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Why are motherboard failing Windows Server 2012?

Discussion in 'Windows Server, Hyper-V Virtualization' started by Jeggs101, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Jeggs101

    Jeggs101 Member

    Seen a few ASUS boards and others not working with Windows Server 2012. Any idea why? Windows 8 and Server 2012 have been in beta for a long time.
  2. Truckchase!

    Truckchase! New Member

    I wish I knew. I've got a P8B-E/4L I'm sitting on patiently (?) waiting for a BIOS update to get 2012 installed. I haven't found a workaround yet.
  3. 5loth

    5loth New Member

    The error is "ACPI_BIOS_ERROR" and requires a BIOS update to fix. Asus have not confirmed they will be releasing an update to fix the issue, and if they haven't by now I'm not all that hopeful they will. I have seen mention that they won't be at all.

    I gave up waiting and ordered a SuperMicro board, won't be buying Asus "server" motherboards again.
  4. 5loth

    5loth New Member

    New BIOS is up for P8B-E/4L which supports Server 2012.
  5. wkearney99

    wkearney99 New Member

    This. SuperMicro might not have a ton of bells and whistles on their boards (I'd like some with DVI/HDMI) but they usually just work and stay that way, even when a new OS comes out. I've had consistently bad luck with Asus on that front over the years. All those extras they tack on end up being incompatible later. Hard to argue they "should have known" or that they should keep updating ancient boards, but abandoned hardware certainly influences future purchasing choices.
  6. Mandros

    Mandros New Member

    Asus Z8NA-D6 working like a charm on WS2012.
  7. nitrobass24

    nitrobass24 Moderator

    Works great until you enable Hyper-v...then WS12 wont boot.
  8. Andreas

    Andreas New Member

    I am not familiar with this motherboard.
    Please check if EPT is turned on in the BIOS (Extended Page Table support). Not to be confused with VT support. Intel Xeon 5500 Series were the first generation Xeons with EPT support.

    Due to the significant performance impact in VMs, Hyper-V (WS12) requires EPT, while Hyper-V (WS08) supported it optional.

    Andy
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013
  9. renderfarmer

    renderfarmer New Member

    Agreed. All my SM boards needed to install Win2012 was a BIOS upgrade to the latest version which I should have done anyway. They run like champions.

    Asus use the extras to differentiate themselves from meat and potatoes companies like SM. They end up paying a price every few years when a new OS comes a along. But hey, My Dell workstation can't handle Win8 either and what's less feature packed than a Dell mobo!
  10. Lost-Benji

    Lost-Benji New Member

    A new OS & new tricks + Old-school hardware & tons of added wan features = headaches getting all the play nice.

    SM boards are just plain old stable monsters, they just work.

    ASUS and a few others try to add desktop wants to workstation and server boards, if we want these features, we will add them with add-on cards that do a better job.



    Win8/S2012 just try to be too smart with hardware and end up stumbling or crashing.

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