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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?
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    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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    Quote 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?
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    So I got the Elite, swapped out the Epia, and my monitor is getting no VGA signal right now. Not too happy.
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    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.
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    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)

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    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.
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    Anybody have any other ideas? Should I send this motherboard back?
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    agree with tn6478, the board is quality built and having good performance ... i personally use it ....

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    Quote 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.
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