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

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  • Scott O.
  • 9/18/2014 11:23:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad board for the price

Pros: Good price/performance ratio for NAS usage.

Cons: Mobo required a BIOS update before FreeNAS would finish booting from USB.

Other Thoughts: Before I updated the BIOS I was unable to run FreeNAS off of a USB drive: the kernel would boot, but init couldn't properly reset the USB hubs, resulting in a failure to mount the root filesystem.

The BIOS zip file on Foxconn's website does not contain any instructions for updating the BIOS whatsoever. It does, however, contain two folders: one for a shell update and one for Windows. I first tried installing Windows 8 to do a GUI flash, but Windows setup always froze on device detection.

I loaded up another USB stick with FreeDos, booted from that and looked in the shell folder for an .exe or .com file... nope. However, I DID see a few .efi files, and after some Googling, I discovered that the BIOS update folder was designed for a UEFI shell.

For those of you who can't get the board to boot anything USB, it's a fairly easy process:

1) Download the latest BIOS update zip file from the Foxconn site
2) Extract the X64 / Shell folder and place it on any USB stick (preferably formatted to FAT32 or NTFS).
3) Connect the USB stick a free USB port on the D180S and power it up
4) Press F7 to open the Boot menu and select the "Built-in UEFI Shell"
5) Allow the startup script to run, then observe the listed file systems. As long as you don't have any other drives hooked up, the usb stick should be "fs0:"
6) Type the filesystem name at the prompt, just like you would the drive name in Windows (e.g. "C:" but in this case, "fs0:" ) and hit enter
7) Navigate to the SYSBIOS folder and type "flash" to run the script.
8) Once the System BIOS is updated, navigate to the MEBIOS folder and type "flash" again
9) When complete, type "reset" and the D180S will reboot and complain the BIOS has been reset to default.
10) Enter the BIOS and restore your settings manually, then save and exit.

Hope this helps someone avoid struggling for 6 hours like I did.

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  • Phillip M.
  • 8/23/2014 5:12:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad for a router/firewall foundation

Pros: Decent features for the price. CPU has enough power behind it to handle my needs as an Untangle UTM solution and runs quiet and cool. Mini PCIe slot is good to have as well as a PCI-e x16 slot that I was looking for when most other boards only have a x1 slot (more on that in Other Thoughts)

Cons: Sata III would have been nice, but not expected at this price point. Having the SATA ports on the back side of the board is a little odd, but this seems to be a trend that most ITX motherboards are doing now. The SATA cables provided are of decent lenght so that shouldn't be a problem. I Wish it wasn't using a SO-DIMM slot, but that's a personal preference and not worth dropping an egg over

Other Thoughts: I was a little hesitant to get this board since there were no reviews on it, but I decided to go for it since it had a PCIe x16 slot (even though it only operates at x1 speed). I also had an older Foxconn barebones PC (circa 2010) with an old integrated atom board in it. This motherboard was litterally a drop-in plug-n-play solution for those who have an older Foxconn barebone PC and want to give new life to it. Even the pinout for the front panel was the same on both motherboards (no re-pinning connectors, yay!)

I'm using this setup to run an Untangle UTM for a small busniess and purchased a HP NC360T dual port Gigabit NIC (Intel chipset that is a PCIe x4 interface but can clock down to a x1 without any issues) for $25 off of an online auction site (Newegg won't let me say which...) and now have a good foundation for a router/firewall setup. Total price along with a hard drive, memory and NIC was just under $195, which isn't bad at all.

Overall, I'm fairly happy with the board. I would also imagine it would do fairly well if used as a budget HTPC alternative as well.

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Thank you for purchasing Foxconn products and taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. Your business is greatly appreciated!

Best regards,

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