Maybe I am tired and cranky and lack the competency to recover from this but the situation is this - just spent the better part of $700 or so on my NUC6i6RYH and as anyone would do (or not, but I have for the better part of 30 years of technology use) I took a look at the drivers with such a new platform mayber there are drivers worh installing - and there I see the demon bios - 33. I thought innocently, hey, Intel probably cleaned up some stuff that you find as you start to have greateer and greater use and feedback, so I will update the bios, as I have done for 30 years and what is the worst that can happen? I have to downgrade back as I have done from time to time in recovery - if you have ever experienced a bios upgrade interrupted for example.
Well, I install it, and poof - NUC is now a doorstop. The m.2 channel appears to not be detected by the system anymore. This is shockingly negligent on Intel's part to actually release this BIOS when it causes this to happen. I have a very plain vanilla setup - 32GB of memory and the EVO 256GB m.2 ssd - that's it. I am flaming about this because I am extremely inconvenienced by this - and I actually thought my drive was the issue, until I put it in another nuc6i5 that hadn't updated yet and it worked fine, and to think I was blaming this on shoddy south Korean products - I felt very guilty to have ever doubted the only excellent products I have used from Samsung.
Only after my troubleshooting hellride did I come upon this beauty:
Due to the Intel® ME firmware update in BIOS version 0033, once the BIOS has been updated to this version or later, you will need to perform a BIOS Recovery to downgrade the BIOS to version 0028 or earlier. Attempting a BIOS downgrade using the F7 or iFlash methods may fail – the BIOS will remain at its current version.
Not only have I never read documentation to a BIOS upgrade as it about as intelligible to me as reading the electrical wiring diagram for my dishwasher, but never in my wildest dreams would I think I am installing a bios where the notes say : Only install this bios if you want to make your NUC into a doorstop. That would have gotten my attention.
Additionally, just or the person who wrote this, their 5-hour energy must have worn off, because if you would have tried this and then done a recovery you would have experienced for yourself that the recovery does not in fact resolve the doorstop state your NUC is now in - and then Intel would have never released this bios until that was solved and I wouldn't be writing this.
I am also so animated about this mainly because I am trying to build a business around these machines as the sole hardware for the infrastructure and have talked them up significantly - so this doesn't make me look good and I hope that intel either.
1- comes out with a patch ASAP (if that is possible)
2-tells me how to resolve this without any new bios from them (and yes I have done BIOS recovery and downgraded back to 28 - doesn't exercise this demon)
3 - bellies up to the bar and replaces my nuc