Sadly the message says it all. That's what I'm getting after the "Press Escape for boot options" in EDK2 if I don't press anything. If I press Escape, then the machine hangs.
I tried the following:
- remove all SSDs
- remove all but 2 DIMMs
- change the remaining DIMMs
- touch JP27/28/29 to try to boot from an alternate BIOS.
The BIOS had been updated to 2.09.100 a month ago to fix some frequency issues (it's a Q80-26 which used to drop to 2.3 GHz regularly and even to 1.0 sometimes). It hasn't happened since the update, but it did take ages to boot.
I just wanted to replace a NIC this afternoon, so I halted the system, powered it off, and never managed to boot it anymore. There are no other messages on the serial console (apart the usual CPxxx, PROGRESS xxx, and finally the same Synchronous Exception as I'm getting on the VGA monitor).
I have no idea what else to try, I spent 4 hours on it now (thanks to its awfully slow boot which prevents you from testing settings). The 7-seg display on board shows 9A. I couldn't find any info about this message on the net except some RPi users having boot issues.
I hoped to be able to get a UEFI shell and maybe flash a more recent BIOS but the project was removed from github (why on earth would a hardware vendor remove BIOS updates?) and anyway I can't manage to get a shell on it. I'm even wondering if it could be a CPU issue, but I don't want to disassemble anything for now. I'm at a point I'm taking on my nerves not to throw it by the window :-(
If anyone from Adlink has any idea, that would be nice, because while that machine is awesome once it's booted, you still need to manage to boot it and I never saw that capricious a machine! Even my old VAX and a Sun E450 are nicer in comparison!
Thanks in advance!
PS: notifications don't work on the forum and I lost several responses that I discovered much later. Feel free to ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org, even for complements of info.