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Re: Installing a new BIOS on a Dell Computer



On Thu, 2009-12-17 at 12:57 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote: 
> On Thursday 17 December 2009, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> >On Wed, 2009-12-16 at 21:00 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
> >> On Wednesday 16 December 2009, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> >> >The last time I installed a new BIOS on a Dell Computer I used a floppy
> >> >disk. That is no longer an option. Could anyone explain how I can
> >> >accomplish this? Please be as detailed as you can describing the
> >> >procedure.
> >>
> >> Most bios these days are equipt to do that themselves from one of the
> >> more right hand option menu's.  I have updated the bios on this asus
> >> motherboard several times now, by putting the new bios file on a usbkey &
> >> plugging it in.
> >>
> >> It will muddle along looking the system over for a while but its never
> >> failed to find it.  It is also capable of saving the old bios back to
> >> that same key before you install the new one too.
> >
> >I don't understand you procedure. The BIOS file I downloaded is an .EXE
> >file. When I put on a usb drive and i insert it. It just sits there. If
> >I try to execute it it says it is looking for a zip file and can't find
> >it. What am I missing? What right hand menus are you talking about
> 
> Do a cold start and repeatedly hit the del key (or whatever it shows as the 
> magic key on the bottom of the screen as it completes the P.O.S.T. procedure) 
> to get into the motherboards bios.  At least the del key is the trigger for 
> the bios on my motherboard.  This will take you into the bios configuration 
> for your motherboard.  On my box, right arrow to highlight the next to last 
> entry & hit enter.  There should be an option to self-update the bios there.
> 
Well here is the scoop. On all Dell machines you get into thee BIOS page
by hitting F2. And indeed the next to last entry in POST. But there is
no option in POST to change the BIOS. A simple method to change the BIOS
on a Dell machine was described in a previous post using the Dell repo.
Once that is installed it takes about 1 minute to change the BIOS
without rebooting the machine. Of course you have to reboot the machine
to use the new BIOS. I went from BIOS A03 to A11, but the bad news is I
still can't turn on hyper-threading which was the point of the whole
excelsior. What a bummer.
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