“Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”

“Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”

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Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?

Clark Griswold portrayed by Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

My Computer Blew Up For Christmas 🙁

In case anyone was wondering why I made so few posts over the holidays and haven’t really posted anything until now, well, it’s because my Intel NUC, my primary PC, decided to give up on me, and on the first day of Christmas vacation. It just so happened that I was able to get it back up and running… but only a couple days ago. Since it was only 4 months old, I luckily didn’t have anything on there that isn’t recoverable from the cloud. It was still painful to go through tech support and RMAs when it’s Christmas time, and all you’re trying to do is just relax and spend some time at home with your family. Finally, a couple days back, I got all my software reinstalled, I got all my Docs back out of the cloud, and when I was ready to fire it up get to work, I hit a Windows Updates… [facepalm]

Anyways, I’m so happy to be back! Let me tell you about the unintended upgrade my NUC got in this whole process!

NUC Upgrades!

The Intel NUC8i7HVK is approximately the size of a large paperback novel.
(Cowboy Bebop Zippo for scale)

When the NUC first stopped recognizing it’s M.2 solid-state drive, I figured the drive had gone bad, as it’s not unheard of for an SSD to die prematurely. I contacted Samsung, and got my RMA started, and got my drive in the mail to them the next day. Expecting it to take a long time to get my drive back, I purchased an SSD to take it’s place, that could then be moved to the second M.2 slot in the NUC to serve as more storage. See here:

On the left are the 2 x M.2 NVMe SSD drives. The Crucial (left) is a 1 TB drive, and the Samsung (right) is a 512 GB drive. I like to install the OS to the smaller and/or faster drive, which is the Samsung in this case, and use the larger or slower drive for the user storage area, which are your ‘My Documents’, ‘My Pictures’, ‘My Videos’, etc…. This configuration works well for how I like to organize my data.

When the new drive arrived, that’s when I learned it wasn’t the drive that had gone bad, but the NUC itself. With a bit of support from Intel, we were able to address some BIOS related issues, and get everything into working order again. Now, we’re back to prominently displaying the LED lit skull on the top of the NUC:

Hey deathly-looking skull-dude! I missed ya!

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