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Foxconn D180S Intel Dual Core Celeron J1800 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

  • DDR3 1333
  • Intel HD Graphics
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  • David A.
  • 1/19/2015 7:33:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs1 worked great, other was DOA

Pros: Fast, inexpensive, low power, quiet. Great Value.

Cons: I purchased two of these, one was DOA.

Other Thoughts: ArchLinux works perfectly making these ideal for low-power servers. Make sure to follow the UEFI motherboard instructions during installation. The fan is audible, but pretty quiet; it is great for a quiet office, but not suitable for a bedroom/HTPC where I would only use a fanless PC or 120mm fan.

I've requested an RMA from Foxconn for the DOA motherboard (fan runs, but no video); I'll report back on their RMA process.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused, since it's within warranty period, we will be more than happy to help you troubleshoot the unit and if necessary, replace it with another unit.

please call us at your earliest convenience at 714-988-9386 for faster assistance

or submit your email to the link below (it is usually replied within 24 hours). Our hours of operation are from 830am to 530pm PST, Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).

Best Regards,

Foxconn Support Team

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  • Chris K.
  • 1/13/2015 12:28:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPLEASE FIX YOUR BIOS

Pros: Good price. seems well built. plenty of ports. good layout

Cons: the bios is horrible. used this to build a firewall w pfsense. kept getting a temperature alarm, went from bios 02 to 04 and all that did was break ahci so i went back to bios 03 and got ahci back but my pcie network card stoppped showing up so i went back to bios 02 and had to modify a config file to tell pfsense to ignore temperatures.

Other Thoughts: has another FOXCONN product an nT-iBT18 nanoPC and after 15 yrs of playing with computers it was the first computer I've ever had to return because of a bad bios flash. Documentation would really help!

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  • Theano A.
  • 12/14/2014 7:47:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat value with ArchLinux

Pros: Unbelievable value: $35 shipped for motherboard and a serviceable CPU! Snappy performance for a lightweight server. Archlinux installs easily and runs very fast. For RAM I used a Centon R1333SO2048 (SO DIMM 204-ppin DDR3-1333 notebook memory) and it worked with no problems.

Cons: Single RAM slot, manual is a joke.

Other Thoughts: I would have loved it without a fan, but for $35 I can't complain

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  • Edmund B.
  • 12/10/2014 5:57:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPretty funky

Pros: Cheap. Did I mention cheap? Adequate desktop performance if you can get it to work.

Cons: This thing has a terrible EFI BIOS, as others have commented. I wouldn't have spent enough time in the BIOS to notice if I hadn't had all sorts of issues with the mobo. I could never get it to boot from any optical drive, SATA or USB, even after updating the BIOS to the latest version. In fact, it wouldn't even boot up with one of my SATA DVD-RWs attached (the drive works fine with another system). I tried it with 2 boards, same thing. Nor would it boot to or recognize a 32 bit version of Ubuntu blown on to a USB stick with unetbootin, though it would boot from a 64 bit version. Also, it wouldn't let me use a msdos-style partition table on my drive, it needed to be gpt, which requires a gpt boot partition. Also, the thing doesn't seem to shut off cleanly in Ubuntu 14.04, I still get a light on my card reader until I toggle the switch on the power supply. Probably another symptom of a crummy BIOS.

Updating the BIOS was a pain and didn't solve any of the issues I was having. Hint for Linux users: to switch to the USB stick from the shell type in "fs0:" This is DOS notation, which I guess I vaguely remember from 20 years ago, but isn't explained in the documentation, either on the PDF manual or Foxconn website. The on-screen prompts implied that typing fs0 would be enough, without the colon. Also, I had to reset the board with the clear-CMOS jumper after updating. I don't think I'll bother flashing the other two boards.

Also, the board is extremely picky about RAM. And only one SODIMM slot. And it has a CPU fan. I've never seen a J1800 board that required a fan, most had a robust heat sync, which was adequate. The fan is quiet enough, but is obviously cheaper than a decent heat sync and will probably fail after a while, taking down the system with it. If I'd noticed it had a CPU fan I wouldn't have ordered the unit, even for $35 with free shipping.

It is not too well endowed in the rear-panel ports department. It has a serial port, which is pretty obscure, I'd rather have a DVI or more USB. And only a PS/2 keyboard port. What's the point? If you are going to have a PS/2 KB add a PS/2 mouse port so folks can use legacy KVM switches and rodents.

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these things to replace some old Athlon XP systems for desktop work. It took quite a bit of effort, but one is set up and behaving OK, for the most part except for some ACPI weirdness and occasional glitches with X. Still, I don't think I'll RMA the boards if I can blunder through their many issues. It is too much of a hassle, and if I can get them all up and running they will make adequate low-power desktop machines.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused, but this Motherboard cannot support Linux and therefore we are unable to provide any technical support for Linux related issues.

However, for reference, BIOS update on this motherboard is different than other Foxconn boards. If instruction aren't followed properly, the BIOS chip might be corrupted.

If BIOS chip is corrupted, we can send out replacement BIOS chip at no cost.

so please call us at 714-988-9386 for faster assistance or submit your email to the link below (it is usually replied within 24 hours). Our hours of operation are from 830am to 530pm PST, Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).

Best Regards,

Foxconn Support Team

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  • david c.
  • 12/4/2014 10:25:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat for 1080p playback

Pros: I bought this and J1900 4 core to compare. J1900 has the same GPU as this one except running at 10% higher frequency.
J1800 J1900
23w 25w power consumption
40% 30% CPU usuage

running Office 2010 is about the same speed as J1900 in user point of view, maybe because clock speed is higher for J1800.

