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06-08-2020 08:18 AM - edited 06-08-2020 12:43 PM
Hello Everyone, First time poster here. Been reading a lot on the forums trying to get my z600 and z620 working for my home lab.
I ordered a z600 on eBay and have doing some upgraded for a home lab. I just put in 2 Xeon x5676 6 core procs and I purchased 48GB (6x 8GB Hynix 2Rx4 PC3 10600R) to max it out under what I've seen is the most supported memory in the v2 version.
When I install the memory and boot, I get the 5 beep memory error. I can't boot one chip or all chips inserted. I was looking at the green gamer post and some of the other posts and see that the SP# for the v1 is listed as 461439-001 (which is what this board is). But if you look at the Boot Block Date, I have 1/07/10 listed... so I'm a bit confused? With the memory error and the SP# on the board itself, it appears this is a v1 z600? Any help here would be appreciate.
06-08-2020 02:22 PM - edited 06-08-2020 08:55 PM
HERE is a link for you.... that number on the left in the bar code label is not the one you want to be looking at. It is the one on the right, and you'd want one that ends in -003 instead of -002. The Rev. 0W alphanumeric also points to a version 1 motherboard, as described HERE .
I, however, have never seen a Z600 motherboard where it had a 2010 boot block date and ended up truly being a version 1 motherboard. Your BIOS pic seems to show that case... odd.
The version 2 Z600s got a newer memory controller that can actually run the fastest memory that I get for my v2 Z620 builds, retired server memory. That is handy to know because I just buy that 1866 memory and know I can use it in the Z620 v2, and the Z600 v2. It will work fine also in the Z420 v2, and will not work in a Z400 v2. We did a project last year where we upgraded a bunch of Z420 v2 and Z620 v2 workstations and used the leftover sticks in some Z600 v2 workstations... worked fine.
06-08-2020 08:43 PM - edited 06-08-2020 08:50 PM
Patrick, happy to help...
I may have driven up the price of the -003 boards by posting here how to ensure one gets a Z600 v2. Sorry about that... I'm seeing eBay prices I don't remember being the case earlier. That workstation is still great, and I'd just be patient and watch for the right one. Even our favorite HP engineer here, Dan_in_WGBU never hinted at this very rare issue when he was giving us inside info straight from HP.
I was just updating a v2 Z600 to the newly released W10 5/20 "2004" release. It works great. I can add in that the HP USB3 card in the Z600 I've harped on works great under under the latest W10.
A motherboard transplant is actually quite easy on these... tape up and out the cable sets in the order you release them from the original motherboard and they go right back in the same way. A very nice video card well balanced for this is the Quadro K2000, or better yet the K2200. If you upgrade let me know via PM and I'll send you that memory info.
06-09-2020 06:59 AM
No worries. I'm totally invested at this point to get this stupid thing working. I just picked up a HP 460840-003 board for $62 from aa2zsupply.com including free shipping. I might as well go ahead and grab the USB 3.0 stuff and do the USB boot loader with the NVME for the OS drive like the other post (I've got the link bookmarked).
Thanks for your assistance.
06-09-2020 07:32 AM - edited 06-09-2020 10:04 AM
That is a good price... congrats on that.
On the USB3 HP card... there are two types and you need the one HP made with the same Texas Instruments chipset they later used in the ZX20 workstation family motherboards. I have a post in the forum all about how to do this, so let me know if you can't find it.
Regarding use of NVMe M.2 SSD in a Z600... (EDIT: see DGroves post below, and I think he meant to write Z600 instead of Z620 at the top regarding need for the 2015 version. The Z800, Z600, and Z400 version 2 workstations all use triple channel memory. I have not worked with REFIND/DUET.)
I think you are referring to doing that in a Z620. DGroves here has posted that you can do that boot loader trick in the Z620 because it has UEFI built into its BIOS. The earlier Z600 generation does not, so that can't work (to my knowledge). I did figure out how to get a Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe card/M.2 card combo to work in the Z400/Z600 and it is posted in the forum here. It took a fair amount of work and was fiddly, but stable when finished. They don't make those any more.
A 600GB non-HP Intel 320 series SATA II SSD (used off eBay, quick-type formatted if it came Raw, Firmware updated with Intel Toolbox, DBAN run for low level reformat, and then MBR partitioned and long-type NTFS formatted) turned out to be the best solution for us, plus the latest Intel Toolbox utility. Then, add in another SSD (or HDD) as your documents drive if you really need it and that combo is very fast. I do the dual processor upgrade to the fastest 2 quad cores HP certified for it, also. That all feels nearly as fast as my best Z620 builds, surprisingly. Admittedly I have not mastered Z620 overclocking like Brian and Bambi here, but that Z600 v2 can be really nice when done right.
06-09-2020 08:28 AM
the z800/z600/400 systems can use the REFIND/DUET nvme bootloader just keep in mind the z800 requires the older 2015 release due to it's triple channel memory controller (not sure about the z620) other models can use the 2020 build
PM me for details if interested or search this forum for duet/refind related posts
i have a z800 here booting to a nvme HP ex900 SSD
the z820 has also booted from a apple gen 4 128GB SSD, the z800 would not for some reason when i have more time i'll revisit
besides the HP usb card silverstone makes a usb 3.1 (gen 2) card that xfers at 10mbps however the card only has 2 front panel ports via a the stg 19pin header so unless you really need the speed SHD's setup is cheaper
i also have seagate warpdrive nytro 400gb PCI-e 2.0 card that can boot in a z800/600/400 and later workstations
while you can crossflash the sun f40/f80 version of these cards into the retail warpdrive models it requires a fair bit of skill to do so