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Bios upgrade on s1400fp4 to work with E5-2420 v2

HHane1
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Hello,

I am a bit stuck and was wondering if anyone else might have an idea.

Here is my situation:

I reccently decided we need a new ESXi-Host so I did some research and decided to go for the s1400fp4 since its supporting a large amount of memory as well as the latest Xeon E5-2400 v2 CPUs (according to the http://ark.intel.com/products/66137/Intel-Server-Board-S1400FP4# @compatibility Intel-website). So I bought a http://ark.intel.com/products/66137/Intel-Server-Board-S1400FP4 s1400fp4 and http://ark.intel.com/products/75784/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-2420-v2-15M-Cache-2_20-GHz e5-2420 v2.

Installed everything, power up.....screen stays black. After talkin in the live-chat to gustavo we found that my batch (PBA number G49708-203) has an old bios installed that does not support v2 CPUs. Bummer!

(see attachment)

The Problem:

I was told its not possible to flash/update the BIOS without a (supported) CPU installed.

(Not even with the jumper/usb method)

The Question:

Is the person right ?

Is it possible to update the bios with a V2 CPU installed ?

Is it possible to update BIOS without any CPU installed ?

Can the BIOS chip be removed and updated with an eeprom tool ?

Is anyone willing to lend me their E5-2400 v1 so I can performe the upgrade ?

I was so looking forward to the new system and do not want to spend money on a V1 CPU just to upgrade the BIOS and then try to sell it on ebay or something. (the cheapest i found was the E5-2403)

Maybe someone had the same problem before and found a solution ?

Still hoping for a easy fix

Harri

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi,

To answer your question, the only way to update the BIOS on this specific system will be installing a "Version 1 processor" based on the Product Change Notification 112909-00. Another option that you can try is exchanging the board for a "Version 2 ready" board and for this we recommend contacting our support group directly:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport

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idata
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Hi,

To answer your question, the only way to update the BIOS on this specific system will be installing a "Version 1 processor" based on the Product Change Notification 112909-00. Another option that you can try is exchanging the board for a "Version 2 ready" board and for this we recommend contacting our support group directly:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport

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