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HP xw Workstation series - Updating BIOS

HP may periodically update the system BIOS. New updated versions of BIOS can be obtained from the HP Web site.

To determine whether the workstation is running the most recent BIOS, select System Information from the File menu to display the ROM family and version. If the version of the BIOS on the system is older than the version listed on the HP Web site, you should upgrade the BIOS by downloading the appropriate ROMPaq from the Web site.

Applicable workstations

This article applies to the following workstations:

  • HP xw3100 workstation
  • HP xw4000 series workstations
  • HP xw5000 workstation
  • HP xw6000 series workstations
  • HP xw8000 series workstations
  • HP xw9000 series workstations

Obtain updated BIOS

To obtain an updated system BIOS, do the following:

  1. Click here to go to the HP Workstation support site

  2. Select your workstation model.
  3. Select "Download drivers and software".
  4. Select your operating system.
  5. Select "BIOS".
  6. Download the BIOS package for your specific workstation and carefully read the instructions before proceeding.

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Create a bootable diskette

NOTE: This procedure may not apply to the HP xw8200 workstations that do not come with a floppy drive. Either use a detachable floppy drive or create a bootable CD to update BIOS.

To update the system BIOS with the latest ROMPaq from the HP Web site, create a bootable diskette first.

  1. Download the SoftPaq containing the ROMPaq that you want to load on to your hard drive. If the system is not functioning properly, use the Restore CD or a functioning machine to download the SoftPaq and create a bootable diskette.

  2. Insert a formatted floppy diskette into the A: drive.

  3. Double-click the SoftPaq . Follow the instructions in the SoftPaq to unpack the ROMPaq to a bootable diskette.

  4. Delete the ROMPaq .exe file from the hard drive.

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Boot from ROMPaq

NOTE: This procedure may not apply to the HP xw8200 workstations that do not come with a floppy drive. Either use a detachable floppy drive or create a bootable CD to update BIOS.

This procedure may not apply to the HP xw8200 workstations that do not come with a floppy drive. Either use a detachable floppy drive or bootable CD to update BIOS.

To boot the workstation from the (new) ROMPaq diskette:

  1. Ensure that the bootable diskette is inserted into the machine on which you wish to install the ROMPaq.

  2. Shut down and restart the workstation with the bootable diskette inserted.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to copy the files from the diskette.

    NOTE: Do not interrupt the system after it has started copying the files from the diskette.
  4. When the process is complete, you are prompted to remove the diskette.

    NOTE: Do not remove the diskette until you are prompted to do so.
  5. After removing the diskette, shut down and restart the system.

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