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Hi guys,

 

Ive just got a N54L today and im wanting to have my SSD in the optical bay and then 4 more drives. Ive flashed the bois as shown in this thread. 

 

My box is now dead. When i turn it on i get no output. and just a green power light. thats it. 

 

 

The bios updated seemed to work fine. 

 

I have reseated the RAM 

 

Any ideas whats happened and if i can do anything to recover? 

 
Thanks in advance guys!
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Can you see the post display when you first power it on?

 

Did you make the Bios recovery USB stick so you can flash back to stock BIOS?

 

Did you add RAM?

 

Verify all you cables are connected properly and that you don't have a bent pin.

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Hi amicallef1991 -- The thread should have eventually lead you (post #3) to the instructions in HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build and BIOS Modification Revisited   -- were those instructions the one's you used?  Did you flash your BIOS without any HDD's, SSD's, USB's (except for the one with the BIOS-Mod) in the Server and with the stock 2GB RAM?  had you powered up the N54L before? 

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Flashed my N40L succesfully. First try was with a Delock 4GB mini usb flashdrive (see http://static.onlinekabelshop.nl/mwa/image/zoom/54273-54274.jpg). That didn't go well. The reprogramming part of the flash process didn't start. All it did was blinking the cursor in the upper left corner.

Second try was with an old 128MB (!) Dell stick. That one worked.

I've modified the 5th SATA port setting as per post in this forum.

Off to adding a 2.5" laptop drive in a 5.25" Sharkoon BayExtension and four 1TB discs in RAID1+0 config. 

See picture for Sharkoon BayExtension http://www.alternate.nl/m/0/9/2/Sharkoon_5_25__BayExtension@@-462491019.jpg

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Flashed my N40L succesfully. First try was with a Delock 4GB mini usb flashdrive (see http://static.onlinekabelshop.nl/mwa/image/zoom/54273-54274.jpg). That didn't go well. The reprogramming part of the flash process didn't start. All it did was blinking the cursor in the upper left corner.

Second try was with an old 128MB (!) Dell stick. That one worked.

I've modified the 5th SATA port setting as per post in this forum.

Off to adding a 2.5" laptop drive in a 5.25" Sharkoon BayExtension and four 1TB discs in RAID1+0 config. 

See picture for Sharkoon BayExtension http://www.alternate.nl/m/0/9/2/Sharkoon_5_25__BayExtension@@-462491019.jpg

 

Hi Hans and welcome to the Forums!

 

I'm glad everything worked out -- let us know how the drive config goes and what kind of things you plan on doing with your N40L.

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Flashed my N40L succesfully. First try was with a Delock 4GB mini usb flashdrive (see http://static.onlinekabelshop.nl/mwa/image/zoom/54273-54274.jpg). That didn't go well. The reprogramming part of the flash process didn't start. All it did was blinking the cursor in the upper left corner.

Second try was with an old 128MB (!) Dell stick. That one worked.

I've modified the 5th SATA port setting as per post in this forum.

Off to adding a 2.5" laptop drive in a 5.25" Sharkoon BayExtension and four 1TB discs in RAID1+0 config. 

See picture for Sharkoon BayExtension http://www.alternate.nl/m/0/9/2/Sharkoon_5_25__BayExtension@@-462491019.jpg

 

Yes, glad it worked out for you. Pretty easy once you go through it.

Keep us posted on your setup.

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Hi everyone!

 

First of all sorry about my english! :)

 

I have just bught a proliant n54l. I add a WD 3TB HDD but my Win 7 Ultimate just recognise 2TB. I have read that with the modified bios can recognise 3TB. What bios can i use? is the n40l bios usefull in the n54l??

 

Thank you very much!!

 

Greetings from spain!

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The mod will work on either and I think is necessary to enable GPT , i.e. see 3TB drives

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Hi everyone!

First of all sorry about my english! :)

I have just bught a proliant n54l. I add a WD 3TB HDD but my Win 7 Ultimate just recognise 2TB. I have read that with the modified bios can recognise 3TB. What bios can i use? is the n40l bios usefull in the n54l??

Thank you very much!!

Greetings from spain!

 

Hi Julsar!  Greetings from Central Illinois! 

