dellBiosUpdate simply doesn't work on a 2950

Claudio De Luca claudio at
Tue Apr 17 16:01:52 CDT 2007

Hi All

where can i find more info on this critical Bios update?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sam Flory" <Sam.Flory at>
To: <Michael_E_Brown at>; <Douglas_Warzecha at>; 
<linux-poweredge at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: dellBiosUpdate simply doesn't work on a 2950

> Matt Domsch wrote:
>>> Also I wasn't seeing this as I wasn't on the console.
>>> Debug: sleeping function called from invalid context at mm/slab.c:2063
>>> in_atomic():1[expected: 0], irqs_disabled():0
>>>  [<c01225eb>] __might_sleep+0xae/0xbb
>>>  [<c0149ea3>] kmem_cache_alloc+0x1d/0x52
>>>  [<f89e113a>] create_packet+0x26/0x98 [dell_rbu]
>>>  [<f89e11c2>] packetize_data+0x16/0x26 [dell_rbu]
>>>  [<f89e1715>] write_rbu_packet_data+0x61/0x80 [dell_rbu]
>>>  [<c0190c72>] flush_write+0x1e/0x22
>>>  [<c0190d64>] write+0xee/0x11c
>>>  [<c015d146>] vfs_write+0xb6/0xe2
>>>  [<c015d210>] sys_write+0x3c/0x62
>>>  [<c037600b>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb
>>>  [<c037007b>] unix_stream_data_wait+0x89/0xf3
>> On Tue, Apr 17, 2007 at 02:26:47PM -0500, Michael_E_Brown at wrote:
>>> So it looks like the update completed successfully.  The kernel
>>> message is just a warning, which I will forward to our kernel
>>> guys. Which OS and kernel version are you running?
>> RHEL4 Update 4 or older might hit this, Update 5 will too when it's
>> released.  We can try to get this fixed for a future update.  This was
>> fixed upstream quite a while back, so it's just a matter of
>> backporting.
>  Currently we are running 2.6.9-42. (From one of RHEL's quarterly
> releases.)  You wouldn't happen know where there is a patch for this
> some where?  I've been thinking of updating our kernel to fix a few
> minor issues, and boost performance.
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