You guys are shure getting worked up over this machine.
I got the 4794 from ProStar
and its almost the same machine. Its a good machine to be shure, but I'm not shure about some of the claims Go-l makes.
His has some add-on software for a ramdrive and some very cool stuff for the task bar and Explorer. Thats pretty good, but nothing earthshattering. MyIE is just as insecure as IE is tho. I like Opera
quite a bit if anyone is interested (also Mozilla and Firebird are good). Also, mine has a 3rd USB plug on the left side above the floppy drive and next to the PCMCIA slot. I am curious as to what is there on your machine.
I took the panels off the bottom one time when I was bored, too and I have a few observations:
1) The fan nearest to the serial number sticker (over the RAM) is covered for some reason on mine. Its there, just covered, but nothing has caught fire yet so im not worried.
2) The area under the PCMCIA slot that the (I assume) subwoofer occupies on the bottom would, on mine, be filled by the internals of the floppy drive I have yet to use. I am wondering what's there, and what the left side of the machine looks like, but I think they attached a card reader to the USB line and excluded the FD to make room for the sub. I could be wrong, but I wonder how mine would sound with a sub.
3) The hard drive is right under the Windows liscence sticker and the battery is right next to that. Open it up and there will be a blue pack of cells that looks like it belongs in a radio controlled car, but im shure it costs $100 for some reason.
4) There is a heat pipe sinking the processor to the big copper disapator. It works well and only gets really hot when you really flog the proc. Like with UltraFractal set to full detail (games dont even make it THAT hot). The keyboard gets pretty warm too BTW.
5) That slender little panel right under the Holywood label is (I think) where the Bluetooth adapter goes. There is a similar place for the 11B componet. Both have antenna wires run to them.
I dont know about Go-l and their extras, but the 4794 and 4774 are both standup machines as far as I can tell. I dont know if it matters where you get them from, but you could set yours up like his yourself (software wise). I dont know if the hardware was modified by Go-l, but I assume the most they did was tweak drivers and install a streamlined version of Windows. I dont know why the install turned out so big in this case. XP usually installs to ~ 1 GB, not 5+ (==>
Also, a couple tips to MEDDUDE:
The USB drivers are annoying because the chipset on these machines is just a bit too new. I had to get drivers from the ProStar site to get mine going at 2.0, but I also installed my own OS, so I dont know whats going on there. Your machine really should have had them out of the box.
Your TV tuner wont work untill you get USB 2 working because it connects via USB to your machine. You just dont see it hanging off. It does work well for being USB.
Side note: this is my first post and if I did something stupid, well, sorry...