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Modified BIOS for Microserver N40L enables hidden features

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Trig0r

I understand that.

 

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

 

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.

 

IMHO, someone should take ownership of this info, cut it to a single post with the stock BIOS and modded BIOS in a single post, lock it, sticky it.

 

 

/Job

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Guest Micco

Hi,

 

I really would like to install "Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update" on my N40L, but I probably need the latest BIOS update.

 

I'm having troubles downloading "System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer (For USB Key-Media)" from HP's website, can someone help me get the following software?

 

Type: BIOS - System ROM Version: 2013.10.01 (A) (15 Nov 2013)
File name: SP64420.exe (2.6 MB)
 
SOFTPAQ NUMBER:  SP64420 
FILE NAME:  SP64420.EXE
TITLE:  System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer Servers (For USB Key-Media).
 
VERSION:  2013.10.01A
LANGUAGE:  English
ROM FAMILY: O41 
REVISION: A 
PRODUCTS AFFECTED:  HP ProLiant MicroServer Servers
OPERATING SYSTEM:  All
EFFECTIVE Date:  11/16/2013
SUPERSEDES:  sp54344
 
Do anyone know if there could be any issue with installing the above software when I'm using diehards modified bios?
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ikon

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

 

Thanks Joe. I didn't want to say for sure I recalled it being for both ports 'cause these old brain cells aren't as agile and reliable as they once were ;)

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riahc3

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

Is it the latest one? What is your dropbox?

 

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.

Thanks a lot :)

 

IMHO, someone should take ownership of this info, cut it to a single post with the stock BIOS and modded BIOS in a single post, lock it, sticky it.

 

 

/Job

I completely agree. This would have the plus side of also bringing more traffic to HSS for more revenue since it has the latest info/BIOS :)

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Trig0r

Think its the latest one yes, only grabbed it from here a few weeks ago..

HP BIOS

https://www.dropbox.com/s/az6edqu9zedm3tk/SP64420.exe

 

Modded BIOS

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8tzq1f88nek6e14/O41100113.ROM

 

Not sure on the legalities of HSS hosting or promoting a file thats only meant to be available on Hp's site to people that have paid for a carepack etc..

 

Not sure how long it'll last as the last time I hosted stuff publicly my account got frozen :D

I do have an FTP server though that I could stick it on...

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riahc3

Think its the latest one yes, only grabbed it from here a few weeks ago..

HP BIOS

https://www.dropbox.com/s/az6edqu9zedm3tk/SP64420.exe

 

Modded BIOS

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8tzq1f88nek6e14/O41100113.ROM

 

Not sure on the legalities of HSS hosting or promoting a file thats only meant to be available on Hp's site to people that have paid for a carepack etc..

 

Not sure how long it'll last as the last time I hosted stuff publicly my account got frozen :D

I do have an FTP server though that I could stick it on...

Well, technically, HSS is not hosting it....Dropbox is.

 

And thank you; Im flashing the modded one as soon as I get home.

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Trig0r

yeah but you were on about HSS profiting from it, that'd be an issue I would of thought.

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ikon

Certainly I could see HP getting upset if HSS profited from hosting their files.

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unmesh

I've been using the mod of sp54344 successfully for a while now and recently upgraded to the mod of sp64420 in order to play with Server 2012 R2. I now find that I can boot an OS off USB and it sees the hard drives in the bays (including ports 5 and 6) but the BIOS itself does not "see" any of the drives themselves.

 

I suspect I've done something stupid in the settings based on my understanding of how to mod the SouthBridge settings in the newer BIOS menu and was hoping someone could point out the error.  My settings are:

 

Chipset->SouthBridge Chipset Configuration->SB SATA Configuration->
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled]
OnChip IDE Type [iDE]
SATA IDE Combined Mode [Enabled]
PATA Channel Config [sATA as Primary]
SATA ESP on all PORT [Disabled]
SATA Power on all PORT [Disabled]
 
Thanks.
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phoenix73

Quick question.

 

I just received N54L and didn't yet updated its BIOS, so I think it's still the 2011 revision.

Installing SP64420.exe and replacing O41100113.ROM in USB key by modded one is enough ?

No need to install SP64420.exe with original ROM before ?

 

I read some advices to disconnect all hard drive before flashing, is it correct ?

 

Thanks for your help

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