Partial Success with Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H (HD competant)

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Partial Success with Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H (HD competant)

Post by thekorn » Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:52 pm

Mostly a success with this board. Here's the config:

* Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H which is uATX. G9657MA-8KS2H is the ATX version of the same board (uses same BIOS).
* Core2Duo E2160
* 2 Gigs ram
* Fanless Nvidia 7300LE in the PCIe-16x slot
* MCE remote & receiver
* TFTP boot, no local storage whatsoever!

Roughly 30 seconds from the PXE "searching for DHCP address" to minimyth useable.

(Haven't tested the on-board video, which is vga-only intel 965 chipset.)

Only reason I say partial success is because S3 is hopelessly broken on this board. You can put the machine to sleep OK, but after you wake it up again it'll lock hard after two or three seconds. It crashes SO fast that it's pretty much impossible to get any logs off of it, so debugging is impossible... arrrgh! (Tested under BIOS revision 61, Sept 2008 release.)

But if you can handle the non-sleepy-ness of this motherboard, it makes a GREAT HD minimyth client! (Tested all the way through 0-21.0-64b4.)

Content mix: 85%+ ATSC OTA (most HD) and/or HD x264, the rest is SD. Not fast enough to play homemade super high bitrate 1080p x264 (i.e. direct BluRay rips at 45GB/ea), but medium bitrate 1080p (10GB/ea) and anything below play just fine.

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