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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: features, price, performance

Cons: Often boots without USB ports active.

Other Thoughts: Anytime that I have been running linux and then power down and boot into Windows 7 the USB ports are not working. Nothing is recognized on any of the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.

I think this means there is a bug in the BIOS. It looks like the BIOS does not do a complete reinitialization of the USB controllers. I have tried every BIOS setting related to USB but always the same result.

The work-around is to stop the boot process in the BIOS setup screen, then continue to boot into Windows 7. Something about using the USB keyboard in the BIOS setup screen forces USB initializaion and causes the ports to work upon boot-up.

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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs updated review - sound works 12/21/2014

This review is from: ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Z97

Cons: USB BIOS problem

Other Thoughts: This is an updated review. Previously sound did not work in Ubuntu. I installed the newest Ubuntu distro 14.10 and now sound works without problem so I have upgraded the number of eggs to four.

I still have the problem with the USB ports being turned off after booting into Windows after running Ubuntu. I have tried all the USB ports on the machine, same problem. I suspect this is a BIOS bug. The BIOS is apparently not reinitializing the USB system completely. It looks like some setting is persisting from Linux. If a later BIOS update fixes this I will give this board 5 eggs.

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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Z97 chipset, mini-itx size, price. good wifi

Cons: I have had some trouble getting the audio to work under Ubuntu Linux. The ACL1150 audio is somewhat new and does not work for me under Ubuntu 14.04.

Also, I have a problem with the USB ports when booting into Windows 7 after have previously run Linux. The USB mouse and keyboard do not work. I have to reboot by pressing the power button. Then if I go into the BIOS and navigate around a little bit the USB ports will be active when I boot into Windows.

Other Thoughts: I will probably replace this board with an Asus equivalent. That is what I should have purchased in the first place.

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Display Name: peter d.

Date Joined: 04/22/05

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