ASRock BeeBox N3000

ASRock BeeBox N3000 - a machine callled "vm3".

  • model: ASRock BeeBox N3000
  • cpu: Intel Celeron N3000, dual core, 1.04 / 2.08 GHz, 4W TDP,
  • memory: 16 GB ( 2 x 8 GB) SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 MHz, Kingston KT-MB1600LK2/16G (2 slots, max is 16 GB)
  • storage - internal: msata - Intel 525 Series msata 120 GB, INTEL SSDMCEAC120A3 LLGi, serial number CVLI317501Y7120B
  • storage - internal: SSD - (old - removed) Kingston HyperX Fury 240 GB (SHFS37A/240G)
  • storage - external: Segate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB, usb 3.0
  • UEFI: N3000-NUC P1.30

keys: F2 (or Delete) - bios / UEFI, F11 - boot menu,

OS: Debian, FreeBSD, Qubes, Xubuntu,

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2019-11-25: bios - upgrade to P1.90 - now, the machine won't boot. It loads the kernel, then sits there. Ah - user error. console output stops when the kernel boots.

2019-11-25: power on after power outage - had to connect a monitor and usb keyboard, and do "press F1 to continue". Went into bios and saved setting that seemed to fix it.

2019-08-21: power on - had to power on the machine after a power outage late last night. It wouldn't start right away - see FreeBSD page.

2016-10-05: an unscheduled power outage this evening required a power on of the machine after power was restored.

2016-01-23: details on the external drive (Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB, usb 3.0) from /var/log/messages:

Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: ugen0.3: <Seagate> at usbus0
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: umass0: <Seagate BUP Slim BK, class 0/0, rev 3.00/1.00, addr 2> on usbus0
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: umass0:  SCSI over Bulk-Only; quirks = 0xc101
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: umass0:2:0:-1: Attached to scbus2
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 scbus2 target 0 lun 0
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: da0: <Seagate BUP Slim BK 0304> Fixed Direct Access SPC-4 SCSI device
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: da0: Serial Number NA7QYJ0W
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: da0: 400.000MB/s transfers
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: da0: 1907729MB (3907029167 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 243201C)
Jan 23 20:18:16 kg-vm3 kernel: da0: quirks=0x2<NO_6_BYTE>

in case it is needed in the future.

2016-01-17: even if the stick booted, I was stuck with a blank screen and an unresponsive keyboard - no go. So I used another machine and the msata to sata adapter. The Intel SSD firmware update tool booted, and told me that the firmware on the SSD was up to date.

2016-01-17: Next I used my workstation to write Intel's SSD firmware update tool to a usb stick:

tingo@kg-core1$ sudo dd if=./issdfut_2.1.1.iso of=/dev/da0 bs=4M
8+1 records in
8+1 records out
35651584 bytes transferred in 3.482813 secs (10236433 bytes/sec)

afterwards, disktype says:

root@kg-core1# disktype /dev/da0

--- /dev/da0
Character device, size 7.453 GiB (8002732032 bytes)
ISO9660 file system
  Volume name "boot"
  Data size 33.40 MiB (35026944 bytes, 17103 blocks of 2 KiB)
  El Torito boot record, catalog at 27
    Bootable non-emulated image, starts at 28, preloads 2 KiB
      Platform 0x00 (x86), System Type 0x00 (Empty)
      ISOLINUX boot loader


2016-01-17: I connected the Intel 525 mSATA SSD to a msata-to-SATA adapter, which I connected to a sata-to-usb adapter and connected it to my workstation. smartctl says:

root@kg-core1# smartctl -i /dev/da0
smartctl 6.4 2015-06-04 r4109 [FreeBSD 9.3-STABLE amd64] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-15, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke,

Device Model:     INTEL SSDMCEAC120A3
Serial Number:    CVLI317501Y7120B
LU WWN Device Id: 5 5cd2e4 0000f08fc
Firmware Version: LLGi
User Capacity:    120,034,123,776 bytes [120 GB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate:    Solid State Device
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   ACS-2 (minor revision not indicated)
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.0, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 1.5 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Sun Jan 17 18:40:01 2016 CET
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled


2015-11-10: bios - uefi - newest bios available is version 1.50, date 11/10/2015, with comment "Improve memory compatibility. (for N3000-NUC)".

2015-09-22: I got a pickup message, and fetched the package from Dustinhome at PIB Rimi Trondheimsveien in the evening.

2015-09-20: I ordered 2 x Intel 525 Series mSATA 120GB mSATA SATA-600 ([5010665987] from Dustinhome at NOK 559.- plus VAT each,almost NOK 699.- each. One of them is going to be (internal) storage for this machine. I also ordered a Samsung M3 Portable 1TB black (5010673971) at NOK 578.75. I might use it as external storage for this machine.

2015-09-11: bios - uefi - it looks like version 1.30 from 31.7.2015 is the newest version now.

2015-09-11: testing - connecting the machine to network, usb mouse and keyboard , and HDMI (I used the port closest to the power connector) and power, then powered it on. After a few tries, found out that F2 brings you into UEFI. Reports from UEFI main screen: UEFI Version: N3000-NUC P1.30, Processor type: Intel Celeron N3000 @ 1.04 GHz, Processor speed: 1040 MHz, Microcode update: 406C3/34C, Memory: 16384 MB with 256 MB Shared Memory and 2 MB GIT memory

2015-09-11: storage - I have a Kingston HyperX Fury 240 GB SSD, SHFS37A/240G. Looks like the firmware is 583ABBF0. I mounted the SSD in the holder mounted on the bottom plate, I had to remove the holder first to be able to fit all screws on the SSD (one screw is too close to a mounting post). I connected the cable to the SSD, and the two cables (sata and power) to the motherboard. I had to juggle the cables a bit to get the bottom plate on again.

2015-09-11: memory - the memory package is labeled KTA-MB1600LK2/16G, and each SO-DIMM has "1.35V" written on it. I removed the bottom plate (4 screws) and inserted one SO-DIMM in each slot.

2015-09-11: On my way home from work, I picked up the package from Proshop at my local PIB (Rimi Trondheimsveien).

2015-09-10: I got a message with a tracking number for the package from Proshop.

2015-09-09: storage - I already have a 240GB SSD which is unused.

2015-09-09: memory - I ordered a kit of 2 x 8GB Kingston DDR3L SO-DIMM (2452884) from Proshop for NOK 855.- plus shipping NOK 125.- and got an order confirmation right away.

2015-09-09: I bought a ASRock BeeBox N3000 barebone (135128) from Digital Impuls for NOK 1695.- I am going to experiment with virtualization on this machine. The machine is fanless, and supports up to 16 GB memory (2 x DDR3L SO-DIMM).