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Modified BIOS for Microserver N40L enables hidden features

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Trig0r

I have the modded BIOS as well as the original HP file on my dropbox...

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Essexraptor

Its a shame that the first post doesn't contain the post on how to do it and just hotlinks to another site.

 

The latest modded BIOS and the instructions on how to do it should be directly pasted here (with link to source)

 

 

Editing posts ... appears to be time limited on here... so eventually it all becomes a little fractured  :(

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ikon

Editing posts ... appears to be time limited on here... so eventually it all becomes a little fractured  :(

 

Not sure; this may be true if you're not a contributing member. I haven't noticed a time limit myself.

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Essexraptor

OK.... I can confirm that for non donating member.... I appear to have a 10 or so minute time span to edit a post... otherwise the options are Report / Delete / Multiquote / Quote

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riahc3

Yup, I understand but a mod should go ahead and fix the first post.

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cskenney

Yup, I understand but a mod should go ahead and fix the first post.

Moderators are volunteers with full time jobs that try and keep things up to date.  I will be more than happy to link in the first post to the HSS blog article that instructs how to update the BIOS but just like everything else on the internet it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes and latest information.

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ikon

And kudos to all the Mods. It's a thankless job. Usually, the only time people mention them is to criticize them.

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riahc3

Moderators are volunteers with full time jobs that try and keep things up to date.  I will be more than happy to link in the first post to the HSS blog article that instructs how to update the BIOS but just like everything else on the internet it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes and latest information.

I understand that.

 

And the last part is what is confusing: There really is no single source that has clearly the latest BIOS.

 

And kudos to all the Mods. It's a thankless job. Usually, the only time people mention them is to criticize them.

Noone is criticizing them at all, Im just stating that a mod could update the first post with the latest information as long as, like cskenney said, the latest information can be found.

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cskenney

Suggestion is noted and makes sense.  I will see if I can sort through the various posts and identify the information that is most relevant.

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Joe_Miner

Thanks for the correction Essexraptor. I know the modded BIOS is needed in order to get SATA II speed on at least 1 of the SATA ports (I thought I remembered Joe_Miner posting once that he needed it for both the mobo SATA and eSATA, but maybe not). Perhaps it's only the eSATA port?

 

Yeah, the comment I recall from other posters is that the DashBoard opens much quicker with an SSD installed on SATA II.

 

In most cases with typical HDD's it's not going to make much difference but you are correct that with the BIOS-MOD you can turn-off IDE emulation move on SATA Ports 4&5 (i.e. the eSATA Port and the ODD SATA port on the System Board) and then get the higher SATA II 3Gb/s speeds on those ports.  You're only going to notice the speed improvement with high performance drives like the ST3000DM001 or any of the 6th Gen VelociRaptors or a SSD.

 

This was tested on both the 4 & 5th ports http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5752-performance-improvement-on-odd-sata-port-contributed-by-bios-mod/   

 

So, bottom line, if you want the higher thru-put for Ports 4&5 you'll want the BIOS-MOD

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