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    Quote Originally Posted by live4soccer7 View Post
    This is my first time using the mini itx systems, I just want to make sure this will be good for pretty much anything in regards to video, audio, gps, ecu diagnostics, etc....
    I haven't found anything the kino can't do. And as for smart, I didn't have to change a single configuration when loading StreetDeck (that is pretty good if you are familiar with streetdeck setups). The fact that everything is onboard, the added cost is reduced because you don't have to buy a video or sound card. To me, the Kino board is worth every penny.
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    would you recommend that over the gm965 by MSI? Thanks again for the help, really appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by live4soccer7 View Post
    This is my first time using the mini itx systems, I just want to make sure this will be good for pretty much anything in regards to video, audio, gps, ecu diagnostics, etc....
    I hate to say this as I don't know your financial ideas on this hobby, but don't skimp. I went through 3 separate motherboards to get to this one, and I wish I had just said to heck with it and went here first. You will not have to worry about upgrading for years, and you don't have to worry about adding other hardware. It will run everything you want it to run. I run Streetdeck and Roadrunner, and the roadrunner runs everything including temperature readouts on the home page. Heck, I have even ran this board at 200 degrees for hours and it didn't even burp. Get a good board/cpu and you won't be back here complaining about something not working.

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    I definitely will be getting a good board, I live where the summers are hot and the winters are cold so I need good stuff plus I don't want my setup to be slow. I am just torn on what to get. Will the gm965 do what your board is capable of as far as the onbaord video sound etc.... and be able to run all the goodies? I want to do it right the first time which is why I am asking. What do you think? What would be the best one to get disregarding price.

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    The boards I am aware of are:
    Jetway J7F2 (base model basically with 2ghz processor, C7, 64mb Video)
    Jetway J7F5 (Upgraded with 2gb Esther, C7, with 128mb video)
    Jetway J9F2 (Core Duo, but only 3 audio ports on the back. Line in, mic in, audio out)
    Kino 9452 R11

    None of the Jetways come close to comparing.

    Toaster has the fuzzy board you are looking at, so ask how he likes it. I wouldn't try anything but my Kino if that helps.
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    Well I think you have me sold on the Kino then... Next question if you don't mind helping. I am looking at a screen: Here is what I heard a lot about, the Lilliput EBY701. You heard any pros cons w this screen. I looked up the screen you put in yours, looks pretty nice. How is the glare, clarity, etc... on it? Also one more quick question out of curiousity, what is the boot time for a cold boot, not hibernation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by live4soccer7 View Post
    Well I think you have me sold on the Kino then... Next question if you don't mind helping. I am looking at a screen: Here is what I heard a lot about, the Lilliput EBY701. You heard any pros cons w this screen. I looked up the screen you put in yours, looks pretty nice. How is the glare, clarity, etc... on it? Also one more quick question out of curiousity, what is the boot time for a cold boot, not hibernation?
    What got me into this hobby was I got a great deal on a Xenarc 700TSV so I know nothing about any other touchscreens.

    Cold boot, maybe a minute to music on streetdeck. Hibernation, 25-30 seconds with 1gb or 2gb RAM (ran that test today). I run a full version of XP MCE 2005 with all standard services running.
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    Before I completely sell you on the Kino, keep in mind it runs a Socket M core duo (older) and the fuzzy I gave the link on is Socket P (newer). Might use processor price as a factor.
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    Well then wouldn't that be a better reason to get a kino? I mean is there really that big of a difference between the new procs and the old ones? Do you have any pics of you install, screen and stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by live4soccer7 View Post
    Well then wouldn't that be a better reason to get a kino? I mean is there really that big of a difference between the new procs and the old ones? Do you have any pics of you install, screen and stuff?
    The prices between the M and P are not that different. Just wanted you to be aware that the Kino is an older motherboard. But from my experience, older does NOT mean worse. I would put my computer against any. Heck, it benchmarks at 50% faster than my XPS M170 laptop gamer.

    That thread I sent is the latest install, here is install round 1....

    2004 350Z Enthusiast Install

    The screen is the same (except the touch overlay was replaced and looks much better).

    And here is the iMon being installed using the current Radio housing (also been upgraded a little)

    2004 350Z Enthusiast Install

    And a video of the controls. (prior to the fab work above)
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWUGKCkcehY[/media]

    I'm going to be working on the install "3" some more over the next few days, so will get some more pictures in that link I started with.
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