By dougm on Apr 05, 2009
With some additional testing and tweaking, the video problem seems to have been resolved. The issue apparently was that the BIOS set the video memory to 64MB and upping it to 128MB cured the problem.
I should have mentioned up front that the unit doesn't come with the external power adapter. You need to order that separately. It needs a 19V DC unit.
There are some options available. The unit I have is the 1GHz unit. The 1.6 GHz ULV version wasn't available when I ordered. The ULV version sounds like the best option for fanless units. There is also a Via WiFi (USB) add on that I didn't get. WiFi isn't needed in the application I want to use the Vipro in.
The touch pad is a USB device from eGalax, Inc. "USB TouchController" http://home.eeti.com.tw/
It would be nice to be able to put more than 1GB of RAM in the system, but for a dedicated application system, it doesn't really cause a problem. The methods used by others to reduce the kernel memory footprint can help if more user process RAM is needed.
I should also note that the unit supports both IDE and SATA hard drives plus has a CF interface. It looks like the CF is via USB, but I haven't verified that. I'll be testing that next week.
So far, it appears to be a nice little unit. I'll post some updates when I've had more time to use the system.