Can be a hassle to get the cashback!
, 14 Feb. 2014
This review is from: HP ProLiant G7 MicroServer Turion II Neo (N54L) 2.2GHz 2GB-U 250GB SATA (On Board Graphics) with 150W Power Supply (Personal Computers)
Other posters have covered getting the £50/£100 from HP. As for the unit itself -
1) I set it up with Windows Vista 32 bit (yes, really!) which didn't recognise the NIC and video card. They are Broadcom and ATI Mobility Radeon 4200 devices, and you can get drivers for 32-bit OS direct from the manufacture's web-site if you don't want to install a 64 bit Server OS and get drivers from HP.
2) You definitely need to flash the BIOS, mine was shipped with a 2011 BIOS
3) The standard 2Gb of RAM is way too small, I picked up another 2Gb 2nd hand, but new ECC RAM in 8Gb sticks is costly!
4) The shipped 250Gb disk is very, very slow IMHO. I plan to image it to an SSD and swap it out.
5) There is space for an optical disk, but you need to supply your own SATA cable and Molex-SATA power adaptor
6) Getting the unit apart the first time can be fiddly, the 'thumb-screws' were tight as a drum
7) As shipped, one of the 4 bays is occupied by the boot disk. AFAIK you can install a boot disk where the optical disk would go, but it runs as an IDE not AHCI port so is quite slow
8) I had no issues adding 3Tb WD hard drives in the cage
9) The video output is VGA, but with the ATI Catalyst I was able to get it to 1920x1080, 32bit colour
10) The on-board NIC is gigabit, I was only seeing 100 until I realised my switch was a 10/100 item, upgraded that sorted everything.
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