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    #421 FiLiNuX

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    Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:55 PM

    Im sorry for jumping into a subject late but I would like to put my $.02 in on this.

     

    If you are looking into doing a BIOS mod of ANY SORT and feel you have the technical competence to complete such a task you should already know the risks associated with it.  But the good people who provided this BIOS mod &/or directions realized that there will be some who do not have the know how or will not follow the directions correctly and that there is a VERY SMALL chance of negative outcomes even if done correctly with ANY BIOS FLASH.  Because they realized this they provided a VERY CLEAR STATEMENT warning of the possibility of a destroyed/bricked system.  How much more of a stern or "specific" warning is needed?    

     

    "Thank you for your help but I am pretty sure I don't make mistakes"

     

    I don't know about you but I consider talking about RMA'ing a HP Microserver  that you bricked/destroyed by installing a after market unsupported BIOS mod in a public forum that HP employees probably look into now & then a pretty big mistake.  Especially after the generic warning informs about voiding your warranty as well.

     

    I am not running this BIOS mod on my Microserver  but I am VERY thankful to the developers, hackers, fourm members, and everyone else that spends their time making, distributing, and providing tech support/assistance for this (and ANY) good mod out there.  The amount of failed/bricked flashes is TINY compared to the successful ones & I would dare to say that almost all are user error of some sort.

     

    More then anything I don't want to see people that could benefit from mods such as this scared away.  


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    #422 Bluedeep

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    Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:50 AM

    Apologize it wasn't my intention to offend anyone. My goal was only to report you my experience with bios mod.

    I think is useful understand why in some circumstance bios-mod is so destructive.

    About RMA: I'm not so sure that bios-mod brick my unit. You know the unit have a rescue bios mod system to prevent such case that doesn't work for me. I've marked to RMA that system is falling after bios flashing. If warranty is voided I'm ready to deal with it. What is the problem?
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    #423 HardwareHarry

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    Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:41 AM

    Hi,

     

    since 15th of November there is a new BIOS available on te HP website.

    ->Download Drivers

    ->N54L

    ->Server 2012 R2

     

    Type: BIOS - System ROM Version: 2013.10.01 (A) (15 Nov 2013)

    File name: SP64420.exe (2.6 MB)

     

     

    SOFTPAQ NUMBER:  SP64420 
    FILE NAME:  SP64420.EXE
    TITLE:  System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer Servers (For USB Key-Media).
     
    VERSION:  2013.10.01A
    LANGUAGE:  English
    ROM FAMILY: O41 
    REVISION: A 
    PRODUCTS AFFECTED:  HP ProLiant MicroServer Servers
    OPERATING SYSTEM:  All
    EFFECTIVE Date:  11/16/2013
    SUPERSEDES:  sp54344
     
     
    Problems Fixed -
     
    HP ProLiant MicroServer system ROM O41 (10/01/2013)
    _____________________________________________
    Addressed an issue where Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 may stop responding while booting the operating system.
     
     
    I think this could fix the Windows Server 2012 R2 network card issue. Is there a modded version of this BIOS available?

    Edited by HardwareHarry, 24 November 2013 - 06:44 AM.

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    #424 cosote

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    Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:37 PM

    Hi,

     

    found a modded version of the latest bios (not verified yet).

    Will binary compare first and try to reproduce the AMIBCP patch (if I can ;- ).

     

    Link (in German) http://www.hardwarel...ml#post21503128

     

    Cheers,

    Jens.


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    #425 cosote

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    Posted 01 December 2013 - 03:09 PM

    Hi everyone,

     

    I Can verify, that modded bios contains only the activation of all hidden bios features!

    Used amibcp version 3.46 from here (http://www.bios-mods...=AMIBCP3.46.EXE)

    on original bios, activated all features (really simple, just enable all checkboxes in all menus) saved bios and run binary compare:

    D:\HP Microserver\Firmware\SP64420\USB Key>fc /b O41100113(mod).ROM "O41100113(test, all on).ROM"
    Comparing files O41100113(mod).ROM and O41100113(TEST, ALL ON).ROM
    001FFF50: 7A 6D
    001FFF51: 91 62
    001FFF52: 93 A6
    001FFFE0: 14 21
    001FFFE1: 24 53
    001FFFE2: 13 00

    (my guess on these differences: some last modified date/time or random or so)

     

    I've flushed "Tobi Oo"'s mod using well explained method, and all is running perfect now on my N54L (Windows Server 2012 R2 nic issue resolved + all bios features ;- ).

     

    Special thx go to "Tobi Oo" for sharing!

     

    Cheers - Jens.


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    #426 Joe_Miner

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    Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:10 AM

     

    Hi,

     

    since 15th of November there is a new BIOS available on te HP website.

    ->Download Drivers

    ->N54L

    ->Server 2012 R2

     

    Type: BIOS - System ROM Version: 2013.10.01 (A) (15 Nov 2013)

    File name: SP64420.exe (2.6 MB)

     

     

    SOFTPAQ NUMBER:  SP64420 
    FILE NAME:  SP64420.EXE
    TITLE:  System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer Servers (For USB Key-Media).
     
    VERSION:  2013.10.01A
    LANGUAGE:  English
    ROM FAMILY: O41 
    REVISION: A 
    PRODUCTS AFFECTED:  HP ProLiant MicroServer Servers
    OPERATING SYSTEM:  All
    EFFECTIVE Date:  11/16/2013
    SUPERSEDES:  sp54344
     
     
    Problems Fixed -
     
    HP ProLiant MicroServer system ROM O41 (10/01/2013)
    _____________________________________________
    Addressed an issue where Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 may stop responding while booting the operating system.
     
