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I asked this question on another website forum and the only answers I got was to buy a newer computer. This is just a spare I am wanting to get running. I have an old Compaq iPaq tower with a Pent III 733MHz processor. It has no floppy or CD rom drive and only supports the slim hot swapable cd rom drives. It has Windows 2000 on it and I am wanting to install Windows XP or a Linux OS via USB. It has Bios ROM (686J5) V 2.08. which doesn't support booting from USB. I am wanting to upgrade to V 2.10 which does support a USB boot but I am having alot of trouble understanding if it's possible to flash the Bios without first installing the files on a floppy and running?? Here is a link to the 3 V 2.10 flash utilitys but I don't know which to choose and the instructions for each 1 are very confusing for me.
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...eriesId=96490&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=19
There is no clear setup to run and I've tryed the DOS instructions and that doesn't work? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Ok, downloaded files and there is no set up program to run the utilitys. It is to be used with Altiris eXpress agent which I downloaded and I guess this runs in the background to help configure how the flash utilitys are supposed to run? Clicked on the flashlite program and it collected the system info and beeped a few times like it was working but when I restarted the system still same Bios version? Here is a screenshot of the files I have to work with and below it is the very confusing "READ ME" file text and "REP SET Read Me text" that I am supposed to use as instructions. Maybe someone that can comprehend these instructions can give me some more clear instructions that I can understand. On the download page it doesn't say this Bios is compatible with Windows 2000/XP but other users with XP have this same Bios? Also, I don't know or why I posted this topic in the Multimedia forum so if no one can help me but a moderator reads this can they please put this in the proper category for me. Thanks

Compaq ROM Flash Utilities

To assist the system administrator with flashing the system ROM BIOS and setting
the Setup Password while running Altiris eXpress, the following utilities have been
developed. These utilities are DOS-compatible and may also be used from a bootable
floppy or other DOS-based PXE remote environments.
The Setup Password controls access to F10 Computer Setup, controls ROM Flashing,
and can be used to override the Power-On Password. A Setup Password is also required
on each target Deskpro prior to using the Remote ROM Flash or Remote Security Management
with System Software Manager (SSM) or Insight Manager LC.
1) ROM Flash (flshlite.exe, flsh.cpu) is the DOS compatible version of the
ROMPAQ system ROM flash utility. ROM Flash is a scaled down version of ROMPAQ
that is compatible with the limited DOS memory available and the protected mode
environment that may exist while running Altiris eXpress. Flsh.cpu is the driver for
flshlite.exe. ROM Flash requires iteratively compressed image files to work properly
under Altiris eXpress. These image files will be supplied with normal ROMPAQ
releases for systems that support ROM Flash. ROM Flash will report that it is not
compatible with the system if the ROM does not support it. The command line for
ROM Flash is as follows:
flshlite.exe /l:us /f flsh.cpu default

ROM Flash can flash a Deskpro ROM BIOS without requiring the administrator to
enter a Setup Password. Remote ROM Flash, another utility from Compaq that will
flash a Deskpro ROM over the network, requires a Setup Password exist on the
target Deskpro and requires a Setup Password accompany the ROM image to that
Deskpro. This is done to verify that the administrator is flashing the ROM not
an unauthorized person. Since Altiris eXpress controls who is allowed to configure the
system and download a new ROM image, the extra password is not necessary for ROM
Flash.
2) Set Password (set_pw.exe) is a utility for system administrators that will
initially set Deskpro's Setup Password through Altiris eXpress as the administrator
configures the system. For this utility to function properly, a password must be
assigned to it(see Assign Password below). Then, set_pw.exe can set the
password on each system one time only; Remote Security Management or F-10
Computer Setup must be used to change the Setup Password after it has been set
with Set Password.
3) Assign Password (assignpw.exe) is the utility used to attach a Setup Password
to the Set Password utility. In an LCM environment, the user of the
client machine will not know the Setup Password and the system administrator
will not be present to enter a password. Therefore the Set Password utility
must 'know' the Setup Password. The Assign Password utility will 'assign' a
Setup Password to the Set Password program so that the correct value is
set on the target Deskpro. A password must be assigned to the Set Password
utility before it can be used.
Assign Password can also be used with ROM Flash if a Setup Password has been
previously set on the target Deskpro. Ordinarily, ROM Flash would be used with
LCM when the Deskpro is being configured for the first time. In this case, it
is likely that a Setup Password would not be set so ROM Flash would not need to
include one. However, if a Setup Password is set on the target Deskpro, then
ROM Flash will require password verification before allowing a ROM Flash.
Assign Password can be used here to affix a password to ROM Flash.
Password assignment must be done at the Altiris eXpress server. The Setup passwords
assigned to ROM Flash and to the Set Password utility must match. Likewise, if a
Setup Password has been assigned to ROM Flash, then that password must be set on each
client machine before ROM Flash can be used to upgrade the system ROM.
To assign a password to set_pw.exe, change directories to the directory that
contains set_pw.exe and type "assignpw set_pw.exe". You will be prompted to type
in the password. Press RETURN after you have typed in the password. You may use
the BACKSPACE key to correct mistakes. You will then be prompted to confirm the
password that you just entered. Pressing ENTER before any password keys have
been typed in will unassign the previously assigned password. You may need to do
this if the Setup Password is deleted from the client machines. To assign a new
password, just run the Assign Password utility again.

