Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Gateway 7250 BIOS update procedureA:
This document outlines the steps to perform a BIOS update on the Gateway 7250 rackmount server. The following four diskettes are used to perform the update. The names of the files may change if future updates are released.
BMC diskette #1: Run the self-extracting file LWBMC113.EXE to create this diskette. Copy the system files to make the disk bootable.
HSC diskette #2: Run the self-extracting file HSCFW05.EXE to create this diskette.
Note: Updating the HSC is optional and not a required step.
FRU/SDR diskette #3: Run the self-extracting file FLWV42R3.EXE to create this bootable diskette.
BIOS diskette #4: Run the self-extracting file LWBIOS13.EXE to make this diskette. Copy the system files to make the disk bootable.
Important Note: The BIOS files will nearly fill a high-density diskette. The diskette can be made bootable when created on a Windows 95 system. If the diskette is created on a Windows 98 system, delete "RELNOTES.TXT" before making it bootable.
PART 1: BMC and HSC updates
- Boot the server to the BMC diskette. At the A: prompt, type "FWUPDATE" and press ENTER.
- The first screen has two options to choose from--"Verify Flash" or "Upload Flash". Highlight "Upload Flash" and press ENTER.
- The next screen prompts for the filename to upload. Type "LWFB0113.HEX" and press ENTER. The hex file will then be loaded.
- The utility then prompts to upload the boot code. The default choice is "No". Press ENTER for "No" and the update will begin.
- When the update is finished, press any key to continue and then remove the BMC diskette.
The following steps are optional.
- After updating the BMC, it will return to the first screen. Insert the HSC diskette, highlight "Upload Flash" and press ENTER.
- Type "MONH0005.HEX" when prompted for the name of the file to upload.
- On the next screen, you can choose to update the Primary or Secondary. Primary is the option to choose and is selected by default. Press ENTER to continue.
- Again it prompts to upload the boot code. Press ENTER for "No" and the update will begin.
- When the update is finished, press any key to continue and ESC to return to the A: prompt. Remove the HSC diskette.
Part 2: FRU and SDR updates
- Insert the FRU/SDR diskette in the system and reboot the server. The system will boot to the diskette and automatically begin the update.
- The first menu prompts for the type of chassis. Press "2" for the "SR2000".
- The next menu presents several options on how to proceed. Press "1" to "Update the FRUís and SDR Repository"
- It will then explain the difference between active and passive heat sinks and present the question, "Is there an active heat sink on the primary processor?" Press "Y" for yes. If this is a dual-processor system, the same question will be presented for the secondary processor. Press "Y" again.
- At this point, it will prompt to enter a Chassis Part Number, System Serial Number, and Asset Tags. Entering this information is optional. Press "Y" to enter this information and "N" to proceed without entering this information.
- The utility then proceeds with the update. It will be successful if the following message appears, "programming complete. Reboot server for normal operation." Remove the FRU/SDR diskette.
Part 3: BIOS update
- Insert the BIOS disk and reboot the server.
- A menu will appear with 2 choices: "Update the system BIOS and replace user binary files" or "Upgrade foreign language files". Type "1" and press "ENTER" to update the system BIOS.
- The BIOS update proceeds without further intervention. When it has completed successfully, the system will reboot. Do not remove the diskette until the system has started booting up.
Information in this document was provided by the manufacturer.