     
    I think this could fix the Windows Server 2012 R2 network card issue. Is there a modded version of this BIOS available?

     

     

     

    Hi,

     

    found a modded version of the latest bios (not verified yet).

    Will binary compare first and try to reproduce the AMIBCP patch (if I can ;- ).

     

    Link (in German) http://www.hardwarel...ml#post21503128

     

    Cheers,

    Jens.

     

     

     

    Hi everyone,

     

    I Can verify, that modded bios contains only the activation of all hidden bios features!

    Used amibcp version 3.46 from here (http://www.bios-mods...=AMIBCP3.46.EXE)

    on original bios, activated all features (really simple, just enable all checkboxes in all menus) saved bios and run binary compare:

    D:\HP Microserver\Firmware\SP64420\USB Key>fc /b O41100113(mod).ROM "O41100113(test, all on).ROM"
    Comparing files O41100113(mod).ROM and O41100113(TEST, ALL ON).ROM
    001FFF50: 7A 6D
    001FFF51: 91 62
    001FFF52: 93 A6
    001FFFE0: 14 21
    001FFFE1: 24 53
    001FFFE2: 13 00

    (my guess on these differences: some last modified date/time or random or so)

     

    I've flushed "Tobi Oo"'s mod using well explained method, and all is running perfect now on my N54L (Windows Server 2012 R2 nic issue resolved + all bios features ;- ).

     

    Special thx go to "Tobi Oo" for sharing!

     

    Cheers - Jens.

     

     

    Hats off to HardWareHarry and Cosote!  Thanks guys.

     

    The HP Stock BIOS SP64420 System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer -- also check out: http://h30499.www3.h...57#.UqnbkVTnbcs and http://homeserversho...0ln54l/?p=72907


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    Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:50 AM

    I just want to share: The new BIOS version from 11/01/2013 by "Tobi" works without any problems. Windows Server 2012 R2 is now booting fine.


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    Posted 14 December 2013 - 05:09 AM

    I just want to share: The new BIOS version from 11/01/2013 by "Tobi" works without any problems. Windows Server 2012 R2 is now booting fine.

    I have just flashed this as well and all appears to work OK.  What I did notice was that Tobi appears to have already set Sata IDE Combined Mode to disabled and Embedded SATA Link Rate  to 3.0Gbps Max.

     

    My question:  Is there any way within Windows to validate that the OS Drive running in the ODD slot is running as SATA, not IDE?


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    Posted 02 February 2014 - 12:45 PM

    Hi, 1st time poster here...

     

    I've had an N40L sitting around for a while which I was just planning on getting up and running.

     

    Nothing installed yet, but this thread is inspiring me!

     

    Quick question...

     

    To use the latest (64420) modded bios I :

     

    1. run the SP64420.exe file and follow the installation wizard (this gives me a USB stick with the contents of the "Flash" folder as on diehard's SkyDrive, but with the original HP BIOS- right?).

    2. Copy the O41100113.ROM file from the German site above, over the corresponding file on the flash drive. (I'll check the case of the letters against what is in the batch file...)

     

    and away I go?

     

    Silly question. The BIOS file is in English? It's not a German one as it's a German site? (Probably a REALLY silly question!)


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    #430 ikon

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    Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:52 AM

    I thought diehard had the modded BIOS available for download as well. If so, I would use that one.

     

    BTW, you don't just  copy over the modded BIOS. You also have to rename it to the exact name of the original HP BIOS, or the utility won't use it. Rename the original HP BIOS to something else (like adding an extension of ".org" or something to it), then rename the modded BIOS.


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    #431 anttech

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    Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:45 AM

    Hi Guys trying to download this new bios which Cosote posted but cant seem it get it. Has anyone got a copy they can send a link to.

     

    Thanks


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    #432 jmwills

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    Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

    He (DieHard) does.  It is on his SkyDrive...ummm...OneDrive site.


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    Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:31 PM

    He (DieHard) does.  It is on his SkyDrive...ummm...OneDrive site.

     

    LOL, look at you keeping up with the very latest news :D


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    #434 anttech

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    Posted 21 February 2014 - 10:24 AM

    no its the new one i am after i cannot seem to download it from the link on the German site.


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    Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:29 PM

    Hi Anttech,

     

    I had the same issue and couldn't download it from the german site.

     

    I found a mirror at the following address :

     

    http://translate.goo...vieren/&act=url

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Pete


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    #436 cosote

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    Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:46 PM

    Hi Anttech,

     

    I had the same issue and couldn't download it from the german site.

     

    I found a mirror at the following address :

     

    http://translate.goo...vieren/&act=url

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Pete

    Pete, nice catch :-)


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    #437 Joe_Miner

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    Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:33 PM

    Hi Anttech,

     

    I had the same issue and couldn't download it from the german site.

     

    I found a mirror at the following address :

     

    http://translate.goo...vieren/&act=url

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Pete

     

     

    Pete, nice catch :-)

     

    Thanks guys! +1


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    Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:35 PM

    Has anyone had any issues with that site?  My browsers are throwing warnings like crazy.


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    Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:22 AM

    Well I upped it to my dropbox. Please serve yourselves.

     

    https://www.dropbox....z/O41100113.ZIP


    Well I upped it to my dropbox. Please serve yourselves.

     

    https://www.dropbox....z/O41100113.ZIP


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    Posted 26 February 2014 - 03:55 AM

    Grabbed, cheers..

    I'll have a play this weekend...


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