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XPenology -HP MicroServer gen8 - AHCI or int Raid on B120i

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Short question, as lots of guys here have the HP MS gen8.

 

Should the disk controller B120i in the BIOS of the HP MicroServer gen8 set to AHCI or internal RAID prior to installation?

 

I configured AHCI and installed the bootloader on an USB-Stick (for use in internal slot).

But after full installation I checked the BIOS and it was configured back to RAID. As I am using up to now only one volume on one physical disk, it works but all partitions are contained within a raid container.

If there is a choice I would prefer plain primary EXT4 partiotions without any RAID.

 

Does XPEnoboot or "DSM_DS3615xs_5592.pat" changed the setting in the BIOS or did I configured something wrong?

 

What is the best BIOS-configuration for XPEnoboot on HP Microserver.

Thanks for any answers.

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On the HP Gen8, rebooting DSM will cause the BIOS to reset to defaults. It's annoying, but you can workaround it by configuring everything correctly in the BIOS, then saving those settings as the default. Then when it resets to default, it will just reset to those settings.

 

AHCI is the preferred way to go, since SMART values on the drives can't be read in RAID mode. There used to be some issues with fan speeds increasing when running in AHCI, but that should be fixed if you've got the latest firmware installed.

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Does this reset to defaults also impact date/time-setting and boot-order?

That's strange!

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Is there no fix for this apart from the workaround of configuring everything correctly in the BIOS, then saving those settings as the default ?

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I've never found another solution on my Gen8.

 

And yes, date/time is reseted as well, but not boot order if you set them as default.

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It's so annoying does the memory test every boot as well because of this.

 

Almost as annoying as the beep when it boots. It's the loudest beep known to man lol!

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Can´t confirm the BIOS resets every reboot.

Depends on the BIOS setting you use. I´ll make some screens when i´m back home.

 

I also boot my HP MS Gen8 every day via ACPI at 8am automatically. Shutdown at 0:30am. (Advanced Powermanager.spk)

 

Also my fan is running at 6% with ACPI enabled :smile:

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Can´t confirm the BIOS resets every reboot.

Depends on the BIOS setting you use. I´ll make some screens when i´m back home.

 

I also boot my HP MS Gen8 every day via ACPI at 8am automatically. Shutdown at 0:30am. (Advanced Powermanager.spk)

Do you run xpenology on it?

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Mine doesn't reset it's BIOS on reboot either (bare metal XPE).

 

Sure it takes an age to boot up, but that's just because it's an HP server.

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Ok this is interesting. Something must be different.

 

What version of DSM and what version of xpenology you running?

 

And you definitely don't get the message just before it boots the USB key for xpenology that says something like system running with default settings?

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Apologies; I am incorrect... I just checked and it does say it's been reverted at the boot menu.

 

Just never noticed before and have no adverse affects :lol:

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Well it means if you set the drives to AHCI they go back to the B120i and the time and date is reset and all other settings boot options etc! Annoying.

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Well it means if you set the drives to AHCI they go back to the B120i and the time and date is reset and all other settings boot options etc! Annoying.

That's the thing, it's not annoying. I don't use the onboard RAID and I never have to do a thing on reboot.

 

That's why I thought I wasn't getting reset.

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Well it means if you set the drives to AHCI they go back to the B120i and the time and date is reset and all other settings boot options etc! Annoying.

That's the thing, it's not annoying. I don't use the onboard RAID and I never have to do a thing on reboot. Everything else going back to defaults doesn't cause a problem.

 

That's why I thought I wasn't getting reset.

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