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Setup several celeron asus chromeboxes and decided to try my hand at an i3. All went ok until tried to hit 'ESC' to see the USB, but SeaBios didn't pick up on the ESC press. So... I got the same flashrom as I had for the celerons and flashed the system (flashrom -w -i RW_LEGACY:asus-chromebox-SeaBIOS-new.bin). Now, it looks like it's bricked. Is it? No matter what's done, the system stays on the white OS verification screen. 

What can be done to rectify without having to get a bus pirate?
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+David S ok, short version: you need to restore the stock legacy BIOS payload (SeaBIOS), and the easiest way to do that is to power on with the recovery button depressed, then insert the recovery media (USB/SD, created via google's tool).

Long version: John Lewis's legacy BIOS update for the celeron ChromeBox won't work with the i3/i7 versions, since he hardcoded the VGA BIOS to use the celeron GPU's PCI id, and the GPU in the i3/i7 is different. You need to use my legacy BIOS payload instead, which handles both GPU's PCI ids. But first, we have to get your system booting again.

Since the VGA BIOS in John's SeaBIOS payload doesn't have a valid PCI id for the i3's GPU, the boot process is halting on the video init prior to the OS load.  The only way to fix this is to reflash with the stock legacy BIOS payload - either by using Google's recovery media (highly preferred), or by flashing externally (eg, bus pirate), but this is less preferable since you'd need to read the firmware first, and merge it with the firmware extracted from the recovery image, to ensure that the system-specific bits (embedded serial, unique MAC address, etc) aren't lost when flashing.

After you get it back up and running, you can re-flash with my SeaBIOS payload, and you'll be good to go:
https://db.tt/t4i3Bla8 MD5: fbca2b062a065e3cf497f0100e352d48

feel free to hit me up on Hangouts if you get stuck
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