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Punch Card
Posts: 26
Registered: ‎12-13-2010
Location: Wisconsin

Re: TS200V Processor Upgrade Options

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It's interesting that you mention the Quadro graphics card.  I actually had a Quadro FX380 from another PC I stuck in the TS200V when I upgraded to the x3470.  Since the Xeon doesn't come with the onboard video unlike the i5, perhaps your BIOS isn't seeing a video device and that's why it's beeping?  It's been a couple years since I've built a PC, but I'm pretty sure that the BIOS will trigger beeps codes if it can't detect any video device.

 

Now that I think about your symptoms, I'd put $5 on it being this.

Posts: 5,222
Solutions: 569
Registered: ‎11-23-2007
Location: United States
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Re: TS200V Processor Upgrade Options

given that there's no GPU listed in his config, that's a very, very good possibility.   the onboard video sockets become disabled with xeon procs and will throw a beep code if no GPU is installed.

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Paper Tape
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎05-16-2012
Location: New Jersey
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Re: TS200V Processor Upgrade Options

Thanks all for the feedback.  I will install an NVIDIA graphics card later today and let you know how it goes.  Makes sense that the BIOS isn't happy with no GPU.  Thanks.

Paper Tape
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎05-16-2012
Location: New Jersey

Re: TS200V Processor Upgrade Options

Gentlemen we have liftoff !  Thanks for all the feedback.  I happen to gave a GeForce card laying around and popped it in.  Bingo !  No beepcodes and I now have a functional  server.  Feel pretty silly trying to run without a GPU but everything is obvious after you discover the problem.  Thanks again.

 

george

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Registered: ‎11-05-2011
Location: Canada
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Re: TS200V Processor Upgrade Options

This raises an interesting question. How common is it for users in the field to swap out a processor, and upgrade to a faster one ? I have not allowed for this in the PC Sales Guide/Configurator - it is hard enough to keep the matching second processors aligned !! With a little bit of work (I think) I might be able to set the data to allow for installation of a different processor, if and only if the standard one has been removed. But before I do all that work, I would prefer to hear from someone in Server Brand to tell me (1) this is common enough (2) the data I need to enable this is readily available (3) they think adding this capability is a good idea We could perhaps experiment with one family, to see how much work it is at my end, and how much value it would be for the end-user. Comments & suggestions are invited. www.pscfg.com/downloads.htm (free, with free end-user support, and must-read instructions) Users will note that when you look for a second processor, if there is one listed, it matches the one on the system being configured. No other (i.e. non-matching) processor options are listed. I don't think there is one listed for every case, however. It also handles the bit about memory options allowed only to the half-full point, and then you must add the second processor. BTW, the ThinkStation team seems to have gotten out pf the business of offering a second processor option, so I manually looked up and added the hopefully-correct Intel partnumbers. Since the Configurator comes with dealer prices for the USA and Canada, you can get a good idea of what such a second processor would cost when using an Intel partnumber.