[sf-lug] BIOS Update
jturner at nonzerosums.org
Sat Jul 7 08:23:28 PDT 2007
On Jul 7, 2007, at 6:15 AM, Tom Haddon wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Got a request here. Is there anyone coming to the computer lab
> that has a computer running Windows with a floppy disk drive and some
> some floppy disks? I need to update the BIOS on the donated
> servers, and
> from what I can see on the Dell site, the only option is a Windows
> executable that will create the floppies for you. Since I have neither
> floppy drives nor Windows, I'm out of luck on both...
> In the current BIOS version, the servers seem to only allow booting
> hard disk or floppy, which makes the installation a little more
> cumbersome - especially seeing as I have no floppy drive to write
> Thanks, Tom
A couple questions back at you... have you tried this bit of insiders
advice from ExpertsExchange,
"Booting from CD (from the PE2300 user's Guide):
* In the system setup program, the Secondary SCSI category must
be set to On and the Boot Sequence category must be set to Diskette
* In the SCSI Select utility, the BIOS Support For Bootable CD-
ROM category must be set to Enabled.
I looked through the update notes of several BIOS updates and missed
the explicit addition of boot menu changes. Yes, I can just grab the
latest and greatest.... http://tinyurl.com/29ytzf
This begs the question, are there any more "critical" firmware
updates we should snag for these servers?
I've got access to a floppy drive on a Win2000 machine but I can't
bring it[the machine] with me. Hopefully the above config
instructions work with the current BIOS. If not, I can bring
floppies of any suggested updates.
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