why make the bios update process dependant on external resources?

Alex Upton AUpton at island.com
Fri May 28 17:05:51 CDT 2004

It's nice to see that Dell has given users the ability to update the
bios while the system is live instead of making a floppy each time,
however the method used is a bit bothersome and not ideal for most


For startes the process is reliant on GCC. A good lean system that isn't
used for compiling wouldn't and probably shouldn't have GCC on it.


Next it's reliant on the kernel source code. Ideally this firmware
update process should simply update the hardware's firmware and not be
concerned with the systems environment. Of course this also assumes the
engineer performing the update has done his or her due diligence in
researching and testing that the update will not cause any adverse


As much as I generally don't like the HP/Compaq product line, their live
system update method matches that which I speak of.


Below is the error provided when attempting to rebuild the rpm to suit
my current kernel revision.





"Rebuilding package ./PE2650-BIOS-LX-A17.bin to support kernel version

This process may take several minutes to complete...


Starting Systems Management Device Drivers: Building dcdbas device
driver using DKS:/etc/init.d/instsvcdrv: gcc: command not found

 DKS failed to find the kernel source for kernel 2.4.20-28.7smp.  DKS

kernel source to build device drivers.


Run rpm using the -e option to clean up the RPM database. Enter: rpm -e


instsvc-drivers-5.1.0-4212.i386.rpm: Install was NOT successful! ERROR


error: execution of %post scriptlet from instsvc-drivers-5.1.0-4212
failed, exit status 151

./PE2650-BIOS-LX-A17.bin: Rebuilding Package Failed - RPM installation
failed with error code=0"


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