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Hi,

I have a HP ML110 G6 server running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Everything working well but I want to install a GPU.

I have a spare Nvidia GeForce 8400GS GPU which I want to install, this is a PCIe x16 card.

The server also has a PCIe x16 slot so I thought it would be no problem.

However, after installing and switching on I get a beep code-
one long, two short.

I don't get any display.

If I leave the GPUin but use the built in VGA Windows Server 2008 R2 doesn't even recognise any new devices.

I tried chaging the BIOS config "PCIe Gen 2" setting to Gen 1 by still no joy (defauilt setting is Gen 2).

Help appreciated.
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why does a server require a GPU?
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It's off the topic, no point going into it really.
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by:jamietoner
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A lot of server bios's don't have support for a video cards as for most server duties a dedicated card is not required.
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Why would a PCIe x16 slot be included if it didn;t support GPU's though?
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HP Proliant Servers need HP certified components or HP I/O cards with OEM BIOS modifications.

I don't know what requirement you have, CUDA, OpenGL, PCoIP, so it's difficult to recommend a brand or video card, e.g. high resolution card to connect to a 60" Plasma screen in a Data Centre/Operations Centre for HP SIM Event monitoring etc
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by:jamietoner
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I seen similar setups before where the OEM used a workstation board and modified the bios for server purposes, added some features and removed others. There are also other 16x pci-e cards that are not video cards, I have seen specialty raid controllers and fiber optic cards that used a 16x pci-e slot.
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16x pci-e slot for HP Dual Port Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapters!
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by:andyalder
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Would be nice if you could get GPUs without the graphics part so they didn't mess up POST with their necessity to be able to be primary display adapter in the ancient IBM PC code.

I don't do 100 series (not real ProLiants) but has it got an x8 wired/x16 compatible slot you could try it in? Haven't seen an x16 card with a HP badge on it yet if you exclude the video ones, even the 2*10Gb NICs are only x8.
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I believe nvidia's tesla cards aren't recognized as display adapters. But I have never got a chance to play with those s they are a bit spendy.
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

According the the server specs:

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/DS_00178/DS_00178.pdf

Nvidia Quadro FX cards have been tested so the PCIe slots must support video cards?

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RobMobility.
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Hi,

FX 580 and FX380 cards, I believe.

However, it only has a 300 Watt PSU so you can't put much in it - e.g. GT210, FX580, FX380 or perhaps HD5450?

http://www.dabs.com/products/hp-quadro-fx380-256mb-6JST.html

http://www.dabs.com/products/hp-quadro-fx-580-512mb-690J.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product+search


Regards,


RobMobility.

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credit to RobMobility, that's the ones we use! if they meet the authors requirement!
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