Hacking Wyse 9150SE Thin Client

I have aquired an Wyse 9150SE Windows XPe (Embedded) Thin Client device, and we all know that XPe is poopy and disgusting. So we are going to try and put our own OS on this thing… Specs are as follows:

Wyse 9150SE

Processor: AMD Geode GX
Network: 10/100 TX Ethernet
Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM
Sound: Stereo 48 kHz
Video: 4MB to 16MB Shared, Adjustable through BIOS
USB: 4 USB 2.0 Ports
Ports: 1 Parallel & 1 Serial & 2 PS/2 Ports (Mouse/Keyboard)
Flash: 512MB Memory

I have opened this unit, and the flash is a special board (I need to post photos, maybe somebody can identify it for me, and provide a link to a [Connector -> IDE or Connector -> Compact Flash] etc.).

Pretty simple inside, and it has an external power adapter.

As stated, this unit comes with a pre-installed version of Windows XPe.

Currently I have gained access to the BIOS to change the boot order, and changed it to PXE, USB, IDE. So I can install an OS via PXE or USB Floppy/CD-ROM.

I have tried booting from a Toshiba USB CD-ROM drive, but the thin client does not reconize the drive. It will however reconize an USB Floppy drive, so I am that far at the moment. I am going to try and get a small Linux floppy with CD-ROM support and see about loading an Linux OS on this device. If that turns out negative, I will try my slimmed down version of Windows XP Pro that I also use on the carputer system.

I will continue to update this page as information comes to me.

Update: The flash memory is a 512MB storage device. I have been able to get to a point where I can install a modified version of Windows XP Professional that has been trimmed down. Same version that I use in the carputer setup. We will see where this takes us…