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Gigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H Motherboard (2.41 GHz, Mini -ITX, Gigabit, LAN)

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  • Built-in Intel Celeron J1800 (2.41 GHz) Dual-Core processor
  • GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Technology
  • All Solid Capacitors with Humidity Protection New Glass Fabric PCB design

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Technical Details
BrandGigabyte
Item Weight1.3 Kg
Product Dimensions22.9 x 7.6 x 20.3 cm
Item model numberGA-J1800N-D2H
RAM Size8192 MB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of VGA Ports1
Lithium Battery Weight5 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00IFE4VF8
Best Sellers Rank 82,541 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight612 g
Date First Available27 Feb. 2014
  
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The GIGABYTE J1800N Mini-ITX motherboard is a fully integrated PC motherboard featuring the Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core processor. Designed for compact, small form factor PC systems and devices, the GIGABYTE J1800N is entirely fanless, making it ideal for always-on, mission critical systems, as well as noise-sensitive digital entertainment systems. Connectivity includes digital and analog display outputs via VGA and HDMI ports, while a Mini-PCIe slot provides flexible Wi-Fi option.

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1xGigabyte GA-J1800N-D2H Motherboard Built In J1800N (2.41GHz) Mini-ITX Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics)



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Pros:

- Came with F3 bios pre-installed; no difficulty installing linux
- Ridiculously fast POST (literally 1 second) when the setup key timeout is reduced; perfect for HTPCs
- XBMC is smooth even with custom themes etc. - generally no issues.

Cons:

- Hardware acceleration in XBMC causes major decompression artifacts (makes the video bitrate look 10x lower - every keyframe is heavily pixellated and slowly comes 'into focus'). Probably a GPU software issue, but regardless it all but rules out 1080p playback on Linux at this time.
- Not sure if this issue lies with the motherboard, tv or tv tuner (tbs 6280), but if an RF loopback cable is connected at power on, it is impossible to get any HDMI output until power cycled. Attaching it after power on causes no issues.
- No manual RAM timing/voltage control - prevents manually forcing 1.5v sticks from running underclocked at 1.35v. As a result, only 1600MHz 1.5v sticks are likely to work (they will tend to have a 1.35v 1333MHz mode), if you do not have any native 1.35v sticks.

Update 2014/06/08:
- The hardware acceleration bug has been fixed by a recent kernel and/or intel dri update. 1080p playback is now 100% perfect in XBMC.
- The latest F4 bios has regressed to have the extremely poor HDMI support of F2. F3 (the best bios version currently available) is still available here: http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList/BIOS/mb_bios_ga-j1800n-d2h_f3.zip
- If you can't get an HDMI signal on certain TVs but can on others, install the F3 bios and set all CSM settings in the BIOS to legacy only
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Made a great HTPC from this board. True the BIOS/EFI is designed with Win8 in mind, but it takes 30mins of forum sweeping to find the solutions you need if you get stuck.

**UPDATE** 06/02/16: Still going strong! Has been in 3 different builds - a desktop, an HTPC, and a home server. Nice, versatile, quiet, and durable if you only need low-mid performance (no top-end gaming unfortunately! -you get what you pay for...)
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I bought this motherboard for a fanless pc for browsing, email and watching youtube. It has xubuntu 14.04 linux on it, loaded from an installation dvd. No problems with the UEFI (new version of BIOS) In fact, no problems at all. HDMI and dsub both work as do all the usb ports and the onboard sound. Remember to check that UEFI is in "Legacy" (bios) mode if you are having trouble installing winxp or win7. I like this product very much. Very low power consumption, I don't need ultimate performance.
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This looked like a great deal with fanless Celeron processor pre-installed and compact format.

Unfortunately my experience of this board was far from what I expected. First problem was that it refused to work with the DVI output to my monitor. Once I finally got a screen working by using the VGA output, I tried to set it to boot in 'legacy' mode, that is to say, not in Win 8 UEFI. It locked-up, and it refused to let me back into the BIOS setup screen and gave me no alternative than to reset the BIOS using the board jumper to factory settings. It saw my SATA hard drive most of the time but never reliably detected my SATA DVD drive. I tried booting a variety of operating systems from USB, CD, and HDD but with no success.

After doing some research I concluded that this board is effectively UEFI boot only. The 'legacy' boot mode just doesn't work. You can apparently upgrade the BIOS to version 3 (Version 1 supplied) but to do that you need to boot it into Windows 8 first, then flash the BIOS.

By the time I concluded that BIOS re-flash was essential, I had already wasted too much time and I don't see why I should be supplied with something that needs faffing around with Win 8 and BIOS updates to get it working properly. So I have returned the board as not fit for purpose as supplied.

If you only want to use Windows 8 and you a happy with UEFI boot only then you'll probably not experience any problems. If you want to use Windows 7, Vista, Linux or anything else, then I'd advise against this hardware.
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