Wanted: Mobo with Composite Out (M2NPV-VM)

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Wanted: Mobo with Composite Out (M2NPV-VM)

I'm looking for a replacement motherboard for my bedroom HTPC.  The catch is that the bedroom TV is old and only has composite input.  I've been using the popular in its day Asus M2NPV-VM, but it is dying.  First, the USB controller stopped working and I had to buy a PCI USB card.  Now, it gets that hot electronics smell after a while and gets unstable even when running open air.

As a replacement, I would ideally like to find another of these boards used so that I might be able to do a simple swap-out without redoing the OS.  So, anybody have one of these laying around and willing to part with it for a reasonable price? 

Alternatively, I would be interested in an affordable solution that includes either a mobo with composite out or support for Asus's TV module (like the M2NPV-VM) or an inexpensive mobo + video card combo.  Obviously, I don't need a lot of video processing power as this set-up is SD only.  Noise is a concern as well as card height, so passive half-height cards only. 

Lastly, this set-up will only be used until I replace the bedroom TV with a flat-panel, so price is a major factor.

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Looks like this board would fit the bill as well: M2A-VM HDMI

Its a bit newer than the M2NPV-VM, but looks to be rather priceyfor being a bit aged itself. 

Anyone have any experience with the 690G/Radeon X1250 chipset/IGP?  If it handles 1080(i or p) material, then the extra expense may be acceptable if it would remain useful after the eventual TV upgrade.

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I have one and it handles 1080i Mpeg2 transport streams ok, though I'm outputting at 720p to my plasma over HDMI.  It's a little laggy sometimes but that's probably due to the X2 3600 cpu and not the display.

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My 609G did fine with blu-ray. It did have an AMD 6000x2 processor though.

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Thanks guys, I think I will continue to look for a cheap replacement for my M2NPV-VM though.  Someday I will replace the old TV, and at that time I think I will get whatever is the latest and greatest for the main HTPC and slide my 780G over to the bedroom.

Looks like I may be heading to eBay for now, sigh.

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When did three year old motherboards start retaining their value so much?  I watched two ebay M2NPV-VM auctions over the weekend, one went for about $75 shipped, and the other over $100! 

Sheesh, at this rate I'm just going to have to wait until I redo the room and get a new TV.  Something for which there is no current time line.

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I sent you an e-mail

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The old TV in the bedroom has started to wig out.  I think I am going to just hold off until I buy a new TV and then get a more modern motherboard.  Still no time frame on that, but I see no reason build an HTPC specifically designed to work with a dying piece of equipment.  Thanks anyways.

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