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Barebone Foxconn R20-i4100 Intel Atom Processor D2700 2.13GHz $30 @ Newegg

eheiny 359 October 19, 2013 at 07:18 AM in Computers (2) More Newegg Deals
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Foxconn R20-i4100 Intel Atom Processor D2700 2.13GHz Intel NM10 Intel HD Graphics 1 x HDMI Barebone
$30 at Newegg Ships free with ShopRunner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...0R20-i4100

CPU Type Intel Atom Processor D2700 2.13GHz
Chipset North Bridge Intel NM10
Memory Supported 2 x 204Pin DDR3 1066, Max Memory Supported 4GB
Expansion Slots PCI 1
Serial ATA 2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s
Graphics Onboard Video Intel HD Graphics
Audio Channel 5.1-CH
Communications
First LAN Realtek, Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Extension Bays
3.5" Internal bays 1
3.5" External bays 1
5.25" External bays 1
Front Panel Ports 2 x USB 2.0
Front Audio Ports 2 jacks
Back Panel Ports PS/2, 1 x PS/2 KB/MS port
COM 1
HDMI 1
VGA 1 x D-Sub
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
RJ45
Rear Audio Ports 3 jacks
Power Supply DSL150P
Features
Exquisite chassis and high- performance is the best choice of being placed in small place like rooms.

R20-i4100 integrates Intel dual-core Atom D2700 processor and Intel HD graphic technology,supports VGA and HDMI ports.

Supports only Win 7 32Bit

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#136
if you go the motherboard page there were many updates to the Bios.

http://www.foxconnsupport.com/dow...270S&sort=

Type: Motherboards BIOS File Size: 1.66MB
Version: B35F1P07 Updated: 09/07/2012


on the Barebone page, Only the initial release.

Type: Barebone Systems BIOS File Size: 1.52MB
Version: B35F1P01 Updated: 02/08/2012
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#137
I got mine today, too. I have all the components to get it up and running, I just need to decide what to put on it. A flavor of Linux? Win 7 x86 or x64?

EDIT: I was also thinking of transferring my WHS 2011 to it since I only have one drive in the server now and only use it for automatic PC backups but I wonder if I can get it to work since WHS 2011 is x64. This would be better than my current setup since it'll be more energy efficient.

I also thought of putting pfsense on it since I have a spare PCI NIC I can toss in it.
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#138
Download the manual. It seems like we can do "live" updates, and even update bios from online. It's towards the end of the manual. It might even be on the CD, I haven't used it yet, have to wait for my memory to come.

texasPI
I would probably start with win 7 32 bit, so you have a "good" experience, or the "best" experience according to others. Then once everything works, you can branch out, and if you run into troubles , at least you know win 7 32 works. Or have 2 hard drives, one with working win 7 32bit, then have fun with the other OS's , and give us update on what works.
Also, are you doing 4x1gig memory or 2x2gig's. And let us know if you updated the bios, and other stuff, look over the manual, lots of stuff.
Good luck and report back.
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#139
Update for the memory installation: 1x4GB works perfect on the machine. What you need to do is to install the memory in lower slot dimm. Higher one won't work.
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#140
ok so I got around to opening mine and I think I may have gotten a previously returned one. The power cord was inside the case loose on the motherboard. There was also something rattling around loose in the case that turned out to be a cut zip tie. Looking at the box I can now see it has been retaped. It still has all the clingy plastic on the bezel so I'm not sure.
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#141
Quote from usacamaro View Post :
Does this have a "mini" or low profile pci or a full sized pci. I want to add a wireless card.
It's low profile.
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#142
Quote from texasPI View Post :
ok so I got around to opening mine and I think I may have gotten a previously returned one. The power cord was inside the case loose on the motherboard. There was also something rattling around loose in the case that turned out to be a cut zip tie. Looking at the box I can now see it has been retaped. It still has all the clingy plastic on the bezel so I'm not sure.
The power cord was inside my case too, but it was zip tied and resting on motherboard too. Was just letting you know I think it is normal for the power cord to be inside the case (not sure in your case about the zip tie broken though) . In picture on newegg , it's inside the case. That is not to say someone may have opened it, I don't know.
On the box it has ABS computer tech sticker has 9/30/2013 on it, so newegg just had received it and it wasn't sitting on shelf for months.

Since you are not sure if you have returned model, I would put win 7 32 bit on it , just to make sure everything is working, if you do anything else you might not know if the computer works since it could give errors or drivers not working. Once you have confidence in unit, then put other os on it if you want. That is what I would do, trouble shoot it and if it doesn't work call newegg. Although if you have to ship it back to newegg, it could cost you 20 dollars or more on 10lb package. I mailed something that was 4 pounds via ups that cost me 18 dollars just last week.
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#143
Quote from richman View Post :
The power cord was inside my case too, but it was zip tied and resting on motherboard too. Was just letting you know I think it is normal for the power cord to be inside the case (not sure in your case about the zip tie broken though) . In picture on newegg , it's inside the case. That is not to say someone may have opened it, I don't know.
On the box it has ABS computer tech sticker has 9/30/2013 on it, so newegg just had received it and it wasn't sitting on shelf for months.

