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    Via Epia Ms

    Well I was about to make my purchase...but i saw a review for the EPIA MS board, to be available sometime in 2005, according to one site but I cant find it for sale anywhere. So far im thinking it is worth the wait to buy the VIA EPIA MS vs the M10000. I really like the 6 channel surround (yea im gonna put surround in my car!) and the onboard CF Slot. Plus by waiting it gives me more time to write my multimedia system.

    Has anybody heard anything about this board? Like whether it would be worth it or not or when it will be available (more specific than '05)

    Would be appreciated!

    Link to the board specs: http://www.viaembedded.com/product/e...herboardId=281

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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxguy
    Well I was about to make my purchase...but i saw a review for the EPIA MS board, to be available sometime in 2005, according to one site but I cant find it for sale anywhere. So far im thinking it is worth the wait to buy the VIA EPIA MS vs the M10000. I really like the 6 channel surround (yea im gonna put surround in my car!) and the onboard CF Slot. Plus by waiting it gives me more time to write my multimedia system.

    Has anybody heard anything about this board? Like whether it would be worth it or not or when it will be available (more specific than '05)

    Would be appreciated!

    Link to the board specs: http://www.viaembedded.com/product/e...herboardId=281
    As far as i know all VIA boards have 6 channel audio. There is a better board on its way:
    http://www.viaembedded.com/product/e...herboardId=261

    check this one out.
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    onboard sound sucks anyway
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    The MII boards also have CF and PCMCIA slots. It might be worth looking into them as well. I have a MII10k board in my carputer.

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    I currently run a MII12000 Board in my PC and am very pleased with the perfomance. I run XP Pro SP2, MS Office, Destinator3, Phonecontrol, MediaCar and Wireless Lan, Bluetooth. No problems with speed of apps opening, 6 channel audio and built in CF and PCMCIA.

    The only difference I can see from the specs is 3 onboard USB connectors on the board, I only have two and the internal Wireless adapter (Shuttle item) takes up one of them, and the MS only has CF not PCMCIA.

    Let me know if I have missed anything out but I would reiterate that using a 3.4ghz P4 at home and the MII in the car, I have not been disappointed with the Car PC's performance
    Lilliput 8" Touchscreen LCD
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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxguy
    Well I was about to make my purchase...but i saw a review for the EPIA MS board, to be available sometime in 2005, according to one site but I cant find it for sale anywhere. So far im thinking it is worth the wait to buy the VIA EPIA MS vs the M10000. I really like the 6 channel surround (yea im gonna put surround in my car!) and the onboard CF Slot. Plus by waiting it gives me more time to write my multimedia system.

    Has anybody heard anything about this board? Like whether it would be worth it or not or when it will be available (more specific than '05)

    Would be appreciated!

    Link to the board specs: http://www.viaembedded.com/product/e...herboardId=281
    well I dont post allot, but I found this site that sells tons of the Epia stuff including the one you specified (see middle of page)
    http://www.cappuccinopc.com/motherboards.asp

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    Alright, well i have purchased and recieved this board the EPAI MS 1200...I have some good news and some bad news...
    Lets start with the bad:
    1)The board comes with NOTHING more than a cdrom that means the 5.1 audio, usb, com ports it offers, you have to buy the connectors extra (for 150 less would have gotten all of that)
    2)It is almost impossible to find connectors for their JAUDIO hookup

    Now the good:
    1) After thinking about it, the USB and com ports are easy to come by and fairly cheap.
    2) I can use the JAUDIO Headers to go directly to RC outputs (3 of them) and from there go to a 4 channel amp....of course I would have to make my own, not to say i cant, i just shouldnt have to for 230 dollars...

    Just a warning for anybody looking at buying this board to plan to have to spend at least and extra 50 dollars for the USB, AUDIO, and COM ports. Plus it uses 200pin SODIMM DDR266 up to 1GB ( I wasnt thinking and I thought I had ram for the board...until it came)

    Regarding other issues.... I have no clue whether it can boot from the onboard CF slot or not, im waiting on the ram to test, I already have my linux image on a 128 meg card.
    I had a perfect quote to go here,
    but hell only knows what I did with it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic
    onboard sound sucks anyway
    I've actually found onboard sound to be fine in any board rolled out in the last 5 years or so. My onboard sound is great in my car. My home computer has 8 channel sound on board and it is great. I do have a Terratec DMX 6fire in my home computer too (since I do lots of recording).

    Anyways, the point is: don't be so quick to judge.

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    what speakers are you using?
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    In my home or car?

    at my house I have an Altec Lansing ACS54. I forget the exact models of the speakers in my car since I bought them 5 years ago. My fronts are 5.25" Kenwood components with 1" satellites on an active crossover. I have 6" Kenwood 3-ways in the back. I forget the exact wattage but I know each speaker is rated at least 100watts. All speakers are polypropalene and not paper (yuk). I have 2 Kenwood 75wattx2 to power my speakers and I have a 400watt 12" MTX Thunder sub in a custom enclosure powered by a 275watt MTX amplifier (bridged). I also have a 4 way crossover distributing the sound to all my components. I have 4 gauge power cabling running from my battery to the rear where it is split by a distributer block into 8 gauge lines for each component. All signal cables are Fosgate interconnects (not that the cable matter THAT much.)

    So, I don't think my system is lacking.

    EDIT: I forgot to answer the original question. I think the MS series looks awesome. However, if you aren't interested in the space saving from moving the IO plate to individual headers, then it is probably not worth it. They will probably be pretty expensive when they first come out (as all things are)

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