Problem 1 fixed: Seems like the on board wireless was waiting for resolution of something or whatever. Nuke and pave and now all is well. Internal wireless not connected this round. Will experiment later. BlueTooth - sweet. Booting from the ssd is sweet.
Problem 2: Both the keyboard(s) and the motherboard are brand new - can't understand why a usb keyboard does not function at boot OR is useless when in SAFE MODE. Two new keyboards - neither work with the ud5 - but once booted both are perfect.
Surely someone at gigabyte would have a suggestion/Solution?