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    Question integr. PlayNow! Bios

    I found out about this product on CARTFT.com :

    InDash CarPC (Din-Size CarPC, 256 MB Slim DDR RAM, 2.5" HDD 40 GB, Slot-In DVD Drive)

    -- Taking preorders ---
    -- Shipping on : Beginning/Mid of December --

    Completely assembled CarPC with these components :
    - 256 MB DDR RAM , 40 GB harddrive, Slot-In DVD drive !

    Optionally with pre-installed MS Windows and iCT : MS WinME + iCT Bundle

    Scope of delivery :
    - DIN-sized casing with integr. VIA Mainboard/CPU
    - integr. PlayNow! Bios
    - 2x20 lines LCD (+ Software f. Windows)
    - IR remote control (with Joystick-mouse-control)
    - IR Sensor
    - 12VDC power supply + filter and connection cables
    - installation brackets
    - 220V home power supply
    - Driver and manual CDs
    - 2x IDE cables f. HDD & CD/DVD
    - Slimline-to-IDE Adapter


    Now the thing what interests me the most is the - integr. PlayNow! Bios, my question is, can some thing like this can be accomplished with a M10000 ? The mainboard in the product is also a via mini ITX so is gues .....

    with the - integr. PlayNow! Bios they claim to be able to play a mp3 after for about 2 seconds of boot time . That would be gr8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid burn
    with the - integr. PlayNow! Bios they claim to be able to play a mp3 after for about 2 seconds of boot time . That would be gr8
    You'll be able to play the file off a CD. Its not like windows is gonna boot that fast, even on a 3.2ghz p4 with 2gigs of ram from hybernation. The POST takes atleast 2 seconds

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    thats only indash if you have a hummer or some other vehicle that has 10" length in the dash...my honda doesnt...i doubt many others do
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    I think ya guys don't understand me, this system can play mp3 files from the harddisk directly from the bios, of course a system can't boot in 2sec i know that.

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    What yunusyu said.
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    With a keyboard interface I'm sure. I'm VERY surprised someone hasn't written a front end for an EPIA that runs inplace of an OS (which I guess would make it an OS)
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    You missed a bit out of the description

    - PlayNow! Bios (DVD/MP3/SVCD Player available after 2 seconds boot time)
    - IR remote control for controlling PlayNow! AND computer !

    It has series of buttons on the front to control the playnow! functions that are available 2 seconds after the POST. I.e doesn't need an Operating system to have booted up to play DVD/MP3/SVCD's but will boot into an OS if you let it.

    I guess someone has finally got around to using the Hi-PC bios that VIA touted back in 2002 and got it packaged up for CarPC use.

    Big question then - which MB and what BIOS

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    Well found a link with loads more info and piccys

    http://www.autocan.com/english/product/product_1_1.php

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    @yunusyu and ppl thinking same thing.

    on the webpage Njay posted - is it jst me or is the carpc+headunit sticking out 1" on there main page...........?

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    damn. (bout 2/3rds way down)
    if i coulda downloaded th bios update for it - would have been sold.


    u knw how u flash a bios, can you do the reverse? I.e copy whats in the bios out?

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