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    Instantaneous Bootup Solution

    Has anyone tried using the Gigabyte i-Ram? I'm still in the planning stages at the moment, but this looks tasty.

    For those who don't know, it's a PCI card that can take up to 4 gb of DDR ram, which is battery-backed with an onboard LiIon, and has a SATA connector on it. It shows up to the OS as a hard disk, (up to 4gb) but it has a constant, sustained transfer rate, both read and write, of ABOVE 130meg a seccond. Looks interesting

    I know this is a bit odd for my first post, will do more later. I'm installing a Dual PIII-800 system if i can power it well enough. It's the quickest spare board i have around the place. Going into a Mitsubishi Nimbus.

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    One problem I see is that the battery pack takes 6 hours to charge and then it only lasts 16 hours.

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    I believe that it holds it's charge if the (desktop) pc is plugged into the wall. Presumably it's trickle charged from the mobos standby voltage? I will pick one up and see when i get the chance.

    I would still use a hard disk for data, movies etc but for the OS i'd like one of these. i'd make a backup bootable ghost CD every now and then which could be booted off on the roadside to restore the iram.

    Anyway, i'll post results next year. Can't do car PC till then, have to get my radio controlled lawn mower finished before christmas. Not enough money in my piggy to do both yet.

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    This wouldn't give "instantaneous boot" though. Going through the BIOS boot is by far the longest part of my cold boot time. Other motherboards are probably faster.
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    Are you talking about hibernating to that drive? or Putting the system into standby using that card?


    Also, depending on the voltage of the li-ion battery you might be able to toss the oncard battery and use your vehicles battery.

    Or putting the whole OS onto that drive?
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    that drive doesn't help much

    at best it's 2x faster - and you still have CPU limitations to deal with

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    Quote Originally Posted by darwiniandude
    have to get my radio controlled lawn mower finished
    Anyone else picture "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" when he said this?

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    I really doubt booting with the iram is going to be faster than resuming from sleep. And since you have to be trickle-powering RAM either way, you might as well sleep - faster resume and save yourself $$.

    It's cool, but unless you need fresh boots, I don't really see any advantage.

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    Its boot up time regardless of hybernation or not it's gonna be substantially faster; the "only" limitation and its a big one, is that it needs to be constantly charged!
    Boot up time and application performance are substantially better.
    But if reliability is a factor for you, then this is too early for CarPC...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MobiTekLink
    But if reliability is a factor for you, then this is too early for CarPC...
    Actually I prefer when things don't work some or all of the time.

    It's more of a "surprise" then when it does!

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