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Hi Joe & cia!

 

With your tutorial i could get my proliant recognises 3Tb hdd, thank you so much!

 

I am gonna read about modified bios to decide if i use it or not.

 

Thanks a lot! ;)

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Flashing the BIOS with BIOS-MOD:

 

Here's a video I hope is helpful on flashing the BIOS in a HP ProLiant N40L & N54L MicroServer -- It shows the completion of Step 7 in the Check list provided in HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build and BIOS Modification REVISITED:

 

(Also: Thanks to Ikon & KydDynoMyte for helping me figure out how to insert a URL to the Video Link for those who are unable to see the YouTube Window below -- Thanks Guys!  youtube.com/watch?v=ruc3N7VbTmY )

 

 

 

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Every time I insert the URL the Forum SW inserts the window:

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Have to trick the Forum SW by using the code option <>

 


 

or do something like leave out the http

 

youtube.com/watch?v=ruc3N7VbTmY

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Have to trick the Forum SW by using the code option <>

 


 

or do something like leave out the http

 

youtube.com/watch?v=ruc3N7VbTmY

 

Thanks KydDynoMyte!!  That did the trick!!  Apparently, I hadn't had enough coffee this morning :)

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Anyone try "TheBay" BIOS?  http://microserver.wikia.com/wiki/HP_Microserver_N36L/N40L/N56L_-_Enhanced_BIOS_Wiki

 

Link to the original Microserver BIOS thread: http://www.avforums.com/forums/networking-nas/1521657-hp-n36l-n40l-n54l-microserver-updated-ahci-bios-support.html

 

I'm pretty sure he was one of the first to put out a modded BIOS for the microserver.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

 

I'd like to know what might be the differences between  TheBay BIOS and the one DieHard posts about here.

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Anyone try "TheBay" BIOS? http://microserver.wikia.com/wiki/HP_Microserver_N36L/N40L/N56L_-_Enhanced_BIOS_Wiki

Link to the original Microserver BIOS thread: http://www.avforums.com/forums/networking-nas/1521657-hp-n36l-n40l-n54l-microserver-updated-ahci-bios-support.html

I'm pretty sure he was one of the first to put out a modded BIOS for the microserver. Correct me if I'm wrong.

I'd like to know what might be the differences between TheBay BIOS and the one DieHard posts about here.

 

 

If you do binary comparison on the binary BIOS files you will see that they are differing each other. I asked the same questions you do already but nobody tested or knows the differences. Maybe you can do some testing?

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Background information on the BIOS-Mod by BIOS-MODS that DieHard used is in a number of places including HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build & BIOS Modification - Revisited.

 

Camiloml & TheWiz of BIOS-MODS first posted the BIOS-Mod on the BIOS-MODS website on 1-3-2012.

 

Search "The Average Guy TV" for a PodCast/VideoCast in January of 2012 where TheWiz (Christian) talks about the BIOS-Mod and emphasizes that they did not CHANGE/MODIFY the code -- they only made visible what had been hidden.

 

Bottom Line: In the BIOS-Mod by BIOS-MODS they only unlocked what was already in the BIOS that HP had hidden -- they didn't add or change any code or modify instructions.   That's why I went with BIOS-MODS and not TheBay.  YMMV.

 

The issue LoneWolf had, for instance, was when using a P410 he Disabled SATA/IDE Port Combining -- a menu option that had been hidden by HP but was made visible by the BIOS-Mod.  Re-enabling SATA/IDE Port Combining cleared his issue -- note that he didn't have to flash back to the Stock BIOS.

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Thanks Joe excellent explanation.

 

The guy who goes by the poster name TheBay said he was working for HP at the time he modified the Microserver BIOS.

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