Critical Dell BIOS Update

sebastien COUPPEY sebastien.couppey at buongiorno.com
Mon Apr 16 17:27:06 CDT 2007


On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 02:37:40PM -0500, Michael E Brown wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 09:41:17AM +0200, sebastien COUPPEY wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > Is there any liveBoot CD which will update all the not up to date
> > firmware on the server ?
> 
> fwupdate.com has online bios update using firmware-tools. All these BIOS
> are available.


Unfortunately I did a test on the only available server at the moment a PE1955 
with Debian ETCH. Install with a 64bits distrib.

I first installed the missing packages :

 procmail --- for lockfile
 IA32 emu --- for libsdtc++5 because the .bin didn t find the 64bits
 version.

Then I installed the sara packages.

Then I ran the script again with success, also the update. 

from 1.1.0 -> 1.2.3

At the reboot I got :

 Update Bios failed for 2s 

And the Bios didn t upgrade :(



running out of time I was not able to perform more test. I ll retry
today and check the logs.


Thanks











> --
> Michael
> 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 11:56:40PM -0600, Irwan Hadi wrote:
> > > This is what the changelog says:
> > > 
> > > PE1950:
> > > http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE1950-010307BIOS.txt
> > > 
> > > DELL INC.
> > > BIOS RELEASE NOTES
> > > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > > 
> > > System:         Dell(TM) PowerEdge(TM) 1950
> > > Version:        1.3.7
> > > Release Date:   3/27/2007
> > > ______________________________________________________________________
> > > 
> > > * Updated Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5300 series B3 Stepping
> > >   Microcode (Patch ID=66)
> > > * Updated Dual-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5100 series B2 Stepping
> > >   Microcode (Patch ID=C6)
> > > * Added support for Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor L5320
> > > * Added support for discrete mapping of memory cache region
> > > * Added option for distributed system interrupts to minimize IRQ sharing
> > > * Added support for PXE boot selection on next boot using the System
> > >   Management Interface
> > > * Minor text changes in BIOS Setup
> > > * Fixed issue with the reporting of the number of hard disk drives
> > >   attached to SAS 5 controllers
> > > * Fixed issue with 2GB USB mass-storage devices
> > > * Fixed incorrect FBDIMMs refresh rate for some configurations
> > > * Fixed possible issue using FBDIMMs with NEC AMB
> > > * Fixed possible issue of system device re-enumeration after
> > >   power failures
> > > 
> > > 
> > > PE2950:
> > > http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE2950-010307BIOS.txt
> > > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > > 
> > > System:         Dell(TM) PowerEdge(TM) 2950
> > > Version:        1.3.7
> > > Release Date:   3/27/2007
> > > ______________________________________________________________________
> > > 
> > > * Updated Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5300 series B3 Stepping
> > >   Microcode (Patch ID=66)
> > > * Updated Dual-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5100 series B2 Stepping
> > >   Microcode (Patch ID=C6)
> > > * Added support for Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor L5320
> > > * Added support for discrete mapping of memory cache region
> > > * Added option for distributed system interrupts to minimize IRQ sharing
> > > * Added support for PXE boot selection on next boot using the System
> > >   Management Interface
> > > * Minor text changes in BIOS Setup
> > > * Fixed issue with the reporting of the number of hard disk drives
> > >   attached to SAS 5 controllers
> > > * Fixed issue with 2GB USB mass-storage devices
> > > * Fixed incorrect FBDIMMs refresh rate for some configurations
> > > * Fixed possible issue using FBDIMMs with NEC AMB
> > > * Fixed possible issue of system device re-enumeration after
> > >   power failures
> > > 
> > > 
> > > PE1955:
> > > http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE1955-010203BIOS.txt
> > > System:         Dell(TM) PowerEdge(TM) 1955
> > > Version:        1.2.3
> > > Release Date:   3/27/2007
> > > ______________________________________________________________________
> > > * Updated Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5300 series B3 Stepping
> > >   Microcode (Patch ID=66)
> > > * Updated Dual-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor 5100 series B2 Stepping
> > >   Microcode (Patch ID=C6)
> > > * Added support for Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor L5320
> > > * Added support for discrete mapping of memory cache region
> > > * Added option for distributed system interrupts to minimize IRQ sharing
> > > * Added support for PXE boot selection on next boot using the System
> > >   Management Interface
> > > * Minor text changes in BIOS Setup
> > > * Fixed issue with 2GB USB mass-storage devices
> > > * Fixed incorrect FBDIMMs refresh rate for some configurations
> > > * Fixed possible issue using FBDIMMs with NEC AMB
> > > 
> > > On 4/15/07, Banyan Shu Tong He <bhe at ironport.com> wrote:
> > > > Is there any new features in the new release?
> > > >
> > > > Banyan He
> > > > -------------------------------------
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
> > > > [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Irwan Hadi
> > > > Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 1:40 PM
> > > > To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
> > > > Subject: Critical Dell BIOS Update
> > > >
> > > > Dell just released BIOS update for PE1950, PE2950, PE1955, PE860, etc.
> > > > on 4/10/2007
> > > >
> > > > >From what I understand this to fix a problem that affect all dual and
> > > > quad core processors from Intel, which may cause blue screen and
> > > > possible loss of data.
> > > >
> > > > Anybody from Dell can confirm about this?
> > > >
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