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jweaver100
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Z400 BIOS upgrade from 3.2 to 3.61

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I have finished my Z400 build and its running well, but I can't stop playing.

 

Last noted the BIOS version was 3.2 and when I did a search this morning I realsied that there was an update to 3.6 which people seemed keen to install.

 

I can't find any release notes, so I am not sure what it adds/fixes, so doesn't anyone know the highlights?

 

This morning, i set out to find it and could only locate 3.61, so I used this instead.....

 

The upgrade was uneventful and everything is fine... But I have read that some people are not happy with 3.61 and stuck with 3.6..

 

So did I do the right thing by going to 3.61? Can anyone summarize the changes that 3.6 brought?

 

Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.

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Hi:

 

All of the release info can be found at the link below...

 

https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/swdetails/hp-z400-workstation/3718668/swItemId/wk-2...

 

Version: 3.61 Rev.A

Fixed in this release: Updated to latest Intel microcode to provide mitigation to CVE-2017-5715. HP strongly recommends promptly transitioning to this updated BIOS version.

 

Version: 3.60 Rev.A

Fixed in this release: Updated to latest Intel microcode to provide mitigation to the Memory Sinkhole issue which affects certain Intel processors that are based on older Intel micro-architecture designs.

Version: 03.57 Rev.A

 

Fixed in this release: The following fix has been made in BIOS version 03.21:
- Corrects an issue on high-frequency 5600 and 3600 CPUs where Windows 7 would report the following error: "Performance power management features on processor 7 in group 0 are disabled due to a firmware problem. Check with the computer manufacturer for updated firmware."

The following fixes have been made in BIOS version 03.19:
- Fixes an issue where the system would make a USB port "Available" after an S3 cycle regardless of the F10 "USB Device" securitysetting. The USB security setting state is now restored after an S3cycle.
- Fixes INT19 to support the Windows 2000 RIS server.

The following fixes have been made in BIOS version 03.15:
- Corrects an issue where the system powers on after an AC power cycle, regardless of the specified "After Power Loss" BIOS setting. The "After Power Loss" state is now restored after a Sleep cycle(S3).
- Corrects an issue where the BIOS Setup Utility (F10) Data Protection System (DPS) self-test exits with a "Test F10 Self-test cannot be implemented" message when run on Solid State Drives(SSDs). Now the BIOS Setup Utility DPS self-test runs successfully for SDDs.
- Corrects an issue where the fan ramps up to 100% on systems with liquid cooling installed, even though the Idle Fan setting in the BIOS Setup Utility (F10) is set to a setting of less than 100%.

The following fix has been made in BIOS version 03.12:
- While the implications of the issue are difficult to quantify, any of the following symptoms can occur: The workstation may hangor present a machine check error when transitioning out of a C6Sleep state.

The following fix has been made in BIOS version 03.10:
- Corrects an issue where FreeDOS stops responding (crashes) while booting.
The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.57:
- Updated to latest Intel microcode.

The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.56:
- Optimized the memory settings to improve the reliability of the memory system.

The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.54:
- Improves acoustics for the ATI V3900 and V4900 graphics cards.
- Adds Headless Boot option to Repset.
- Improves security of the BIOS by enhancing the security protocols of certain firmware functions.

WARNING: After installing this BIOS version onto the system, prior BIOS versions cannot be installed onto the system.

The following enhancement has been added to BIOS version 03.21:
- Adds F10 setup password feature to allow by-passing the password prompt when entering F9, F10, and F12 during POST.

The following enhancement has been added to BIOS version 03.20:
- Adds fan adjustments for ATI 2270 and NVIDIA Q400 graphics cards.

The following enhancement has been added to BIOS version 03.19:
- Adds support for booting to FAT12 images on USB devices.

The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.15:
- Adds support for PCI Express cards that require additional bus resources.
- Adds acoustical tuning for systems with the NVIDIA NVS300 Graphics Card installed.

