No one uses the EPIA-TC1000 or TC600, why?
I am trying to sift through the pros and cons of the different form factors, options, expandablitiy, flexibility, power, heat issues of a specific motherboard/processor combination and I'm surprised to see the lack of interest in VIA's TC1000 or lower power/heat TC600. I understand that the integrated 12V DC input does require regulation to design/build/test or simply buy a 8V to say 15V DC regulator is quite simple and inexpensive. Despite my [in]ability to find the TC1000 board at US $190 and assuming around $20 in homebrew regulator parts or even a commecial solution it seems that this path far offsets the price of an Opus or other such DC ATX power supplies. Assuming robust design on the regulator automatic boot and shutdown along with "surviving" cranking [read: having the computer not reboot due to the power supplies' inability to supply sufficient voltage to the motherboard] this board I think really deserves more credit. It also seems like for the price/performance and lack of headaches about heat and power this board offers it seems it would still come out shining.
Basically I am interested in other people's thoughts on this. I have thought about using mini-ATX form factor custom built setups but using any kind of "modern" processor [read: Athalon XP or even higher speed Durons or moderate speed Pentium 4s or Celerons] introduces a good deal of cooling issues and power issues while using the mini-ITXs ease a lot of those concerns (along with still saving space, but you lose out as far as money but again after considering commerical or diy DC ATX power supplies the margins of saving are not that great assuming the use of all "modern" components]
So this is a pretty confusing post because it's just off the top of my head after many months of pondering... so basically I just want to hear people's thoughts on this or anything you think I'm missing. Because I am sure I am and appreciate any constructive input.
Also if anyone's trying to get an eGalax touchscreen to work with Debian [although many people here use Windows 2000 or XP] feel free to get in touch with me as well. Thanks everyone, I look forward to your comments.
I see one major drawback to this board though, the lack of a decent on-board audio controller, it being only 2 channel and the sentiment on these boards that the on-board audio is bad anyway. Just thought I'd mention my own omission.