TITLE: HP xw4600 Workstation System BIOS Packaged for Linux VERSION: 1.07 Rev. A DESCRIPTION: This package contains an updated System BIOS release for the HP xw4600 Workstation, packaged in a way that is easily usable within a Linux operating system environment. NOTE: To determine the BIOS family and BIOS date, press F10 on the target workstation during Power On to run the Computer Setup Utility, and then select File/System Information. This information can be saved into a text file on a diskette or on a USB flash media device by selecting File/Save to Diskette. In order for a USB flash media device to be recognized by the workstation, the device must be attached before the workstation is Powered On. PURPOSE: Routine SOFTPAQ NUMBER: SP38517 SUPERSEDES: None EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2008 CATEGORY: BIOS SSM SUPPORTED: No PRODUCT TYPE(S): Workstations HARDWARE PRODUCT MODEL(S): HP xw4600 Workstation: HP Workstation xw4600 SOFTWARE PRODUCT(S): None OPERATING SYSTEM(S): Red Hat Ent Linux 4 (AMD64/EM64T) Red Hat Ent Linux 4 (x86) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop (x86) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop (x86_64) LANGUAGE(S): Chinese(PRC Simplified) Czech Danish Dutch Finnish French German Italian Japanese Korean Norwegian Russian Spanish Swedish Taiwanese Chinese US English ENHANCEMENTS: The following enhancements have been added since BIOS version 01.06 (SP38382) was released: - Adds microcode and BIOS support for future processors. - Adds improved support for PCI 3.0 Option ROMs. Previously, some PCI 3.0 Option ROMs did not execute properly on this workstation. - Adds a number of changes to hardware initialization sequences. These may further reduce rare instances of boot failure. - Updates Computer Configuration Utility (F10) so it now displays "Setup Password" and "None" as options in the Security menu. The "Power-On Password" string is no longer displayed. The following enhancements have been added since BIOS version 01.04 (SP38125) was released: - Adds new CPU microcode updates to resolve a processor erratum. The following enhancements have been added since BIOS version 01.03 (SP37600) was released: - Provides BIOS support for future processors. - Adds the ability to enable or disable individual SATA ports. This new feature enhances security by designating the SATA ports through which an operating system can be booted. FIXES: The following fixes have been made since BIOS version 01.06 (SP38382) was released: - Corrects an issue that causes certain DOS programs to fail when accessing serial ATA (SATA) optical storage devices while the SATA controller is in Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode. - Fixes an issue that prevents ASF "no memory" alerts from being issued when no memory is installed in the system. - Corrects the Multi-Processor Specification (MPS) table to properly describe the embedded network interface controller and x1 PCIe slot. - Corrects an issue where the DIMM size is not reported correctly for all four DIMM sockets. The following fixes have been made since BIOS version 01.03 (SP37600) was released: - Corrects an issue that occurs when waking from Microsoft Windows Vista hybrid sleep. Previously, PS/2 devices did not wake the system after two or more sleep cycles had occurred. - Fixes an issue that occurs when disabling Wake-on-LAN (WOL) from a power-off state. WOL can now be properly disabled. - Corrects references to SATA port 5 (the External SATA port) from "SATA5" to "eSATA" in the Computer Configuration Utility (F10). PREREQUISITES: None INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: LINUX USERS: After downloading the SoftPaq file, verify that the SoftPaq file has a .tgz extension. If it does not, change it to .tgz. Some browsers automatically rename the file with a .tar extension, which makes the SoftPaq unusable. 1. Download and extract the .TGZ file. For example, to extract the contents, at console prompt type (where ''filename'' is replaced by the name of the file to be extracted): ''tar -xzvf filename.tgz'' 2. For more information about flashing the system BIOS, see the README text file that is provided in the SoftPaq. Copyright (c) 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.