Simone Bastianello
Linux on Compaq Evo T30
Why running linux on Compaq Evo T30?

Compaq Evo T30, as many other similar terminals, is designed to work without any mechanical moving part, like hard disks or fans, so it is suitable to be online 24/24 also for places like your bedroom, where you don't want any noise. Our goal is to use this terminal as a linux system serving a small home LAN.

Compaq Evo T30's hardware

Compaq Evo T30 has a 333MHz National Geode CPU, an onboard VGA, 4 USB ports, serial and parallel port, PS/2 ports for keyboard and mouse, a 10/100 NIC and a cardbus slot. You can upgarde RAM using SODIMM slot. There are two hardware versions: one with a NAND flash onboard and a 2Mbit BIOS, the other without onboard flash but with a 4Mbit BIOS. Both versions have a 44pin IDE connector, but only 4Mbit version is capable of booting from IDE. Anyway 2Mbit version can be easily upgraded to 4Mbit by simply replacing flash with a 4Mbit one.

Boot process (4Mbit BIOS)

When booting, BIOS will search for the first partition on IDE disk, with id 0x52. Here's you can find also VGA BIOS and a BootROM for netbooting. If T30 can't netboot then it will search for a bootable partition on the IDE disk and will load OS if present. To run linux you must keep the first partition from the flash disk, then create a new bootable partition where you can install the distro you like.