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Problems updating ML380 G4 BIOS - How to?

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I'm attempting to perform BIOS updates on seven decommissioned Proliant DL380 G4 Windows boxes given to our shop to test and update before being donated to a local school.
They all have no floppy drives (though I have scavenged one to use if I need it) but do have W2K3 or W2K8 installed on mirrored 72GB hard drives and all tested ok using diagnostics on SmartStart 8.51.
I've downloaded both the Offline ROM Flash and the Systems ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade files on floppy and CD but I am not able to find a BIOS Update Option using SmartStart 8.51 CD, HP Proliant Firmware Maintenance CD 9.20 or HP Firmware Update 8.70 (booting from both the CD and USB key) though the HP documentation says there should be an option available on the SmartStart CD.
Using the other two utilities I see an option for Firmware Updates but none of those selections include system ROM.  
So, please, can someone tell me what am I missing and how I can get this done?

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Use the Linux online BIOS update in conjunction with the firmware DVD, you can either use the DVD and select to add suplimental or if you have a boot stick you can copy the .SCEXE file to the folder that has all the other .SCEXE files in.


http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=397634&prodNameId=3288132&swEnvOID=4006&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-af006520f5644d2f88daa1850a

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by:PhillyGee
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Thanks for the help but, for some reason, it's not working though it seems to me it certainly should.  I copied the CP008721.scexe file into the <drive>:\HPFWUP870\compaq\swpackages\ directory on the USB key but SUM couldn't seem to locate it.  Nor could it locate it on the hard drive using Add Suplimental.  NEVERTHELESS, your advise did prompt me to poke around some more and found the
cdcontent-fw.htm file in <drive>:\HPFWUP870\_autorun\HTMLFILES\en which lists all the supported hardware and package files and component files on the CD.  Mine was not listed.  Long story short, I found the files on earlier versions of the FW Maint CD.  I used ver. 8.70 first and then 8.0 which worked like a charm.  Thanks again.
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