I recently bought an ASRock Deskmini A300 with an Athlon 240GE. The board supports two NVME drives.
If I install an NVME drive into either M.2 slot, the system will not boot. It will not even POST. According to the specifications, the second M.2 slot is supported by Athlon 2xxGE processors, albeit at x2 speeds, instead of x4 speeds.
- M.2_1: Type 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4
- M.2_2: Type 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4*
- 2 x SATA 6Gb 2.5-inch 7mm/9.5mm Hard Drive (RAID 0/1)
*Athlon 2xxGE series APU - PCIe Gen3 x2
I've tried every setting I can think of in the BIOS, I cannot get this thing to boot. If I remove the NVME, it boots instantly. I know it's not a firmware version issue because the board shipped with the latest BIOS revision (v3.50).
I'm seeing mixed responses to people in threads online about whether or not the 2xxGE series supports booting from NVME drives, but none are using my exact configuration, so I can't fully validate or invalidate their claims.
Any help is appreciated.