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Re: Installing a new BIOS on a Dell Computer



On Sat, 2009-12-19 at 23:57 +0100, Theodore Papadopoulo wrote: 
> Aaron Konstam wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-12-17 at 12:57 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote: 
> >   
> >> 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.
> Yes the DELL bios repository for linux is clearly not up to date.
> The HDR file can in theory be extracted from the exe file.
> In linux, the firmwaretool has an option to extract the hdr...
> Unfortunately, this does not work for me (x86_64), but you may have more 
> luck.
> Looking at the sources, it looks like ome way would be to use dosemu on 
> the exe file.
> 
> Hope this is of some help.
> 
>      Theo.
> 
I had forgottewn about dosemu. TThat was a goood tip. But in my case the
dell repo was up to date as checked on the dell support site.
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