 

It isn’t necessary to Flash the BIOS for your Win7Ult to see the 3TB drive as 3TB.  What I think happened is you initialized the 3TB drive as “MBR” instead of “GPT” – MBR limits you to 2TB partitions but assuming you’re not loading your OS on that drive you can initialize it as GPT and your system will then see the full 3TB’s.

 

You can do that in “Disk Management” that is part of your Win7Ult software.

 

Initialize NEW Disks

 

Change a Master Boot Record Disk into a GUID Partition Table ("GPT") Disk

 

Here’s a nice step by step on getting into Disk Management in Win 7 http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disk-management-windows-7.htm

 

Here’s a link to a Video on using Disk Management in WHS-2011 but it is basically the same in Win7 

 

Here are some additional references to Disk Management in Win 7

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770943.aspx

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsd/p/disk-management.htm

 

===

 

To answer your other question about the BIOS-MOD….  The BIOS in the N40L and the N54L are the same so the BIOS-MOD will work the same in both – check out HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build & BIOS Mod Revisited

 

The BIOS-MOD is useful if you want to attach a SSD (or other high-performance drive) to the Optical Disk Drive (“ODD”) SATA Port or the to the eSATA Port to increase the speeds on those two Ports to a full SATA II (the Factory Stock Speed for those two ports is SATA I – the 4 Ports on the 4 Drive Bay are already Factory Set to SATA II) and to turn on AHCI for those two Ports (ODD SATA Port and eSATA Port) so that an SSD would have trim.  You’d also need the BIOS-MOD if you wanted to turn on the Port Multiplier on the eSATA Port.  If you don’t need those things right now then you don’t need the BIOS-MOD right now--  you could always do it later if you decide you need it.

 

Other places you’ll find useful with info about the MicroServer:

Useful MicroServer Links

MicroServer Hardware Links

 

Let us know how things work out and how you like your MicroServer

 

Best Regards,

 

Joe

 

 

 

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The mod will work on either and I think is necessary to enable GPT , i.e. see 3TB drives

 

Thank u, jmwills! i will see it!

 

;)

 

Hi Julsar!  Greetings from Central Illinois! 

 

It isn’t necessary to Flash the BIOS for your Win7Ult to see the 3TB drive as 3TB.  What I think happened is you initialized the 3TB drive as “MBR” instead of “GPT” – MBR limits you to 2TB partitions but assuming you’re not loading your OS on that drive you can initialize it as GPT and your system will then see the full 3TB’s.

 

You can do that in “Disk Management” that is part of your Win7Ult software.

 

Initialize NEW Disks

 

Change a Master Boot Record Disk into a GUID Partition Table ("GPT") Disk

 

Here’s a nice step by step on getting into Disk Management in Win 7 http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disk-management-windows-7.htm

 

Here’s a link to a Video on using Disk Management in WHS-2011 but it is basically the same in Win7 

 

Here are some additional references to Disk Management in Win 7

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770943.aspx

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsd/p/disk-management.htm

 

===

 

To answer your other question about the BIOS-MOD….  The BIOS in the N40L and the N54L are the same so the BIOS-MOD will work the same in both – check out HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build & BIOS Mod Revisited

 

The BIOS-MOD is useful if you want to attach a SSD (or other high-performance drive) to the Optical Disk Drive (“ODD”) SATA Port or the to the eSATA Port to increase the speeds on those two Ports to a full SATA II (the Factory Stock Speed for those two ports is SATA I – the 4 Ports on the 4 Drive Bay are already Factory Set to SATA II) and to turn on AHCI for those two Ports (ODD SATA Port and eSATA Port) so that an SSD would have trim.  You’d also need the BIOS-MOD if you wanted to turn on the Port Multiplier on the eSATA Port.  If you don’t need those things right now then you don’t need the BIOS-MOD right now--  you could always do it later if you decide you need it.

 

Other places you’ll find useful with info about the MicroServer:

Useful MicroServer Links

MicroServer Hardware Links

 

Let us know how things work out and how you like your MicroServer

 

Best Regards,

 

Joe

 

 

 

 

Hi joe! thank you so much for your fantastic post, your video tutorial and the explanations!!

 

This weekend i will try to do it and i ll tell u how it works! ;)

 

Thank u very much!!

 

Love USAAAA!! 

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