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    Quote Originally Posted by jotavalla View Post
    Thanks a lot! Tested as you said, and working!

    I did not realize that it's either S-Video or Composite, but not both at the same time. And the decision has to be taken before you boot Windows!

    It is unfortunate this is not mentioned in the documentation of the board by Intel. What a headache this issue has been for me!
    Again, THANKS A MILLION!!!
    Did ya'll discover something of any value? What is it?

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    Once every couple of weeks or so when my car pc boots up, I get a LOUD beeping form the speakers before windows starts, and with a black screen. It'll last for 30-60 seconds, or until I force a restart. When the PC does start up after that, Centrafuse acts like it is starting for the first time, and I have to go thru the start up settings, and library building stuff. After that, everything works fine for another couple of weeks. Any ideas?
    I can't even find anything to turn off the warning beeps in the BIOS, and I don't know what the warning is for, but IT'S LOUD!!!


    Ron

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    I have had no problems whatsoever with mine, but I'll admit that I drive a work truck most of the week, so my car likely gets less use than many.

    But as for the beeps: best guess- memory

    CPU is not likely, as it is built onto the board
    Video- could be, if you are using PCI, but again, the onboard is not likely to be acting up.
    If you have any PCI card installed, that could be loose.

    But with the components built onto the board, memory is the most likely point of failure.
    Run memtest to check it (pull the machine out and test, do it in the car or test in another computer.)

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    mine hasnt missed a beat, only issue i have is the damn cpu fan like everyone else.

    otherwise its good,

    and just checking that no one has managed to split the svideo output to be a 2nd screen rather than JUST a clone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    What the heck are you talking about? I thought we ARE talking about an atom board here? That's what this whole thread is all about...
    The Atom is low power, but the 945 chipset is not. That is why the processor is passively cooled and the 945 MCH has a fan on it. I was pointing out that there is no standalone graphics chip onboard (it is integrated into the 945 chipset) so just disabling onboard graphics will not make a huge difference as the rest of the chipset is still kicking out plenty of heat.

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    Hey guys, I just bought one of the dual-core boards (D945GCLF2) a couple days ago to use in my car computer, but unfortunately I'm having a few issues with it:

    I put Windows XP Professional SP3 on a Patriot 64GB SSD, and I have to say, that combo has been amazing so far.

    Here are the issues I've been having...I've read through a huge chunk of this thread and have tried many of the solutions, but none have worked so far.

    1) Onboard Audio doesn't seem to work:
    I've gotten the system to the point where I can see the audio icons in the system tray (both the Realtek one and the Windows one). Unfortunately I'm still not getting any sound, and the Realtek drivers do not show any speakers plugged in.

    Has anyone else had this problem? I've been reading that it's related to SP3, and I'm thinking that the only solution will be to reinstall with SP2 (I used an nLite windows install with SP3 rolled in, so I can't uninstall it through Add/Remove programs).

    2) I can't update my BIOS:
    Same issue as some of the other people....when attempting to use the windows BIOS update utility...after the computer reboots to flash the bios, I get a CMOS Checksum Error.

    Next I tried to boot into recovery mode (jumper removed), and flash off a USB memory stick, however as far as I can tell, the computer just keeps rebooting (roughly every 10 seconds or so, as the cdrom drive keeps spinning up like it does on boot).

    Finally I tried burning the ISO image to a CD, and booting off that (in normal mode again, jumper placed in its proper location), however it wasn't booting off the CD properly (Windows kept loading), so I unplugged the SSD and tried again....and I forget the exact error, but basically it said the CD is not bootable, and it couldn't find any system to load.

    Booting off the CD in recovery mode (jumper removed), seemed to have the same effect trying to boot with a USB device did. Basically the machine kept rebooting and didn't try to flash the BIOS or anything

    3) This is a really weird one, but the system won't boot if I unplug the IDE device:
    After installing Windows I didn't need the CDROM drive anymore, so I figured I'd shutdown and remove it. After removing it, I booted up the system again, and it just halted before loading window. On the completely black screen there were four gray boxes (like...single ASCII squares) in semi-random spots on the screen (same spots every time I tried to boot), and a curser blinking, although I forget exactly where the cursor was. After Reattaching the IDE CDROM drive, I booted the system again and everything worked fine.

    I figured I would try to upgrade the BIOS and see if this issue was resolved, but unfortunately as per (2), I couldn't flash the BIOS.



    So yeah....my thoughts are that I will have to RMA the board, or I'm doing something wrong when trying to flash the system. So far this forum seems to have accumulated the most knowledge about these systems, and luckily I've been lurking on this site for a while now learning things / copying ideas for when I build my own car computer.

