Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Updating BIOS of Intel DX58SO2

Now that my new server is assembled I'd like to update BIOS to the latest version. Since I don't have Windows installed, I can't use the easy "Express BIOS Update" way. Luckily, Intel provides a way to do that without having OS installed at all. Thanks Intel, your commitment to making non-Windows user life easy will be rewarded with future purchases.

Here are the instructions from DX58SO2 manual:

Updating the BIOS Using the F7 Function Key

To use this BIOS update method:
  1. Download and save the Recovery BIOS (.BIO) file to a temporary directory.
  2. Copy the .BIO to a USB thumb drive.
  3. Plug the thumb drive into a USB port of the target computer.
  4. Shut down the target computer.
  5. Enable the F7 prompt display:
    1. Power the computer on.
    2. Enter the BIOS Setup by pressing F2 during boot.
    3. Go to the Advanced > Boot Configuration menu.
    4. Enable Display F7 to Update BIOS
    5. Press F10 to save and exit.
  6. During boot, when the F7 prompt is displayed, press F7 to enter the BIOS Flash Update tool.
  7. Select the USB thumb drive and press Enter.
  8. Select the .BIO file and press Enter
  9. Confirm you want to update the BIOS by pressing Enter.
  10. Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete.
  11. Remove the thumb drive.
  12. Restart the computer.
The .BIO file could be found in Intel's download center. Either download the "Recovery BIOS Update" file or the "Iflash BIOS Update / Integrator Toolkit BIOS Files" bundle. The .BIO file inside the zip archive of the bundle is the same.