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1. The VIA EPIA-V Series Mini-ITX motherboard
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Are there any interest of trying to get proper support for VIA NICs and as well the rest of the chipset used on the mini-itx boards such as EPIA-V from VIA? It would be really great if one could set up OS2 servers on this kind of system, here is some few lines from VIA's home page:

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 SoundBlasterâ„¢ and SoundBlasterâ„¢ 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: 28 Jul, 2004 on 23:16 Attachment: epia_v_h2.jpg
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Yes - excellent idea. I can then have a neat quiet PC to run the house & Internet connection and junk Windoze.
Date: 29 Jul, 2004 on 09:16
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Some of the mini-itx sites have a section of 'case mods' (where they use unusuall 'non standard pc box' type cases to house the mini-itx (ie; a toy aircraft carrier, a humidor, etc). It would be nice to do something like that but with OS/2 or eCS running as the os.

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Date: 29 Jul, 2004 on 16:17
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Rodders (29 Jul, 2004 09:16):
Yes - excellent idea. I can then have a neat quiet PC to run the house & Internet connection and junk Windoze.

Exactly the same idea I have the most noisy thing on this system would be the harddrive; depending on what case one uses. There are mini-itx cases as well with either internal or external power supply.

Date: 29 Jul, 2004 on 21:31
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most of the devices on this board are already supported by OS/2
Date: 29 Jul, 2004 on 22:10
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http://www.mini-itx.com/projects.asp
mini-itx project cases that are really unsuall.

http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/windowsxpbox/
I have an OS/2 Warp ver 3 box that it would be neat to do this with but running OS/2 Warp ver 3/4 or eCS instead of Win.

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Date: 30 Jul, 2004 on 14:52
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Sebadoh (29 Jul, 2004 22:10):
most of the devices on this board are already supported by OS/2

So there are full support for the NIC (got url)?! Anything else I wouldn't care for, ie sound support, etc. The IDE works so no problem there, and the gfx I can live with low resolution since I would set up this kind of system as server.

Date: 30 Jul, 2004 on 23:31
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BigWarpGuy (29 Jul, 2004 16:17):
Some of the mini-itx sites have a section of 'case mods' (where they use unusuall 'non standard pc box' type cases to house the mini-itx (ie; a toy aircraft carrier, a humidor, etc). It would be nice to do something like that but with OS/2 or eCS running as the os.

There is actually also a Nano-ITX from VIA as well, measures 120 x 120 mm and costs around the the double of what the mini-itx board mentioned in the first post.

Date: 30 Jul, 2004 on 23:44
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There is actually also a Nano-ITX from VIA as well, measures 120 x 120 mm and costs around the the double of what the mini-itx board mentioned in the first post.
I can imagine the unique 'cases' that could be used with it (running OS/2
or eCS?).

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Date: 31 Jul, 2004 on 01:46
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BigWarpGuy (31 Jul, 2004 01:46):
I can imagine the unique 'cases' that could be used with it (running OS/2
or eCS?).

Well, installing OS2 should work out; main issue is if the integrated VIA network card works - if not useless. But, if that works, I would be happy. Since if running this as server I wouldn't need any kind of high res or audio. Also I can't really find anything regarding the VIA GPU used, so doubt that there is any kind of graphic drivers for OS2.

But, proper LAN support I would buy a card and set up a mini server. Well, might do that anyway, just need to set it up with another OS, such as linux or something.

Date: 02 Aug, 2004 on 11:01
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Kim (02 Aug, 2004 11:01):
Well, installing OS2 should work out; main issue is if the integrated VIA network card works - if not useless. But, if that works, I would be happy.

LAN and Sound works!
I've got an VIA EPIA M9000 (933MHz version - not sold any more), but it's the CLE266 Chipset. The same components are used on the M10000 boards (1GHz CPU).
Graphic workes in VESA mode, since ~2 years ago. SciTech build a little workaround for the buggy VESA BIOS, that VIA/S3 created.
TV-OUT also works.

