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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Congrats on getting your stuff in. Yea, 64bit would be nice to use, but right now 32 bit is compatible with everything. You need to do a work log with pictures!
    Indeed I interupted the Windows 7 64 install and went with 32. It took the good folks here to trigger an older memory that said I would have to seek out working 64 bit drivers and possibly some software and cross my fingers and hop on one foot.

    The install is noticeably snappier now. It's just the audio issue. I started this thread to deal with that. I am going to try the audio driver from Zotac's website. Who knows how old the driver is on the supplied CD. And there was more than one option on how to install that so maybe I picked an inferior option. I have no way to tell at the moment. But I have always had a line-in after hibernate issue with OM now on 3 different hardware platforms (the orignal Atom, my Acer dual-core laptop and now this Zotac board).

    I have faith it will get worked out.

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    Well, the 1/2 size mini PCIe WiFi card works, but the antenna setup is inferior. I do not get the range I did with my PCI low profile.

    I have to move my car up closer to the house to get a signal.

    I wonder if it needs the second antenna connection?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Well, the 1/2 size mini PCIe WiFi card works, but the antenna setup is inferior. I do not get the range I did with my PCI low profile.

    I have to move my car up closer to the house to get a signal.

    I wonder if it needs the second antenna connection?


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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Zotac'a Antennas are removable. You could always buy a better antenna, maybe even a roof mounted one.
    I had surprisingly good results with an antenna in the a-pillar. Stealth+functional...but YMMV

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    Sorry guys, sometimes I post/type too quick.

    I already use a seperate wifi antenna with 6 foot cable. It sits on the rear deck. The cable snakes down to the computer.

    This set up worked great. I actually never attached the included little rubber antenna. I just connected up my good antenna.

    I don't know how laptop wifi cards work with the two antenna connectors. Is one antenna connector sufficient? Is the little antenna wire from the card to the jack sufficient or maybe there is enough signal lost through that little wire?

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    Oh, another note:

    Another plus for me is that I now no longer get any pop sound between some tracks.

    I am begining to think that even though an Atom may have enough oomph to handle at least one zone, my previous board ( even being Intel ) was somewhat inferior quality.

    The bummer is that my new board + chip cost not much more than it cost me to take delivery of the original board.

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    i run dual antenna's-- my zotac board included a via-chipset based usb card--this was a basic thread i started on it..

    the +3db antenna's i use have really helped-- even from the get-go..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i run dual antenna's....the +3db antenna's i use have really helped-- even from the get-go..
    Thanks. I read your thread. My antenna is supposed to be 6db. I was mostly curious about the laptop mini PCIE card and it's extra antenna port. I was worried that the reason I wasn't getting signal like I was with the other setup was because the card would be better with something connected to the extra port. Like you was wondering if there is something better I can do.

    This evening, since I had luck reinstalling the audio driver, I did the same for the wifi. I got connected from the further spot in my driveway.

    While in a way I have been making progress. I feel like I'm becoming an idiot. Obviously I did something incorrectly during the original install.

    Alas, I suppose we all get those silly situations. But I still am cracking smiles with getting improvements.


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    such is life-- today i spent almost a hour troubleshooting a camera control issue that turned out to be a bad jumper cable that worked with video, but not control commands.. yesterday, i blew up around $1k of computer based video capture cards..(reversed polarity 12v into the audio input)


    i have learned to try to take something from any experience--even though i knew that 12v shouldn't be connected to a audio input, i have now tested, and verified that it is a horrible idea

    i have learned, and remembered more from things i have screwed up, and have had to fix then from anything anyone taught, or showed me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    such is life-- today i spent almost a hour troubleshooting a camera control issue that turned out to be a bad jumper cable that worked with video, but not control commands.
    Oh, been there did that. IDE cables, USB cables. Blaming the devices.

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    ...yesterday, i blew up around $1k of computer based video capture cards..(reversed polarity 12v into the audio input)
    Oh, I've let the smoke out of several things in my life.

    Now I've worked/repaired electronics for a decent chunk of my life. The price of experimenting, rushing and missing the obvious. Like me assuming that the drivers were installed correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i have learned to try to take something from any experience--even though i knew that 12v shouldn't be connected to a audio input, i have now tested, and verified that it is a horrible idea
    Ha ha ha. Let me guess, trying save on cabling? Ya, I don't know that audio can be superimposed on DC even with isolation / blocking filters. But analog is not my thing. Basic switching with transistors, digital, PIC microcontrollers. Used to make smart card interfaces for those hacking their satellite receivers, chips into Playstations (and let the smoke out of one of those too. No profit that day).

    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i have learned, and remembered more from things i have screwed up, and have had to fix then from anything anyone taught, or showed me..
    We are nothing if we don't learn from our experiences. Nothing bewilders me more than people that repeat the same process and complain they get the same results.

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