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  • VIA EPIA Mini ITX beeping problem

    I have the VIA EPIA motherboard and everytime it turns on it makes a REALLY loud beep through the analog line out. Does anyone know how to turn this off? Thanks.

    Tom
    1993 Probe GT
    Rio Car w/20gb

  • #2
    I don't have one of these boards yet, but likely what is happening is the sound that would normally be sent to the PC speaker during post time is sent to the audio out jack (since there is no on-board pc-speaker connection.

    About all you can do in this case, is have a delay built into the circuit that turns on the amplifier (assuming that you are using an amp).

    Darrick
    [email protected] 1997 Blazer Dashpc Style!
    VIA EPIA-M 9000 Hauppauge WinTv (FM tuner), 256 MB, 40 GB HD

    Running Linux: Slackware 10.0, xmms, mplayer and Roadmap gps

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    • #3
      Do you have a monitor connected up? I had fun with no monitor connected beeps. Also check the bios and see if there are any alarms which you can disable.
      And you say people actually pay money for M$ Windows?
      www.mp3mini.co.uk (Does what it says on the URL) www.openclassic.co.uk (The new car, with zero rust!) www.rob-web.co.uk (My other site)
      Total re-design underway: on the whole progress is very slow as the car is taking up too much time :)

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      • #4
        It's not the monitor

        I tried everything .. nothing can get rid of it! AAAHH!

        btw.. I live in Bergen County also..
        aka Kumaneko
        "Don't make me moderate your ***!"
        Maxima of Doom - project thread - photo gallery
        mp3car system is currently FUBAR and finances do not allow for a correction of that situation
        Real computer hackers use a rotary cutting tool on their motherboard.

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        • #5
          I emailed VIA. Hopefully they will respond with something useful. If this doesn't work I'm going to be forced into getting a separate pci sound card. It would be a shame because I really like the way it sounds. A bios update probably could fix the problem but there aren't any yet.

          You have a double din dash in that Maxima right? I'm so jealous. I have to hack the heck out of my Probe.

          Tom
          1993 Probe GT
          Rio Car w/20gb

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          • #6
            double din plus one

            http://www.maximaofdoom.com/aod/mod/photos.html <-- current progress. top din is the HU (which will be disappearing) middle is the casing for the flip-out TFT.. the bottom one is where my player will go once i get the casing made for it and the buttons and char lcds.

            Hopefully by the end of summer I should have the dash redone.. and possibly the gauge cluster. It will be totally different if i can pull it off

            Since you live close by you can come see what I've done if you like.
            aka Kumaneko
            "Don't make me moderate your ***!"
            Maxima of Doom - project thread - photo gallery
            mp3car system is currently FUBAR and finances do not allow for a correction of that situation
            Real computer hackers use a rotary cutting tool on their motherboard.

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            • #7
              I just emailed you. I really like your setup. I'm not sure if I'm going to have a fixed display or use a flip out one like you did. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm a little worried about it getting stolen but I guess I could secure it enough in the dash.
              1993 Probe GT
              Rio Car w/20gb

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              • #8
                I HAVE AN IDEA. This "might" workaround the beeping problem. Since most amps have a remote turn on lead wouldn't it be possible to hook that up to one of the serial pins (RTS to be exact). You can switch that on through software. It would be extremely easy to make a winamp plugin or a startup program. For people using hibernation the winamp plugin would be better because the startup process isn't always run.

                Would this work? How are all of you turning on your amps? Thanks.

                Tom
                1993 Probe GT
                Rio Car w/20gb

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                • #9
                  I am guessing that these VIA mobo's use the AC97 sound card chipset? I had the same problem with my older ASUS motherboard, sadly there is no solution - not even a BIOS upgrade....

                  my solution was to upgrade to a Vibra 128, a better card anyway. Delaying amp turnon would work too.... or look at Rob's thread about the COM port used to turn on a relay... that could then switch on the speaker output when your OS has booted up....

                  I dont know why they bothered with that PC speaker emulation, very anoying IMHO...
                  Project - GAME OVER :(

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                  • #10
                    I just finished the winamp plugin that makes the RTS pin high when Winamp starts up. When the user hibernates, the RTS pin goes low. When the user comes out of hibernation, the RTS pin goes high again. I'm going to try it out tomorrow to see if it works. I'll let you guys know.

                    In case you didn't know the RTS pin is pin 7 on the serial port.

                    Tom
                    1993 Probe GT
                    Rio Car w/20gb

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                    • #11
                      Well, the serial port's CTS pin does not turn on the amp. I don't know why, but it doesn't. What are you guys using to turn on the amps? Thanks.

                      Tom
                      1993 Probe GT
                      Rio Car w/20gb

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