Reading through the improvements that SP2 brings I noticed that Dirext X applications will get new capabilities so this could be good news if your into gaming. Also improved compatibiliy is mentioned to what exactly it doesn't say but I think it's just in general..
Just remember that, if you install SP2 Beta, wether you remove the watermark or not, it will be neccessary to uninstall it again before you can download the final release. At that time it might also expire and screw your installation so get busy with the backups first.
It is no big deal. Mostly it includes all the updates until the present time, plus some small refinements. Keep in mind, also, that some of those past updates had built in code to cripple pirated copies or, alternatively, you may run into the problem encountered already by one of the members. But of course, no one on this site has such a thing.!
SP2 beta expires in 2010... And yes it will have to be un-installed when the final version is released but I've had to do that today without any problems. This is because i was running a former version of the service pack.
What do you mean by no bios yet? Are you still running the most recent version or did you go back to the previous version?
Info from MS technet for the not so knowledgeable users: Prerequisites
If you have a prior version of SP2 installed, it must be un-installed prior to installing Beta
Use the Control Panel applet Ã¢â‚¬Å“Programs and FeaturesÃ¢â‚¬Â and select Ã¢â‚¬Å“View installed updatesÃ¢â‚¬Â from the top left of the task pane, under Windows, look for KB948465
You must have a genuine copy of Windows Server 2008 with SP1 or Windows Vista with SP1 installed on the computer prior to installing SP2
Windows Server 2008 released with the Service Pack 1 code included
SP2 is the first post-release Service Pack for Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista SP2 Beta is applicable and recommended to individuals, organizations, and technical enthusiasts who are comfortable evaluating pre-release software
This pre-release software is provided for testing purposes only
We do not recommend installing this software on primary, production or mission critical systems
We recommend that you have a backup of your data prior to installing any pre-release software
If Ã¢â‚¬Å“vLiteÃ¢â‚¬Â was used to customize your Windows Vista installation, you may have removed required system components which prevent Service Pack 2 from installing; if you wish to install SP2, a reinstall of SP1 without vLite is recommended
Service Pack Information
SP2 Beta is pre-release code which will change before the final release of SP2
Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 Beta is time-limited software that will operate until May 1st, 2010 - Un-install Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 Beta before May 1st, 2010
After SP2 installation your desktop may display the text Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evaluation CopyÃ¢â‚¬Â. This does not mean that your system is no longer Ã¢â‚¬Å“GenuineÃ¢â‚¬Â, only that you have installed a test version of software which is time-limited
After installing the service pack, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evaluation CopyÃ¢â‚¬Â text may show up on the 2nd boot
After un-installing the services pack, the "Evaluation Copy" text may remain during the first boot, but will disappear after the next reboot
Starting any Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Vista SP2 installations will result in Microsoft collecting information about the installation process
According to HP no bios old or new is available at this time. Leaving me with only being to use the screensaver and nothing else, cute and dumb also. Interesting added point here. If I take the PCI-E card out and use the built in video the stupid thing works just fine.
I suggest that you open your pc up and look over the motherboard. You should find the model number written somewhere and once you have that (plus the revision number) you'll be able to find the correct bios. I should imagine Foxconn will tell you the same thing...
Your not going believe this but, the problem is fixed. The culprit was not the bios after all. Rather it was Ntune. Got rid of that and it's fine now. Thanks for all your help and I am real the nearly seven days of suffering is now over. I don't think I could take another day of it. I may try Rivatuner later. But, I think I will leave the machine as is for right now as I am pooped!!!!