I understand my NUC6i5SYH which you folks helped me to build needs an urgent BIOS Update.
I have used this machine as my daily workhorse and been well pleased with it and don't want to hurt it!
This evening, I was Googling to see if it would likely run Davinci Resolve 16 when I stumbled across a blog post on "Techsterweb.com" dated Dec 2019 alerting me to an "urgent" firmware advisory!
This is something I dread doing and really need step by step help to achieve it without doing irreparable damage!
Can anybody help me?
I'm answering to your questions:
Hello Leon and thanks for your quick reply.
Since I'm not safe to be left alone with anything other than a wax crayon, I have a few questions!
Is a 4GB stick OK?
Just to be clear, the file to download is the top one on the page, "SY0073.bio".
Do I need to verify it with the checksum given? If so I'll have to download the software.
Final trap! ...since I use a BT Desk-set, I presume a USB Keyboard will be needed
Regarding previous customisations of the BIOS, I have no idea.
There's something in the back of my mind from when I assembled this machine in 2016 about UEFI and "Legacy support/software"??
I'll try and find the details from back then if they are still available and let you know.
I'm answering to your questions:
Sorry not to have replied this evening Leon.
Have you ever had one of those days when every conceivable thing has gone wrong, just to spite you personally Grrr!
...Well I have just lived through one such, and I'm in need of three fingers of Scotch and a darkened room.
Nothing to do with my PC, just everything else I've touched today and in large part that involves a darkening cloud over Cupertino, mentioning no names!
Maybe tomorrow will be better, I'll check what the current BIOS says before proceeding further.
Hi Leon, back in the World!
That was scary but seems to have been done OK thanks to your clear instructions.
I did check the BIOS prior to doing the update and it showed the UEFI tab with a check mark in the box, so it seems it was never previously changed from default, and that state is ongoing.
I am presuming that with the default BIOS settings I will be able in the future, to boot from Linux OS's on USB/External drives.
I've not yet tried that with this machine since a Microsoft engineer messed up my almost virgin Win10 install so badly that Microsoft actually paid me £50 for the carnage caused!
Since then I have limped along with the damage as I am too scared of doing a complete reinstall to correct it, which has kinda taken the shine off my pleasure in using my NUC.
Thanks again for helping me.
I have to admit that I have not updated any of the drivers on this machine (unless Microsoft almighty has ridden roughshod over my instructions never to update drivers!) and wonder if I really need to.
I fear it may be a difficult process!
I'm also pleased and relieved, that the BIOS Update went uncharacteristically well - for me!
Re: 2) Chipset software, looking back through my notes on the original build, it seems I installed https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25911/Chipset-Intel-Chipset-Device-Software-for-Intel-NUC?... Chipset: Intel® Chipset Device Software for Intel® NUC.
I presume this latest software which is only two months later will overwrite the above?
Is it just a case of unzipping and double clicking on the executable file?
Re:3) I had several questions, most of which evaporated as I read further into the links!
Some however remain, and there may be more as I read more thoroughly:
I was looking at the comprehensive list of drivers, and especially the quantity of them when you hit the "More" button at the bottom of the page!
First I noticed that the BIOS Update just applied is among them, as are drivers for stuff I don't have the hardware for i.e NFC kit.
I presume that the IDSA will sift through those which are and are not needed?
I also saw mention that Driver updates are not necessarily required if all is performing normally and there are no nasty yellow triangles in Device Manager, which would appear to be my current situation.
I thought that drivers should be kept up to date for security reasons as well as optimum performance, so is it best to install all that the IDSA flags up or not?
Thanks for advising me about this tool, it does sound as if it will be useful.
Thanks for that Leon, I've downloaded the Chipset software and the IDSA Tool.
I'll wait until morning to install them, so that I can see if the updated BIOS has any unwanted effects, and in any event, I will perform better after a night's sleep!
I will re-read the IDSA notes but can you tell me if it downloads and installs drivers selectively rather tan each and every?