If you wish to assign a password to ROM Flash, change directories to the
directory that contains flshlite.exe and flsh.cpu and type "assignpw flsh.cpu".
Type in the password just as you did when assigning it to set_pw.exe. Make sure
you use the same password that was assigned to set_pw.exe.
______________________________________________________________________________


Readme for REPSET.EXE

Description
Replicated Setup (REPSET.EXE) is a utility designed to allow
system settings to be "replicated" throughout an enterprise.
Usage
Replicated Setup requires a text file named CPQSETUP.TXT
at execution time. CPQSETUP.TXT contains a list of
new settings for the client. The administrator
downloads Replicated Setup and CPQSETUP.TXT to the client and
executes REPSET.EXE. The new settings are then set on the
client. Note: Some settings may not take affect until after
a reboot.

It is recommended that in order to generate the CPQSETUP.TXT
file the administrator perform a Save to Diskette from
within Computer Setup. This will generate CPQSETUP.TXT in
the proper format. The adminstrator should then edit the
file removing all entries that should not be replicated and
setting the remaining entries to the proper values. Care
should be taken not to delete parts of entries but only
entries as a whole. See section below on entry types.
Password Support
Assign Password (ASSIGNPW.EXE) is the utility used to attach a
Setup Password to the Replicated Setup utility. In an LCM
environment, the user of the client machine will not know the
Setup Password and the system administrator will not be
present to enter a password. Therefore the Replicated Setup
utility must 'know' the Setup Password. The Assign Password
utility will 'assign' a Setup Password to the Replicated
Setup program so that it may change setup values on the target
Deskpro. A password must be assigned to the Replicated Setup
utility if the client has a setup password.
To assign a password to REPSET.EXE, change directories to the
directory that contains REPSET.EXE and type "assignpw
REPSET.EXE". You will be prompted to type in the password.
Press RETURN after you have typed in the password. You may
use the BACKSPACE key to correct mistakes. You will then be
prompted to confirm the password that you just entered.
Pressing ENTER before any password keys have been typed in
will unassign the previously assigned password. You may need
to do this if the Setup Password is deleted from the client
machines. To assign a new password, just run the Assign
Password utility again.

Entry Types
Passwords
These entries are for use in single machine
save/restore. They are not recommended for
replicated setup.
String
Entries such as Ownership Tag and Asset Tracking
Number are string types. They can be changed by
simply replacing the string value. Here is an example
of changing the Ownership Tag.
Old value (from Computer Setup):
Ownership Tag
Acme Widgets

New Value (changed with text editor such as notepad.exe):

Ownership Tag
Big Widgets, LLC

Selection
Most entries are selections. The selected value is
marked with an asterisk "*". To change a selection
delete the old asterisk and place a new one in front
of the desired value. DO NOT DELETE OR REORDER THE
SELECTIONS.
Old value (from Computer Setup):
Num Lock State at Power-On
*Off
On
New Value (changed with text editor such as notepad.exe):
Num Lock State at Power-On
Off
*On
Lists
Entries such as Boot Order are ordered lists. To
change the value, reorder the list as shown in the
example below. DO NOT DELETE ENTRIES FROM THE LIST.

Old value (from Computer Setup):

Boot Order
CD-ROM Drive
Diskette Drive (A:)
Hard Drive (C:)
PnP Device #1
PnP Device #2
PnP Device #3
PnP Device #4
PnP Device #5

New Value (changed with text editor such as notepad.exe):

Boot Order
Diskette Drive (A:)
Hard Drive (C:)
CD-ROM Drive
PnP Device #1
PnP Device #2
PnP Device #3
PnP Device #4
PnP Device #5

ESCD
The ESCD entry stores the computer's Plug and Play
settings. ESCD is for single machine save/restore
and is not recommended for replicated setup.

