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    Whats the smallest computer form factor you can get? It has to be cheap as well. I can get a p166 chip for about $25, so I'd like to find the smallest motherboard and case to go with it. I don't need ANY slots.

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    Check out the Motherboard Homeworld at http://www.motherboards.org/formfactor.html for a good summary of form factors.

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    You can get them smaller than that. I'm running a mobo which is 8" x 5.75". My entire computer (including PSU) is just 12"x6"x2". And I know that the mobos come even smaller than that - like 3.5" drive size. What you need is an embedded motherboard. :-)

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    Not to promote business but what if I was able to get you an amd version book pc. You would then beable to use the 166 chip. I dont have any instock that I know of but I could check with my supplier. Can sale as a bare bone or with hd, ram, and maybe even an amd processor. LMK

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    mp3pc: How much for a barbones AMD version. also what type of power connector do they have AT/ATX?

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    I know you said cheap, but if size is the biggest concern you might wanna go with a mini-biscuit from advantech.com. they are the size of a 3.5" disk drive, but the cheap ones are just under $400, with a Cyrix 233 CPU included
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    Thumbs up

    they also have a TV out kit for that model. I am definately using one of these in my next project, it is well worth the price.

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    Actually I have ordered and tried out one of the Advantech boards w/ the TV out. Unfortunatly I have not been happy with the TV out quality. =(

    The thing that is causing problems is that the boards are so small and integrated that other components on the baord create electrical interferance with sound, and the TV out.

    Who knows... maybe you'll have more luck, but I got an external scan converter because I didn't like the little lines in the TV out.

    In addition, when the box boots, you have to run a small DOS program that changes the refesh rate of the screen to work w/ the NTSC output (TV Out). That means that you can't have the NTSC and VGA running at the same time. And I have yet to figure out how you would do this w/ Linux (I suppose you could figure it out, but I don't have the time / want).

    If I buy another Advantech board (which I hope to soon).. I'll get it w/o the TV out feature.

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    Can do a bare bone amd version for $210.00 including US shipping. With this you get 52x cdrom, sound, video with svideo, vga and rca connections, 10/100 nic, 56k modem, 2 usb ports 1 parallel port, 1 game port, it also comes with keyboard, mouse, and speakers. I can not remove any of the items listed this is a barebone the way I get them. This will work with amd and pentium chips. Cant get much smaller than this. 10.8"(L) x 11.6"(W) x 3.2" It has an ATX power supply. One cool feature that was just suggested on here is to put unit under seat and use mouse click to turn PC on this is supportted in the bios! Thanx for the tips : )


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    mp3pc,

    Will your bookpc support DVD playback?

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