Finding intel drivers for HP-Elite 8300 SFF running unsupported Server 2012
Posted on 2014-01-21
I purchased a number of high spec, fast HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF computers for our school. I had planned to use 1 of them as a domain controller (Server 2012 R2 standard)
I have invested in a large fast HD and 16 GB RAM.
But I have just discovered that there are no HP drivers supporting Server 2012 R2 for these SFF machines. I spoke to support people at HP and the only thing they suggested was that I could find Intel drivers for each component and try them.
I have installed Server 2012 R2 on one of the HP Elite 8300 SFF and I see that the only thing that shows a problem under the Device Manager is:
"PCI Serial Port"
"PCI simple communications controller"
However from my limited understanding, drivers are important for the "optimum" performance of devices and to fix "bugs".
How realistic is it for me to find Intels own Server 2012 drivers for the components on this PC? Or is it a waste of time?
Which are the most important and needed??
Network? (even though it is already working)
I need advice from someone who really knows a lot about drivers.
The alternative is that I must buy a new server and hard disks and memory, etc..