Last night I put together a small system using the new D510MO desktop board. I ran into a couple of issues with which I could use some help, if anyone has similar experiences.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this board. This is a secondary machine that sits in the living room and mainly streams audio off the internet, with occasional light browsing thrown in. The main goal was silence and not power, which was why I went with this board, and you practically have to put your ear on the case to hear the case fan. It post'ed the first time, and except for the (relatively minor) issues above, so far -- knock on wood -- it looks good.
--Booting from USB devices: There are some odd anomalies here. I didn't have a slim internal CD/DVD drive on hand, so wanted to install my OS from an external USB drive. I enabled USB boot in BIOS, and as far as I can tell the settings are correct. However, the system stubbornly refuses to recognize my USB DVD/CD-ROM drive (drive should be "known good", as other computers will boot from it correctly). Thinking that it might be an issue with the case (Silverstone SG06), I tried connecting the CD/DVD drive to the USB ports on the back of the machine, i.e. the ones hardwired into the motherboard. No joy there either. The drive powers up, so the ports aren't dead, but the machine just won't boot from it. I got the machine to boot from a thumb drive with Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 on it, and installed that on the internal drive as a stopgap, but it's not an ideal OS for this (see below) -- oh, and the USB drive will only boot from one of the two front mounted ports. Would welcome any thoughts on this -- I will eventually probably have to get a slim internal SATA CD/DVD drive, but in the meantime this is a bit of a pain.
--The UNR that I used to boot was 9.04, and when I installed it to my internal hard drive (a Kingston SSDNow V 64GB) it went fine. But when I updated it with the various patches and so forth (not a version upgrade, just the components of the OS) the machine gets to the desktop wallpaper and hangs. I'll ask about this in the Ubuntu forums as well, but am curious if anyone else has encountered this.
--Graphics issues: The machine's connected to a smallish LCD, which displays the resolution independent of the computer. When I get the splash screen, the LCD says it's running at 1280x800, but it drops back to 1024x768 maximum on the desktop. I've read the thread elsewhere on this site about Intel integrated graphics refusing to run at native resolutions, but as far as I could tell the workarounds applied to Windows, which I'm trying to avoid using. (I put that part of the budget into the case and SSD instead.)
Thanks in advance for any input.