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Meaning of e.g. (B), (C), etc. versions of BIOS/Firmware

chuckk281
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Meaning of e.g. (B), (C), etc. versions of BIOS/Firmware

A question from Dennis:

 

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From HP Business Support Center I was trying to download the latest online Linux BIOS for the BL460c Gen8 (2013.09.08 (B), (13 Aug 2013) – CP021320.scexe), but there seems to be a problem with the link to the download file :

 

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=5177949&prodNameId=5177950&swEnvOID=4048&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-d73ff1d7d82647aa96b687cc28

 

Later on I checked HP Support Center and from there I found BIOS version 2013.09.08 (C),  (29 Aug 2013), CP021603.scexe  (the (B) version was not even mentioned in the Revision History TAB  …)

 

I understood either of them can be used (i.e. actually same BIOS/FW version).

 

è  Can someone explain to me the meaning of the (B), (C), etc. additions ?   …. And is this documented somewhere ?

 

 

Many thanks in advance.

 

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Reply from Hiro:

 

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Firmware itself is same. It means just only tools internally using to update firmware is modefied.

 

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Input from Dan:

 

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Just means a minor revision or enhancement.

 

As Hiro pointed out, in the case of the BIOS Firmware it was a deployment tool that was fixed, not the firmware file.

 

In the case of the SPP, there were a handful of minor fixed and changes to the whole SPP bundle, but not enough to warrant giving it a new name.  The intent was to fix issues in that SPP and so a (B) revision was added.

 

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