This blog post has specifications and photos for the HP Compaq T5520 thin client.
Please note: I believe this information is accurate, but please presume there could be errors and don’t hold me responsible for any costs or problems. Also I presume that manufacturers sometimes make changes to hardware. Also I don’t own a stand for the thin client!
I purchased the old T5520 2020! The 2006 thin client is old and low spec which means for some people it’s not worth using. However I’m currently having fun, seeing what I can do with the thin client and at the time of writing, I’m currently using FreeDOS on the device.
BIOS Password: If you can’t gain access to the T5520’s BIOS settings due to a password, I’ve written a blog post here about how to remove the password.
HP Compaq T5520 specifications
- Released 2006
- 800MHz 32-bit VIA Eden ESP 8000 processor
- 128MB RAM (not removable) – BIOS reports as 112MB
- 64MB Flash Memory (removable)
- Microsoft Windows CE 5
- 4xUSB ports
- 1xRJ45 Ethernet
- 2×3.5mm audio ports (1xinput 1xoutput)
- PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
- VGA,Parallel & Serial ports
Some Chip details
- VT1211 (I/O)
- VT1612A (AC’97 sound)
- Network interface VT30651
- Phoenix AwardBIOS
- Apacer 64MB 8c.49014.5200b
I thought it would be helpful to provide hardware, BIOS & Windows CE photos to help others.
My thoughts on using the T5520 without Windows CE
From my perspective, when replacing Windows CE the biggest problem with this thin client in 2020 is the 128MB of non-removable RAM. Also 64MB flash memory is an issue and rather than looking to see if I can replace the flash memory, I’m currently using a USB memory stick for additional storage.
There are better thin clients that you can do far more with. I’m not going to walk away from this device yet and at some stage I plan on publishing a blog post about using FreeDOS on the T5520.