CIDCO MAILSTATION 100 (STILL WORKING ON IT, but it doesn't look promising at the moment!)
Ok, I must admit it. Since I saw this little thing out in the
stores, I was tempted to buy one and see if I could use it without
the obnoxious subscription to its original provider.
When I found one unit on sale for less than 30$, I just had to buy it.
After turning it on and going into the setup menu, everything looked promising since it looks like all the nice settings I would like to change are just there... grayed out, but there.
So, it should only be a matter of getting into the program and changing those little codes, right.
Well, next thing, I opened it up and looked inside.
|Here is the back of the main board. Not much to mess with on this side|
|There are two programmable chips on the Mailstation. One is right below here here and it is marked 29f080|
Here's the other flash memory chip. Actually, it is off the board!
It is a 29f040 that is very hard to solder on anything that would make it possible to program it.
I instinctually took the smallest chip off the board, knowing it would be some time before I could read it and possibly modify it.
At the moment I'm still at this stage. I need to try to mount the chip on some adapter to stick it into my Eprom Programmer. I will be working on it, and I"ll keep you posted.