[Official] HP 290-p0043w Owner's Thread

I’m using an Intel Optane H10, 32gb Optane with 512gb NAND. Only the 512gb of NAND is recognizable by the HP290, I believe this is because the M2 slot only has 2 lanes and the Optane H10 needs 4 lanes. So the 32gb Optane doesn’t show up at all.

The H10’s are double the M10’s on Ebay. I don’t think the M10’s would work based on the key.

I’ve opted for 128gb ssd’s (Kioxia) for $15 on ebay instead

There’s little reason to go for an optane drive unless it’s the 16GB that can be had for like $16.

I picked up an HP 290-p0043w as well as the intel optane 16gb (INTEL OPTANE 16GB M10 SOLID STATE DRIVE L08717-001 MEMPEK1J016GAH) as outlined. i have updated the bios to the latest for the 843F to F.44 revision and I still cant get the mobo to detect the intel optane . is there something I am missing that I need to also do to get this to detect the SSD? Thx.

edit: I have also disabled secure boot and enabled legacy support as well.

Hello. I have picked up my 2nd HP290. I want to use it for pfsense. Up here in Canada the ISP is offering 1.5gps fiber. Apparently they have an SFP+ module. I noticed the hp 290 has a pcie x16 slot and a pcie x1 slot, If I buy an Intel X520 T2 to take advantage of the download speed. What about the gigabit slots needed? Do I have to get an Intel quad port card with a pcie x1? Or can this be done at the 10Gb +gigabit switch?

Hey @rlk0007 -

  • On the PMS box, yes you’d run Ubuntu instead of Windows
    Presumably your HP 290 came with Windows pre-installed on a slow 500gb hard drive; you should add a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD (like the Sabrent Rocket Q from The Lord Almighty @JDM_WAAAT’s excellent guide to Intel Quick Sync Video hardware) and install Ubuntu + PMS on that SSD instead. And throw an 8gb stick of RAM in while you’re at it

  • Do you have an existing NAS you’re looking to utilize for storage (if yes, what specs?) That’ll determine whether you should be running Unraid or not on your second SAB / torrent HP 290

I’m happy to help you out and no consulting fee necessary, just pay it forward to the ServerBuilds crew and try to buy parts through their affiliate links

Hello, I currently am using a very old gaming laptop for plex with an 8tb external USB drive but its not exactly conducive. I hit 100% cpu usage and 95°c temps with max fans spinning loud af with a single audio transcode.

So I’d like to upgrade so I can actually watch half the stuff I have saved.

I have some issues: I’m limited on physical space as I live in an apartment and I would like to keep things as “all in one” as possible. Don’t really have the space to stick a bunch of 290s all over. Can I use this 290 as a plex server, with a VM for qbtorrent/vpn, and using the usb3.0 external drive for actual media?

Hey brklynmark,

Thanks so much for the reply!

Yes, they 290 came with Windows 10 pre-installed. I added 4 gb of RAM as JDM suggested and I installed a 512 NVMe. I then installed Ubuntu on it, but I didn’t install on the NVMe. Can you show me how to do that?

I’m not a complete noob, but I have never really worked with Linux so my learning curve is steep. I’m happy to pay it forward as you said, or pay you a fee. I really appreciate your help. So far all this hardware is just a paper weight because I am struggling with figuring this out.

So, I’d like to get the first 290 setup as a Plex box and the second setup as a SAB/Torrent box with radarr and sonarr. I’ve never used either but they seem like great tools.

I currently have a Qnap 251+ feeding files to a PMS on an Nvidia Shield. I also run a second PMS on the Qnap. I’ve also used a Mac mini in the past to run PMS. Anyway, my Qnap is 2 bays and right now have 8 gb Seagates, running Raid 1. I want to upgrade to a larger NAS or just get 16 gb drives for my current NAS, so I don’t run out of space anytime soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Let me know if I’ve given you the info you need. Again, I really appreciate this.

The Ubuntu install-loader should list the disks available where you can install. Try to reinstall with the USB disk

Hi Guys.
I have my 2nd HP 290 an installed Intel Optane Memory M10 Solid SSD M.2 2280 MEMPEK1W016GA PCIe 3.0 3D Xpoint NVMe, in the m.2 slot. For some reason my HP 290 Bios is not sensing the new NVME SSD. It just sees the 3.5HD and my attached USB with (PFsense). Any way to get the HP290 to see the NVME?

I picked up a second HP 290 for Blue Iris and I am noticing that recordings are tearing and dropping frames when alerts are triggered.

I am wondering if this is hardware limitations or if it’s something with BI itself. I am open to upgrading the CPU, memory, and hard drive, but would like to narrow down what might be causing this.

BI is running as a service. When the UI isn’t running the CPU idles at <10% and memory is at 68% with 4G RAM installed.

Any thoughts on what may be causing the bad recordings?

I have noticed the system is generally sluggish; I’m assuming this has everything to do with the slow stock drive that came with the machine.


The question I have for anyone swapping in a higher end CPU is did you do any stress testing? If you’re dropping a 9700K, fire up Prime95 (with and without AVX) and monitor CPU temps, see if it’s throttling due to heat, and make sure it’s stable. Or fire up Handbrake with some transcode jobs.

Are you using the stock CPU? Generally, BI has higher requirements than a dual-core G4900.

I highly doubt it’s throttling. Overclocking is not possible and the airflow is decent, and the fan can get quite aggressive after swapping CPUs.

Yes, currently the machine is stock; all the original parts, including the CPU. I am happy to upgrade it to something better.

I found a " Intel Core i7-9700K Coffee Lake 3.6GHz Eight-Core LGA 1151" and am slightly concerned about its power draw. Will the machine be okay running this CPU? Otherwise, any pointers on what processor to get?

Thank you!

It will be fine. Faster/more capable CPUs will use more power, but 9th-gen Intel CPUs are very power efficient in general. Idle, you should see about the same usage - at load, of course you will see more.

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Check out Robs video on YT “The Hookup” for BI performance settings. Also the i7-9700K will need a better cooler than the stock HP unit, as it is a round Ali contact pad that does not totally cover the CPU.
The i5-9500 is a good value and will handle BI well.

Was anyone ever able to answer the 64GB memory question?

Buy a 64GB kit from Amazon.

If it works, let us know, use the kit!
If it doesn’t work, let us know. Send the kit back.

Amazon prime is a beautiful thing, sometimes.

For anyone looking to update the BIOS on a Full Ubuntu box (i.e. no Windows partition), you can run Windows from a flash drive and run the HP BIOS update utility from there. You just have to use a PC with Windows to run WintoUSB to perform the Windows install to a flash drive or a Windows inside a VM. It’s a roundabout way to flash the BIOS, but it’s a lot less involved than putting in the original Windows HDD.