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    Are there any external graphics cards available which will work 100% with the Xenarc 800x480 resolution thing?
    Leo

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  • #2
    The Matrox Millenium works perfectly in Linux using the modeline given on the Xenarc site.
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    • #3
      Linux is scary
      Leo

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      • #4
        Chances are it'll work great in Windows too, you'll probably have to use whatever the custom resolution software in Windows is...
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        • #5
          Would that Powerstrip thing sort it all out?
          Leo

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          • #6
            The real problem when you start adding external things is power, since they are not internal, they do not use the PCI or Molex power available to other hardware. If you go with something external, you are going to have to use an inverter (DC -> AC -> DC Most likely as nearly all devices use DC) or make something that gives you the specific DC voltage and amperage that you need. I would think that USB/Firewire power would not be enough to power this device. But, if this is not a problem to you, then I would check with Hauppage. They make some good stuff.
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            • #7
              I have one PCI slot, but I was going to use that to add more USB2.0 slots, as with an external DVD and HD drives thats the current four taken up, then I need the screen, bluetooth etc

              Unless I can get USB ports that go in a 5.25" / 3.5" slot but not the PCI? I've seen one for 3.5", but that was PCI as well

              Edit: I believe a USB hub won't provide enough power, correct?
              Leo

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              • #8
                Yeah, that sound about right.
                The voltage on USB is pretty low as it is. If you are using a USB hub, it's like running a bunch of things in series (or parallel, I can never remember which is which). What I would reccommend is using a USB hub for whatever devices you need to be connected by USB, then just getting a short PCI video card. As long as the devices don't require a large amount of power, you should be fine. Otherwise, assuming you are not currently using all potential of your power supply, you can just give all the USB ports a little extra juice from that. I know there is a tutorial on thie forums somewhere that would show you how to do that.
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                • #9
                  Hmmm........ cheers for that

                  Is their any reason I couldn't just extend the cables on the internal DVD drive to relocate it? Freeing up those USB ports should be enough for the rest then
                  Leo

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                  • #10
                    Wait...by "external graphics card" do you mean a PCI card, or a USB video device? If the latter, I don't know that any exist...
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                    • #11
                      Well, I'm probably going to need the PCI slot for USB ports. Apart from that it can go in the ruddy parallel port, long as it works

                      Actually, is there some sort of PCI splitter maybe?
                      Leo

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                      • #12
                        What mobo do you have Leo?

                        There is aPCI splitter if your PCI slot allows for this, LinITX sell one. I would go with a Geforce 4MX PCI or summit for the resolution as people with these seem to get the resolution sorted with the Nvdia drivers alone.

                        If you have an epia or summit with PCMCIA you can get a USB2 or Firewire or USB2&firewire PCMCIA card. USB2 is fone for external dvd but i would use firewire if you are gonna watch movies as it generally has a better sustained transfer rate. However there might not be much difference through a cardbus slot.

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                        • #13
                          Via C3 Ezra, courtesy of Shuttle (which I'll probably end up ripping apart to make fitting it easier)

                          Comes with four USB 2.0 and 1 FireWire port as standard

                          Was probably going to use this DVD drive: http://www.dfwdepot.com/osc/product_...roducts_id=156 (using BlueTooth mouse/keyboard if I ever need them so loss of PS/2 port is no problem), and if movies work out to be a problem I was thinking about getting a PS2 converted to 12v so I could always use that with one of the AV-in's on the screen
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                          • #14
                            Nobody like my Ezra?
                            Leo

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LeoTheHamster
                              Nobody like my Ezra?
                              No - Sounds slow!

                              You need to check if you can split the PCI slot (did you look at the linITX splitters?)

                              Why would you lose a PS2 port?

                              You have plenty of USB and firewire ports for everthing you need!!!

                              I would use the firewire for the device you most need a high constant data output from. Eg if you intend to watch a lot of movies from DVD then use the DVD on the firewire. If you intend to watch a lot of movies off the HDD then put the HDD on it. MP3s of a USB2 port will be fine. Just keep the HDD on its own USB2.

                              Then plug the screen, wireless and BT into the remaining ports. You can always use a hub to split a port - it is USB2 afterall so put your BT and wireless on the same usig a powered hub (just provide it with a regulated 5V supply off you PSU or from a portable DVD player supply (look for about a 1A capable regulated supply - easy and cheap).

                              I would not waste a good PCI slot on a usb2 card when you have 4 and a firewire already - thats madness.

                              Then use your PCI for a graphics card if you need to replace the onboard.

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