UPDATE:
Sound driver: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-search?key=823x
NIC driver: I used one of the VIA-Rhine driver from the VIA.ZIP package from Chuck McKinnis
http://pws.prserv.net/mckinnis/nicpak/


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Date: 09 Aug, 2004 on 01:34
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12. Re:The VIA EPIA-V Series Mini-ITX motherboard
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I installed eCS 1.1 on my VIA EPIA. It is a 1 GHz VIA CPU. I used VBE mode for video. I couldn't get sound working. I also didn't try network as I have an external 56k modem. It is a snappy box. Using it for internet (email and web) works out fine. I like the low power consumption ... it is hooked up to a flat screen, so it is energy efficient all around. I'll have to say that the 40cm fan on the power supply is noisy, but with headphones cranking my favorite CDs from the DVD drive's headphone out, I rarely notice.
Date: 11 Aug, 2004 on 08:48
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Hello cyberspittle,

Can you post report about supported hardware to this database -- http://en.ecomstation.ru/hardware.php
(adding new report -- http://en.ecomstation.ru/hardware.php?action=new)

Date: 12 Aug, 2004 on 11:23
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e-co,

I'll do that as soon as I can. Right now I'm between jobs and staying with family, as my household goods are in storage .

Date: 13 Aug, 2004 on 06:32
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Based on above feedback I'm really going to look into pick a mini board to bet set up as a mini intranet webserver and file server.

Thanks for the feedback!

Date: 15 Aug, 2004 on 19:33
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Be sure to check out the VIA EPIA write up on OS/2 voice.
Date: 16 Aug, 2004 on 08:01
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You wouldn't have an url; i made a search for VIA at os2 voice and no trace found..
Date: 16 Aug, 2004 on 09:00
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http://www.os2voice.org/vnl/past_issues/VNL0404H/vnewsf6.htm
Could this be what you are looking for? It does mention the VIA Epia board/boxes.

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Date: 16 Aug, 2004 on 18:10
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Thanks, that was the article I guess was mentioned earlier, kind of like the system Frank Wochatz review. Really small and tiny, only flaw would be that it used 2.5" disk - guess that it's hard to get a 3.5" disk into the box

Date: 16 Aug, 2004 on 18:27
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A little bit off topic, but still Mini-ITX...

I should get a Pentium M (1.4GHz) and a DFI-ACP G5M100 next week.
The mainboard is in Mini-ITX format, but with much more power than the VIA EPIA package. The Pentium M should be 4-6 times faster than the currently sold 1-1.2 GHz VIA CPUs.
The downside is, the Mainboard is REALLY expensive (260,00 EUR) but I got the Pentium M for 43,00 EUR at eBay and couldn't resist to try this package to replace my EPIA M9000 System.

The only thing I miss is TV-Out. Maybe I throw in my old G400.
Here are the specs of the motherboard.
http://www.dfi-acp.com/Product/xx_product_spec_details_r_acp_us.jsp?PRODUCT_ID=2803&CATEGORY_TYPE=null

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CPU
# Intel® Pentium® M / Celeron® M processor (478-pin)
- 400MHz system bus
- Supports 64-bit host data bus and 32-bit addressing

CPU Socket
# mPGA479M (Socket 479)

Chipset
# Intel® 855GME chipset
- Intel® 855GME Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
- Intel® 82801DB I/O Controller Hub (ICH4)

System Memory
# Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets
# 2.5V unbuffered PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266) or PC2700 (DDR333)
DDR SDRAM DIMM with ECC support
# Supports 128Mbit, 256Mbit and 512Mbit technologies providing maximum
capacity of 1GB with x16 devices and up to 2GB with high density
512Mbit technology

BIOS
# Award BIOS, Windows® 98SE/2000/ME/XP Plug and Play compatible
# 4Mbit flash memory

Power Management
# Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
# Wake-On-Events include:
- Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
- Wake-On-USB
- Wake-On-LAN
- RTC timer to power-on the system
# AC power failure recovery

