On 6/15/2020 BIOS 0042 for NUC10 (FN) series was published at https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29631/BIOS-Update-FNCML357-?product=188811
Now it's gone, been pulled and we are back at 0041
What was the reason? I flashed 0042 on 4 systems already, just want to know if it's buggy, dangerous etc.
I have 1 system on 0039, one on 0041, and one on 0043.
I guess I'll be saving every BIOS version and release notes PDF I see from now on. I wish Intel would tell us what's going on.
Intel historically does not provide these kinds of updates. I don't expect them to change their policies now.
If a BIOS is withdrawn, it is because it causes errant operation (including potentially bricking systems) or has a security issue.
If a BIOS is withdrawn, it is recommended that you attempt to use the BIOS Recovery process to downgrade to the last supported BIOS version.
i chatted with an support agent and he recommended to recover to version 39.
however the agent doesnt sound like an human and did not answer my question, just this recommendation.
anway, if there would be an big trouble with the withdrawn version, i guess intel would have noted or communicated somehow.
LOL! No, there's no automated response capability; that was a real person. I sure wish they would do more than provide boilerplate responses.
Sadly, no, they do not provide notifications for withdrawn BIOS releases. The support engineers may end up talking about them, but they don't have a place to put notices of this type. Wish they would, however.
Edit: Here's an example: Suppose there was a security issue in a BIOS. Standard policy in most companies is that you do not talk about security issues until a solution is available. In this case, they would pull the BIOS and then nothing would be said until the replacement BIOS was available. This example I accept; that's policy in many companies. The case that I (and obviously you) find problematic are the ones where the BIOS is bricking folks and nothing gets said.
I have a support case open with Intel, and they told me this:
Reason for removal
The BIOS changes the SATA Mode Selection to AHCI when it should be set to: Intel® RST Premium with Intel Optane System Acceleration or RAID. This causes the Intel® NUC not to boot.
I have no idea if that's the only reason for removal. I have no idea why they don't make this info public.
@sbmi Thank you for that info. Yes I agree some public info on why these are removed would be very helpful (please INTEL !!) otherwise we are left worrying that maybe a flashed BIOS got pulled for something more serious, some crashing/memory corruption/etc ...
Link at https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29707/BIOS-Update-FNCML357-?product=98414 says that "This download record provides options for updating the BIOS for Intel® NUC Kits NUC10i7FN, NUC10i5FN and NUC10i3FN."
Have they pulled it again?
I am on 0042 after 0041 on my NUC10i5, and both had problems with restarting after BIOS updates. They "forgot" several settings and devices were disabled and such things.
Edit to clarify: since I restored my settings, everything is going fine with 0042.