Initial impressions are that it certainly seems to be the answer to my needs and hopefully it will stop Microsoft being tempted to install any of their drivers!
Tried to install the chipset software and was greeted with: "A newer version already installed do you really want to downgrade?"
I attach screenshots.
I had to check that I was trying to install the version that you linked me to, and that as can be seen is correct.
I don't know where to look to verify the version already installed, but I feel sure that long ago, I tried to stop MS updates from installing drivers. On checking, I see that it has been re-set to "allowed" (assuming that I did indeed deny permission on this machine as well).
Can I actually check which version is installed somehow?
I might be getting confused with happenings on my Erazer machine where MS updates keeps installing a driver that deprives me of the touchpad, and some times also the Kb!
Instructions lodged to "Deny" on the Erazer, are as per the "Permissions" screenshot here, regularly ignored/re-set by "Major" updates despite having also attempted to stop this happening via another method as well which I can't recall now but it is a standard procedure, and again MS Almighty sometimes ignores that too.
That's led me to squirrel away copies of the Synaptics driver which works on the Erazer all over the place because Synaptics has since stopped hosting that driver on their website!
Do not hesitate and install the Chipset Software Version: 10.1.1.9 (Latest) Date: 7/14/2015. This is the latest software release for your NUC. You actually can't check the version since it is not real driver, rather definition .inf files. From the attached image of Update History I can see that your Graphics Driver is the latest driver validated for your NUC - Version: 220.127.116.1181. So, you will not have any problem with this driver.
Driver ud permission.JPG shows the correct place to stop Windows to update the drivers. Now the update is permitted. In the future if you decide to cancel this permission, check "No"
Hmm! why did I expect anything different!
First problem after "downgrading" to the latest Chipset software was that the first item on the list attempted to install and came up with a message to the effect that it was not possible as the current "something or other" I can't recall the wording since I had dismissed the message incorrectly thinking the installer would automatically sort the problem.
... it didn't, it just closed and went on to the next item!
Next problem was the BT driver install process has now denied me my Kb, and is playing "hide the sausage with Bluetooth, it is switched off, and no longer shows in the Notification area, it's "tile" is gone!
I have gotten into a mess on previous occasions with BT, so don't want to go seek in Device Manager without prior wisdom! Currently stuck with my old clunky USB Kb.
Here's one of the problem notifications, no idea why two copies show when dragged inline rather than as an attachment!:-
The IDSA shows all up to date despite the above!
How do I proceed with installing the above Network connections driver?
As I recall, the first message which I dismissed said something needed uninstalling before this could be completed.
I don't seem able to view any "history" in the IDSA to be sure which item was not installed.
Sorry, I notice I didn't complete the first paragraph, should have continued thus:-
First problem after "downgrading" to the latest Chipset software was that the first item on the list attempted to install and came up with a message to the effect that it was not possible as the current "something or other" Required uninstalling first I can't recall the wording since I had dismissed the message incorrectly thinking the installer would automatically sort the problem.
Not sure if that helps or not!
....Also I decided to be brave and rummage around in Device Manager to poke Bt into life!
This doesn't always go well, in the past I have variously banished Bt completely, or alternatively turned off the "Tile" which invokes a merry dance through unnecessary hoops in "Settings"! a most user unfriendly feature of Windows 10 I feel!
but at last I have my Kb running again
I'm confused now!
The first driver which the IDSA Tool listed as requiring updating ran into a problem requiring something to be uninstalled before it could install that item.
The only clue I have as to the identity of that item is in the error message I posted earlier.
So I don't understand what needs to be uninstalled in order to get that first item installed, ...the only clue is in the error message I posted.
How do these drivers you advise now relate to those which the tool installed?
Sorry for my ignorance, just trying to understand what's happening!
One possible driver that need "clean" installation is the Legacy Graphics Driver, however since you got already the new DCH Driver installed (you may verify the version of this driver in the Device Manager or in the IDSA) I don't know what's happened. Any way if now, after the IDSA scan is completed and the results are that all drivers are updated, you are set.