The following enhancements have been added in BIOS version03.10:
- Adds support for the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Operating System (32-bit).
- Enables fan constants for new graphics cards.
- Enables "Runtime Power Management" availability in HP Performance Advisor.
- Enables the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)sensor events for fan stalls.

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Hi:

 

All of the release info can be found at the link below...

 

https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/swdetails/hp-z400-workstation/3718668/swItemId/wk-2...

 

Version: 3.61 Rev.A

Fixed in this release: Updated to latest Intel microcode to provide mitigation to CVE-2017-5715. HP strongly recommends promptly transitioning to this updated BIOS version.

 

Version: 3.60 Rev.A

Fixed in this release: Updated to latest Intel microcode to provide mitigation to the Memory Sinkhole issue which affects certain Intel processors that are based on older Intel micro-architecture designs.

Version: 03.57 Rev.A

 

Fixed in this release: The following fix has been made in BIOS version 03.21:
- Corrects an issue on high-frequency 5600 and 3600 CPUs where Windows 7 would report the following error: "Performance power management features on processor 7 in group 0 are disabled due to a firmware problem. Check with the computer manufacturer for updated firmware."

The following fixes have been made in BIOS version 03.19:
- Fixes an issue where the system would make a USB port "Available" after an S3 cycle regardless of the F10 "USB Device" securitysetting. The USB security setting state is now restored after an S3cycle.
- Fixes INT19 to support the Windows 2000 RIS server.

The following fixes have been made in BIOS version 03.15:
- Corrects an issue where the system powers on after an AC power cycle, regardless of the specified "After Power Loss" BIOS setting. The "After Power Loss" state is now restored after a Sleep cycle(S3).
- Corrects an issue where the BIOS Setup Utility (F10) Data Protection System (DPS) self-test exits with a "Test F10 Self-test cannot be implemented" message when run on Solid State Drives(SSDs). Now the BIOS Setup Utility DPS self-test runs successfully for SDDs.
- Corrects an issue where the fan ramps up to 100% on systems with liquid cooling installed, even though the Idle Fan setting in the BIOS Setup Utility (F10) is set to a setting of less than 100%.

The following fix has been made in BIOS version 03.12:
- While the implications of the issue are difficult to quantify, any of the following symptoms can occur: The workstation may hangor present a machine check error when transitioning out of a C6Sleep state.

The following fix has been made in BIOS version 03.10:
- Corrects an issue where FreeDOS stops responding (crashes) while booting.
The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.57:
- Updated to latest Intel microcode.

The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.56:
- Optimized the memory settings to improve the reliability of the memory system.

The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.54:
- Improves acoustics for the ATI V3900 and V4900 graphics cards.
- Adds Headless Boot option to Repset.
- Improves security of the BIOS by enhancing the security protocols of certain firmware functions.

WARNING: After installing this BIOS version onto the system, prior BIOS versions cannot be installed onto the system.

The following enhancement has been added to BIOS version 03.21:
- Adds F10 setup password feature to allow by-passing the password prompt when entering F9, F10, and F12 during POST.

The following enhancement has been added to BIOS version 03.20:
- Adds fan adjustments for ATI 2270 and NVIDIA Q400 graphics cards.

The following enhancement has been added to BIOS version 03.19:
- Adds support for booting to FAT12 images on USB devices.

The following enhancements have been added to BIOS version03.15:
- Adds support for PCI Express cards that require additional bus resources.
- Adds acoustical tuning for systems with the NVIDIA NVS300 Graphics Card installed.

The following enhancements have been added in BIOS version03.10:
- Adds support for the Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Operating System (32-bit).
- Enables fan constants for new graphics cards.
- Enables "Runtime Power Management" availability in HP Performance Advisor.
- Enables the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)sensor events for fan stalls.

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Cheers.. Little has changed from 3.20 to 3.61 but glad I did it as there are a few issues that could cause problems.. there in 3.21 and 3.60

 

Thanks for taking the time to provide the link/info.


Jon

 

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You're very welcome, Jon.

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