Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Vrgn86, Mar 18, 2010.
Just got one of these. Any ideas as what it could be used for.
You could build an machine for emulating old consoles.
Make a download box out of it to download large files to save on power as you don't need to leave your pc on to download files. Have it as a fileserver too backing up files on your main pc and acting as a media server.
Those are the first 2 uses that come to mind, though you could use it for putting a computer anywhere in your house for any simple computer purposes (skype phone, web browsing etc).
use it to encrypt data.
No need for encrypting, looking into MAME. Still looking for suggestions.
You could make it into a NAS with freenas, or you could make it into a router (it's already got onboard ethernet, just add a pci network card and link that to a switch and you're good)
Ooh, epia boards
Router, webserver, small linux box, NAS, whatever.
Mame may need more hardware than this board has. Got to find something to do with it, took two days to get it to boot!! And a lot of failed flashes.(LOL)
If youre into car mecanic us it for onboard car diagnosis with programs. or make a small box for it bolt it underdash with in-dash small lcd screen for watching movie and plug in a USB key for satellite internet 3G system like Rogers and Bell are doing here in Canada. Youll have an onboard computer with movies, internet and even hook it up with slipper to your car radio to make it play on car sound system wiht full of bass Mini mouse for 10$ and another 10$ for silicon rollable keyboard you can fold and put in the glove box. For current use the 12V system of cigar lighter with a plug for your small motherboard. you splice all the 12v wires together, put a big resistor to lower the other wires to 5v and the grounds you bolt it right onto the firewall underdash.
Failed flashes? I had problems flashing a VIA board before, but only because I didn't turn off BIOS flash write protection (in the BIOS).
The bios was special, booted to a DOC (disk on chip) for unknown reasons, with some version of linux, no vid or KB. Had to hot flash a bios chip with a different board to the latest bios from VIA, used uniflash to get it to work.
make a HTPC out of it.
I do not think the specs are worthy for a HTPC.
My parents use a Via VB7001G board with a Via C7-D as their internet browsing computer. Works like a charm. It was used as an HTPC prior to that with a 8500GT PCI video card doing the decoding of video.
Via-C7 is a really old chip. I remember having it when they sold all included Pc-Chips motherboard micro atx at first. video,lan,ausio and cpu soldered onboard for 75$
you can use them for anything that doesnt demand high performance. Many suggestions have been given already.
Smoothwalls/routers, netbox PC's (called nettops these days), download machines, thinware clients, POS systems - think those crappy PC's they use at mcdonalds or pizza shops to take your order on, these could do it with 1/10th the power, and 1/10th the physical space.
Sell it.....let it be someone elses problem
Thanks to all for the suggestions, I have three of these to play with, will update when they are in use!!
Heh - you can give me one?
I want one too.
BTW, that video connector onboard, could it be LVDS?
I have no info on the Vid port, manual says to get with VIA OEM for more info.
me 3 love VIA and SPARC machines
Update!! Using one for camera monitoring (Security), one for torrents, giving last to friend for web surfing email etc..
Thank you all for the input!!
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