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Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Ima Hallmark, Nov 13, 2010.

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  1. Ima Hallmark

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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
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    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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