Hey everyone. I have recently purchased a second hand mini ITX PC. it came with intel DH61AG motherboard, i3 2100 and 2x 4gb sodimm sticks. I have ordered a mSATA kingston SSD which arrived today
I installed the SSD in the mSATA slot, but it wasnt detected, so I figured I should update the BIOS (it was at v31 at the time, or maybe v33. Well surely not below 30). I downloaded the .BIO file from Downloads for Intel® Desktop Board DH61AG and put it on a usb stick. everything went great until updating from v37 to v39. BIOS wouldnt let it run and told me to use IFLASH utility or the windows exe to update it. Since I dont have an operating system yet (need to get the SSD to work first) I created a bootable USB and put the IFLASH file along with rar contents on it. Update successful. worked like a charm. until BIOS v43.
I think I should mention that I used every single update file (after the one I started with) as Intel suggests.
After the v43 flash, I could no longer boot from the usb drive to continue flashing new BIOSes (keep in mind after each flash I went into bios to check the version and whether the SSD is detected or not)
I thought it might be a buggy bios so I went ahead and flashed 44 via the F7 menu, it worked, so I went for 99 and that also worked. but I still couldnt boot from USB which is a major issue. Once v99 was updated I could no longer access the F7 menu and USB was still inaccessible. I did some research and people suggested that Recovery mode should work. So I removed the jumper and hoped for the best. Nope. Definitely not my lucky day. Recovery mode doesnt work AT ALL - Fans spin at max speed (same as right before it posts) and nothing is being displayed. People suggested that removing CMOS battery also helps (I read that in one of the threads in this forum) so I removed it for about an hour. Nothing has changed. Booted up the PC without the battery, shut it down and tried recovery. Same result. I cant even enter the F7 menu since it just hangs and freezes. BIOS itself seems to work, I can also enter the boot menu but I cant do anything from there since when I choose the drive to boot from it just freezes or reboots and puts itself in a boot loop
RMA is not an option - lets face it the board is old, its 2017 so I dont know if theres any human being left with a warranty. The board worked fine before I started flashing BIOS (following Intel's instructions)
And yes, Intel Management Engine version says 0.0.0.0
I am sad that this has happened and so far I cannot see an option.