For the Neoware thin clients there is a handy document from HP which you can use to identify exactly what you have. In my case the label on the back of the unit reads CA5 with a part number of BE-03-HD. This breaks down as:
BE Product Line G150 (The circuit board inside the box) 0 Software Standard software 3 Platform 3 = Windows XPe H Flash Capacity H = 192Mb D RAM Capacity D = 256Mb
Apparently Capio One is the Bcom number, the marketing number being CA5.
The basic specs are:
192MB (max 192MB)
256Mb (max 256Mb)
1600 x 1200 32-bit colour
2 x USB1.1
Kybd & mouse
Most of the CA5s I've seen on offer have been WinCE units (eg BE-A1-BA). The thing that motivated me to buy this one was the -HD and the price (99p).
The exact video specifications depend on the installed operating system and the amount of memory available. The full list of possibilities would appear to be:
Mode Frequency Color Depth 640 x 480 60, 75, 85 or 100MHz 8-, 16-, or 32-bit 800 x 600 60, 75, 85 or 100MHz 8-, 16-, or 32-bit 1024 x 768 60, 75, 85 or 100MHz 8-, 16-, or 32-bit 1280 x 1024 60, 75 or 85MHz 8-, 16-, or 32-bit 1600 x 1200 60, 75 or 85MHz 8-, 16-, or 32-bit 2048 x 1536 60, 75 or 85MHz 8- or 16-bit
Unlike a lot of other thin clients the Neoware CA5 has an internal power supply. The mains lead has a "clover leaf" style connector rather than the more usual kettle style. If your CA5 came without a lead these are easy to source.
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There is an oddity here. DSL reports the 'model name' as 09/00 whilst Tiny Core 3.0 (and Tiny Core 10.1) reports it as 05/00.
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 550 Host (rev 01) 00:00.1 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 IDE Controller (rev d0) 00:01.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS85C503/5513 (LPC Bridge) 00:01.2 USB controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 07) 00:01.4 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS7019 Audio Accelerator 00:02.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge) 00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (rev 10) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 550 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter
Both the Flash memory and the RAM in the CA5 are easily replaceable. (Click on the photo for a larger version).
Flash: The flash is a "DiskOnModule" that interfaces via a 44-pin IDE connector. The system has booted quite happily from a Compact Flash card and a 2.5" drive connected in place of the DOM.
RAM: The RAM is a 144-pin PC100 or PC133 SODIMM. The one fitted here has marked on the label 256MB SO-DIMM-133MHZ-CL3. The part number is 144SD256M366.MV.Y120.
In my December 2019 revisit to fill in the PCI data I discovered that the CA5 I picked up to use turned out to have 24MB of RAM soldered to the motherboard in the area under the SO-DIMM socket. This is shown in the photo (right). I added a 256MB SO-DIMM in order to be able to run Tiny Core Linux.
Under the DSL Linux tab you'll find a description of how I added a 2.5" disk drive to the CA5.
Any comments? email me. Added July 2010 Last update December 2019