[sf-lug] BIOS Update
tom at greenleaftech.net
Sat Jul 7 08:35:56 PDT 2007
On Sat, 2007-07-07 at 08:23 -0700, Jason Turner wrote:
> 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
> > tomorrow
> > 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
> > from
> > hard disk or floppy, which makes the installation a little more
> > cumbersome - especially seeing as I have no floppy drive to write
> > disks
> > to...
> > 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
> First .
> * In the SCSI Select utility, the BIOS Support For Bootable CD-
> ROM category must be set to Enabled.
It was actually my mistake. It says in the boot options only diskette or
hard drive, but it does indeed boot from CD, so installation works fine.
> 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
I think I found a more up to date one. Can you try this?
> 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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