Hardware Monitor
# Monitors CPU/system temperature and overheat alarm
# Monitors 5VSB(V)/VBAT(V)/1.5V/3.3V/5V/±12V/CPU(V) voltages and
failure alarm
# Monitors CPU/chassis/2nd fan speed and failure alarm
# Read back capability that displays temperature, voltage
and fan speed
# Watchdog timer function

Audio
# Realtek ALC202A
# 18-bit stereo full-duplex codec with independent variable sampling rate
# High quality differential CD input
# True stereo line level outputs
# S/PDIF-out interface
# 2-channel audio output
# Speaker-out jack supports 2W amplifier providing better audio
quality to the headphone or speakers

LAN
# Intel 82562EM fast ethernet controller
- Basic 10/100 Client Connection
- IEEE 802.3, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX compliant physical layer interface
- IEEE 802.3u Auto-Negotiation
- 48-pin SSOP, 3.3V device
# Intel 82551QM fast ethernet controller
- Integrated IEEE 802.3, 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX compatible PHY
- Glueless 32-bit PCI master interface
- Glueless CardBus master interface
- 128 Kbyte Flash interface
- Thin BGA 15 mm2 package

Graphics
# Up to 64MB of dynamic video memory allocation
# Display core frequency at 133/200/250MHz
# Render core frequency at 100/133/166/200/250MHz
# Intel® Dual-Frequency Graphics Technology
# 2D graphics engine
- Optimized 128-bit BLT engine
- 32-bit Alpha Blended cursor
- 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit color
# 3D graphics engine
- Enhanced Hardware Binning Instruction Set
- Bi-Cubic Filtering
- Linear Gamma Blending for Video Mixer Rendering (VMR)
- Video Mixer Rendering (VMR)
- 3D setup and render engine
- DirectX and OpenGL pixelization rules
- 266-MegaTexel/s peak performance
- 16- and 24-bit Z-buffering; 16- and 24-bit W-buf
- Optimal 3D resolution
- Double and triple render buffer
# Graphics Power Management
- Dynamic Frequency Switching
- Memory Self-Refresh During C3
- Intel® Display Power Saving Technology

Display
# Dedicated LFP (Local Flat Panel) interface
- Supports data format up to 24-bpp
# Analog display
- 350MHz integrated 24-bit RAMDAC
- Pixel resolution up to 1600x1200 at 85Hz and up to 2048x1536 at 75Hz

LFP (Local Flat Panel) LVDS Interface
# Single- or dual-channel LVDS panel support up to UXGA panel resolution
with frequency range from 25MHz to 112MHz (single/dual channel)
# Integrated PWM interface for LCD backlight inverter control

IDE
# Supports ATA/33, ATA/66 and ATA/100 hard drives
# PIO Mode 4 Enhanced IDE (data transfer rate up to 14MB/sec.)
# Bus mastering reduces CPU utilization during disk transfer
# Supports ATAPI CD-ROM, LS-120 and ZIP

Rear Panel I/O Ports
# 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
# 2 RJ45 LAN ports
# 3 DB-9 serial ports
# 1 DB-15 VGA port
# 1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
# 1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
# 3 audio jacks: speaker-out, line-in and mic-in

I/O Connectors
# 1 connector for 2 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
# 1 connector for LCD brightness control
# 1 connector for LVDS LCD panel
# 1 connector for LCD power
# 1 front audio connector for line-out and mic-in jacks
# 1 CD-in internal audio connector
# 1 S/PDIF-out connector
# 1 connector for IrDA interface
# 1 44-pin IDE 2 connector for 2.5" HDD
# 1 40-pin IDE 1 connector for 3.5" HDD
# 1 floppy connector (FPC connector type)
# 1 ATX power supply connector
# 1 Wake-On-LAN connector
# 3 fan connectors

Expansion Slots
# 1 PCI slot for PCI expansion card or customized riser card slot for
1, 2 or 3 PCI slots expansion (for low profile PCI card only)
# 1 mini PCI socket (124-pin)

Compatibility
# PCI 2.2 and AC97 compliant

PCB
# 6 layers, mini board (Mini-ITX compatible)
# 17cm (6.7") x 17cm (6.7")
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Date: 21 Aug, 2004 on 15:32
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