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Graphical interface method for updating firmware in multiple devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013889D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a graphical user interface wizard to allow firmware update of multiple printers. This method also facilitates printer selection by allowing updates only to printers that are likely to be successfully updated. When a device manufacturer makes firmware (or microcode) available for a specific device model, a printer administrator will typically update all or most of the devices of that model. In the past, printer management utilities have provided the ability to update one printer's firmware at a time. The invention provides a graphical interface method for simultaneous firmware update of multiple printers with a wizard. In the wizard, the printer administrator first specifies the file containing the firmware, as shown below: When the printer administrator selects the Next button, the second page of the wizard is shown. This page contains a list of printers that are candidates for firmware upgrade according to the following criteria: