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Hi, bios update fails if the bootable usb stick is created with a win 8.1 machine, the microserver starts to boot into dos and then reboots, I had to use win 7  to create the bootable usb and has now updated fine.

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Ah ha - this may answer my question as the USB drive was created with Windows 8.1.


Bloody marvellous as no Win 7 machines at home. I'll have to borrow one of the office machines.

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Nah.... I used a colleagues Windows 7 PC to create the drive. Lo and behold files now show as:




So it looks like the original drive may have been okay if the flat files had been copied on to it.

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Yep just completed the BIOS upgrade without any issues.


I did turn off the inbuilt NIC in the BIOS first as I'm already using a third party card.

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Hi, bios update fails if the bootable usb stick is created with a win 8.1 machine, the microserver starts to boot into dos and then reboots, I had to use win 7  to create the bootable usb and has now updated fine.

I don't believe this is the case. I used a Win 8.1 pro machine to create my USB.


However, I had a similar issue to Tekguru on my first attempt, and resolved it in my case by switching to a 32-bit Win 8.1 Pro machine, as I remembered that was an issue back in the original days of the Microserver Bios hack.


Tekguru, was your successful USB created on a 32-bit or 64-bit Win 7 machine?

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The failed attempt was a Win 8.1 x 64 machine, the viable USB drive was created on a Win 7 x64 CAD workstation. Identical machines actually apart from the OS.

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I can also confirm that the bios update works and I was able to install R2 on my N54L. However I had to first remove all HDDs in the normal bays otherwise the update procedure didn't start. Don't know why.

But now I have a boot up time problem. See my other post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6638-gen7-n54l-long-bootime-with-4-hds-under-win-server-2012-r2/

Maybe this bios update resolve the installation issue, but leaves another problem with the NIC and 2012 R2?




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found a modded version of the latest bios (not verified yet).

Will binary compare first and try to reproduce the AMIBCP patch (if I can ;- ).


Link (in German) http://www.hardwareluxx.de/community/f101/hp-proliant-n36l-n40l-n54l-microserver-752079-430.html#post21503128


Also posted in "modified bios" thread and will post updates there





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