Options for a Thin Client

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by Confused32, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. Confused32

    Confused32 MDL Novice

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    I was wondering if someone could advise me on what options I have in terms of OS for a HP Thin Client, its a HP T5730 as far as I am aware it has 512MB Ram and a 1GB Flash.

    Is it possible to add an OS via a USB Stick/External HDD (a standard edition of XP, a version of Linux maybe) and/or upgraded the embedded OS? I am also struggling to find the Embedded version of XP...

    I have no experience with the embedded versions of windows, so any info would be gratefully received
     
  2. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Expert

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  3. Galileo Figaro

    Galileo Figaro MDL Junior Member

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    I have something similar.
    I attached an internal HDD to it and installed an ordinary XP Home.
    You can also run Puppy Linux from a USB stick, or external CDROM.
    DSL (Damn Small Linux) works nicely too.

    If you have a USB floppy drive, you can boot stuff from floppy as well. For instance DOS.
     
  4. Confused32

    Confused32 MDL Novice

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    Did you leave the embede XP alone then and not try to remove or overwrite it?
     
  5. un user

    un user MDL Junior Member

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    #6 un user, Dec 1, 2014
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    You may build an wes2009 image 200mb-250mb with themes, audio, video and network support.
     
  6. Galileo Figaro

    Galileo Figaro MDL Junior Member

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    I got my thin client from someone who had "played" with it. There was no OS on it when I got it. But looking at the HP support site for it it seems one can reimage it with the original OS, which is very nice of them.

    I must confess I never liked this thin client idea. It looks great in theory, but put to practical use... Maybe in a public library for searching for books.
     
  7. XP G33k

    XP G33k MDL Novice

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    Flash drives are slow but that's not really a problem. You'll be able to run a stripped down version of standard XP in ramdisk mode on this kind of devices. I love ramdisks !