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    so this is still the best board out there? nothing new has come out?

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    The Nvidia Ion boards are better if you want more graphical performance, but they cost twice as much...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500027

    Holy crap DX10 on a 170x170 board O_o

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    I have an ION board I use as a low power pc (main rig uses 350 watts idle) as well as to pick up and plug into my gf's HDTV, and it handles that task amazingly well.

    I have this Intel board in my car and I've had a few issues with the USB ports. I have running off the 4 back ports: Touch screen, GPS and my sound card.

    I try an use the fourth port for a hub but I get insufficient power warnings so I left this disconnected. Now I get the error even if I insert a USB stick into the 4th port, surely these 4 devices (- the hub). I took it a step further and disconnected everything except my USB stick, still the same error.

    i've installed the latest drivers from the intel site. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Multiple Video Output Inquiry

    Is anyone using this mobo to run a VGA Touchscreen and 2 composite video monitors simultaneously?

    I would like to be able to use it to run nav on VGA monitor and movies on RCA monitors. Any thoughts on this setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroceryGetterXL View Post
    Is anyone using this mobo to run a VGA Touchscreen and 2 composite video monitors simultaneously?

    I would like to be able to use it to run nav on VGA monitor and movies on RCA monitors. Any thoughts on this setup?
    Been discussed a number of times here, but no, the two monitor outputs will only show a cloned image. What shows on one is what shows on the other.

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    Couldn't I add a dual S-Video PCI card to the PCI slot available to accomplish this?

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    Read seninha's posts in this thread.

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    M2-ATX causing reboot at BIOS?

    Hi guys,

    Sorry if this was addressed, I tried skimming through the 37 pages and searching the thread but couldn't find this issue. I put the board in my car and hooked it up with the M2-ATX. It was running fine. I have the bios set to power on with power or whatever, so it was staying on all the time. Then it stopped doing that, although I got the green LED on the mobo. Then I realized, I never put the turn on lead from the m2-atx to the mobo power lead. So I did that. Now it wouldn't turn on right away.

    I just tried it again. When I give the M2-ATX power, it turns on the car pc, it gets to the bios screen and then shuts off. It will keep doing this in a loop.

    Any ideas?

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    PsyBlade, I use all the ports, but I use a powered USB Hub so that it isn't draining power off the board's USB interface. My hub is powered by a 5V line from my M4 atx.

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    More info on the S-Video / Composite video Little Falls 2 problem

    Hi all - 1st post.

    This is a great thread and is the most active and informative discussion on the Intel Little Falls 2 I've found. Great stuff.

    I'm writing up a project on the Little Falls 2 mobo to show anyone how to build their own TV set-top box. Like many I was attracted by the low price, included Atom processor and S-Video / Composite video output. Like many I was disappointed to read about the problems many people have been having with the video.

    I've got some experience with video and have some good news to share. It appears that RCA-style composite video is coming out of the S-Video connector, in full colour and in full composite video quality (see below).



    What I suspect is the issue for many people is...

    a) a PAL v NTSC issue; or

    b) not having the right S-Video / RCA adapter

    I don't yet know for certain about the PAL v NTSC aspect but unless this board is somehow auto-detecting which standard your TV uses - which I don't see how is possible, the board can only be outputting its video signal in one of those two formats. Normally this would be the prevailing format in the country where you are located. If people are buying this from online retailers overseas, then you might run into a problem.

    However. It's also possible (and I intend to confirm this soon) that the motherboard is only shipping with NTSC output which would cause problems for people outside the USA who don't have a multi-sync PAL/NTSC TV. If you try to watch an NTSC signal on a PAL TV, it's possible it would come out in Black and White.

    Since this is the same possible symptom as using the wrong adapter, it would be easy to confuse the two.

    What I can tell you is that I am reliably getting good quality RCA composite video out of the D945GCLF2 using a simple in-line S-Video to RCA adapter (photo below). I'm using a UK sourced motherboard on a UK sourced Philips Ambilight TV which has both NTSC and PAL capability. Later this week I will try the board on a known PAL only TV via the RCA connector to determine if the board is in fact outputting NTSC.



    Furthermore, running Ubuntu 9.04 I had no problem running two separate displays, one on the TV output and one on a VGA monitor. I was able to both 'mirror' display and 'extend desktop' display without difficulty. I had the TV output running at 832x624 and the monitor running at 1360x768 in 'extend desktop' mode. I tried other variations too. There was some sluggishness but it worked.

    While I was doing research I did come across this S-Video / Composite adapter which may be worth trying for some people. I've ordered one to find out if it's any good and will let people know via this board.

    Finally two other potentially interesting tidbits...

    The video encoder on the motherboard is a Chrontel CH7201A chip. There's a Chrontel technical note (PDF) explaining why some PAL multisync TV's may have flickering issues with this board. I've had this problem myself watching Flash video and while this may be a red-herring (other reasons may be at play) it's worth noting.

    The main Chrontel Technical Spec (PDF) talks about a video bypass mode which suggests that if you set your display resolution to 858x525 (NTSC mobo) or 864x625 (PAL mobo), the video information will pass through the Chrontel chip with only minor colour space processing and no scaling or scan conversion, leaving the original resolution intact. This should in theory give the best possible picture quality. I've not tried it myself (yet) as these are not default available resolutions in Ubuntu and I need to bone up a bit on the Ubuntu side of things.

    Cheers and I look forward to contributing more.

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