So a few of you had asked for a detailed chipset list for the npower fusion java console. Sounded like fun, so here it is. Turns out to be a pretty interesting device. For the super impatient among you, 200mhz 8mb ram arm SoC, possible rockbox target. Read on for photos and follow along instructions.
- Using your thumbnail or a flat screwdriver, pry up the front face. This is what holds the dpad and the 3 buttons in, so don’t let them fall under the couch when you pop this sucker off. Trust me, you don’t want to go under there.
- Using a small phillips screwdriver, remove the 4 face screws from the front corners of the device.
- Using a small flathead scredriver, insert it into the 4 slots on the outer edge of the device, this will allow you to pop open the rear plate and expose the motherboard
- Now that the mb is exposed we immediately see 2 chips, the hynix kor 713a firmware (apparently common in ipod clones) and Telechip tcc8200 200mhz arm SoC (very interesting), as well as 3 chips covered in spacer tape. This leads me to believe we may be able to get the rockbox distribution flashed on this…. The rockbox wiki has a page on this chipset which appears to have graphics acceleration of some sort? You can see the page here.
- Removing the first spacer tape reveals a K4M56323 8mb sdram chip. So the device has 8mb sdram in 4 banks of 2mb, with 2mb being allocated to the test java program. Here’s a page with a pdf of the datasheet.
- The center spacer tapes are covering 1.8v caps, so leave them on there
- The spacer tape next to the hynix chip is covering some unsoldered leads, maybe worth getting a multimeter on there later?
- At this point, we’ve seen all there is to see on the rear face of the MB, time to flip it over. Using a small screwdriver remove the 4 small screws on the mb
- And there’s the LCD. Looks like it’s on there pretty good, not worth taking off. So that’s that! Interesting stuff all around.