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EPIA MII 12000 Review
All the CLE266 EPIAs in Windows support standard VGA video resolutions
of 800x600, 1024x768, 1152x864, 1280x768, 1280x960, 1280x1024,
1400x1050 and 1600x1200 all in 16 or 32 bit colour. The boards
support standard resolutions of 800x600 and 1024x768 on a TV.
Refresh rates possible are 60, 75, 85 and 100Hz - though only with the slower refresh rates as the resolution increases.
Four other modes are available through roundabout means (Display Properties / Settings / Advanced / Adapter / List All Modes) - 720x576, 720x480 and almost WVGA widescreen 848x480, as well as good old 640x480 in up to 120 Hz. We'd have like to have seen true WVGA support (852x480), and support for HDTV resolutions (1024x720 and 1920x1080) - but it looks like VIA will save these for the next generation of EPIA.
VGA Picture quality on all EPIAs is generally
very good - only the very highest resolutions show any kinds
of blurriness. There seems to be no support (or drivers) for
non-standard resolutions, which would benefit widescreen TVs.
an EPIA to a TV
The original EPIAs have a very simple system
for switching between TV and monitor output. If a TV is connected,
it will display on the TV at the next reboot. If a VGA monitor
is connected, the VGA output will be used. If both are plugged
in, the EPIA would display on the monitor.
The EPIA Ms and MIIs are not so simple. Without another
PC or a monitor temporarily next to your TV, it is not possible
to configure TV output under Windows. The display device is
selected in the BIOS but then subsequently the Windows graphics
driver has its own ideas, switching to its own settings after
the VGA Windows loading screen. This Windows setting has to be configured
Here's how to set up TV output on your EPIA
M or MII: Attach your TV and monitor together, select CRT+TV in your
BIOS and boot normally. Both screens will boot, then the TV
will go black. Open the display control panel, click the settings
tab, then advanced, then S3Display. Select the TV so that
a blue line goes around it and then tick the box next to it.
Click 'Apply' and the TV will display again. Adjust your device
Method 2: If you have another PC there is
an easier option - install VNC
as a service onto the EPIA M, connect them both to your LAN,
switch on and adjust the control panel remotely from your
The classic EPIAs,
EPIA Ms and MIIs both have a VGA monitor output, an S-Video socket,
and socket switchable between RCA composite and S/PDIF functionality.
We found little difference on our TV between RCA and S-Video,
though in theory S-Video should be better. We chose the S-Video
output as we could connect straight to the front of our TV,
leaving the S/PDIF socket free for AC3 output to our digital
The EPIA Ms can manage
1024x768 and 800x600 resolution as standard on a TV. The output as default is an image slightly smaller than
full screen size (as marked on the edges of this photograph).
Both boards have overscan as an option, which stretches the
desktop beyond the edges of the screen (a little too far for
some purposes). Control is also possible of the absolute
picture position in software, though not with the horizontal
and vertical scaling found on
some TV output cards.
Our picture shows just how difficult it is
to photograph a CRT screen. Our picture was very clear and well colour
balanced with no shimmer or flickers. There was some distortion
around the edges of the picture - but this is not a problem
if overscan is used. By contrast, the picture quality during
bootup on a TV is awful. BIOS text is blurred and too bright
- though still usable. The key to a good picture is a half-decent cable - and if your display allows it, always use in order of preference VGA, S-Video and finally the Composite outputs.
Tip: Unless you're lucky enough to own a Plasma
with VGA input, TVs aren't designed for displaying the small
text of a Windows or Linux desktop. We changed our DPI settings
to "Large" in Display Properties/ Settings/ Advanced
and improved the text legibility dramatically.
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