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niz23

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This MB as a very low power MD
« on: January 13, 2008, 04:38:47 pm »
Hi.

Found this Intel/SiS based mini-itx motherboard, D201GLY.
See, http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/sc.8/category.100/.f

According to this benchmark it seem to perform pretty well, even in multimedia applications at a very low power consumption (around 20W without a HD), It´s performance is a lot better than Via based platforms and it´s price is very low, at less than $70 including a celeron CPU. For mor information about performance see this, http://www.imedialinux.com/intel-d201gly-power-consumption-and-performance.html

Since I do not have a motherboard with sis integrated graphics I cannot verify how well this chipset will perform as a LMCE MD.
Anyone tried running an MD with sis graphics?
Since this graphics chip display media in an overlay window it should in theory allow us to run at least UI2 without alpha blending.

I believe (if this chipset perforam well enough) we can build a fanless MD for less than $250 including enclosure, soundcard, picoPSU, AC-adapter.

For more information about the SiS driver look at the link below,
http://www.winischhofer.eu/linuxsispart1.shtml

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 06:26:59 pm »
The drive looks to have not been updated for a long time. And its doesn't seem to support transparency. its worth a try but only if the hardware is in hand. Intel has low power solutions that work on the G965 chipsets and those are becoming more Linux friendly and available in the mini itx form factor.

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008, 06:43:01 pm »
1audio,

The drive looks to have not been updated for a long time. And its doesn't seem to support transparency. its worth a try but only if the hardware is in hand. Intel has low power solutions that work on the G965 chipsets and those are becoming more Linux friendly and available in the mini itx form factor.

I know.
Look at www.mini-itx.com there are plenty of mini-itg based MBs. You probaly know already.
The main reason look at the one I proposed is it´s price.

Do you know if the latest Intel graphic drivers support UI2 with alpha blending?
A card with intel chipset probably also have integrated 5.1 sound too, which is a benfit if it work ok.
Maybe this one, http://www.mini-box.com/Elite-PMI8M-w-Pentium-M-1-6G?sc=8&category=100
It have 6 channel audio, gbit lan etc.
Unfortunately it cost 4 times the card I mentioned.

Do you know of any other Intel based card that is cheap but support UI2 with alpha blending?

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008, 08:02:36 pm »
none of the latest intel chips do.... the work with keithp and the X drivers is ongoing.

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008, 08:21:47 pm »
*hmm*

nobody reads the forums...

This has been stated, over...and over...and over again.....and debated endlessly.....

Fiire licensed drivers for the Unichrome Pro II video chip used in their Fiire stations from VIA. These drivers are only available to systems integrators under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). You can not get these drivers...there is no publically available source code...and VIA builds it for specific kernels....

please people..... USE THE SEARCH FEATURE ON THE FORUMS!

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2008, 09:08:33 pm »
No, you don't get it.

those of us who spend innumerable hours on this forum...have answered this question, over and over....because people refuse to research and look it up. It's insanely frustrating.

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2008, 09:13:52 pm »
No, you don't get it.

those of us who spend innumerable hours on this forum...have answered this question, over and over....because people refuse to research and look it up. It's insanely frustrating.

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Agreed Thom ;-)
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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 05:36:28 pm »
No, you don't get it.

those of us who spend innumerable hours on this forum...have answered this question, over and over....because people refuse to research and look it up. It's insanely frustrating.

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Agreed Thom ;-)

And those of us, if you're like me, spending time updating the wiki and otherwise documenting these issues, find such lazy questions a little annoying. But it's obnoxious insistence on laziness that's actually insulting. And people reading these forums probably find those lazy questions and insulting retorts clog up the useful info (I know I once did).

Basic netiquette is required, especially from people who want stuff (whether software or answers) for free.

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008, 11:39:53 pm »
Well I for one have done a bunch of digging through the forums and the Wiki and think you are all doing a great job.

Most of us don't like reading documentation (let alone writing it) we just want to rip open the package and start playing (By the way the one step install DVD is great!). Open source projects are like getting toys with "Batteries not included", "Some assembly required" oh and "Some missing parts" with no direct dial support hotline. It's hard to start playing with the toy until you read all the instructions but everyone wants to ;)

Keep up the good work ;D

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Re: This MB as a very low power MD
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2008, 02:16:03 am »
I've been looking on the D201GLY and will probably pick one up soon. I'm just looking for a really small chassi with space for either a half size pci(low profile) or a pci raiser card.
I'm guessing the SiS won't work and a pci gefore 6200 isn't that expensive.