Motherboard with built-in sound, video AND networking?
I am planning on building an mp3 player for my car. In order to keep costs low, I intend to build a regular computer and put it under the passenger seat. For this to work, I need a computer with a very low profile. Ideally, the motherboard would have built-in sound, video and networking, but I have been unable to find any that have all of those (though I could swear that I've seen them before) in looking through the database here of system specs.
Another option I had considered was to use a mobo with an LPX or NLX form factor. Those, however, are difficult to find and I'm not sure how well they would take to being jostled around (since you have to worry about the connection to the riser card and the cards you have plugged into that).
I am planning on using a P133 (since all I want to do is decode mp3's) but I could use a P166MMX if necessary...
If anyone knows where I could find such a thing, or has any comments, suggestions, etc, let me know.
The only one I've seen lately is a Slot 1 package from www.pcclub.com . You could add a Celeron 300a and a little SDRAM without going broke.
It was in their L.A. area ad last Saturday but does not show up on the web site.
The number in the ad is EM-7348S - $99.00.
64bit 3D AGP video, 16bit PCI sound, 56K V.90 modem, 3 AGP, 1 ISA, 3 DIMM.
Just out of curiosity, how are you planning on getting the power for it? Are you planning on making a custom-made connection that will hook into you ciggerett (spelled very wrong) lighter? Or are you planning on using laptop battery moduals? You know that might be the best way to go, is to go laptop. You can go out and buy an old 486 laptop very cheap nowadays, and this would have everything you need, even a CD-ROM, which would be the best way to get MP3's onto it. With being able to write your own CD-ROMs with a CD-R you will then be able to customize stuff. For instance, I have every Metallica Song stored on 1 CD-ROM in MP3 format. With the laptop, all you would need are some good speakers to add to it, or even find a way to pass it through to your car stero using one of the portable CD to tape things. Man, I think I'm going to do this myself now.
[This message has been edited by Fallen Kell (edited 03-11-99).]
If you are interested in the board that Roy
mentioned,it is available as an AMPTRON PII-7348M,or PCCHIPS 748MR.I have the amptron
with a 300a celeron @450. Good board for $79.00 !
go to www.pricewatch.com.they list several socket7 boards that carry the specs you want.This seems a little extreme?have you thought of getting a portable mp3 player?these are much cheaper and some can patche into car stereos.
I already tried this idea a couple of months ago, and it works great. I pulled my old 586-133 out of storage and brought it back to life. Went down to a local car store and bought a 12v DC to 120v AC invertor for about $180 and wedged the computer under the middle seat in my van. With an old 14-inch monitor, I loaded my playlist and impressed a lot of people.
www.aaeon.com might have what you are looking for. You pretty much described there boards by what you said you need.
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