is a mPCIe connector on the board adjacent to the SATA socket.
I had a Atheros AR5B91 wireless wifi card to hand and plugged that in. When powered up it duly appeared in the lspci listing.
..... 03:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01) 04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Limited NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 01)
PCI-e: The board carries what looks like a PCI or PCI-e slot. This is used with a riser card and expansion housing that doubles the width of the thin client. The expansion module provides a 4x PCIe socket along with a serial port and a parallel port. Obviously connections to the latter must pass over this interface. Unlike the t610 this socket is completely non standard and any attempt to try using anything other than the standard HP riser will end in disaster. (Thank you Dominik for checking this out).
Video: In June 2019 I heard from Wes who had had problems in trying to connect his t5740 to his Vizio TV using a standard Display Port to HDMI cable. He struggled with this for weeks believing it to be a configuration/software/driver issue and finally gave up. Then....
...on a whim, I tried out a little adapter along with a standard HDMI cable. Wow! The TV came on! Not only that, but after enabling SPDIF (in the BIOS if I remember correctly), I even have audio coming from the television speakers. Why does it not work with a dedicated Display Port to HDMI cable? I have NO idea... but the little adapter even allows Lakka (a Linux-based emulation OS) to use the HDMI picture and audio natively.
The adapter he bought from eBay (for less than $2) was listed as 'DP Display Port Male To HDMI Female Cable Converter Adapter For PC HP/DELL'
The traces on the circuit board for an additional SATA socket.
The Atheros AR5B91 Wireless card in place.
Any comments? email me. Added February 2015 Last update September 2019