According to the information provided, the BIOS seems to be corrupted indeed after the firmware update you did. We recommend disconnecting the power cable and pressing the power button for 10 seconds to fully power cycle the system. Once this is done, take out the CMOS battery for one minute or move the CMOS jumper to clear it, reconnect the power cable, CMOS battery and try to boot up the system. If the issue still remains, we suggest replacing the board under warranty.
I'll give that a shot when I get home. I'm wondering if it's because it's a engineering sample. I work at an IT distributor who sells Intel Products and I was given this server for testing. It's an amazing server however I'm extremely disappointed with this firmware update bricking the unit. Do you think this engineering sample actually has a warranty still?
Also one of these guys I work with mentioned that I should try using a Low profile / Low Power video card ( PCIe 16x ) to see if I can get any video output. When I tried to do the BIOS Recovery trick with the jumper, I can't tell if there's anything happening on the system. I'd imagine I should at least see some sort of video output when in recovery mode.
one more question. I was reading this manual: http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/g34153004_s2600ip_w2600cr_tps_rev14.pdf
And it states that Jumper J1F2 : BIOS Recovery is normally defaulted for 1-2 pins for normal operation. It says for pins 2-3 "the main system BIOS does not boot with pins 2-3 connected. The system only boots from EFI-bootable recovery media with a recovery BIOS image present."
Does this mean I need to leave the jumper off altogether when performing a BIOS recovery?
Hi again Rob,
To answer your question, have the jumper in pins 2-3 with the recovery media installed in order to start the update. We also would like to inform you that the assistance we provide is for boxed products so there is a chance that the hardware is different on your engineering sample board.