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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 4 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: very versatile board many cpu options. integrated wifi supports newer ac band. support ubuntu14.04 64 bit nicely. yes even the buitl in blue tooth works. i read alot of issues with the wifi and windows. this may be a windows driver problem. certainly not an issue in ubuntu or at least i have not seen it YET. for now i am testing its stabiltiy by leaving it on all day. temps are on avg 35-43c but thats normal for an amd.

Cons: this is not a gamer board by any means so dont expect it to run massive games. usb ports are somewhat limited. and the wiring may be a nightmare as the connector are all over the place..

Other Thoughts: i have had this board about 24 hours as of this review so it will not be glowing and have 5 eggs. this is my first mini itx build and should be interesting at best. i do not know how well the onboard video works as i added an old amd card to it. i paired the board with a simple a4 amd dual core cpu. @3.0 ghz. but this can be upgraded to most any FM/FM2+ A series. for memory i used a single 1333 4 gb of mushkin silver line. only showing 3.7 in bios. so there is room to expand. this is a budget build for a family member whose needs will be more than met. since i asked what will be done with the build i will build to suit the needs.

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 - Quad-Core 1GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: see prior review. solved prior charging issue

Cons: can not find a case to fit this will have to special order one..

Other Thoughts: in prior review of the device i stated it would not charge when in off (shutdown) mode. i was able to remedy the issue. if you have the same issue here is what should solve the problem.
if after update of asus the device does not charge in off state you will need to wipe the cache and reset to factory via hard reset. a hard reset can be performed via the following steps.
1. shut device down completely.
2. press and hold volume up and press and hold power on. when you see the asus logo release the buttons. it is normal for screen to stay dark for a few seconds about 5 seconds or so. you will eventually have a "no command" with a red triangle warning.
3. press and hold power and tap volume up. you should now have a menu up. goto bottom and wipe system cache. restart device. *note pressing power power =enter*
4. repeat steps 1-3.*** EXCEPT do not perform wipe cache.***
5. now goto factory reset and select yes. then allow device to restart.
goto settings >battery and take notice of percentage. shut device down.
plug in charger wait about 30 minutes it should have charged. somewhat. i do not recommend using a usb port charger from a pc they do not have the same voltage or amp ratings as the one that was supplied.

as best as i can tell there appears to be a residual code that does not allow charging when off in the cache or new settings are not loaded with the asus update and must be forced to new update. or removed from old cache. this solved my issue. for no charging in power off state and i will not RMA this device..

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 - Quad-Core 1GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: it is a fast little tablet thin and light. moving around the system is easy to do as the text and screen are very clear. it comes with a stand. the cpu is not an integra processor but a can do lil arm v7 that has the might to get the job done. the mali gpu is also up to the task for clear graphics. microusb slot for charging and inteface with pc. the low price does not mean you are getting junk by any means bu ta bargain and decent tablet that will not need to be financed for 5 years.

Cons: finding a case for this is nearly impossible to do locally. so order one while you are in here. i would recommend the case advertised from asus. mine does not charge properly it goes to 86% when powered off and stops. charging. when i turn it on and resume charging it fills up.. sorry thats not acceptable.

Other Thoughts: i will buy another one as soon as i can just because this one may have a bad charger or charging port does not mean im going to string asus out on it.. i have a transformer t300 which performs flawlessly and have had it for over 18 months. with 0 issues. during an update process it did randomly restart one time perhaps it was something i touched .. but never saw it again. i would recommend it highly as a well to do budget tablet when a 7 inch hurts your eyes and a 10 inch is to much to schlepp on weekend getaway..


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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 10/27/06

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 01/22/14
  • Last Review: 06/11/14
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