Sample CPQSETUP.TXT
Below is the text file generated from saving computer setting
in Computer Setup.

English
Product Name
Compaq Deskpro EN Series
Processor Type
Intel(R) Celeron(tm) processor 466 MHz
Processor Speed
466/66 MHz
Processor Stepping
665
Cache Size (L1/L2)
32/128 KB
Memory Size
64 MB
System ROM
686J1 v1.03
Chassis Serial Number
1234567890
Asset Tracking Number
1234567890
Diskette A:
Not Installed
5.25" 360 KB
5.25" 1.2 MB
3.5" 720 KB
*3.5" 1.44 MB
Diskette B:
*Not Installed
5.25" 360 KB
5.25" 1.2 MB
3.5" 720 KB
3.5" 1.44 MB
Removable Media Boot
*Enable
Disable
Removable Media Write
*Enable
Disable
Primary Drive 0
6447 MB
Primary Drive 1
Not Installed
Secondary Drive 0
ATAPI Device
Secondary Drive 1
Not Installed
Primary Drive 0
PIO Mode-0
PIO Mode-4
Enhanced DMA
*Ultra ATA (UDMA)
Not Installed
Primary Drive 1
PIO Mode-0
PIO Mode-4
Enhanced DMA
Ultra ATA (UDMA)
*Not Installed
Secondary Drive 0
PIO Mode-0
PIO Mode-4
*Enhanced DMA
Ultra ATA (UDMA)
Not Installed
Secondary Drive 1
PIO Mode-0
PIO Mode-4
Enhanced DMA
Ultra ATA (UDMA)
*Not Installed
IDE Drive Translation
*Enable
Disable
Secondary IDE Controller
Disable
*Enable
Boot Order
CD-ROM Drive
Diskette Drive (A:)
Hard Drive (C:)
PnP Device #1
PnP Device #2
PnP Device #3
PnP Device #4
PnP Device #5
Setup Password

Power-On Password

Network Server Mode
*Disable
Enable
Password Prompt on Warm Boot
*Disable
Enable
Cover Lock
*Unlock
Lock
Cover Removal Sensor
*Unlock
Lock
Serial Port A
Device hidden
*Device available
Serial Port B
Device hidden
*Device available
Parallel Port
Device hidden
*Device available
USB Port
Device hidden
*Device available
System Audio
Device hidden
*Device available
Network Controller
Device hidden
*Device available
Network Service Boot
Disable
*Enable
Enter Ownership Tag

Enter UUID
00000000000000000000000000000000
Energy Saver Mode
Minimal
*Advanced
Disable
Fan Speed
*Automatic
Low
Medium
High
Hard Drive Timeout (in minutes)
Never
10
*15
20
30
60
120
180
240
System Timeout (in minutes)
Never
5
10
*15
20
30
40
50
60
120
180
240
Power Button
On/Off
*Sleep/Wakeup
Power LED Blinks During Standby
Disable
*Enable
POST Mode
FullBoot
FullBoot Every 07 Days
FullBoot Every 14 Days
FullBoot Every 21 Days
FullBoot Every 28 Days
*QuickBoot
POST Messages
Enable
*Disable
Safe POST
Disable
*Enable
F10 Prompt
*Enable
Disable
F12 Prompt
*Enable
Disable
Option ROM Prompt
*Enable
Disable
Remote Wakeup Boot Source
*Remote Server
Local Hard Drive
After Power Loss
*Off
On
UUID
Disable
*Enable
PCI Bus Mastering
*Enable
Disable
PCI SERR# Generation
Disable
*Enable
PCI Reset On Warm Boot
Disable
*Enable
PCI VGA Palette Snooping
*Disable
Enable
ISA Back-to-Back I/O Delay
*Fast
Legacy
Bus Priority
ISA
*PCI
15 MB Memory Hole
*Disable
Enable
Printer Mode
Bi-Directional
*EPP+ECP
Output-Only
Num Lock State at Power-On
*Off
On
PME Wakeup Events
*Enable
Disable
Processor Cache
*Enable
Disable
Processor Number
*Disable
Enable
Integrated Video
*Disable
Enable
ESCD
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