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Modified BIOS for Microserver N40L enables hidden features

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cskenney

Thanks, but I've tried this.

 

When using the USB stick, are you supposed to use the on board USB port?

What i don't understand is when I ran the mod, I could see it was doing something because of all the output to the screen. It did not take long until I saw the C:\ prompt, I removing the USB stick and did the restart. What is the actual procedure for powering down when you get to the prompt, hold the power button down till it turns orange or pull the plug?

 

I've followed the following forum too, but with no luck.

http://h30499.www3.h...4726699#M107808

 

Is there any way to get back to factory defaults?

 

This may seem a little too obvious but do you have a harddrive or SSD with an OS loaded? You keep saying you removed the USB stick and restarted but you have to have an operating system installed or it won't do anything. Or, am I missing something?

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ikon

This may seem a little too obvious but do you have a harddrive or SSD with an OS loaded? You keep saying you removed the USB stick and restarted but you have to have an operating system installed or it won't do anything. Or, am I missing something?

 

I got the impression he was just looking to see the new BIOS displayed on the screen. Doesn't sound like that's happening.

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jmwills

You should be able to flash the BIOS without any storage attached.

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Joe_Miner

I got the impression he was just looking to see the new BIOS displayed on the screen. Doesn't sound like that's happening.

 

You are not going to see the new BIOS unless you're hitting F10 while it's booting up. Otherwise -- you'll see nothing unless you have an OS that it can go to.

 

I flashed the BIOS the first time I turned the MicroServer on. (I used one of the front USB ports for my flash drive -- and BTW all of my drive bays were empty.) When I got the C prompt I turned the MicroServer off and then back on again. When it was booting up I hit F10 and checked out my new BIOS. Exited that and the screen went to nothing and I shut down the MicroServer. That's when I installed my SSD and then plugged in my USB DVD external drive with a S2008R2 disk in it. When I turned it on again I installed S2008R2 onto the SSD. Later I started plugging drives back into the drive bays.

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biosblues

This may seem a little too obvious but do you have a harddrive or SSD with an OS loaded? You keep saying you removed the USB stick and restarted but you have to have an operating system installed or it won't do anything. Or, am I missing something?

 

Hi, Yeah I got the OS on my HDD. I'm trying to just see my BIOS load, normally you see the HP logo first thing on start up and then the BIOS loads all the basic network, USB and other drivers.

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biosblues

I think my only option now is to replace the main board.

 

Is there no way to run the OS off the internal SATA ODD port without flashing the BIOS?

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cskenney

I think my only option now is to replace the main board.

 

Is there no way to run the OS off the internal SATA ODD port without flashing the BIOS?

Technically I don't think you needed to do anything to use the internal SATA ODD port. The port defaulted to a slower speed so it tended to slow down the system if you were running your OS off of it. The BIOS mod was to increase the speed of the port (among other things).

 

I am sure someone will correct me if I have mis-spoke.

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jmwills

You sir, would be correct. YOu should always be able to go back to the default BIOS by reflashing it.

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cskenney

Is there any way to get back to factory defaults?

 

You should be able to repeat the procedure with the stock bios from HP. Does that not work?

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ikon

You are not going to see the new BIOS unless you're hitting F10 while it's booting up. Otherwise -- you'll see nothing unless you have an OS that it can go to.

 

Are you saying the system doesn't display anything during POST?!?!

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