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HI I have been working on this problem for days and have finally came across this forum, I have the mod bios installed and disabled the NIC to install Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update (x64) - DVD (English), This installed fine, but when I enabled NIC in Bios windows freezes at the login screen, is there anything I can do for this maybe a new NIC if so which one will work ok I dont want to install the HP Bios as yes it fixes this problem but I currently have the modded bios for my SSD

 

I ended up buying a TP-LINK TG-3468 Gigabit PCI Express Network Adapter. It was £6.50 as recommended by op

 

So therefor with the built in nic disabled, and R2 Essentials fully installed, I powered down and added the nic card. No stall on boot up. I did upgrade the drivers in Device Manager from a USB thumb drive. is there a link to these drivers and I take it I can update the drivers then take out the NIC card?

 

 

Thanks 

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HI I have been working on this problem for days and have finally came across this forum, I have the mod bios installed and disabled the NIC to install Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update (x64) - DVD (English), This installed fine, but when I enabled NIC in Bios windows freezes at the login screen, is there anything I can do for this maybe a new NIC if so which one will work ok I dont want to install the HP Bios as yes it fixes this problem but I currently have the modded bios for my SSD

 

I ended up buying a TP-LINK TG-3468 Gigabit PCI Express Network Adapter. It was £6.50 as recommended by op

 

So therefor with the built in nic disabled, and R2 Essentials fully installed, I powered down and added the nic card. No stall on boot up. I did upgrade the drivers in Device Manager from a USB thumb drive. is there a link to these drivers and I take it I can update the drivers then take out the NIC card?

 

 

Thanks 

Unless you move to a mod of the latest Bios, you must leave the onboard NIC disabled.

I would suggest you have two alternatives:

1.  Leave the TPLINK installed on existing modded BIOS. You cannot operate on your existing BIOS if you enable the onboard NIC.

2.  Install latest modded BIOS from post 181 in this thread. Then you can use your SSD and also enable the onboard NIC. Unless you need the PCIE slot back for other uses, then can use both NIC's and consider NIC Teaming.

 

BTW, my config is setup with option 2 above with NIC Teaming and it runs fine.

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HI I have bought but not had delivered the TPlink card I can probably cancel it

 

The modified German bios 041100113,ROM how do I install this?

 

Many thanks for your quick reply ^ I have spent hours  on this problem :(

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HI I have bought but not had delivered the TPlink card I can probably cancel it

 

The modified German bios 041100113,ROM how do I install this?

 

Many thanks for your quick reply ^ I have spent hours  on this problem :(

Same way you installed your original modded Bios. You can follow this link for detailed instructions and even a video from Joe_Miner.   http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-n40l-microserver-build-and-bios-modification-revisited.html

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Thanks for the reply, I bought my micro server second hand and the modded bios was already on, so I have no prior knowledge   :( The links seem to be no longer available but I managed to get files elsewhere: HP USB key Setup Creation Utility I placed this in a folder with the modded rom (041100113.ROM and created the boot disc, put in the microserver and got this message ROMPAQ may take a few minutes to get started. Please be patient...... Command or filename not recognized  then the c prompt?

 

EDIT Phew ok managed to do it, Windows 2012 server now boots with NIC although the bios now has fewer tabs so I can't do this : 

  1. In the main menu on 'Chipset> Southbridge Configuration> SB SATA Configuration' How the settings you need to look like this:
    • OnChip SATA Channel = Enabled
    • OnChip IDE Type = IDE
    • SATA IDE Combined Mode = Disabled
    • SATA EPS on all PORT = Enabled
    • SATA Power on all PORT = Enabled
  2. Then go back to 'Advanced> IDE Configuration' in the main menu.
    • Embedded SATA 3.0Gbps link rate = MAX

Just re-looked in Bios and Bios version says 10/01/13  with Bios ID 14 def less tabs

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To install a modded BIOS you really should rename it to match the original HP one. The upgrade routine is expecting a file of a specific name. Rather than trying to mess with the upgrade routine itself, it's way way simpler to rename the ROM file.

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