>on qemu the image works perfectly
just double check the image is ok
>how do I manually attach it?
$ ./build/cbfstool build/coreboot.rom add -f /path/to/image.jpg -n bootsplash.jpg -t raw
$ ./build/cbfstool build/coreboot.rom print
change the path and names obviously
if that doesn't work go back and make sure all the relevent options are ticked (hi res bootsplash, show graphcal bootsplash etc.)
I also ran into an issue where .jpeg images would not display properly but .jpg images would work for some reason even tho the coreboot wiki says both are supported.
>Can I replace the 40gig PATA disk with a new one?
>If so, what are the best options in terms of performance?
personally i'd just put a samsung HM160HC and call it a day.
plenty of 7200 rpm pata drives as well
if you don't want spinning disks then a msata adaptor works as well although it'll probly cost a bit more
>Can I replace the 1.2gig DDR ram?
>If so, what are my best options?
2x1gb of PC2700 or PC3200 is max. just get the cheaper one.
if it's too hard to find 1gb sticks for a reasonable price then just settle for 2x512mb sticks
>Can I replace the screen (preferably easily)?
sure again although i woun't bother since good panels (flexview) for this gen are quite expensive and isn't worth putting on an R50e.
also since the R50e cane with xga you'd also have to find a cable to use sxga+ panels