Kiosk Computer Setup

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Hive13 Project
Kiosk Project
Status: Active
Start Date: 6/01/2009


Kris donated an old computer Kiosk machine that has a touch screen in it. The CPU fan has been replaced and currently we are looking into how to configure the OS.


  • 128 MB of RAM (probably PC100)
  • 266.608 Mhz CPU
  • 6.5 GB Hard drive
  • MicroTouch touchscreen

People involved with this project

Goal of the Project

The goal of this project is to restore the machine to fully operational condition and install it in the space. I want to create a custom front end UI for it as well that makes it really easy to do space related activities such as:

  • Create a end terminal for accessing the internet from the space.
  • Tie into the Vending machine so that people could buy an item offline, then trigger its delivery in the vending machine.
  • Have access to the space inventory website (When it gets set up)
  • Have an easy list of the groups members and contact information.
  • Augmented Reality gimmick w/ cards, shirts, and anything else with the markings on them. We'll need a mediocre webcam too. We'll be using FLARToolKit and flash to get the job done.

What needs to be done

  • Decide on an OS to install on the machine, then install it.
    • We are working with 128 MB of RAM (unknown type, only 1 slot)
    • Debian reports a 266.608 Mhz AMD CPU
    • 6.5 GB hard drive
  • TouchScreen is a MicroTouch, we need drivers for whatever OS we decide on.

What has been done

  • CPU fan replaced
  • Screen has been cleaned

Currently on the ToDo List

  • I bought a 40 mm x 40 mm x 10 mm fan as an alternative to the hole saw with the larger fan. I need to figure out how to mount it on the heat sink.
  • The screen needs to be cleaned really bad.
  • I need to determine how to plug the bare fan leads into the socket for the fan on the board since the plug seems to be missing.


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Work Log

This is a living log of work that has been completed on the machine.

July 31, 2009 - Bought a hole saw

Because I like purchasing new toys, I bought a 1-5/8 inch hole saw at Home Depot. This should be the right size to cut an air vent over where the CPU fan is going to be.

The hole saw requires a mandrill bit for it to work, I believe I have the correct sized one at my house, but will need to double check to be sure.

I still need to find some kind of material to put over the hole after it is cut, I am thinking that maybe some screen window material will work. Which then leads to the question of how am I going to secure the screen window material material to the inside of the case door?

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August 1, 2009 - A new fan


I stopped at Radio Shack today to pick up a composite L/R audio to headphone jack adapter for the space when I noticed they had a 40x40x10 mm fan for $6, I figure that it will probably be a lot easier to use the thinner fan in the case rather than using the thicker fan that would require us to cut through the outer part of the case.

In the picture for this entry, if you open the full size view you can see the socket that the CPU fan plug is supposed to go into. We need to find something that will fit into that socket.

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PlayerTwo dropped off the plug for the CPU fan, however it is missing one of the metal pins on the inside. It has been decided that we wil just solder the case fan lead to the CPU fan leads, and then plug it into the CPU fan socket.

November 5, 2009 - Fan installed

<flickr>4079232482|m|thumb|right</flickr> I had no homework last night so I stopped down at the hive and decided to work on the Kiosk machine. Soldered the two leads for the case and CPU fan together and plugged them into the CPU fan socket. In one of the fan boxes I found some screws to hold the CPU fan onto the heatsink, they are just long enough.

I hooked it up to power and did a quick boot test and received a "CMOS Checksum failed, loading defaults.... Press F1 to continue or DEL to enter BIOS" however I had no keyboard hooked up at that time so I powered it down again. After poking around the hive a bit I managed to finally find a working PS/2 keyboard (sorry Hodapp, had to hijack one from your cluster project). After hooking it up I went into the bios and poked around a bit, nothing super interesting in there.

I rebooted again and Windows 98 started with something called "CityLink" installed. I think there is a script set up that reboots the machine if it detects that some program fails to start, so I disabled the startup scripts I could find. I then tried to connect to the internet, but when I went into the device manager I was told there was an IRQ conflict. I went through the IRQ wizard and rebooted. After restarting the graphics drivers were no longer working, but the network card was now functioning.

At this point I kinda gave up on messing with the Win. 98 install. I did some quick googling and found a site where someone had been working on creating a Linux MicroTouch driver, then I started looking for a replacement OS.