[sf-lug] BIOS Update
John Jefferson Lowry IV
johnlowry at gmail.com
Sat Jul 7 09:58:52 PDT 2007
If it has a USB port you can get a external floppy drive for ease of
On 7/7/07, Tom Haddon <tom at greenleaftech.net> wrote:
> 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
> > > --
> > 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?
> Thanks, Tom
> > 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.
> > --
> > jt
> Tom Haddon
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