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update the BIOS to version 3 before you do anything else
on 29 May 2014
I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THIS BOARD unless you have reasonable skills in updating BIOSes etc. It will ONLY work with Windows 8.1 until updated.
This is v1.0 of the board which comes with the incredibly buggy F1 version of the BIOS which ONLY boots UEFI installers, which means using Windows 8.1 to upgrade the bios to the much better F3 version, available for download on Gigabyte's site. [...]
The @BIOS app listed in the support section for this specific Gigabyte board won't install; use the generic BIOS flasher from here: [...]
If you don't have a Windows 8.1 key, it can be installed with a generic temporary key which lasts a few days - google for "windows 8.1 generic key".
the J1800 board is very similar and you should be able to find a useful discussion of how to flash its bios etc