Cons: BIOS is buggy before updating. OK afterward

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  • Tyler A.
  • 12/3/2014 10:00:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings - Not Terrible

Pros: -About 14 watts idle, 34watts idle with three hard drives and solid state. Great for 24/7 File server
-Small size
-Price is right on the dot for the quality
-Practicaly silent

Cons: -No USB 3.0 header
-Bios is terrible to get windows 7 working on this board
-Bios Fan PWM control doesn't seem responsive.
-Only two sata ports, I had to use an add on card to get four.
-Would have preferred a larger heatsink with fanless design

Other Thoughts: Running this with 2GB memory for a fileserver. Can be a little slow but not unbearable. I would get this again if I have to go cheap as possible but I have never been a fan of Foxconn motherboards.

I am running this with a SY-PEX40039 sata card to use more drives. No issues at all.

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  • Hayden S.
  • 12/1/2014 7:28:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Board For 8.1

Pros: Very good performance for the price. It does a good job as a VPN server for some of my friends and I and so far no issues with much of anything.

Cons: The USB 3.0 port is upside-down so every time I want to plug something in I have to try about 3 times.

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  • Michael M.
  • 11/26/2014 10:09:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood -- UEFI UPDATE REQUIRED!

Pros: Excellent board for the price.

Cons: You will need to update to the latest UEFI for proper functionality. Not really a huge con, but one needs to be aware of it.

Other Thoughts: Okay, this is an update to my previous review ---

I was able to get Windows 7 and audio over HDMI working correctly, but it took some tinkering. (The install is NOT in UEFI mode.)

I updated to the latest UEFI from the web-site, from within my Windows 7 install. However, doing so causes Windows to not bootup properly. Once I did a re-install, all was fine. The flasher is a command-line application, so it's pretty straight forward. Also included in the download -- a PDF document that walks you through everything. :)

Once you update the UEFI, you have to load the board defaults. Then re-configure the compatibility support module, then re-install Windows.

My HDTV was detecting the HDMI video output as DVI, until I updated the firmware of the board.

Be sure to use the correct firmware! There is 32-bit and 64-bit. My board came with 64-bit by default, which was what I updated it to, but also because I am running 64-bit Windows.

For whatever reason, Windows 7 performs a lot better after the update. This is with a slow, 5400RPM laptop drive too. (I have a single stick of 4GB GSkill Laptop RAM.)

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  • Michael M.
  • 11/23/2014 8:23:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board, but very quirky!

Pros: Inexpensive, low-power consumption. Enough processing power for the intended use -- Web browsing, office, basic media playback.

Cons: Buggy firmware?, strange behaviour with Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: I got this half-off. I won't list the price since NewEgg probably won't allow that. :) -- It was a deal I could not refuse, as it's MUCH better than one of the comparably priced VIA x86-64 CPU embedded solutions that were on here as well.

Let me start off by saying that I knew I was going to be installing Windows 7 on this unit from day one. In order to do so, however, I had to go through some "Hoops."

You need to go into the UEFI and look for the CSM, compatibility support module. You then need to set it on, and allow Legacy booting on any device you need to install Windows from. Therefore you need to select a USB device if you are booting from a flash drive, as well as your optical drive if you have one installed. As well as your hard drive or SSD.

You then also need to make sure that Windows 7 is selected as the legacy boot OS. Choosing Windows 8 for a 7 install will likely result in a BSOD.

From there, DO NOT enable USB-3. -- My particular board will not allow Windows to detect the USB keyboard and mouse on the USB-2 ports (any of the four) if the USB-3 port is enabled.

From there, make sure USB-2 is enabled. If you disable BOTH usb ports, you will lock yourself out of the UEFI! (You must rest the CMOS if you do so, presumably if you had a PS/2 keyboard you could revert it without a reset however.)

Once you boot the Windows 7 install disc, leave it sit for a few minutes to detect your keyboard and mouse. Once it detects the two, the install should run smoothly.

No major problems with running the install on a 5400RPM laptop hard disk. Obviously that's not a good performance drive, but it will work until I can spare the cash for a small SSD!

Performance is good for what it is. -- I would submit it's probably around the speed of an old Pentium E2160 chip from 2006/2007. Probably a bit more. -- Not super powerful, but you can still do a lot with it. The integrated graphics are Intel HD, however the generation (4000, 4400, etc.) is not clear. -- I haven't tested any games yet.

This machine would be better for older games, or console emulation. Which is why I obtained it.

Note -- I did not update the BIOS. I also don't have the revision the board has in front of me. So perhaps the update would fix these issues!

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  • Garrett S.
  • 11/22/2014 5:37:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbummer

Pros: REally no pros. It cheap I guess

Cons: Does not work. Can't get it to boot properly

Other Thoughts: I wish I had read the reviews. Wasted a ton of time on this lemon. Updated the bios because I couldn't get audio working and now it won't boot at all (I am almost positive its the ACHI problem others mentioned)

probably going to have to return. too bad because I wanted ti to just work like every other motherboard I have ever gotten at newegg.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry for the incovenience this may have caused you, but are you trying to install Linux with this board? Unfortunately, this motherboard cannot support Linux.

But if you have any other questions regarding this motherboard, please don't hesistate to call or email us

Please call us at 714-988-9386 for immediate assistance or submit your email to the link below (it is usually replied within 24 hours). Our hours of operation are from 830am to 530pm PST, Monday through
Friday (excluding public holidays).

Best Regards,

Foxconn Support Team

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