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Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

Soon Hua Khor
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Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

Hi,

Can Proliant ML110 G3 run on 64 bit of Windows Server 2008?

Khor
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

No help yet but I'm about to install server 2008 on mine. I've got windows 7 on there now and it only recognizes 2 of the 4 CPUs. I've been told that 2008 will not only run but will recognize 4 cpus.

Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

I've just found this on Microsoft website.
Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
Does this mean 2008 IS a Itanium Based System? I don't know. If so I've got a 2008 paper weight.
Alex Geroulaitis
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

The short answer is "yes", although HP does not support it directly.

HP does list WinServer 2003 64-bit on a list of supported OSs on Proliant ML110 G3 support page. That's good news: the BIOS and the CPU do support 64-bit computing. WinServer 2008 is not supported and what it means, is that it will likely install and run, but some system devices will not have HP drivers and thus will not be recognized by the OS.

Also, according to ML110 G3 QuickSpecs (http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12308_div/12308_div.HTML), it uses Intel Pentium D 920, 930, and 940 Processors, which, according to Intel (http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SL94Q) does support 64-bit processing.

If you have that option, do a trial installation and see how it runs, and whether all devices are recognized.

(Use this advice at your own risk :))
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Alex Geroulaitis
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

James: what is your server's model?
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Alex Geroulaitis
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

I see, DL580 G3. No, it's not Itanium based, and you need Windows Server 2008 (R2) (any edition except Foundation) to take advantage of 4 CPUs:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-specs.aspx
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

Alex,

Thanks much. Would you happen to know if I can tweek Windows 7 to use all four CPUs?
While I have you do you know of a sound card that will work in the CPI X slots. My sound blaster says it's up and running but no noise.
TKS again

James
Alex Geroulaitis
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

I haven't heard of anybody being able to hack Win7 into using 4 CPUs. Not saying it's impossible - just that I haven't heard of anyone.

SoundBlaster: PCI cards are supposed to work in PCIX slots, but I am not sure what the problem is with your particular SoundBlaster installation.
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

According to the ML110 G3 Quickspecs, it primarily takes a Pentium D processor, or equivalent, which means it takes 64 bit processors. Therefore Windows server 2008 x64 should install and run with no problems.

Regards
Marshall
Chris Thame
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

I have server 2008 std x64 running on my ML110 G3 server. There are 3 items at the moment that I can not solve

1) Using Storage manager 5.0, the only one I can get for 2008 x64, it can not talk to controller.

2) any PCI network card comes up with
"Your computer's system firmware does not include enough information to properly configure and use this device. To use this device, contact your computer manufacturer to obtain a firmware or BIOS update. (Code 35)"

3) you need to go to ATI and download the ES1000 video card drivers and even then you get this
"This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12)

If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system."
Chris Thame
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Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

I forgot to add that if any one has any idea how I can fix that it would be most helpful, especially the storage manager section. Also the onboard network card works a treat.
Joshua Kaplan_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

I attempted the same experiment.

 

ML110 G3 with BIOS CPQ06 8/17/2006 

 

Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise (64 bit)

 

8 GB of RAM

 

No issues installing, all memory shows, all devices except the video adapter show up as working properly.

 

I was able to get the ATI drivers from HP to install, but the device comes up with the message below:

 

"This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use" Code: 12

 

Even after disabling both COM ports, the LPT port, the LAN port, the embedded NIC and the embedded Adaptec HostRAID controller and rebooting, the above message appears.

 

Running msinfo32 shows that  the embedded ES1000 video adapter and the Intel 82801 PCI Bridge are sharing IO port memory at E000-E0FF. The ES1000 is the only device using IRQ 10, and there are no conflicts showing.

 

In Device Manager, the PCI Bridge shows with an IO range of E000-EFFF, and memory ranges of EFF00000-EFFFFFFF

and E7E00000-EFDFFFFF.  The "use automatic settings" checkbox is checked and grayed out, and the "change settings" button is grayed out as well.

 

Because of the 'cannot find enough resources' error, the resources tab of the properties window for the ES1000 video adapter does not have either a checkbox or a button.

 

The BIOS does not appear to have options to adjust any of the resource parameters.

 

The frustrating part is that there is no way I can find of determinig what resources the video adapter is trying to acquire. That would at the very least give a clue as to what needs to be changed. How to change it would be the next challenge, but I would like to able to get to that step.

 

Any thoughts ? 

 

Joshua Kaplan_1
Occasional Advisor

Re: Run 64 bit Windows Server 2008 on Proliant ML110 G3

Some additional info.

 

Running in safe mode, I was able to discover in a more exact way where the conflict lies (even though msinfo32 lies when it says that there are no conflicts).

 

The issue is indeed a fight between the PCI Bridge and the ES1000 for a memory range.

 

Unfortunately, the checkboxes and buttons are still grayed out.

 

All I need now is a way to open those boxes and buttons.