06-28-2012 08:59 AM
I have a HP xw4600 workstation as standard from purchase. It has the oAAoh mainboard and the standard PSU.
The graphics card has been playing up and I needed it replaced.
I therefore purchased an ASUS GEFORCE GT 640 DDR3 to replace. However, it fails to work. Can you please advise of a graphics card that will work, and/ or the equal spec that will allow for equal standards to the ASUS.
06-28-2012 09:43 AM
Also these are business cards (vs. gamer cards GEFORCE) it's astonishing that your card doesn't work.
Any hints about failure?
The GT640 has pci x16 3.0, but it should be compatible to 2.0 (Gen.2) like mentioned in the specs.
Your psu should have enough power ....
07-28-2012 06:11 AM
I bought ZOTAC GT640 and it works so fine on my xw4600 (call it A).
So I bought exactly the same graphics card for my another xw4600.
Now that xw4600 (call it B) does not boot; just issues BEEP sounds.
I first thought this was graphics card problem; I swapped the card but
B does not boot with the old card. A works fine with the new card.
Those 2 xw4600s are the same. Same memory, same PSU, same CPU....
What is different is BIOS version. A has 1.06 and B has 1.22.
I checked the card on another xw4600 which has 1.22 BIOS, it does not boot.
So I'm looking for old BIOSs for xw4600,... HP does not seem to provide them.
The BIOS flash tool HP provide does not backup BIOS, so I cannot retrieve 1.06 from A....
08-06-2012 08:12 AM
maybe you can store the bios from 'A'!
In 'former days' it was recommended to save the old bios before updating it. But you couldn't do it in windows - you had to prepare a disk or a stick to update bios, so it was updated before boot-up.
08-06-2012 09:35 AM
No, the DOS flash tool HP provides has no option to backup the BIOS.
I have exchanged my 1.22 xw4600 with one of my colleague's 1.06 xw4600,
so my problem is solved; I have two xw4600s with GT640.