Updating your firmware without Windoze
I am running a HP 6000 Pro small form factor PC – no windows (excepted virtualized). I recently updated my bios, trying to enable VT-x for virtualization.
The BIOS softpack from HP downloaded as an file named sp73556.exe – I made sure to download the file for freedos, but epic #FAIL by HP. You need Windows to unpack that exe before you can get at the freedos files.
Enter wine 🙂 . I launched
# wine sp73556.exe
This launches the installer which unpacks the files as follows under my .wine directory :
glaw@fedora ~/.wine/drive_c/swsetup/SP73556 $ ls -lart
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 14894 Jun 22 2012 logo.bmp
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 1974206 Oct 22 2015 786G2.cab
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 13487 Nov 5 2015 license.txt
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 2122 Nov 6 2015 How to Use.txt
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 6324 Nov 9 2015 History.txt
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 21719 Nov 12 2015 Bios Flash.htm
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 2321 Nov 12 2015 SP73556.cva
-rw-rw-r– 1 glaw glaw 2538 Nov 12 2015 SP73556.txt
drwxrwxr-x 2 glaw glaw 4096 Dec 7 12:28 DOS Flash
drwxrwxr-x 2 glaw glaw 4096 Dec 7 12:28 HPQFlash
From there, it was use a matter of following this other guide :
and copying the files within “DOS Flash” over to the fs-root directory.
Reboot the HP machine with the thumb drive and bam, you’re flashing
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