a.) Are there perhaps BIOS settings that I may need to change in order to view this NIC? Perhaps disabling on-board NIC? (I tried a few settings but ironically haven't disabled on-board NIC).
b.) Does anyone know what quad port NIC would work in my system (specs following) if the one I bought (Intel Pro 1000 PT Quad Port Adapter) is deemed by the experts as being incompatible?
c.) Would there be a way to resolve the HP NC375T freezing issue in my system? If so, I'd happily put that in and give the Intel to my HP z800 workstation...
Before anyone tells me that the adapter I bought is for servers rather than desktops... I know. I am a newbie to all this, but I know enough to know that server architecture is considerably different than desktop architecture. And therefore, yes, I will admit I took a gamble with this, one born from my experience with the Intel Dual Port Server adapter which works fine in my other basic HP Desktop X97 system... so I was hoping for lady luck on my side with the Quad Port version too. I didn't take a blind gamble, I did plenty of Googling, but didn't find anything definitive to say yes or no.
My current spec: Intel i7-5960X, ASUS Rampage V Extreme, nVidia GTX980 4GB x 2, 1500w PSU, 64GB DDR4 RAM, 2x 256GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD in RAID 0, Samsung 850 1TB SSD, Samsung 850 512GB SSD, ThunderBoltEx Dual Card, watercooling kit.
BTW - I had a lot of problems with this build early on - lots of random freezing (even after only being booted up for 5 minutes), BSODs, problems with cold boots etc and all of this without any overclocking. From what I've read, a lot of people suffered similar issues and it was firmware related. Therefore a month ago or maybe a bit longer I updated the firmware to 1201 (which I see is no longer listed on website). This resolved everything. Cold boots are not an issue at all. I can (but often don't) leave my system running for a week without it even being rebooted or shutdown once. HOWEVER, this is ONLY without ANY overclocking. Once I go up to 4.2GHz or beyond, stability starts to decrease. Albeit not terribly so, but at 4.5GHz it is unreliable and I know the recommendation is to spend more time tweaking, but I have yet to find this time.
So does anyone recommend upgrading firmware to latest release? Would this potentially resolve issues with my NIC?
Anyway, any advice or recommendations greatly appreciated guys. I've learned everything I know thus far from overclocking from this site rog.asus.com and the generous advice dished out.. I hope to repay in some way in the future.
Have a good day!
Mike (from Switzerland)
Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME
Tried Intel Pro 1000 PT Quad Port Adapter in every PCIe slot except x1. System cannot detect card at all. Port lights don't come on with cables plugged in. Card works fine in my HP z800 workstations.
Tried HP NC375T quad port card in system afterwards. Card is detected. Ports show up in network connections. But causes freezing upon closing ANY application. Very weird behaviour.
Tried Intel Dual Port adapter in system afterwards. Detected. Works fine.
Any suggestions on a.) how to get my Intel quad port card detected (and usable)? b.) alternatively how to stop freezing with HP NC375T card? or c.) what quad port card would work successfully with my build?