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    Question Opinions on this SBC

    Hey people, i hate to post this with such little time remaining, but do you think this Advantech SBC would be worth it even though it does not have onboard audio? just put in a pci sound car. Let me know what ya think.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1320143310

    Tom

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    I have the PCM-5862, which is an earlier version of this (mine only has 10BT lan and won't accept K6-2, but otherwise the same). It is a decent board, but I am disappointed by the performance. The standard board only comes with 1MB of video RAM, which is upgradable to 2MB (still not much). The 5862 will not handle DVD playback due to lack of UDMA support in the SiS 5571 chipset. For some of the issues regarding this board and chipset, take a look at this thread.
    One other thing to note is that the auction you linked to is for the 5862-EL, which does not include onboard audio, so you will need to use the PCI or PC-104 slot to add audio (PC-104 sound cards are hard to find and tend to be expensive).
    Overall, if you're only going to listening to MP3s and you don't care about DVD/DivX or needing to use the PCI slot for a sound card, then this is a good, small and easy to power SBC for a good price. Personally, I've removed my 5862 from the car due to it's performance. It's now doing a great job as my Linux router, however! Best of luck, post back if you have more questions.

    Mike.

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    i was thinking of justs throwing in a sb 128 or somethin, i have a question though, these only need +5 and +12, right? Another one, how fast does yours POST?

    Thanks,
    Tom

    [ 01-15-2002: Message edited by: Tom ]

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    Actually, they only require +5V to operate. Not suer if you need the +12 for the PCI card or not, though. I haven't clocked the exact POST time of mine (and I don't want to reboot it to check since it's running my server), but I'd guess from the time I hit power to the time it starts loading the OS is about 5 secs.
    Are you planning to use the LCD interface? If yes, then this is a very good deal for you since controllers are expensive. If not then it's a decent board with decent performace that's easy to power in a car, but you's probably be better off with a FlexATX motherboard that is not much bigger or more expensive, but has better video and can use a more powerfull CPU and cheaper memory (have you priced SIMMS lately!?!)

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    the main thing concern i have is power. i am only gonna use it for mp3s with a character lcd. got any ideas for super7 small mobos with onboard vid and decent onboard sound? Thanks a lot.

    Tom

    i have a couple pentium procs and then a p2 and a cel 400 some simms and a couple dimms

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    If you're just going to use it for MP3s and you already have a socket 7 CPU, then buy this board. It is at a good price, it's small, and it's easy to power. Too bad it dosen't have the onboard sound though, as a PCI sound card will increase the size. You oculd always get a PCI riser which would keep the size down.

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    doc slots... nice mobo
    2001 PT Cruiser "BLK ICE"
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