rx2600 need firmware update?

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at bristol.ac.uk
Fri Jul 30 09:30:27 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:07:02AM -0700, Zach Wilkinson wrote:
> I just installed 8.1 onto a HP rx2600. It booted off the netinst CD and the install appears to have gone through fine.
> However, when the system rebooted at the end of the install, the EFI menu had not been updated with a FreeBSD boot option. I have never installed FreeBSD onto an ia64 system before, but the other OS I have installed have done that, so I just presume FreeBSD does it as well.
> I'm not the original owner of this system, so it's very likely that firmware has never been updated. I'm wondering if the firmware currently installed is defective or somehow incompatible with the FreeBSD/ia64 installer such that the boot menu is not getting updated.
> Also, what's the general recommendation regarding firmware on the rx2600, and are any additional steps required to update the EFI boot menu.

Have you got MP?

This is from my rx2600:

MP:CM> sysrev


Current firmware revisions

 MP FW     : E.03.32
 BMC FW    : 01.53
 EFI FW    : 01.22
 System FW : 02.31

Whether you got MP or just BMC, get the latest system
fw from hp.com.

I don't think a boot option is added automatically, at least
that didn't happen on my rx2600. You have to add it manually
from console.

Anton Shterenlikht
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