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Modified BIOS for Microserver N40L enables hidden features

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g725s

Yeah probably a good idea. The thumb drive I used was a LACIE 4gb. I did a full FAT32 format, not quick.

 

I read through just now and found that this guy had the same thing as me: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3397-modified-bios-for-microserver-n40l-enables-hidden-features/page__st__100#entry45887

 

I currently only have this one thumb. Guess I should track down another brand an see what happens.

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jmwills

I've done this process three times and seem to miss a step every time. Take your time.

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g725s

The thumb drive I setup today, even with the glitches, appears to have all the proper files on it, and are all the proper size comparing them to Joe's screenshot.

 

But I will still track down another drive, since I would like another anyway, and see if there is a difference while running the HP setup program. Only when I feel totally comfortable will I stick in a thumb drive and give it a shot. Thanks for all the help guys.

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ikon

I would try booting a system from the USB stick, just to be sure it is bootable. That seems to be the main area where the process fails. I think I posted earlier that I've had very good success with the Kingston Datatraveller 101 units.

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Drewdatrip

Hello All,

I have been reading about the modded bios for the HP N40L, from what im reading the AHCI functionality can dramatically improve the performance your your raid.

My current configuration is a MDADM Raid 5 using OpenMediaVault, will this pose any issue for the existing mdadm raid or the existing installation of OMV?

 

Thank you

 

Drew

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ikon

Have no idea what MDADM is?

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Drewdatrip

Have no idea what MDADM is?

 

MDADM is a linux software raid

 

I installed the modded bios, im getting about 58 MB/s write to the raid. Not sure if this is good or bad tbh.

One thing i noticed when the system turns on now i heard the HDDs start up and they make a different sound then b4

 

Drew

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ikon

58 MB/s isn't awful, but it's certainly nothing to write home about either.

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simiot

it Looks like all ports 0-5 are set for AHCI in the Advanced Menu -- does that sound right?

 

yes, if your installing WHS2011 set that to AHCI, if your installing WHSv1 set it to IDE or else the server will continously reboot.

 

I set the option of setting AHCI speed to Auto, 1.5, & 3 to 3, I don't have any sloweer drives, looks like no support for 6GB/sec

 

Has the AHCI problem been solved? I am running Ubuntu Server & if I select AHCI in the BIOS it just gives me a blank screen at boot-up. Switched it to IDE & its working. I have an SSD for the OS & software drive which I plugged into the SATA on the mobo (no 5) & I did this BIOS update to get AHCI working but... BTW thanks for this thread which lead me to flashing with this hacked BIOS. Has unopened some good hidden things, it looks like :-)

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simiot

I think from what I have read in this thread is that AHCI runs on the RAID controller... It looks like I can't get it to run from no 5 sata port. It would be nice to get it running on my SSD but...

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