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Driver Details

Dell Server System BIOS, A21

PowerVault 775N, BIOS, A21

Fixes & Enhancements

* Added a workaround to prevent a potential data integrity issue caused by Serverworks 533MHz FSB (Front-Side-Bus) chipset in a specific system configuration scenario.

Version

Version A21, A21

Release date

20 Nov 2006

Last Updated

03 Nov 2011

Importance

Recommended

Available formats

File Format:Update Package for Microsoft® Windows®
File Name:PV775N_BIOS_WIN_A21.EXE
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 2MB
Format DescriptionDell Update Packages (DUP) in Microsoft Windows 32bit format have been designed to run on Microsoft Windows 64bit Operating Systems. Dell Update Packages (DUP) in Microsoft Windows 64bit format will only run on Microsoft Windows 64bit Operating Systems. When selecting a device driver update be sure to select the one that is appropriate for your operating system.
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MD5:
6B7214E6954823FD62636431D20174BB
SHA1:
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SHA-256:
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File Format:Non-Packaged
File Name:PV775N-A21.EXE
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 434KB
Format DescriptionThis file format consists of a BIOS-executable file. To use it, download the file and copy it to a DOS-bootable USB flash drive, then boot the system to the USB flash drive and run the program.
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MD5:
06989e7362dcad9df025a110c82d3373
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SHA-256:
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File Format:Floppy
File Name:PV775N-BIOSA21.exe
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 606KB
Format DescriptionThis file contains a compressed (or zipped) set of files. Download the file to a folder on your hard drive, then double-click it to unzip the set of files. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.
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MD5:
13f07c0760c3b569d9dfa389d9e92851
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File Format:Rel-Notes-Text
File Name:PV775N-BIOSA21.TXT
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 7KB
Format DescriptionThis file format contains plain text which can be viewed with a standard text editor.
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MD5:
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SHA-256:
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By downloading, you accept the terms of the Dell Software License Agreement.

Supported Operating Systems

Not Applicable

Applies to

Server System BIOS

Installation instructions

Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. If the Export Compliance Disclaimer window appears, click the "I agree" link if you accept the agreement.
3. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to your hard drive.

Installation
NOTE: You must provide a DOS bootable media, such as a USB key. This executable file does not create the DOS system files.
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file.
2. Update the name of the file to DOS recognizable format (8.3). If you do not update the filename to 8.3 format, the filename will be truncated to 8.3 format.
3. Copy the file to the bootable device.
4. Boot the system to DOS by using the bootable device.
5. Run the executable under DOS. Follow the instructions provided by the flash utility.





Instructions for PV775N-BIOSA21.TXT:

1) Click Download now.
The File Download window appears.

2) Click the Save button.
The Save As window appears.

3) Select Desktop using the drop-down menu to the right of Save in.

4) Click the Save button.
A progress meter moves as the download is completed.

5) If necessary, click X in the upper right-hand corner of the Download Progress Window to close it upon completion.

6) Double click the Icon on your desktop for the newly saved file.
The Dell Bios Release Notes window appears.

Instructions for PV775N-BIOSA21.exe


NOTE: In order to create this diskette, this file must be downloaded to and executed on a system running Microsoft Windows.

Download

1. Click the Download Now link to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save to save the file to your hard drive.

Installation

1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file.
2. Run the executable file by double-clicking on the icon.
3. Click the Setup button.
4. Follow the directions to create the FlashBIOS update diskette.
5. Insert the created FlashBIOS update diskette in the target system.
6. Reboot the system.
7. When prompted, press the Y key to execute the FlashBIOS update.
8. Remove the diskette and reboot system.


Dell Update Package Instructions for PV775N_BIOS_WIN_A21.EXE:

Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to your hard drive.

Installation
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file.
2. Read over the release information presented in the dialog window.
3. Download and install any prerequisites identified in the dialog window before proceeding.
4. Install any necessary Embedded Systems Management firmware prior to this BIOS update.
5. Click the Install button.
6. Follow the remaining prompts to perform the update.


Dell Update Package Instructions for PV775N_BIOS_LX_A21.BIN:

Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to your hard drive.

Installation
1. Read over the release information presented by executing the "./PV775N_BIOS_LX_A21.BIN --version" command from the shell.
2. Download and install any prerequisites identified in the above step before proceeding.
3. Install any necessary Embedded Systems Management firmware prior to this BIOS update.
4. Run the update by executing "./PV775N_BIOS_LX_A21.BIN" from the shell.
5. Follow the remaining prompts to perform the update.


GnuPG Signature of Dell Update Package Instructions for PV775N_BIOS_LX_A21.BIN.sign:

Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. When the "File Download" window appears, click "Save" to save the file to your hard drive.

Installation
1. Import the Dell public key. (You only need to do once on your system.)
2. Verify the Dell Update Package by using its signature file

Important Information

In a rare case, a PV775N with 533 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus) may encounter data integrity issue on any volume created on PERC 3/Di. This may happen (on PERC 3/Di) in the following configuration:
Only if I/O is running on PERC 3/Di and at least 1 PCI (not PCI-X) I/O controller in any PCI slot and DMA on these two PCI devices are accessing the same memory region, specifically same 64-byte cache line in memory.

NOTE: Systems with 400MHz FSB are not affected by this issue.

For more information on this issue, search for Dell document on support.dell.com: PE2650/PV775/PE1750 with 533 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus) may exhibit data integrity under certain conditions.

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