10-28-2013 04:41 AM
I have a MicroServer N54l, I installed windows 8, all ok ..
If I try to upgrade to 8.1, crashes during the upgrade in "Preparation of devices."
There are updated drivers?
11-02-2013 12:14 PM
Same here. 8.1 kept getting stuck during the "Getting Devices Ready" phase. I searched other forums and found a suggestion to disable the onboard LAN. So after windows-update downloads 8.1 and begins the install process, during the reboot process go into the BIOS (press F10) and disable the onboard LAN... presto, 8.1 will successfully install.
However, once you re-enable the onboard nic, it will no longer properly boot into Widnows. The driver that Windows 8.1 has by default for the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit adapter apparently doesn't work with the one inside the N54L.
Other forum suggestions were to simply by a new PCIe LAN card that is supported by Windows 8.1... kind of lame if you ask me... would prefer to get the onboard LAN to work instead. Surely HP will release a new driver soon. Fingers crossed.
11-25-2013 04:05 PM
The link for the drivers is:
11-25-2013 04:09 PM
11-27-2013 03:10 AM
Having already upgraded two laptops seemlessly from Win8 to 8.1, I jumped in and 'upgraded' my N54L from Win8 Pro to 8.1 too. Only when it hung during install did I Google it and find out that there are issues with the NIC (sigh).
So, after Windows reverted itself to 8.0 I installed the latest drivers from Broadcom as suggested above and sure enough 8.1 installed fine but the NIC never enables or connects.
So I left it logged in to 8.1 overnight and in the morning it had crashed and was showing the PC Repair screen. Now it won't boot at all unless I disable the NIC in the BIOS. With the NIC enabled it always tries to repair itself but fails. Doing a PC Restore from within Win8.1 always fails because I don't have a CDROM drive and the USB stick that has the Win8 Pro install image on it isn't recognised as being the right installation media. argghh.
So now I'm attempting to reinstall Win8.0 over Win8.1 and will probably have to reinstall all my software. Goddam MS.
11-27-2013 09:26 AM - edited 11-27-2013 09:27 AM
I found mention on the Home Server Show forum that a BIOS update from HP (dated 10/1/2013) fixes the problem completely. It worked perfectly for me on a on a N54L
11-27-2013 07:16 PM
Wow. It worked for me as well!
1) Updated to the new HP BIOS (Version:2013.10.01 (A) (15 Nov 2013) -File nameP64420.exe)
2) Enabled LAN in BIOS (was previously disabled... was using a USB Ethernet Adapter)
3) Reboot - several times... windows kept failing... but i kept rebooting
4) Once Windows 8.1 "fixed" itself, I went to Device Manager and deleted the OnBoard NIC and Drivers (but kept the USB Ethernet)
5) Rebooted again - Windows 8.1 found the latest drivers for the onboard NIC
6) Shutdown - Plugged CAT 6 into OnBoard LAN port - reboot
Now it works as expected.
Thanks GiantWeta for the notification. Glad to have this behind me!
11-28-2013 11:08 AM
It's in one of the posts above... you can try this direct link but I'm not sure if it will persist...
You can also visit hp.com, click Support, select Download Drivers, enter "N54L" in the search field, then ultimately click the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 link... you should see the BIOS listed there.