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    Well, I'm probably going to need the PCI slot for USB ports. Apart from that it can go in the ruddy parallel port, long as it works

    Actually, is there some sort of PCI splitter maybe?
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    What mobo do you have Leo?

    There is aPCI splitter if your PCI slot allows for this, LinITX sell one. I would go with a Geforce 4MX PCI or summit for the resolution as people with these seem to get the resolution sorted with the Nvdia drivers alone.

    If you have an epia or summit with PCMCIA you can get a USB2 or Firewire or USB2&firewire PCMCIA card. USB2 is fone for external dvd but i would use firewire if you are gonna watch movies as it generally has a better sustained transfer rate. However there might not be much difference through a cardbus slot.

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    Via C3 Ezra, courtesy of Shuttle (which I'll probably end up ripping apart to make fitting it easier)

    Comes with four USB 2.0 and 1 FireWire port as standard

    Was probably going to use this DVD drive: http://www.dfwdepot.com/osc/product_...roducts_id=156 (using BlueTooth mouse/keyboard if I ever need them so loss of PS/2 port is no problem), and if movies work out to be a problem I was thinking about getting a PS2 converted to 12v so I could always use that with one of the AV-in's on the screen
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    Nobody like my Ezra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoTheHamster
    Nobody like my Ezra?
    No - Sounds slow!

    You need to check if you can split the PCI slot (did you look at the linITX splitters?)

    Why would you lose a PS2 port?

    You have plenty of USB and firewire ports for everthing you need!!!

    I would use the firewire for the device you most need a high constant data output from. Eg if you intend to watch a lot of movies from DVD then use the DVD on the firewire. If you intend to watch a lot of movies off the HDD then put the HDD on it. MP3s of a USB2 port will be fine. Just keep the HDD on its own USB2.

    Then plug the screen, wireless and BT into the remaining ports. You can always use a hub to split a port - it is USB2 afterall so put your BT and wireless on the same usig a powered hub (just provide it with a regulated 5V supply off you PSU or from a portable DVD player supply (look for about a 1A capable regulated supply - easy and cheap).

    I would not waste a good PCI slot on a usb2 card when you have 4 and a firewire already - thats madness.

    Then use your PCI for a graphics card if you need to replace the onboard.

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    i looked at the DVD you want and see why you want to use a PS2 port - thats fine but you can just as easy power if from your PSU 5V rail if you have one as this is where the PS" port will be getting its power from.

    LinITX and others sell those drives for about 50 and a drive converter to firewire or usb2 . You will have to take a similar approach with the HDD if the USB2 or firewire cannot provide enough power. Depends if you are using a 3.5" or 2.5" drive.

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    I'm assuming this is the LinITX splitter? http://linitx.com/product_info.php?products_id=568 Didn't know they existed, that makes things much easier

    As for using the DVD or HDD more, I'm not sure which way that would go at the moment, probably around 50/50 each way. The main reason for an external HDD was for ease of transfering files etc, but I'm thinking now would a wireless network be better and have a single internal HDD, leaving the FireWire free for the DVD. But then a network card would take up another PCI slot, so I'm back at square one Unless I can add another FW port to the 3.5/5.25 bays?

    As for HDD size, I've heard Barracuda HDD are one of the best ones to go for. As far as I'm aware they one come in the 3.5 standard size

    Power supply will be an Opus 150w, as from what I've read it's a fairly safe bet
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoTheHamster
    But then a network card would take up another PCI slot, so I'm back at square one Unless I can add another FW port to the 3.5/5.25 bays?
    What do you mean by adding a port to the 3.5/5.25 bays?????

    I can't believe you are fretting over adding a network card now - get a USB2 network card or summit! or go wireless with a USB2 wireless card. You have loads of USB2 ports - 4 is plenty and it is soooooo easy to add a USB2 hub powered off your opus.

    Does you mobo have a USB2 header on the the board? if it does you have the potential for even more ports using a simple face plate adapter.

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    Looking inside her now theres a big fat grey cable with a sticker saying something about USB, it branches off into half a dozen or so smaller cables, which go onto the board via a black socket, and then from the black socket the same red/white/brown/black/green cables come off the board and end in little tiny plug looking bits. I'm going to assume that thats the USB header bit you was on about

    I'm from the car audio side of things. I learned a long time ago that just because something should work, doesn't mean that it will work - hense all the "fretting"

    So, internal HDD, external firewire DVD, splitter for sound/gfx, USB wireless? Time to go shopping

    Cheers for the help mate
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