For my 31st birthday I decided to build myself a computer, specifically a NAS and backup server which could do some other bits and pieces. I ended up buying a system based on the Gigabyte J1900N-D3V SoC from Mini-ITX (who's after sales support is great, by the way).
I hope to write up a more comprehensive overview of what I've ended up with (probably in my rather dusty hardware section), but in the meantime I have a question for anyone else with this board:
If you've upgraded the BIOS, do the more recent BIOS versions insist on there being a display connected in order to boot?
Sadly the V1 BIOS version does, which seriously limits the utility of this board for my purposes. I did manage to flash the board up to V3, once, but it later decided to downgrade itself (believing the flashed BIOS to be corrupt). I haven't managed a second time. The EFI implementation in this board is... interesting. Convincing it to boot anything legacy is a tricky task.
vt. Hindsight is a wonderful thing...