Information-processing apparatus equipped with nonvolatile memory device and firmware-updating method for use in the apparatus

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APP PUB NO 20040015941A1
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10021609

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An information-processing apparatus includes a nonvolatile memory device configured to store firmware. The information-processing apparatus has a first unit for issuing an instruction to make an operating system execute a shutdown process, and to update the firmware, stored in the nonvolatile memory device, after the operating system has completed the shutdown process. The information-processing apparatus also has a second unit, responsive to the instruction to update the firmware, for updating the firmware only after the operating system has completed the shutdown process.

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KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBATOKYO26020

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Sekine, Norihisa Ome-shi, JP 2 46

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