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Updating the System BIOS for Notebook PCs with Linux Installed

HP provides Linux software downloads as a courtesy to our customers. Please read the HP Linux Support Policy before downloading the updates. The following BIOS updates are provided for Linux users.

HP also has a fully supported notebook PC that comes preinstalled with SUSE Linux, the HP Compaq nx5000 .

Update your Linux notebook

The following downloads create a bootable diskette or CD to upgrade the system BIOS for the listed notebook models. Click on a link listed below to download the update.

Notebook series
Software ID
Software details
Software download
HP Compaq Business Notebook Nc4000
HP Compaq Business Notebook Nx5000
HP Compaq Business Notebook Nc6000
HP Compaq Mobile Workstation Nw8000

Use the following steps to download and install the update:

  1. Download the update (spxxxx.tar) to a directory on your hard drive.
  2. Open shell and run the following command to open the package: tar xf spxxxx.tar.
  3. Use the following command to execute the package: sh
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a bootable diskette or CD.
  5. After creating a bootable diskette or CD, the update that you downloaded in Step 1 can be deleted.
  6. Power off the notebook then connect the AC adapter.
  7. Insert the bootable diskette in the floppy drive, or insert the bootable CD in the CD-ROM drive, then restart the notebook.
    CAUTION: Do not turn off power to the notebook while updating the system BIOS.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the BIOS update.

Linux Support Policy


HP provides Linux software downloads as a courtesy to our customers who are using the Linux operating system. These software downloads and any related documentation are not supported by HP Customer Support and are provided "AS IS", without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IN THAT EVENT SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. The Linux software provided under software downloads is the extent of Linux software that HP will provide for these products.

HP cannot ensure the compatibility, quality, or performance of this software, and HP will not necessarily provide maintenance or updates. HP does not endorse any specific distribution of Linux.

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