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Adler
June 5th, 2014, 02:11 AM
Hi All,

Firstly, I have searched through the Forum, and have not found any suitable answer to my question. I have a HP SPECTRE XT ULTRABOOK 13T-2100, and want to up-date the BIOS before I install 14.04 LTS.

The machine was wiped to install 12.04 a while back, so I can't install the .exe file that you can download from the H-P site.

Any help would be appreciated.

Adler
Down On The Jersey Shore

Proinsias
June 5th, 2014, 02:31 AM
Try pasting the bios file to a fat32 or exfat formatted usb flash drive, the bios should detect it and you can update your bios without any OS on the machine.

Adler
June 5th, 2014, 08:12 AM
Try pasting the bios file to a fat32 or exfat formatted usb flash drive, the bios should detect it and you can update your bios without any OS on the machine.

Proinsias,

Thank you for the reply. I have downloaded a file called sp63472.exe from the H-P site. I can put this on a fat32 formated flash drive. However, things get a little hazy (LOL) what to do next. I assume I should boot my system, then direct the boot process to the USB Drive. Am I correct? I would have an OS on my machine, so do you mean wipe the drive, then do an install?

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Adler
Down On The Jersey Shore

LastDino
June 5th, 2014, 08:21 AM
Usually there is function in your driver CD that allows you to update BIOS directly, every machine I've, has this available. To run .exe without windows would be possible from Wine, but I wont bet on its ability to do the job correctly.

Here is description of methods possible.
http://www.wikihow.com/Reflash-BIOS

Adler
June 5th, 2014, 08:35 AM
Usually there is function in your driver CD that allows you to update BIOS directly, every machine I've, has this available.



LastDino,

My machine came pre-installed with M$ 8. Finding the BIOS Driver, on the back-up DVDs, would be problematic.

Adler
Down On The Jersey Shore

mrgs
June 5th, 2014, 09:13 AM
When I upgrade BIOS I create a bootable USB drive with Feedos, which can be done from Unetbootin. Copy the exe file to the USB stick and boot from here.

Proinsias
June 5th, 2014, 09:38 AM
Proinsias,

Thank you for the reply. I have downloaded a file called sp63472.exe from the H-P site. I can put this on a fat32 formated flash drive. However, things get a little hazy (LOL) what to do next. I assume I should boot my system, then direct the boot process to the USB Drive. Am I correct? I would have an OS on my machine, so do you mean wipe the drive, then do an install?

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Adler
Down On The Jersey Shore

Once you have the file on the usb boot into the bios on the machine, depends on the model but often holding/tapping F2 or some other function key will do the trick. Once in the bios menu you should, hopefully, see an option to update the bios which upon accessing will prompt for the location of the file on the usb drive. The bios can then update itself from the file on the usb drive.

There should be no need to boot into the current OS or wipe/install anything to internal drives.

mrgs
June 5th, 2014, 09:52 AM
It's an exe file. It needs some operative system in which to run.

Adler
June 5th, 2014, 09:58 AM
It's an exe file. It needs some operative system in which to run.

mrgs,

So, you are favoring the response, that Proinsias suggested?

Adler
Down On The Jersey Shore

Mark Phelps
June 5th, 2014, 02:53 PM
If memory serves me correctly, all the downloads from the HP site, which are packages as .exe files, are actually self-extracting archives. Once extracted, I believe that all you're going to see is a .bin file.

Keeping Windows on the PC, in dual-boot mode, enables such things as BIOS updates and firmware updates which, otherwise, are very difficult, if not impossible, to do.

tgalati4
June 5th, 2014, 03:16 PM
An option that worked for me: I created a small partition (100 MB or so) on the main hard disk and put freedos on it using a tutorial I found on the web. It shows up in GRUB so I can boot into freedos any time I need to. Then put your *.exe files on there by simply copying the file or files to the partition from within linux. Once booted in freedos, you get a DOS command line and you can run the executable which will bring up the flasher, make a BIOS backup (this is important), and flash the new BIOS.

Proinsias
June 5th, 2014, 03:21 PM
I was thinking along the lines of this:

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Lockups-Freezes-Hangs/How-to-update-Bios-from-USB-flash-drive/td-p/687129

I recall using unzip to extract the .exe archive, pasting the files to the usb and selecting it in the bios from there....but that wasn't a HP machine, so ymmv.