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    minimal motherboard

    This seems to be the place to ask about small motherboards so see what you can do with this one. I'm looking for an absolute minimal motherboard. all it has to have is 1 pci slot, usb and video. does such a thing exist? if not, what is the absolute smallest board out there with those requirements?

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    the via eden/epia board is only 17cmx17cm (17cm~6.7in) USB, serial, audio, video, tv, ps2 and tv outs...

    if you want somehting smaller than that you are going to have to go for one of those wafer boards i think which costs around $300

    There is a link in one of these threads about a matchbox sized pc that is being used as a webserver
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    I was going to make it into a linux wireless accesspoint.

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    Look for a Flex ATX board, that is the smallest you can get and still be standard. I picked up an Intel, socket 370, one PCI, 4 USB for $40

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    Originally posted by eugenen
    Look for a Flex ATX board, that is the smallest you can get and still be standard. I picked up an Intel, socket 370, one PCI, 4 USB for $40
    Where'd you get that? New?

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    It was new in the box, I think intel may have discontinued it as its not listed under current products so that was probabally a closeout price. I went to pricewatch and started looking for flexatx then strated looking at maunfacturers sites. This board was perfect for a carputer because of low current draw. It still has the full three year warranty from Intel.

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    do you absolutely have to have a PCI slot? What kind of processing power do you need?

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    sweet buy

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    Theres nothing like the flex atx thats for AT is there? I already have an arise AT PSU so I wanted something that could fit it, but still small and integrated like the shuttle.

    also, they don't have flex-sized boards that just us a 12V input, Right? I guess the voltage varies to much even if it was to exist

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    The standard for AT size MB did not specify a size. I have seen some really small ones but since there was no standard to go by if you make your system around a small AT board and want to replace/upgrade it later you may not be able to find one the right size. If your AT PS will sink enough current just add a 3.3V regualtor and add a 5vsb and relay for the power on section to make it atx. The flex atx boards all follow the ATX electrical spec with 12v, 5v, 3.3v, -12v, -5v, and 5vsb. If you get a low poer board you can probabally get away with modifying your at supply to make it work.

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