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  • Motherboard Upgrade Recommendation

    OK, it's been a while since I've spent time researching hardware on this forum, and I'm hoping for an easy answer to my question.

    Here are my current specs:

    Opus case:

    Opus 120W DC-DC
    Via Epia MII12000
    512mb Ram
    80gb hd
    Slot load dvd
    Audigy2 ZS
    BU-353 GPS
    7" Lilliput
    USB PCI Hub

    I'm basically looking to upgrade my motherboard/processor for better video/dvd and flash performance.

    Any tips on whats going to be an easy swap while still giving me good performance?
    My Worklog
    2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
    C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

  • #2
    go with a pentinum M.


    Elite PMI8M w/Intel Pentium M 1.6G CPU (OEM)
    - Elite PMI8M Mini-ITX Motherboard
    - Pentium M1.6G OEM, 2M Cache


    Work great fast and have enough power for 279 at mini-box

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tn6478 View Post
      go with a pentinum M.


      Elite PMI8M w/Intel Pentium M 1.6G CPU (OEM)
      - Elite PMI8M Mini-ITX Motherboard
      - Pentium M1.6G OEM, 2M Cache


      Work great fast and have enough power for 279 at mini-box
      Thanks for the tip. So that should swap out fairly easily you think? Does that board come with a new backplate or will the outputs be kind of floating in the opening of the case?
      My Worklog
      2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
      C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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      • #4
        So I got the Elite, swapped out the Epia, and my monitor is getting no VGA signal right now. Not too happy.
        My Worklog
        2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
        C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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        • #5
          Actually I can hear the fan running but I don't think the board is posting cause I hear no beap. I'll have to double check my wiring.
          My Worklog
          2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
          C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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          • #6
            remove any add on cards and hard drives... does it post? if not reset your CMOS, and try again.
            Setup:
            Dynaudio 240GT
            PPI PC4100, PPI PC2350
            Zapco DSP6
            ADS DAC
            Testing new board (Albatron KI690-AM2)

            "I dont know if complaints were filed, or mistakes were made, but feelings were hurt." -Krystal Washington

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            • #7
              Still no dice.

              Could it be a memory issue? I'm using 512 mb PC3200 DDR from my old system. New board states 'Maximum DDR of up to 1GB DDR266'.

              Edit: but I thought memory was backwards compatible.
              My Worklog
              2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
              C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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              • #8
                Anybody have any other ideas? Should I send this motherboard back?
                My Worklog
                2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
                C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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                • #9
                  agree with tn6478, the board is quality built and having good performance ... i personally use it ....
                  Dell Desktop Computers

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lorrae View Post
                    agree with tn6478, the board is quality built and having good performance ... i personally use it ....
                    Well I still can't get it to post. I'm going to exchange it for another of the same. Meanwhile no audio in the car for another week while I wait.
                    My Worklog
                    2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
                    C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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                    • #11
                      What was the end of the story, did you run it?

                      Personally, I'm looking for a motherboard for Pentium-M (got one from my old laptop), considering this one, as they are still on sale, and searching the forum for any comments on it.
                      project progress:
                      Planning.......[--------X-] 90%
                      Parts............[-------X--] 80%
                      Fabrication....[------X---] 75%
                      Installation...[-------X--] 80%
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                      • #12
                        I was never able to get it to post. I'm still trying to decide on a new motherboard but haven't had a whole lot of time to do research.
                        My Worklog
                        2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
                        C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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                        • #13
                          Must be the memory you are using. I have had no problem with this board. Run Smooth

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                          • #14
                            I tried running the mother board stripped down, no memory, nothing connected but power and processor, and it still wouldn't post.
                            My Worklog
                            2006 Tungsten Grey GT | Dark Charcoal Leather | 18" Fanblades | Spoiler Delete
                            C&L Intake | Bullitt Mufflers | MGW Short-throw Shifter | MGW Interior Pieces

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                            • #15
                              think your PS doesnt have enough juice?

                              I have the opus 150 myself and Im nervous about upgrading, worried it may not be enough.
                              2011 Nissan Frontier SL
                              AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
                              OBDPROS USB | BU-303 GPS l LILLIPUT TS | Car2PC adapter | XM Direct | USB Dual band N with custom mag-mount antenna.

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