Please forgive me if this isn’t the right forum or category.
I thought I’d share my user journey trying to update the BIOS on my HP ZBook laptop.
The first steps were pretty straightforward:
- Get to the driver section of the HP site
- Lie about using Windows
- Download the latest exe file (“I want to believe”)
- Extract the exe file, and find the bin file inside
Some say the bin file should be renamed to “firmware.bin”, but that didn’t seem to be necessary in this instance.
Anyway, this is where the plot thickens. Within the BIOS itself, HP instructs me to place the correct binaries in “EFI\HP\DEVFW” location. However, this particular location doesn’t seem to be correct. So I’ve searched and moved the files around, and eventually this turned out to do the initial trick for me: “/boot/efi/EFI/HP/BIOS/New”. Initial trick, you say? Yes siree. For now the BIOS tells me that it understands I want to update my BIOS, and even mentions the new BIOS version. It also tells me to fasten my seatbelt, be patient, kick back and relax until everything is done. Sounds promising, no? When I try to proceed, however, it tells me to “Place the System BIOS on a FAT32 partition [etc etc]”. I’m pretty sure the partition is FAT32, and the fact that I got so far must mean that the bin file is already in the correct location.
I hope you enjoyed this little travel log, if I get any further I’ll be sure to report back.