    So yeah, have I missed anything? Did I do something wrong? Is my board shot and will I have to RMA it?

    Thanks for any help you guys can give, sorry for the long-winded post.

    --Kevin

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    I think you may be right and have a bad board.

    I do have one suggestion for you though, a way to absolutely test the board for proper function:

    Mepis Linux 8

    The board runs perfectly in Mepis 8 with no other drivers required, no service packs, etc.

    Mepis works as a LiveCD so there is no need to install it, either:
    download the .iso,burn to cd and reboot.
    Login as "demo" with "demo" as the password, and see if everything works.
    If it does NOT, you definitely have a bad board.

    I know little about Windows anymore, so that is all I can do to help.

    Good luck.

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    When I had the Checksum error while updating the BIOS in Windows, all I did was reset the BIOS to factory default settings first, then tried to flash again and it worked ok.

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    For me:
    1 - audio works just fine
    2 - also had problems with BIOS update. Managed to get it with the recovery mode but the latest bios didn't flash. I didn't reset it to defaults though - will give it a try
    3 - I didn't install / don't use any IDE devices. (installed XP from a usb cd-rom). No prob here. Maybe bios reset to defaults would help here too.
    --max

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackAura View Post
    Hey guys, I just bought one of the dual-core boards (D945GCLF2) a couple days ago to use in my car computer, but unfortunately I'm having a few issues with it:

    I put Windows XP Professional SP3 on a Patriot 64GB SSD, and I have to say, that combo has been amazing so far.

    Here are the issues I've been having...I've read through a huge chunk of this thread and have tried many of the solutions, but none have worked so far.

    1) Onboard Audio doesn't seem to work:
    I've gotten the system to the point where I can see the audio icons in the system tray (both the Realtek one and the Windows one). Unfortunately I'm still not getting any sound, and the Realtek drivers do not show any speakers plugged in.

    Has anyone else had this problem? I've been reading that it's related to SP3, and I'm thinking that the only solution will be to reinstall with SP2 (I used an nLite windows install with SP3 rolled in, so I can't uninstall it through Add/Remove programs).

    2) I can't update my BIOS:
    Same issue as some of the other people....when attempting to use the windows BIOS update utility...after the computer reboots to flash the bios, I get a CMOS Checksum Error.

    Next I tried to boot into recovery mode (jumper removed), and flash off a USB memory stick, however as far as I can tell, the computer just keeps rebooting (roughly every 10 seconds or so, as the cdrom drive keeps spinning up like it does on boot).

    Finally I tried burning the ISO image to a CD, and booting off that (in normal mode again, jumper placed in its proper location), however it wasn't booting off the CD properly (Windows kept loading), so I unplugged the SSD and tried again....and I forget the exact error, but basically it said the CD is not bootable, and it couldn't find any system to load.

    Booting off the CD in recovery mode (jumper removed), seemed to have the same effect trying to boot with a USB device did. Basically the machine kept rebooting and didn't try to flash the BIOS or anything

    3) This is a really weird one, but the system won't boot if I unplug the IDE device:
    After installing Windows I didn't need the CDROM drive anymore, so I figured I'd shutdown and remove it. After removing it, I booted up the system again, and it just halted before loading window. On the completely black screen there were four gray boxes (like...single ASCII squares) in semi-random spots on the screen (same spots every time I tried to boot), and a curser blinking, although I forget exactly where the cursor was. After Reattaching the IDE CDROM drive, I booted the system again and everything worked fine.

    I figured I would try to upgrade the BIOS and see if this issue was resolved, but unfortunately as per (2), I couldn't flash the BIOS.



    So yeah....my thoughts are that I will have to RMA the board, or I'm doing something wrong when trying to flash the system. So far this forum seems to have accumulated the most knowledge about these systems, and luckily I've been lurking on this site for a while now learning things / copying ideas for when I build my own car computer.

    So yeah, have I missed anything? Did I do something wrong? Is my board shot and will I have to RMA it?

    Thanks for any help you guys can give, sorry for the long-winded post.

    --Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackAura View Post
    Hey guys, I just bought one of the dual-core boards (D945GCLF2) a couple days ago to use in my car computer, but unfortunately I'm having a few issues with it:

    ...
    1) Audio works fine here with XP SP3 - with SP2 you need the KB888111 Hotfix (which is not needed for SP3!).

    2) Make sure your USB stick doesn't have the boot flag set - i.e. only put the *.BIO file on your stick.
    I had the same problem (as far as I can remember) and removing the flag helped in this case.

    3) Sorry, no idea. Maybe a master/slave jumper/cable issue?

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