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alexde
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Where is my BIOS Update option in my startup ?

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There seems to be no BIOS Update option in my laptop.

 

I have checked :

  • F2 System Diagnostics
  • F10 BIOS Setup 

 

F2 System DiagnosticsF2 System DiagnosticsBoot optionsBoot optionsEFI Files in USBEFI Files in USBBoot failed from EFI filesBoot failed from EFI files20200721_022802.jpgAll BIOS optionsAll BIOS options

There is no option for me to update the BIOS.

 

How do I update the BIOS ?

 

I have also tried booting from the EFI files in the recovery USB drive, but even that does not work.

 

WHERE IS THE OPTION UPDATE BIOS ?

 

I am running Linux to there is no way to update the BIOS from within the OS. I want to update it from a USB flash drive.

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F10

Enter BIOS Setup

Select "Update System BIOS" from "Main" section

Select "Update BIOS Using Local Media"

 

If those options aren't available then power it down, plug in the power cord, plug the usb in, hold down windows key+B key and power it on.

 

The HP BIOS update utility should run.

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There is no such option as "Update system BIOS" in any BIOS screen.

 

Check the screenshots. I have posted them.

 

Win + B recovers the BIOS only, it does not allow for BIOS updation.

 

What else can I do ?

 

Note: My previous account(AlexDe) got hacked.

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alexde2
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There seems to be no "Update System BIOS" option in my present BIOS.

 

I have tried 

 

F2 - System Diagnostics

F10 -  BIOS Setup

 

None of those have an option to update the BIOS anywhere.

 

Please check the screenshots.

 

F2 System DiagnosticsF2 System Diagnostics20200723_003124.jpgF10 BIOS SetupF10 BIOS Setup

 

I have tried Win+B but that only recovers the BIOS and gives you no option to update it.

 

I am using Fedora so the only way to update the BIOS is from outside the OS.

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Please check here

There's an HP specific solution depending on your BIOS, but there are also standalone software links that allow you to update it from cd or usb.

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Is this one of the models where you have to configure a BIOS administrator password and reboot for the BIOS update function in the BIOS setup to show up? I remember someone saying that about a bit older (~2014) HP models. 

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I guess you were right. 

 

Win + B during power up does initiate the BIOS update.

 

Although there are many problems and bugs in the process.

 

After the BIOS Update was completed i got a screen saying 

 

BIOS Recovery Error

Press Enter to Continue

 

I screen did not stay for a very long time otherwise I would have shared a picture of it. 

 

I pressed Enter and the system took some time but rebooted normally without any issue.

 

This is my HpBiosUpdate.log which was present in my USB Flash Drive after reboot succeeded. 

 

Spoiler
2020-07-25 23:00:33 EFI HP BIOS Update 3.3.1.0 Started
2020-07-25 23:00:34 HP BIOS Image Interface Protocol Version 2.0
2020-07-25 23:00:34 BattInit: Protocol 2010.
2020-07-25 23:00:35 All Required Protocols Located
2020-07-25 23:00:35 System ID: Type
2020-07-25 23:00:35 HpBiosUpdate.Mode = 4
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Current Directory = HEWLETT-PACKARD\BIOSUpdate\
2020-07-25 23:00:35 SMBIOS Init Success
2020-07-25 23:00:35 SystemFamily = 2
2020-07-25 23:00:35 PlatformLang reported as en-US.
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Language Selected is currently (eng).
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Starting BIOS Update Process
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Setting BIOS Update Token
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Getting BIOS Detail Information
2020-07-25 23:00:35 BIOS Returned BiosID '08135'
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Loading BIOS Image
2020-07-25 23:00:35 File name constructed: Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current\08135.bin
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Reading New BIOS Image Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current\08135.bin
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Getting BIOS version from file image
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Bios Version = F.29
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Verifying AC or Battery Power Status
2020-07-25 23:00:35 AC Power Disconnected
2020-07-25 23:00:35 BattPercentage: Remain(2183), Full(2379) Percent(91%).
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Primary Battery Capacity Is Sufficient (91%)
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Verifying Binary match
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Loading Signature File
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Failed Reading BIOS Signature File Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current\08135.sig
2020-07-25 23:00:35 Failed Reading .sig file. (Not Found)
2020-07-25 23:00:46 Bios Verify Signature Success (Success)
2020-07-25 23:00:46 Loading Password File if required
2020-07-25 23:00:46 BIOS Password not required.
2020-07-25 23:00:46 Writing BIOS Image
2020-07-25 23:02:48 Verifying Written BIOS Image
2020-07-25 23:02:49 Skipping Verification Block 0 Address 0x0000000000000000 Size 0x0000000000200000
2020-07-25 23:02:49 Next BlockIndex 512, BlockAddress = 0x0000000000200000
2020-07-25 23:02:49 Skipping Verification Block 528 Address 0x0000000000210000 Size 0x0000000000003000
2020-07-25 23:02:49 Next BlockIndex 531, BlockAddress = 0x0000000000213000
2020-07-25 23:02:49 Skipping Verification Block 532 Address 0x0000000000214000 Size 0x0000000000020000
2020-07-25 23:02:49 Next BlockIndex 564, BlockAddress = 0x0000000000234000
2020-07-25 23:03:13 Skipping Verification Block 1663 Address 0x000000000067F000 Size 0x0000000000070000
2020-07-25 23:03:13 Next BlockIndex 1775, BlockAddress = 0x00000000006EF000
2020-07-25 23:03:14 Skipping Verification Block 1822 Address 0x000000000071E000 Size 0x00000000000E2000
2020-07-25 23:03:14 Next BlockIndex 2048, BlockAddress = 0x0000000000800000
2020-07-25 23:03:15 Updating BIOS files
2020-07-25 23:03:15 Setting Flash Completion Status
2020-07-25 23:03:15 BIOS Update Process Complete
2020-07-25 23:03:15 BIOS Update Successful

If you check you will see there is a :

2020-07-25 23:03:15 BIOS Update Successful

 

message at the end. So I guess the BIOS was successfully updated.

 

Another way I know the BIOS was updated successfully is because the version on my BIOS Setup screen changed to F.29:

 

BIOS SetupBIOS Setup

 

I can confirm from this page that it is the latest version I had downloaded:

https://support.hp.com/in-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-15-ac100-notebook-pc-series/8499326/model/932983...

 

So in conclusion, I guess Win+B is the way to go, although no idea why after the update there was a message saying that it was unsuccessful.

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