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Giada MI-D2550GT-M Intel Atom D2550 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

  • Intel Atom
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Lloyd K.
  • 1/29/2014 6:29:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for OpenELEC with a little tweaking

Pros: - Built-in DC-DC power-supply so only AC adapter is needed (12V 2.5x5.5mm like picoPSU)
- Quiet fan with great fan control in BIOS
- Very low power (30W max measured with Kill-a-Watt)
- Built-in Nvidia GT610 well supported in Linux/OpenELEC
- Awesome for low-profile cases, especially with side-venting
- mSATA slot

Cons: - LVDS is default video so when installing OpenELEC it can be a little tricky to get HDMI output (see below for fix)
- No power to USB header when turned off which for certain IR receivers means it cannot be turned on from off
- Lousy self-service support via Giada website; no documentation, drivers or BIOS updates available; site VERY SLOW

Other Thoughts: First thought: ignore the comment in the other review about Linux and the GPU. This motherboard mates the Nvidia GT610 to the Atom D2550. The PowerVR GPU is not used. It works perfectly for Linux and with a little tweaking, OpenELEC.

Other thoughts: I've built several systems for clients using this motherboard. Almost all are for OpenELEC or XBMCbuntu though a few are for Windows. This version has an mSATA and one regular SATA slot presumably for an ODD. The fan is very quiet and the fan speed can be fine tuned in the BIOS which is great. It runs OpenELEC very well since the NVIDIA GT610 has very good driver support. With OpenELEC it's a bit tricky to setup at first because the HDMI is not the default output. You'll see the OpenELEC splash screen and then all is dark. To fix this first be sure to install OpenELEC with SSH and then do the following:

1. Plug in either an HDMI or VGA cable to the display and connect a network cable.
2. Boot OpenELEC and let it go from the splashscreen to the blank screen.
3. SSH into your OpenELEC system (usually called ‘openelec’ on the network)
4. Find the device ID for the monitor output (usually for HDMI it is DFP-1)
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.0.log | grep DFP
5. Copy the NVidia config to where it's read from
cp /etc/X11/xorg-nvidia.conf /storage/.config/
6. Change to that dir and then edit the file
cd /storage/.config
nano xorg.nvidia.conf
7. Add this line in the Device section (with the right number for your device):
Option "UseDisplayDevice" "DFP-1"
8. Exit and save
9. Reboot

There is additional information on this process on the XBMC site.

Besides this bit of tweaking, the only other real downside to this motherboard is the poor Giada website. There are no BIOS updates, no driver updates, no downloadable documentation. Support has been pretty responsive though.

Overall, I would not hesitate to purchase this motherboard for OpenELEC/Linux. It's quiet, low-power, doesn't need an external DC-DC PSU (just the AC adapter) and runs really well.

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  • Richard E.
  • 1/22/2014 11:40:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsAvoid using with Linux

Pros: Quiet, cool, requires no case fans. Low power consumption. Easily fits in Mini-ITX cases such as the smallish Mini-ITX M350 case.

Cons: Intel provides no Linux support for the Atom "CedarTrail" CPU with PowerVR graphics. This applies to motherboards using the D2500, D2550, D2600, D2700, D2800, and possibly others that I am not aware of. See the Intel disclaimer at www.01.org. Fortunately for me, Ubuntu provides a workable makeshift solution by autoselecting the gma500_gfx kernel graphics module and the X-Windows modesetting video driver. I would guess that Fedora and others can as well.

Other Thoughts: Recommendation: Use with Windows only.

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