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Hi,

 

My laptop (HP Probook 4440s) is in the list of laptops with BIOS updates related to security issues [1].

 

But I am running Linux, for which no update seems to be available [2], while there is a BIOS update available for Windows [3]?

 

Could anyone tell me how to get and apply this update via Linux..

 

 

Thx,

Aaditya

 

[1]: https://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c04393276

[2]: http://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5229488&swItemId=ob_107629_1&swEnvOid=202...

[3]: http://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5229488&swItemId=ob_135974_1&swEnvOid=413...

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BIOS updates for your notebook are provided in softpaq form for use in Windows only.  Some HP notebooks do have Linux BIOS upgrade support, but unfortunately yours is not one of them.

 

If you want to update the BIOS, then you will have to install Windows. Any Windows version from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 will suffice.

 

The BIOS updates are in the driver and software  download section of the support portal for the Probook 4440s notebook at the following URL.

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5229487&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4158

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Thx for the reply @erico

 

My laptop came with FreeDos installed, which I replaced with a Linux distribution.

 

HP does seem to provide some software for Linux for my laptop ( http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5229487&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=2020 ), but the problem is that the BIOS version at offer is F.01(5 Jul 2012) rather than the latest available for Windows which is F.50 Rev. A (8 Aug 2014)

 

Now I looked at what was in F.01, and its just a compressed archive of the BIOS updates packaged in a specified format, with a script to copy it to a fat32 partition, which can then be updated by the existing BIOS.

 

Hence, I dont see why a similar update cannot be provided for F.50, especially as it is a security fix.

 

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Screenshot of the F.01 extracted Linux BIOS update added.

 

hp_bios_update_linux.png

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According to the script in the image you provided, even the F.01 version is only for notebook delivered with preinstalled Suse Linux. It appears that you are paying the cost many people do when trying to keep their own purchase costs down by purchasing a notebook that is as close to barebones as possible. FreeDos is quite barebones. 

 

Why not temporarily put in another hard disk and install a Windows 10 Technical preview?

https://www.google.nl/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=windows+10+technical+pre...

 

Once you have installed it, download the applicable BIOS update and install it. Once the BIOS has been updated, Remove rthe disk and install your Linux OS disk and you are back in business.

 

 

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I dont want to spend a couple of days downloading a 5gb ISO of Windows Technical preview and spend half a day in installing it, only to apply a 5mb BIOS update.

 

I chose FreeDos because I wanted to be free in installing any OS I wanted.

 

BIOS updates are not dependent on the OS AFAIK, and if HP claims to support SuSe Enterprise Linux (or any other form of Linux), and not provide security updates for the BIOS... well I dont know what to say.

 

Here are the contents of the script:

http://pastebin.com/WyTuZfLK

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@aadityabagga wrote:

I dont want to spend a couple of days downloading a 5gb ISO of Windows Technical preview and spend half a day in installing it, only to apply a 5mb BIOS update.

 

I chose FreeDos because I wanted to be free in installing any OS I wanted.

 

BIOS updates are not dependent on the OS AFAIK, and if HP claims to support SuSe Enterprise Linux (or any other form of Linux), and not provide security updates for the BIOS... well I dont know what to say.

 

Here are the contents of the script:

http://pastebin.com/WyTuZfLK


BIOS is cross platform, but BIOS update software is normally provided in Windows or Linux format. That is something that you really cannot change. Now what you might be able to do is extract the BIOS softpaq on a Windows 8 PC to get the F.50 version. and then put it in the same HP_Tools BIOS \hp_linuxbios_temp that the script you provided described. I would replace the F.01 version with the new one. 

 

"I dont want to spend a couple of days downloading a 5gb ISO of Windows Technical preview and spend half a day in installing it,"  Wow!  It would take you a couple of days to download a 5GB ISO? I do feel for you. Your internet bandwidth must be seriously low.

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Yup, there is a Windows install in my home that I could use to run the Windows exe, but I dont want to mess something up when creating the archive, as it could literally mean the death of my PC.

 

Hence I came looking for an offical update that I could use.

 

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Do you have a spare notebook SATA hard disk?

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@erico wrote:

Do you have a spare notebook SATA hard disk?


Nope.

 

Even if I had, I would probably not be installing Windows on it to upgrade the firmware!

 

I got some generic ways to install firmware if using Linux:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BIOSUpdate

 

But I will wait for an official response from someone at HP about providing a Linux compatible BIOS update before attempting that.

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@aadityabagga wrote:

@erico wrote:

Do you have a spare notebook SATA hard disk?


Nope.

 

Even if I had, I would probably not be installing Windows on it to upgrade the firmware!

 

I got some generic ways to install firmware if using Linux:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BIOSUpdate

 

But I will wait for an official response from someone at HP about providing a Linux compatible BIOS update before attempting that.


If that is your desire, then I highly recommend that you contact HP directly.

 

You may have quite a long wait otherwise,

 

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