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HP MediaSmart EX487 (FL701AA#ABA) Install Disk Needed-Help!

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Joe_Miner

This guy is fairly close to you Joe Miner.

 

It's still a money pit. He's still missing the drive trays which besides air flow concerns also contribute to the Grounding system (that's why the trays have metal contacts). Why anyone would run it without the drive trays is beyond me.

 

When testing mine, some time ago, I found that without the dampers at the back of empty drive trays shut to control the air flow th CPU would run 20-30 degrees hotter than normal (ie 60-75 degrees C). without drive trays at all it will only be worse. And without the drive trays you've disrupted the grounding system.

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ikon

I'm not convinced about the grounding part, but I find the air flow/temperature aspects fascinating. Obviously the designers spent considerable time on this part of the design.

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msawyer91

Do we know what CPU the unit has? Does it support x64. If so, then WHS2011 should be able to run and, as jmwills stated, it can be had for $50 or less.

All of the HP MediaSmart Servers (EX47x, EX48x and EX49x) come with x64 processors. The EX47x used AMDs and the EX48x and EX49x use Intel. The EX48x both came with Celeron processors; the EX490 also has a Celeron and the EX495 comes with an E5200.

 

Chances are the EX487 came with a Celeron so my recommendation would be to kick it up to something better. I've got an E5300 in mine. If you upgrade the EX487 processor, however, you will have to apply a modded BIOS. Check out mediasmartserver.net as the process is very well documented, plus the instructions for modding the BIOS, as well as the known working hacked BIOS (which is what I use) is available there. There are also instructions on how to apply the hacked BIOS without the benefit of a debug (KVM) cable.

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SteveO

It did come with the stock 2GHz Celeron, 2 gig ram. I have an Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 Processor sitting on my bench. So I need to mode the bios to use this? I got it up and running now, idle 41C. If anyone has two drive tray's to sell that will fit this EX487 let me know. Thanks to all the help here.

Steve

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ikon

If you can't find any trays, and you don't plan to add any more drives for now at least, you could fashion something that would direct the air the same as the real trays do.

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Joe_Miner

It did come with the stock 2GHz Celeron, 2 gig ram. I have an Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 Processor sitting on my bench. So I need to mode the bios to use this? (snip)

 

If you’re looking to upgrade the CPU or RAM you may want to check thru these and their related threads (as well as Forums on this board):

 

http://www.mediasmarthome.com/article/14459/Upgrading-the-HP-EX485-487-MediaSmart-Server-Processor-Removing-the-Smoke-and-Mirrors/

 

http://www.mediasmarthome.com/article/17542/More-Performance-and-a-New-OS-Removing-the-Smoke-and-Mirrors-Part-2/

 

http://www.mediasmarthome.com/forum/thread/11977/HP-EX-485-CPU-upgrade-sucessful/

 

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=17&sid=f3f3b440055d5a2579f4a6a46f0bafaf

 

JPLTim, Dieharder, and Dave have done videos on upgrading the MediaSmart Servers -- those would be worth finding and watching IMHO.

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