In the middle of steaming a song, my 2018 Intel NUC i7 died. Won’t power on, no lights, no fan, no ROCK.
I’m trying to decide what to do…
I can buy a new i7 NUC. The upside of that is that I could probably just drop my existing RAM and HD into it and be good to go, assuming they are not damaged. The downside is that it will cost me $500 which is the same as I paid back in 2018. It pains me to pay that much for such old tech.
Are there better choices? If I get a newer i10 NUC, would I be able to reuse the RAM and HD from my old NUC?
I’m assuming that getting an out of warranty NUC repaired is probably not worth the effort/expense. True?
Note that I have a backup of my library and my music files, so having to reformat the HD would not be a disaster, but I’d like to avoid it.
I got out my multi-meter and it does appear to be the power supply. Thanks for mentioning that. I had assumed it was not the power supply based on a Google search for similar issues, but always smart to check the basics first!
I’m a novice with the multi-meter, but this is correct, right? Set it to ACV, red to inside the plug tip and black to the outer plug tip. Reading less than 1V.
Should I get a newer NUC or replace my old one? I’m not sure which of the newer NUCs can run ROCK, if any.
If I get a newer one, can I just drop in my hard drive from the old NUC and boot ROCK or will I need to reinstall?
Lastly, is it worth trying to get a NUC from 2018 repaired? I know that Intel doesn’t do repairs, they just replace parts and they probably won’t have stock for old hardware. So who would I get to do the repair?
Do you see any lights on the NUC internals or do you prefer not to open the unit? If there are any lights on the motherboard, you can try a CMOS battery reset procedure, that has sometimes brought boards back to life, long shot but worth a try if technical. Instructions and video below: