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    Constant Bitrate ose-ml320's Avatar
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    Who is NOT using an EPIA?

    Been lurking for a while so I know why most people, at least it seems like most people use EPIA MB's (power, heat, size, cost, etc.). Now that I have started to buy parts, I need to make a decision, but I'm still struggling with the mini-ITX vs other sizes debate, ie mini-FlexATX, and wanted to know what else are people using, and why (pros/cons) did you choose it over the popular epias?

    [ fingers crossed that this isn't flame bait ]
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    Quote Originally Posted by ose-ml320
    Been lurking for a while so I know why most people, at least it seems like most people use EPIA MB's (power, heat, size, cost, etc.). Now that I have started to buy parts, I need to make a decision, but I'm still struggling with the mini-ITX vs other sizes debate, ie mini-FlexATX, and wanted to know what else are people using, and why (pros/cons) did you choose it over the popular epias?

    [ fingers crossed that this isn't flame bait ]
    I am using a shuttle SN45G. Still somewhat small. I wanted to the have the AGP slot so I could also use the system for playing games. Well how often do I sit in my car and play games? Not very. So it really isn't worth it in the long run. So if I was to do it over again I would have gone with the EPIA. And thrown in a PS2 if I really felt like I had to play games.
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    I am using an EM586, it's kinda small too, my entire unit is about the size of a CD ROM drive.

    Not bad for a 4 year old motherboard.
    Old Systems retired due to new car
    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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    Original CarPuter was a laptop P133 32MB ram

    Next a BookPC, bit of a disaster.

    Next Shuttle PIII 866Mhz 512MB, works like a charm, additional Serial ports added.

    Next CarPuter will be based on a ChyangFun Cell box. Athlon XP2000, 512MB RAM.

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    I'm about ready to scrap my EPIA M9000 and get a microATX mb, probably an ASUS running a 2.0 GHz Celeron. The size is comparable and the power/heat shouldn't be too bad. The EPIA is just too unstable as far as the drivers and running CPU-intensive programs, and too sensitive about connecting many peripherals and most brands of RAM.

    With all my components (mostly USB) hooked up now, I've just started getting the dreaded IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD. There's no way to fix this except to remove the offending driver(s), and if I do that I won't be able to run my touchscreen, DLink radio, GPS, ATI remote, wireless LAN, etc. Most of the drivers for these are unsigned and not approved for WinXP.

    Also VIA has been very poor as far as support goes.

    Sorry for the rant. I'm frustrated with the EPIA. Its only advantage is its size and power, and it's starting to lose that.
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    Im using an embedded PC (SIngle Board Computer) for mine. 400mhz k62 with built in LCD and touchscreen controller 2x PCMCIA slots USB and TV tuner.

    Its going in my car next week, just doing some finishing touches on my interior.

    I have a source for these complete units uncluding a very nice 10.4" touchscreen for around $350 (1024x768 200 nits). Included 4gb hard drive too.

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    I am using espressoPC (www.saintsong.com.tw) and since it can take unregulated power from 9v to 15v, it's the perfect PC for me in my car.
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    Used to use an EPIA but now it's in a VCR shell in the family room.

    This is what I use now.
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    Still in the building process as far as OS. (DLing M$ Media Center as I type this.)

    Link has all the info...
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    I decided to go against an Epia and went with a micro atx board. I started taking measurements and once you add the pci riser card to the epia board it ends up being almost the same length as a micro atx board. Its just a couple inches thinner on the width. Now I have the power of a celeron chip with a low rise 3 slot pci card.
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    mATX MSI 845GEM w/ P4 2.4Ghz

    I wanted the extra pci/agp slots and a faster CPU.

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