Category Archives: Hardware

Webinars & Lectures

SDSC is hosting a series of webinars on various interesting topics here. My favourite till now is

Similarly UCSD CSE are providing recordings of distinguished lectures (DLS) here.

The Future of Microsoft Embedded Devices

winembedded_masthead_ltr.gifIn the last days I came across two interesting videos on Channel9 showing where Microsoft Embedded technologies are headed to.The first one is the unseen Microsoft and the second is A look behind Windows Embedded .In both videos they are showing examples of existing devices working on Windows Embedded and also discussing new devices coming in near future.The new version 6 of Windows Embedded CE is out.To conclude I would say that Microsoft are really into the Embedded device development and are looking optimistically on the coming 7-8 years.

New PC motherboard

After starting my blog last week I haven’t posted at all.One of the reasons is that my PC was not working for a few days.My friend’s PC was not working at all ,so we decided to try all components on my computer as we both have the same motherboard – Asus P4P800. We first put his video card on my PC and everything works fine.Then we swapped the RAM memory and the PC didn’t start.That was strange!We returned my RAM memory,but my PC still didn’t start. I returned my default video card and it was the same old configuration that has worked untill few minutes, but it didn’t load anything.After many tries the PC remain silent and the problem was in the Asus P4P800 .We still do not know why and what happend .As a result I have to buy a new motherboard – ASRock P4I65G. Now I am with this new configuration and I hope that I will not have any problems.

ASRock P4I65G

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CPU – Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron D (Prescott, Northwood, Willamate) processors
– FSB 800/533MHz
– Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
– Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
Chipset – Northbridge: Intel 865G
– Southbridge: Intel ICH5
Hybrid Booster – CPU Frequency Stepless Control
– ASRock U-COP
– Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
Memory – Dual Channel DDR memory technology
– 2 x DDR DIMM slots
– Supports DDR400/333/266
– Max. capacity: 2GB
Slots – 3 x PCI slots
– 1 x AGP 8X slot
– 1 x AMR slot
VGA – Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
– DirectX 8.0
– Max. shared memory 96MB
Audio – Cmedia 9761A 5.1 channel audio CODEC
LAN – Realtek PCI LAN 8101L
– Speed: 10/100 Ethernet
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
Connector – 2 x Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s connectors
(No Support for “RAID” and “Hot Plug” functions )
– 2 x ATA100 IDE connectors (support 4 x IDE devices)
– 1 x Floppy connector
– 1 x IR header
– 1 x COM header
– CPU/Chassis FAN connectors
– 20 pin ATX power connector
– 4 pin 12V power connector
– CD in header
– AUX in header
– Front panel audio connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports; 2 of them are shared with USB4_5)
Rear Panel I/O ASRock I/O Plus
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
– 1 x VGA Port
– 1 x Parallel Port (ECP/EPP Support)
– 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
– 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port
– Audio Jack: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
BIOS Feature – 4Mb AMI BIOS
– AMI Legal BIOS
– Supports “Plug and Play”
– ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
– Supports jumperfree
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
Support CD – Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version)
Hardware Monitor – CPU Temperature Sensing
– Chassis Temperature Sensing
– CPU Overheat Shutdown to Protect CPU Life
– CPU Fan Tachometer
– Chassis Fan Tachometer
– Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
Accessories – Quick Installation Guide, I/O Shield
– Floppy/ATA 100 cables
– 1 x SATA data cable
– 1 x SATA 1 to 1 power cable
– 1 x COM port bracket
– 1 x AMR card
Form Factor – Micro ATX Form Factor: 9.6-in x 7.8-in, 24.4 cm x 19.8 cm
OS – Microsoft Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP compliant

Asus P4P800

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  • Formfaktor: ATX Prozessor Sockel: Sockel 478 geeignete CPUs: Pentium 4 Chipsatz: Intel 865 Anzahl PCI-X x 16 Slots:
  • AGP: 8x
  • Abmessungen (B x L) (mm): 245 x 305
  • Audio: ADI AD1985 SoundMax 6-Channel Codec
  • Audioausgang: 1
  • BIOS: AMI 4Mb Flash EEPROM
  • Besonderheiten: AI Audio;AI Overclocking;ASUS AI Booster;ASUS AI Net;ASUS C.P.R.;ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2;ASUS Instant Music;ASUS JumperFree;ASUS Multi-language BIOS;ASUS MyLogo2;ASUS Q-Fan;Prescott CPU kompatibel
  • Chipsatz: Intel 865PE
  • Diskettenlaufwerk: 1
  • Formfaktor: ATX
  • Front Side Bus (MHz): 400;533;800
  • Kompatible Prozessoren: Celeron;Pentium 4
  • Herstellergarantie: 36 Monate
  • IDE (P-ATA): 2 x ATA/100 f?r 4 Ger?te
  • LAN: Marvell 88E8001 GBLAN Controller
  • LAN-Anschluss: 1xRJ45 10/100
  • Lieferumfang: 1xATA133 Festplattenkabel;1xDiskettenlaufwerkkabel;2 x S-ATA Kabel;2xUSB+MIDI-Anschluss-Slotblech;Benutzerhandbuch;I/O-Blende;Motherboard
  • Line-IN: 1
  • Mikrofoneingang: 1
  • PCI: 5
  • PS/2: 2
  • Port I/O: 1 Par / 1 Ser
  • Prozessor-Sockel: Socket 478
  • RAID: Intel ICH5R SATA RAID
  • RAIDport: 2xS-ATA RAID Level 0.1
  • Arbeitsspeicher Sockel: 4 x DIMM 184 Pin DDR
  • Arbeitsspeicher Typ: PC2100;PC2700;PC3200
  • Arbeitsspeicher max. (MB): 4096
  • S-ATA: 2 x SATA 150 via Southbridge
  • S/P-DIF: 1 Ausgang
  • Southbridge: Intel 82801ER (ICH5R)
  • USB-Schnittstelle: 4 x Typ 2.0
  • Utilities: ASUS AI Booster;Asus LiveUpdate;ASUS PC Probe;Trend Micro PC-cillin 2002
  • Wireless: ASUS WiFi LAN Connector