so as I wrote about twice getting the M3 stick and both failing so I'm thinking of getting it for the 3rd time, maybe third time's a charm!, so my question is, once I get Windows up and running, I would upgrade the Bios from the latest one or I have to upgrade gradually from the first Bios?
This depends upon what BIOS the unit actually comes with. If it has a very old BIOS release (around or before, say, 25), you might want to include a middle step (say, to 34 and then to 44). If the BIOS it comes with is in the 30's, I would say just install 44.
Hope this helps,
ok I will gradually do all of them to be safe, one more question, once I turn it on for the first time, should I update the bios before upgrading to Windows Anniversary or it doesn't matter?
In theory, it shouldn't matter. On my CC (m3) ICS, it happened that I upgraded to Anniversary first and then the latest BIOS afterwards (in fact, I was on ancient BIOS 19 when the Anniversary upgrade installed). On my SC (x5) ICS, however, I was on the latest BIOS before the Anniversary upgrade was applied.
As mentioned before it should not matter if you jump to the latest version, but is not a bad thing to gradually jump from version to version until to have the latest.
Here you can check all the methods for the BIOS update; http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/intel-compute-stick/000005961.html BIOS Update Instructions for Intel® Compute Stick.
I would add that, shortly after posting that last message, I shutdown the SC ICS so that I could use its connection point to try to resurrect my FC ICS (which *was* killed by the Anniversary Update). After all my attempts to resurrect the FC ICS were exhausted (grrrr), I reconnected the SC ICS -- and I have never gotten it to POST or boot since. Bottom line, the only ICS that survived the Anniversary Update installation was the CC ICS. Thanks again Microsoft.
With both the Intel STK1AW32SC, and the similar Lenovo 300 Stick, I have seen several instances of, freshly after an update (major or minor), that upon rebooting (sometimes as part of the update, sometimes as the first reboot after an update), the Stick will keep the blue LED on, but appear to be dead (black screen, USB hub unlit, etc). I have learned to just leave it for a few minutes (typically about five minutes), and eventually the Stick will reboot as though "nothing ever happened".
I have also seen this behavior right after the first login after a reboot after an update (although for only a minute or two).
Impatiently messing with the device just upsets whatever it is doing.
I have also seen this with much faster computers (with different video chipsets), and thus the "blackout" (as I will call it) is considerably shorter.
These Sticks are designed for people that are more patient than many of us (including myself).
/thread/107393 Rebecca12, thank you for letting me know, and if you need further assistance let us know.
DeanGibson, thank you for your input.