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    Post video RAM for Advantech PCM-5862

    I've got an advantech PCM-5862 SBC with a 400 mhz powerleap processor and 128 mb ram.

    I'd like to be able to play full screen video (avi or divx) in 640x480, but it is really choppy. I noticed that it only has 1mb video ram, with room for one more mb. So i put in a 2 mb pci card and that fixed the problem.

    However, I would like to be able to use the on-board video because there is a flat panel controller built in. Does anyone know of a source for extra video RAM? I've never even seen it marketed, but I'm sure it must be out there.

    just had another brainstorm - would it be possible to pop some vram out of an old PCI card and use it on this board?

    [ 09-07-2001: Message edited by: Meatballman ]

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    Woohoo! I got it.

    I pulled 1 meg of video RAM off an old Trident card I had laying around in my "box of toys" and put it in. It booted and now runs full-screen video at 640x480 smoothly!

    note: Also, for the others that own this, the video drivers from Advantech are slightly better than the stock ones in Windows 98.

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    congrats!
    I have an EM-586 that I haven't gotten around to getting hooked up that I hope I can hook an LCD up to without a controller...I guess you have to check the bios to see which ones it supports?
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    Nice work, glad nothing got stuffed up...

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    By the way, the people at Advantech, responded quickly with the following message:


    I spoke with Matt, one of our Application Engineers here, and he said that
    Part Number 14S6116200 should meet your needs. The unit cost is $5 each,
    and 2 of those should meet your 1 MB of video RAM requirement. Please let
    me know how you'd like to move forward with this. Thank you.
    Just in case anyone else is experiencing the same problems, you can get the stuff direct from Advantech.

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    Good tip, thanks. I actually looked through my box of old cards a few weeks ago but couldn't find one with the right VRAM that wasn't soldered on. Which processor did you say you were using? I'm using a K6-2-300 but I didn't think the 5862 would go higher than that.

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    I am using a Powerleap PL-K6-III/400 CPU upgrade. It works beautifully. Not sure about the performance difference between that and a K6-2/300. Only downside is that it is an inch or so taller than it would have been without the upgrade. At $99, It's a little pricey, but it comes with the CPU, so all you have to do is pop it in and go. It's a hell of a lot cheaper than a LCD controller, and the formfactor of the board is nice

    [ 09-13-2001: Message edited by: Meatballman ]

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    Rick McEwen: How did you get the K6-2 300 to run on a 5862? I also have this board, and I thought it only went up to K6 (not K6-2) or a P-233 MMX. I have a K6-2 400 which I would love to install on this board. I know that it wouldn't run at the 100Mhz FSB that the K6-2 400 is designed for, but could I clock it down to a K6-2 300?
    Meatballman: What exactly does the Powerleap upgrade do? I thought it jsut regulated the voltage. Are you running the bus at 100Mhz or at 66?
    I've got a P-200MMX in my 5862 right now, and the performance leaves something to be desired. On the plus side, I noticed that my SBC came with 2MB video RAM installed, so I got luck there.

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    Meatballman: What exactly does the Powerleap upgrade do? I thought it just regulated the voltage. Are you running the bus at 100Mhz or at 66?
    I'm running the bus speed at 66mhz. I just plugged it in, and booted to a very nice 400 mhz. I'm not sure what kind of magic and wizardry they put in those things, but it appears to work. I know it does more than adjust the voltage though. You can adjust the multiplier on the upgrade itself, so I know it controls all the multiplier settings.
    I think it's running at 66 mhz x 6. I believe you can crank the bus speed up even a little more and squeeze a few extra out of it, but I don't want to worry about the extra heat, etc..

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    I'm running a K6-2 350 on mine without a problem

    66 bus * 5.5 = 363Mhz (close enough)

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