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VIA has some very nice embeddable Mini-ITX boards available which are supported for Windows & Linux. These boards (the base epia models) have LAN & Audio drivers for OS/2 as well, however the newer models do not include such support, I think as a community we should let VIA know there could be a need for such drivers, as these are the only mainstream small platform motherboards available, which could allow OS/2 users to create fanless systems or firewalls without performance loss. They have NDIS2 drivers for DOS for all models so it wouldn't even be more then a recompile for the lan drivers atleast... and maybe getting basic audio to work wouldn't be horrible, of course they could benefit alot from the knowledge gained from the SBlive drivers.
Date: 18 Feb, 2003 on 23:28
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What chip is used for the NIC? Got any direct url for more info of the board ?

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Date: 19 Feb, 2003 on 09:18
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http://www.viavpsd.com/index.jsp
http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_v_spec.jsp?motherboardId=141
http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_m_spec.jsp?motherboardId=81
http://www.viavpsd.com/product/epia_mini_itx_spec.jsp?motherboardId=21

http://www.viaarena.com/

http://www.viaarena.com/

Here are some links that might be of some help.


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Date: 19 Feb, 2003 on 15:57
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Nice board for a small shoebox server

The VIA EPIA-V Series Mini-ITX Mainboard is the newest member of the Mini-ITX family. The VIA-V Series continues to deliver the industries smallest, most highly integrated, and most flexible x86 platform to OEMs and System Integrators looking for cost effective solutions that offer the maximum set of features without sacrificing design flexibility. Offering the choice of a VIA Edenâ„¢ ESP processor core for fanless systems with power sensitive requirements, or a VIA C3â„¢ E-Series processor for more multimedia rich applications, the EPIA-V Mini-ITX mainboard also features embedded onboard graphics, audio and optional TV-Out support. The VIA EPIA V Series Mini-ITX mainboard is the ideal platform for an almost unlimited variety of Extreme Value PC, Information Appliance, Set Top Box, Personal Video Recorder, and Industrial PC designs.

Measuring just 170mm x 170mm, the VIA EPIA V Series Mini-ITX mainboard is 30% smaller than the smallest Flex-ATX platforms, while maintaining Micro ATX chassis compliancy. It also provides the smallest and coolest processing environment available, including an optional fanless configuration. The VIA Apollo PLE133 North Bridge features integrated graphics with 2D/3D acceleration and DVD Motion Compensation, accompanied by onboard SoundBlaster? and SoundBlaster? Pro compatible audio, delivering key multimedia capabilities. Onboard 10/100 LAN, floppy disk drive connector, optional TV-Out, an additional PCI slot, 2 USB ports, and a full set of I/O features provide ample connectivity and expansion options.

Date: 19 Feb, 2003 on 16:53
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Nice board for someone who has very little or a small amount of desk space to put the cpu box.
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Date: 20 Feb, 2003 on 15:54
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The only problem is the newest boards the Epia-M has no support for OS/2 for either the lan or the sound card.. which eliminates one of it's functuins which would be a lan attached media player (yes OS/2 isn't the best choice for it, but all my media player would be doing is MP3 which with my OS/2 network it would be the best choice.. Z +ir man
Date: 21 Feb, 2003 on 21:51
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Hi!

>The only problem is the newest boards the Epia-M has no support for
>OS/2 for either the lan or the sound card..

Wrong!
It's working here with an EPIA M9000 (933 MHz CPU).
The VIA NIC driver (see Chuck's NIC PAK) and the Sound driver from hobbes (http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/os2/system/drivers/sound/823xac97.zip) are working.
Video is unaccelerated, but if you use the latest SciTech SNAP BETA release (Feb 2003) you can get all video modes in VESA mode.
SciTech made some workarounds for the VESA bug currently present in the EPIA BIOS.

I'm also running Win XP on that machine, and it's not fast enough (it's a 933MHz VIA CPU) to decode DivX video (100% system load - so sound and video get out of sync).

But it's really fast enough to work with this little baby.

Regards,
Juergen Ulbts (Germany)

Date: 11 Mar, 2003 on 02:44
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Could you email any information you have on how you configured it, or versions of OS/2 - eCS used, i want to add a section for it to my site... email: sys3175@optonline.net, the site is http://newterra.cjb.net

It is really broken right now (since the real site is an .exe cgi and i can't get apache 2.0.44 to load my exe's right now). also wondering about the tv out, does it work even though scitech doesn't support the tv-out? (at hardware lvl), and how has anyone gone to the author of sdd or warpoverlay about getting support for the via chipsets?

Date: 12 Mar, 2003 on 02:44
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Sebadoh (Mar 12, 2003 03:44):
Could you email any information you have on how you configured it, or versions of OS/2 - eCS used, i want to add a section for it to my site...
...also wondering about the tv out, does it work even though scitech doesn't support the tv-out? (at hardware lvl), and how has anyone gone to the author of sdd or warpoverlay about getting support for the via chipsets?

Sorry, haven't checked TV-Out. My guess it's not working right now.
You can enable TV-Out in the BIOS, but I don't know if it's still working if OS/2 is up and running.

I've installed eCS 1.00 on the EPIA M9000 and updated to 1.03.
The rest has been posted above. Next week I've got to restart the machine (currently running as video server and P2P client), so I can look what NIC driver I used from the NICPak - but it was obviously the VIA driver.


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Juergen Ulbts (Germany)

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Date: 03 Apr, 2003 on 22:50
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