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    There are some figures of its power consumption here.
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums...ic.php?t=50122

    I use a D945GCLF2 as a file server, and I tried running a virtual machine (XP) on it through VMWare. But no, its too slow to be of any use. Looking at their website, BackTrack however seems very light, so may be it will be okay.

    2GB will make hibernation very slow by the way. Just something to think about.

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    mine takes about 30secs to boot from hibernation with 2gb.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys. I think I'm gonna go with this board. If it isn't what I need I can always upgrade later. This is my first time building a PC so I'd rather go with something that has been used and has support on forums like this, cause I'll inevitably screw something up

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    Great board - but not if you want a voompc-2!

    No kidding - Boot from hibernation is almost instantaneous, I dont even see the 'resuming' screen....

    Hibernating itself does take a good 20 secs though.

    Im so happy with the resume from Hibernation in fact, that im thinking of doing the rename of the hiberfile.sys to hiberfile.hor -> hibernate once read many - and then setting the m2 to full power down all the time.

    Funnily enough - after testing and installing and blah blah, my Voom2 arroived this afternoon.. and i tell you what - terrible combo!

    The ATX power plug on the board is DIRECTLY where the SATA /IDE / Power cables sit for the HDD and the CD/DVD drive.

    If i actually WANTED an internal optical drive with my current setup - i wuold not be able to make it all work.

    I ended up screwing a few small 'rubber feet' that i had lying around into the HDD, and trimming to make a tight fit against the bracket, and using the screws str8 into the HDD in the front only - this angles the SATA plugs up and towards the back, and therefore allows the cables to clear the ATX cable.

    With the m2 - you will also find that the sysfan cable is too short, the ATX cable harness is 10X too long, and the NB fan is smack bang in the middle of everything, making cabling an artform that you're more than likely going to spend hours on!

    hope its all worth it.. argh! my old via 1000 would have gone in much, much, much much much easier!

    5 beers and half a pack of winfields later - its all done - extended the fan harness, made the little rubber feet thing work to hold the drive securely, and it runs a treat. To be honest, i dont think i even need both the Voom2 fans.. the Left one (opposite the ATX plug) should be plenty...

    So guys, the voom2 is an excellent case, well designed, well built, comes with all the little screws that are a pain in the a$$ to find (such as slim cd rom screws), but bugger me if i ever build a system in a voom2 with a d945!

    Still not in the car yet but will let you all know how the sound goes - im running 2X alpine v12 4ch (bridged front and rear) and a JL mono with 12W0's.

    my only concern at the moment is the pre-out signal level - my JVC deck had 5V pre-outs - which the alpines are designed for - im seriously worried about what to expect once the intel box is in.. fingers crossed!

    George

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    George

    Please tell me your BIOS version?
    Reason for asking this,is that ,other like you, am not very happy with returning from hibernation.

    My system takes at least 49 seconds before I can see Centrafuse on my screen.
    Intel logo appears 22 seconds after powersupply (M2-ATX) gives a signal to mainboard to start up.
    I suspect that this board does not handle well when you use a PCI card.(i use a ATI 7000 for my headrestscreens)
    Gods right foot!!

    Renault Grand Espace 3.5 V6

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    Hey George, for what it's worth, I'll be custom fabbing my own case. I'm like altimat when it comes to fabrication. I fab everything, even stuff that probably shouldn't be fabbed like picture frames and stuff lol :P

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    Resuming from hibernate on this motherboard takes about 8 seconds after BIOS POST. I only installed 512MB RAM to keep the hibernate file small. Love using hibernation.

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    Seninha,

    Will do, no problem.

    Its a september 2008 board.. and i havnt touched it yet.

    Intel screen comes up about 1 second after power on, dissapears about anoth er second later, and there is what appears to be a countdown of random numbers (maybe hex) in the bottom right before windows starts booting.. Thats from a cold start.

    From hibernation, i dont really get to see anything.. by the time the screen becomes visible and bright enough (about 2-3 seconds), windows is back where it left off and my centrafuse screen fades in as the LCD gets brighter.

    I will check out the BIOS version for you when i get back home as im currently on holidays on a friends laptop!

    May be worth noting - not sure about whether this is normal or not - but i cant seem to change the boot order in the BIOS - The option is there but im not actually able to change the order of anything! Installing windows meant turning CD ROM boot on, doing the first half of install, then turning off and letting HDD boot complete setup.

    When your windows install is complete, go into BIOS and turn off all boot options (removable media, USB, CD ROM) etc - this may help out your slow intel screen issues.

    Also, check your power management settings arent on something weird (I havnt touched mine but should check), and defrag your HDD. I know for a fact that after getting everything together, installing codec pack after codec pack until i was happy with everything, removing junk, installing and trying out different frontends and then removing.. This all frags up your HDD, which may be a significant factor with loading the 2GB hiberfile.sys in your case.

    Ill keep ya posted on the BIOS ver.

    George

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    PistonDoctor

    Same here! I was a spray painter for almost a decade when i was younger.. love fab work and finishing things smick. My problem is the fact I dont have a creative bone in my body.. ill be damned if i can even think of how I want something to look before i make it!

    Would like to see pics of your custom case when done.. nothing beats the satisfaction of building something yourself the way YOU want it... oh and plus the fact that a voom2 and m2 in australia is at least $330 au.... was kinda pi$$ed when the board didnt fit!

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    VYSS03 - Are you really saying you can resume from hibernation almost instantly. Everyone else who has this board says it takes around 20 seconds, do you mean it will resume from sleep almost instantly?

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