Updating the hp mediasmart server
Some useful tips have been included and some very useful links have been placed in the reference sections at the end of the article. The author of the article assumes no responsibility for “bricking” “smoking” or voiding the warranty of your MSS as a result of your action.
Safe to say, if you take the cover off you have probably voided the warranty.
If you do not feel comfortable with disassembly, modifications, handling electronics parts, software configuration or are not familiar with electrostatic procedures, you should stop here and get help.
The Core 2 Quad Q8200S and the Xeon L3110 are both very interesting, and might be of most use to those inclined to use their MSSs for lots of transcoding and HD video delivery.Processors with a TDP of 45W or lower make the best candidates for upgrades, though you can achieve some success with CPUs rated up to 60-65W.This observation is indisputable: the lower the TDP, the better your chances of a successful MSS upgrade!Choosing a CPU, performance gains/benchmarks, power consumption temperature and memory upgrades are discussed as well.
I will try to sort through some of the technical jargon and issues that can make this process complicated.In our previous story, Hacking The HP EX470/475 Media Smart Server, we provided step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade the server and its BIOS to install a dual-core AMD processor to replace the stock Sempron 3400 included with that model.