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Modified BIOS for Microserver N40L enables hidden features


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When you say 'nothing', do you mean a completely black screen; no text of any kind at all?

 

As a follow-up on ikon's question -- If you completely shut the MicroServer down (power down) then restart it and hit F10 during start-up does it take you into BIOS screen?

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As a follow-up on ikon's question -- If you completely shut the MicroServer down (power down) then restart it and hit F10 during start-up does it take you into BIOS screen?

 

Is this the infamous 'hit Fxx once a second until something happens' routine?

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Is this the infamous 'hit Fxx once a second until something happens' routine?

No. Based on experiences I've had with the MicroServer -- if the flash completed sucessfully then it's my guess the MicroServer "forgot" the SSD in the boot order and put it behind USB ports and Lan and it's just timing out -- If you can get into the BIOS then you can check that hypothesis.

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That sounds reasonable. What procedure do you use when doing the F10 thing? My experience is you have to keep hitting an F key about once a second to make sure it registers; for example, hitting F8 to bring up the Boot Menu on many systems.

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Agreed. A check of the boot order is in order. I too have fallen prey to that error in the past, not on the N40L, but other systems.

 

I think we all have at one time or another. Problem is, it's usually infrequent enough that it takes a hour every time before you remember it again :o

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@jmwills -- you may have remember from the meet-up -- even switching SSD's required a trip to the BIOS to fix the boot order -- so in between the demo's with the different setups on the MicroServer we had to make a trip to the BIOS -- no big deal if you know you have to do it.

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I tried using the hot swap feature that I enabled in the modded BIOS and now the eject media icon shows up in the task bars menu. But when I do try to eject my drive it a popup appears saying:

 

"This device is currently in use. Close any windows or programs that might be using the device, and then try again."

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You may not want to hear this, but I've found, when this happens, that I can get the drive safely removed by going into Disk Manager and putting the drive offline. It's a bit of a PITA to have to do this, but it does seem to work.

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