Hello, this is my first post but not one of joy... I have bricked my new 7 days old NUC...
I have spent the last 24 hours trying to revive it but alas, no joy, the BIOS has died.
After a failed update from 0042 to 0042+Integrator Toolkit the device only reboots cyclically without video output or keyboard input.
I have to mention that I was able to go in the BIOS once after that update to do a F9 (reset to Default) and since then it is bricked
After this failure, I tried every method posted by Intel but none works (F7 and the 3 seconds power button). I have tried these countless times with different BIOS versions on a Fat32 USB key, one at a time.
Then I went more serious and opened up the back cover of the NUC to proceed with the BIOS recovery and the dreaded jumper removal.
This it is where I have spent the last 12 hours. It doesn't work.
I also tried removing one of the two memory sticks and the NVMe drive.
Procedure Recovery Mode - Jumper out, USB stick with BIOS file in, Power ON. Result: Absolutely nothing. USB stick light flashes for 2-3 seconds (loading the BIOS I presume) then there is nothing. No screen, no keyboard. I still let it do what looks like nothing for a period of between 2 - 30 mins. Then I shut it down myself. Remove the USB stick, replace the jumper over positions poles 1&2. Power ON. Then it starts doing the the cycling on/off as before...
I did the little procedure above SO many times and expecting different results. This IS the definition of insanity
Did this with BIOS versions 42, 41, 37, 35 and 34, numerous times, in different order... No screen input, no keyboard, nada, just spinning happily in emptiness until I turn it off.
THEN... There was something very different with BIOS 0033!! I thought I wasn't insane after all since I had a different result.
BIOS 33 does bring my screen up and accept my keyboard inputs. It even asks me sometimes what I want to do (little menu with F2, F4, F7, F10). Cool.
I also see the Intel NUC logo with the F2 F7 choices the other times I don't see the little recovery menu.
But it doesn't work... After my choice of Fx it just reboots and cycles showing me the Intel NUC logo screen with choices at the bottom right. Nothing I can choose on that screen, it just reboots every 5-10 seconds.
This is where I am at... I really think I did all I could to save it but obviously not enough.
Intel support team, you're my only hope.
Thanks for your time.