Lindows PC has "Instant On"
January 29, 2003
Taking a leaf out of VIA's Hi-Fi PC concept design - and beating it to market, Lindows have launched a low cost PC featuring "Instant On" media playback of DVDs, Audio CDs, MP3 CDs and VCDs. The "Lindows Media Computer" is housed in a black case from Casetek and is powered by an integrated motherboard featuring a C3 processor running at 933Mhz. Contrary to popular belief, it isn't an EPIA M - it has a PLE133 Northbridge, takes PC100/PC133 SDRAM and has USB 1.1 ports.
Elegent provide the etDVD BIOS-based DVD player, which fits onto an additional 256K EEPROM working in conjunction with the standard BIOS. The etDVD screenshots look suspiciously to us like the software included on the prototype Hi-Fi PC, which ran on a modified EPIA M motherboard. However the lack of EEPROM on the standard Ms will probably exclude them from any later 'upgrades' to include this functionality.
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