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Help me with my ASRock BeeBox

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I just got my BeeBox [asrock.com] in the mail. It is able to mount a 2.5" drive to the case and also has an empty m.2 slot for an SSD. There is a WiFi module mounted in another m.2 slot which can be removed. Does that mean the WiFi module can be replaced by another m.2 SSD? Looking at the spec sheet it seems like WiFi and bluetooth are part of the same module. Am I understanding it correctly in that if I remove this module, I'll also lose bluetooth capabilities?

It says there is 32GB eMMC. Is that part of the WiFi module or is that just something embedded onto the motherboard?
(edit: It's somewhere on the motherboard. I don't have anything in the m.2 slot but I still have access to the 32GB drive as well as the additional 500GB HDD that I installed)

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User Guide [bitgravity.com]

Beebox J4205

Dimension
- 110mm (W) x 46mm (H) x 118.5mm (L)
CPU
- Intel® Quad-Core Pentium® J4205 (2M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)
Chipset
- Intel® Apollo Lake SoC
Memory
- Supports DDR3L 1866/1600/1333MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, Max. 16GB
Audio
- Realtek ALC283
LAN
- Gigabit LAN
HDD
- 32GB eMMC
- 1 x M.2 2260/2280 (Key M) for SATA3 6.0Gb/s SSD
- Supports 1 x 2.5" SATA3 6.0Gb/s SSD/HDD
WiFi
- 802.11 ac + BT 4.0
Front I/O
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type C)
- 1 x IR
- 1 x Audio-out with MIC-In
Rear I/O
- 2 x HDMI*
- 1 x DP
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1
- 1 x LAN
- 1 x Kensington lock

*HDMI 1 (4K@60Hz)
*HDMI 2 (4K@30Hz) only supports video output function. Audio output and Hot Plug are not supported.

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I just got my BeeBox [asrock.com] in the mail. It is able to mount a 2.5" drive to the case and also has an empty m.2 slot for an SSD. There is a WiFi module mounted in another m.2 slot which can be removed. Does that mean the WiFi module can be replaced by another m.2 SSD? Looking at the spec sheet it seems like WiFi and bluetooth are part of the same module. Am I understanding it correctly in that if I remove this module, I'll also lose bluetooth capabilities?
Yes you should be able to install another m.2, but I'd try the slot first to verify it works. Yes, you will lose BT if you remove the card.
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Yes you should be able to install another m.2, but I'd try the slot first to verify it works. Yes, you will lose BT if you remove the card.
Well I didn't know that this has the ability to have three hard drives even without removing the Wifi. The eMMC is built-in and can also have an m.2 that's already empty and the 2.5" that can be installed. That should be plenty for me.

Are there ever good deals on small m.2 SSDs? I frequently see 256GB and higher but I really only need a 32GB or 64GB to use for my programs. I was planning on keeping the OS on the eMMC and then install everything else on the m.2 and then use the 2.5 for HDD storage
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New issue. Now my machine won't turn on. The power cable has power so that doesn't seem to be the issue. But pressing the power button doesn't turn the machine on at all. Weird thing is it just stopped working after I did a reset. It was on and working and I did Start > Reset then it never turned back on. What gives?
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New issue. Now my machine won't turn on. The power cable has power so that doesn't seem to be the issue. But pressing the power button doesn't turn the machine on at all. Weird thing is it just stopped working after I did a reset. It was on and working and I did Start > Reset then it never turned back on. What gives?
Any lights on the inside? Have you been inside the case at all? Possible loose connections?
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Any lights on the inside? Have you been inside the case at all? Possible loose connections?
No light on the power button after pressing it. I took some screws apart and looked on the back side of the motherboard. It seems like the button is pushing the switch but nothing happens. The thing is, it was on and running just fine. I did a Start > Reset and it powered down but never came back on
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No light on the power button after pressing it. I took some screws apart and looked on the back side of the motherboard. It seems like the button is pushing the switch but nothing happens. The thing is, it was on and running just fine. I did a Start > Reset and it powered down but never came back on
Try unplugging it from the wall and power supply push the button a few times to discharge any stored power. Does the psu light up or draw voltage?
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Try unplugging it from the wall and power supply push the button a few times to discharge any stored power. Does the psu light up or draw voltage?
There is no PSU. It is just a wall adapter and then the other end looks like what you plug into a laptop. There is a link to what I have in the first post so you can see exactly what it is.

I have pushed the button while it is unplugged just because I was trying to see where the case button presses on the motherboard.
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There is no PSU. It is just a wall adapter and then the other end looks like what you plug into a laptop. There is a link to what I have in the first post so you can see exactly what it is.

I have pushed the button while it is unplugged just because I was trying to see where the case button presses on the motherboard.
That is your PSU essentially. It's the AC/DC converter. Usually on those there is an LED. They can fail. If you have a multimeter it would be worth testing or if the LED doesn't work that might be your problem. It's worth checking at least to make sure it's not your problem.
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That is your PSU essentially. It's the AC/DC converter. Usually on those there is an LED. They can fail. If you have a multimeter it would be worth testing or if the LED doesn't work that might be your problem. It's worth checking at least to make sure it's not your problem.
I put a non contact voltage tester at the end of the cord and it registered voltage
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I put a non contact voltage tester at the end of the cord and it registered voltage
Better than nothing but a multimeter would be best. 2v is different than 12v
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