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DanTheMan
10-31-2008, 08:45 AM
Can anyone please tell me, once you have memory and power etc. attached to this motherboard, whether this particular motherboard will function as a normal pc for small purposes? i.e. will it run an xp operating system and allow me to code c# software to be ran on it?? http://www.mini-box.com/VIA-EPIA-5000AG-Fanless

lnxfergy
10-31-2008, 08:59 AM
Other than being a little slow, I would say probably yes. I have one of these boards, and have several linux packages on it. Never got around to turning it into a robot...

-Fergs

DanTheMan
10-31-2008, 09:10 AM
So what are the other alternatives for creating a robot? Some sort of other type of pc altogether or just another type of small motherboard like the EPIA ones?

lnxfergy
10-31-2008, 09:19 AM
Possibilities are endless: other SBCs, laptops, microcontrollers (which most of my bots use)...

-Fergs

Adrenalynn
10-31-2008, 11:24 AM
PicoITX, NanoITX, faster MiniITX.

I have a couple of those boards, and a couple of the 800Mhz versions. The 533 is painfully slow, doesn't even work well as a car GPS - can't navigate and play an MP3 at the same time without one or the other skipping or crashing. The 800 works pretty flawlessly in that application.

BMoscato
10-31-2008, 11:33 AM
Hey Dan,

I have the VIA Pico board and it's nice. http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl;jsessionid=0a01074e1f437ed224a7b3444d76bdde9c c971ce2272.e3eTaxeKbh0Te34Pa38Ta38MbNj0?sc=8&category=840

I'm actually using the ARTiGO kit. http://e-itx.com/via-artigo-pico-itx-builder-kit-a1000.html?gclid=CLXurf7x0ZYCFRIMDQodxjt82w

I've messed around with 2003 server on it as well as a stripped down version of XP-N. It's slow for video processing, but over all it's a nice PC. It supports both IDE and SATA and I've used both. I'm currently using a Samsung 64GB SSD and the box hums along nicely.

Just my 2 cents.

Bryan

DresnerRobotics
10-31-2008, 12:46 PM
Can anyone please tell me, once you have memory and power etc. attached to this motherboard, whether this particular motherboard will function as a normal pc for small purposes? i.e. will it run an xp operating system and allow me to code c# software to be ran on it?? http://www.mini-box.com/VIA-EPIA-5000AG-Fanless


The pico ITX boards are pretty solid, I was able to run Roborealm object tracking on both my 1ghz and 500mhz versions without issue.

They're tiny, fairly light (even lighter if you remove the heatsink from the 500mhz version, which it can run without no prob), and very powerful for their size.

All you need is RAM, a PicoPSU, and a HDD to make them run. Check out my Johnny 5 project (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1312)to see an application of a pico board in a robot, as well as Servo Magazine issues September though November for a 3 parts series of articles overviewing the implementation.

BMoscato
10-31-2008, 12:50 PM
FYI, I purchased my Pico ITX board based on Tyberius' article in Servo Magazine. Just don't tell him that! :)

Adrenalynn
10-31-2008, 12:55 PM
Congrats to Tyberius, btw, for the successful completion of his 3pt cliff-hanger in SERVO!

Yeah, the Pico is a pretty good choice.