I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There’s Hope! – WIRED

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There’s Hope! – WIRED

The screen went black, then nothing.

The notification in my task tray suggested a driver update, and I had some time, so I acquiesced. This particular alert prompted me to update the BIOS, and the convenient Intel Driver and Support Assistant let me do this right from Windows. I rarely updated my firmware; however, for the past two years, I’ve been enjoying the Hades Canyon NUC, an ultra-small form factor device the size of a paperback novel capable of low-end AAA gaming.

This bastard of a device is the love child between Intel and Radeon graphics processors, with two graphical brains cleverly parked in one computer body. Intel handles the day-to-day visuals, and Radeon takes over for visually intensive work. It’s a slick device, but keeping the drivers and firmware current has ensured steady operation. Prior updates from this tool relieved a litany of bugs before they became too annoying to troubleshoot. So I ran the update without much thought.

How It All Began

Several minutes passed. The screen indicated the flash update completed successfully just before it went blank. As the minutes pressed on, the gentle hum of the computer sounded dull and inanimate. I grew nervous that I’d missed a critical step. Darkness pouring from my screen, I searched the internet for BIOS update instructions. “Do NOT at any time power off the computer at this stage”. Intel’s instructions for this two- to five-minute procedure went on: “If a BIOS update process
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