dell 2850 etch firmware updates

L.P.H. van Belle belle at
Wed Oct 17 01:37:41 CDT 2007

i think you frogot to load the module dell_rbu 
aka modprobe dell_rbu 
lsmod | grep dell 
and see if its loaded. 

worked for me. 


>-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
>Van: linux-poweredge-bounces at 
>[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] Namens Andrew Reid
>Verzonden: dinsdag 16 oktober 2007 22:43
>Aan: Matt Domsch
>CC: linux-poweredge at
>Onderwerp: Re: dell 2850 etch firmware updates
>Matt Domsch wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 10:43:44AM +0200, L.P.H. van Belle wrote:
>>>Is it possible to update my firmwares from within debian. 
>> Yes.  However, it's not as simple as it is with RPM-based
>> distributions.  I've been hacking on this to make it 
>simpler, but it's
>> not there yet.
>> First, install the libsmbios-bin package, which is in sarge at least.
>> Run getSystemId (as root) to get the System ID.
>> # getSystemId
>> Libsmbios:    0.13.6
>> System ID:    0x01A8
>> Service Tag:  XXXXXXX
>> Express Service Code: XXXXXXXXXXXX
>> Product Name: Precision WorkStation 380
>> BIOS Version: A07
>> Vendor:       Dell Inc.
>> Is Dell:      1
>> The interesting value here is the System ID.
>> Now you've got to manually download the right BIOS payload file from
>> for your system.  In my case that is the bios.hdr file in the
>> directory.  (See, my system has BIOS A07, but there's A09 available).
>> Now that it's downloaded, you can:
>> # modprobe dell_rbu
>> # dellBiosUpdate -u -f bios.hdr
>> (read what it says. If no errors, reboot.)
>> Thanks,
>> Matt
>Sorry to hijack the thread but I have a similar question
>When I try this on my PE2900 I get:
>Libsmbios:    0.10.6
>System ID:    0x01B1
>Service Tag:  XXXXXX
>Product Name: PowerEdge 2900
>BIOS Version: 1.2.0
>Vendor:       Dell Inc.
>Is Dell:      1
>So I do a wget of
>But if I do
>#dellBiosUpdate -u -f ./bios.hdr
>I get
>WARNING: BIOS HDR file BIOS version appears to be less than or 
>equal to 
>current BIOS version.
>          This may result in bad things happening!
>          Exiting...
>Is not the 1.5.1 BIOS later than the 1.2.0 installed on the machine ??
>This is 64 bit Ubuntu if that matters.
>Hints an suggestions welcomed
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