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    Epia MII12000

    Ok, right now Im researching on motherboards and it seems everyone agrees that VIA EPIA boards are the way to go. So I went on www.mini-itx.com and started doing some research to find out the difference between all the boards. And I saw that the MII has a more powerful processor and a PC card slot and a Compact Flash slot. My question is what can go in these slots that would be useful in a carputer? I know that the CF slot cannot be booted from. Any help would be appreciated!
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    well you can use a pcmcia WiFi card, the thing is that reception will probably be craqppy and only good if you are in your garage

    you can also use a CF card GPS but then again reception might be bad. You can transfer your files from your digicam' CF to the computer, but then again, a USB 1.1 hub and the usb cable from the digicam will be plenty enough.

    That's why the more I read on the subject the more I think of getting an EPIA M10000

    Etienne

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    Yeah, WiFi wont help me too much b/c ill be living in a dorm with no parking really close by. And I dont even own any cameras, etc. that use CF. Both the M10000 and MII12000 have firewire right? Also is that extra power worth the cost difference?
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    Yes, the M10000 has IEE1394 and USB2 (FYI Firewire is a registered trademark of Apple Computers, Inc.)
    IMHO, I don't see as to where I would make use of the extra power and extra components on the 12000, I just opted for the 10000 and it should arrive tomorrow.
    CF reader and PCMCIA capabilities are all something I can add via USB or *->IDE converters at a later date if need be.

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    Would this MII12000 mobo take considerably more power from the PSU than the M10000 or MII10000? Will a built-in Morex 60W DC-DC coverter good enough for the MII12k (PCI slot not intended to be used)? I am thinking of hookin it up with a Carnetix power supply with shutdown controller.http://www.carnetix.com/CNXP1260.html

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    I just got my CNX-P1260 in the post today!
    I honestly can not answer your question with a straight answer and guarantee you that my answer is correct. But from all of my readings, your proposition of using the CNX and Morex PSU would be fine.
    Assuming that the 12000 does not draw much more than the 10000 you should have no problem running a slim DVD, slim HDD, LCD, and half a dozen USB devices using the Morex 60 and the CNX.
    !SOMEONE PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon
    I just got my CNX-P1260 in the post today!
    I honestly can not answer your question with a straight answer and guarantee you that my answer is correct. But from all of my readings, your proposition of using the CNX and Morex PSU would be fine.
    Assuming that the 12000 does not draw much more than the 10000 you should have no problem running a slim DVD, slim HDD, LCD, and half a dozen USB devices using the Morex 60 and the CNX.
    !SOMEONE PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG!
    Thanks for that brandon!

    One more question, do you think the CNX-P1260 works with a Morex 80W (12V) as some cases come with this instead of the 60W.

    I also notice there are some built-in DC-DC converters (especially in those higher rated Travla 13x cases) offering 90/120W but @19V. I understand thats the way so that they can squeeze out more power with around the same Ampere as they do it with laptops. But will Mikeh base his 120W version of his Carnetix on 12V or 19V?

    Umm.. I know shouldnt have ask too much questions

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    One more question, do you think the CNX-P1260 works with a Morex 80W (12V) as some cases come with this instead of the 60W.
    It will WORK with them, but you cannot exceed the 5Amp limit on the CNX-P1260. The unit will automatically shut down (gracefully) after 10 seconds of overcurrent.
    I also notice there are some built-in DC-DC converters (especially in those higher rated Travla 13x cases) offering 90/120W but @19V. I understand thats the way so that they can squeeze out more power with around the same Ampere as they do it with laptops. But will Mikeh base his 120W version of his Carnetix on 12V or 19V?
    Hmmm...I'll have to ponder that one. Sounds like a new product request
    MikeH

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