Since you are not sure if you have returned model, I would put win 7 32 bit on it , just to make sure everything is working, if you do anything else you might not know if the computer works since it could give errors or drivers not working. Once you have confidence in unit, then put other os on it if you want. That is what I would do, trouble shoot it and if it doesn't work call newegg. Although if you have to ship it back to newegg, it could cost you 20 dollars or more on 10lb package. I mailed something that was 4 pounds via ups that cost me 18 dollars just last week.
Thanks for the advice. I've got Windows 7 x86 installed and everything seems fine. Just an FYI: the Fox Live update utility on the disc found a BIOS update released in March 2013 B35F1P07.
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#144
Quote from texasPI View Post :
Thanks for the advice. I've got Windows 7 x86 installed and everything seems fine. Just an FYI: the Fox Live update utility on the disc found a BIOS update released in March 2013 B35F1P07.
cool, you can be our first reviewer, put it through the paces and check back. I'm glad your unit is working fine. How much ram in it, 4x1 or 2 or 2x2. Also, in bios , check if 512 megs ram is going to video, that might help. It was unclear in manual if you need 2 sticks of ram to get 512 megs of video ram, 256 megs video ram per channel. So if someone has 1x4gig can you still get 512 megs assigned to Video. In a way if you can, and windows seeing 3.5 gig, then other other 500 meg going to video means windows 32 bit is at LEAST using all of the 4 gigs of ram.
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cool, you can be our first reviewer, put it through the paces and check back. I'm glad your unit is working fine. How much ram in it, 4x1 or 2 or 2x2. Also, in bios , check if 512 megs ram is going to video, that might help. It was unclear in manual if you need 2 sticks of ram to get 512 megs of video ram, 256 megs video ram per channel. So if someone has 1x4gig can you still get 512 megs assigned to Video. In a way if you can, and windows seeing 3.5 gig, then other other 500 meg going to video means windows 32 bit is at LEAST using all of the 4 gigs of ram.
I'll check BIOS in a bit. I've got 2GBx2 RAM installed. The RAM came off a 2012 MacBook Pro that I upgraded to 8GB. I'm using a 640GB Samsung 2.5" drive in a caddy. I'm in the process of installing all the Windows updates and setting up the HDHomerun software. I'm going to try it out as a replacement to my Xbox in my bedroom for Windows Media Center.

The Xbox works great as an extender but my main HTPC draws like 150W at idle. So by using the barebones I can have my main HTPC sleep when I'm not watching on an extender and thereby keeping it awake. I seem to recall reading an earlier post in this thread that said there was no audio out via HDMI but that is not the case. As to another commenter, the included documentation shows that the motherboard does have an IR port.

Finally, I'm going to have to do something about the bright blue light on the front panel. It'll be too bright for nighttime use in my case.

EDIT: Also, the front bezel is kind of tricky to remove. I was afraid of breaking it. Remove the drive cage before trying to install the RAM like I did like a moron. Definitely easier with drive cage removed. shake head
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#146
Quote from texasPI View Post :
I'll check BIOS in a bit. I've got 2GBx2 RAM installed. The RAM came off a 2012 MacBook Pro that I upgraded to 8GB. I'm using a 640GB Samsung 2.5" drive in a caddy. I'm in the process of installing all the Windows updates and setting up the HDHomerun software. I'm going to try it out as a replacement to my Xbox in my bedroom for Windows Media Center.

The Xbox works great as an extender but my main HTPC draws like 150W at idle. So by using the barebones I can have my main HTPC sleep when I'm not watching on an extender and thereby keeping it awake. I seem to recall reading an earlier post in this thread that said there was no audio out via HDMI but that is not the case. As to another commenter, the included documentation shows that the motherboard does have an IR port.

Finally, I'm going to have to do something about the bright blue light on the front panel. It'll be too bright for nighttime use in my case.

EDIT: Also, the front bezel is kind of tricky to remove. I was afraid of breaking it. Remove the drive cage before trying to install the RAM like I did like a moron. Definitely easier with drive cage removed. shake head

good updates. We are on the same page, I too have homerun tuners, and xbox 360, so it will be good to see how this barebones compares on videos and using the homerun tuners,etc. For the Ir port, what device would plug into it, some type of media player remote control unit, and are you planning on using the ir port? If you have some device that would work that you know would work, if you can link to product, I'm interested.
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#147
Quote from richman View Post :
good updates. We are on the same page, I too have homerun tuners, and xbox 360, so it will be good to see how this barebones compares on videos and using the homerun tuners,etc. For the Ir port, what device would plug into it, some type of media player remote control unit, and are you plan on using the ir port?
I'm not sure about the IR port. I'll be using a USB IR receiver but maybe someone more knowledgable can give us more info about whether we can plug in an IR receiver onto the motherboard. It'd be nice to have one built into the bezel.

BTW here's a pic of the front light I mentioned earlier.
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#148
IR is not very useful IMHO. For all MY HTPCs I have always used a mini wireless keyboard/mouse. Doesn't need line of site like IR.
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#149
Quote from yurkinator View Post :
IR is not very useful IMHO. For all MY HTPCs I have always used a mini wireless keyboard/mouse. Doesn't need line of site like IR.
I agree. I actually do have a couple of the backlit Lenovo multimedia remotes that I use but the wife prefers an IR remote do we have a couple of Harmony 650s for that.

I have not checked to see how much memory is allocated to graphics in BIOS because I was installing updates and then I had to leave. But when I entered the Windows key it showed 2.99GB available out of 4.00GB.
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#150
I bought two. None of them can boot. I always got black screen. Anybody has similar issue as me.
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