Sorry for the delay in answering guys, been away for some time.
Any chance you could try some videos on that thing? I am interested in whether it can play 1080i mpeg2 HD. Being in Germany, you may not have access to a file to play though.
Blu-Ray/HD-DVD or something like these? http://www.apple.com/quicktime/guide/hd/
I can try to play some of those files, but the German review I linked to above said the system couldn't play 1080p (IIRC) smoothly; 720p was said to be fine though. Concerning its performance (below the D201GLY's Celeron 220), that's not much of a surprise.
XS Janus wrote:
Power results are VERY dissapointing!
That chipset is a power-hog!
True, but I think my 3.5" HD and the 300W PSU are making the results look much worse then they actually are. In the German review, they used it with a 3.5" HD, an ODD and an 80W DC-DC converter and achieved the following results:
IDLE (2.5" / 3.5" HD): 25 / 30 W
DVD playback: 36 W
FULL LOAD: 46 W
ACPI S3: 1.3 W
OFF: 0.6 W
These are much better than mine, especially at idle, suggesting my PSU is horribly inefficient at such a low load. Still, my PowerPC Mac mini draws almost the same and that's with a discrete GPU!) I'm still disappointed to see such a low-power CPU coupled with a power-hungry (yet compatible) chipset.
Question: Could you boot your D945GCLF to a non-GUI -- command prompt only and measure power consumption? I wonder if the 945 would consume less power when not supporting a GUI. This would help decide whether the board would be good for a quiet headless server.
Couldn't spot any difference when running a GUI-less Debian. When running this as a server, I'd also be concerned about the lack of a GigE port. Why did they only include Fast Ethernet?
I also have one of these boards and have been trying to get it working with Linux.
I currently have it up and running using kernel 2.6.22-14-generic but 16 and 17 don't work.
Also I have been having problems with sata and ethernet drivers.
I'd be interested to know how you get on
The board works fine at the first glance, using 64-bit Debian. I was running etch with a 2.6.18 kernel first, then upgraded to sid (unstable) with a 2.6.25 kernel. lspci suggested that all hardware was correctly recognized, and I have no problem running the SMP kernel to make use of HyperThreading. I'm not using any SATA devices, but the controller is recognized just fine, so is the audio but I can't test it. Ethernet is working using the r8169 module, but I noticed it hung up once. The amber light was constantly flashing and the interface wasn't responding anymore. I unloaded and reloaded the module and it was fine again. What problems do you have?
Acpi s3 doesn't seem to work the way it should. Ubuntu hardy doesn't like the on board lan to be enabled: it'll crash if you don't disable it before booting. Debian worked fine (am using ubuntu with a wlan usb stick). I also wasn't able to get windows xp SP 2 to install (blue screen with pci.sys error).
S3 works fine on Windows XP here. I was experiencing the same crash (with LAN enabled) on Debian lenny (testing) which also uses a kernel 2.6.24 (just as Ubuntu hardy). As I've said, both 2.6.18 and 2.6.25 work fine with the LAN though, so you may want to down- or upgrade. Did you use a USB DVD-RW drive when installing XP, by any chance? This may have been the culprit. I used an IDE drive and installing XP (with SP3 integrated) was absolutely fine. I noticed the USB ports went bonkers after installing the Intel chipset drivers though, but replugging the devices has solved it.
I have connected the graphics fan to the monterboard controlled connector and that makes a lot of difference: pwmconfig/fancontrol works great under ubuntu (as long as you connect the fan to the second fan connector.
Power consumption is about 49 watts. That is with a 3.5 inch harddisk, 2Gb ram, usb wlan and small in case lcd screen (antec black 430 case) connected.
Wow, thanks, going to try this as soon as possible as well.
I figured there must be a way to quieten this damn fan... You're getting roughly the same power consumption results as I am.
edit: Another small update: Gave CrystalCPUID a try. Couldn't change the multiplier or voltage either (CPU-Z seems to display a multiplier range from 6 to 12, but I don't know if this Atom is supposed to downclock itself at idle to save more power), and CrystalCPUID also says the CPU doesn't support EIST. It shows a Vcore of 1.132V though. SpeedFan and the BIOS display a value of ~1.15V.