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Specifications

The basic specs for the Vx0L are:

Wyse V90L back panel

Processor
   Type
   Speed
VIA C7 Eden
800MHz
Memory
        Flash    RAM
V10L128MB256MB
V30L128MB128MB
V50L128MB256MB
V90L256MB256MB
Video
   Chip
   Max resolution
CN700?
32-bit color:  16-bit/64K colors:
up to 1280x1024@100H  up to 1280x1024@85Hz
up to 1600x1200@85Hz  up to 1600x1200@60Hz
up to 1920x1440@60Hz  up to 1920x1440@60Hz
24-bit/16.7M colors:  
up to 1280x1024@100Hz
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
10/100
3 x USB2.0
1
1
2
Power
   Supply
   Plug
   Off
   Running
12V ?A
Coax: 5.5mm/2.1mm
4W
14-18W
Dimensions
W x H x D4.6cm x 20.1cm x 18cm

NB: I haven't removed the heatsinks but, when running Tinycore Linux, an lspci identifies the graphics chip/driver as: CN700/PM4800 Pro/PM4800 CE/VN800 [S3 UniChrome Pro]

CPU

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

vendor_id:CentaurHauls
cpu family:6
model:13
model name:VIA Eden Processor 800MHz
stepping:0
flags:fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge cmov pat clflush acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 tm pni est tm2 xtpr rng rng_en ace ace_en ace2 ace2_en phe phe_en pmm pmm_en

PCI

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 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 8d)
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)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/P4M800 Pro/P4M800 CE/VN800 Graphics [S3 UniChrome Pro] (rev 01)

Power Supply

The unit uses a small external power unit rated at 12V @4A. The connector is the usual 5.5mm/2.1mm coax plug.

Expansion

inside Wyse V90L

Click on the photo for a larger version.

Flash: This is easily replaceable. The V90L has a DOM in a standard 44-pin IDE connector. This is a vertical DOM plugged into the socket in the top left of the photograph. (No DOM is fitted in the photograph and the socket is lurking in the shadows).

RAM: The RAM is provided by a standard 200-pin DDR2 SO-DIMM. The one fitted is labelled 512MB 2Rx16 PC2-5300S-555-12 made by Hynix. The part number is HYMP564S64CP6-Y5 AB-C. The product literature implies that it supports up to 1GB of RAM. I have successfully used a 1GB SODIMM but note that this must be a low density part. i.e. It should have eight chips per side, not four. In my experience the labels of such SODIMMs carry a 2Rx8 designation rather than 2Rx16. i.e They start 1GB 2Rx8 PC2-.... If you use 1GB high-density part it only appears as 512MB. (See here for an explanation). On power-up, if you've disabled the display of the Wyse banner in the BIOS, the BIOS does briefly display a DDR DIMM speed of 533MHz which indicates that my PC2-5300 part is actually running at PC2-4200 speeds. This matches the CN700 and CN800 specifications of supporting DDR2 533/400.

USB: In a similar way to the V90 the V90L has a spare header on the PCB - it's the yellow socket at the top middle in the photograph. When running Linux a lsusb -t shows that Linux has found five USB ports. Plugging a standard motherboard plug-to-two-usb-sockets connector in to the spare header gave me two additional working USB sockets! So you do have the possibility of fitting some internal USB devices (see the Neoware CA15 page). Alternatively, if your metal working is up to it, you could fit two more USB sockets to the backpanel.

VX90L Wireless mdodule Wireless: I have one example with the factory-fit Wireless option. This uses the VIA VNT6656G6A40 USB Module/Dongle wireless board which is mounted on a small metal bracket partially fixed to the main heatsink. The Wireless circuitry is interfaced via a VT6656 chip. This is connected to the internal USB socket mentioned above.

Mods

VX90L SATA provision

SATA: The circuit board design does include provision for two SATA sockets adjacent to the 44-pin IDE connector. I have heard of one individual who has successfully fitted sockets to his V90LE and has connected up a couple of SATA drives.

What with a large heatsink running down the middle, the power supply components (bottom right) and the expansion provision, (two 50-way DIL black plugs towards the top right of the photograph), it is not an easy matter to drop in an internal 2.5" drive. However I have fitted one V90L with a IDE-Compact Flash adaptor and run Linux (and Windows 98SE!) from a 4GB Hitachi microdrive.

 


Any comments? email me. Added May 2011    Last update February 2017