[clug-talk] BIOS Update on Dell: My Next Trick
me at jonwatson.ca
Sun Sep 4 12:31:27 PDT 2005
Wow..how the hell did I miss this when Googling?
I've made some progress here, but I've reached a stumbling block and I really
don't know where to go from here.
I've downloaded the biosdisk app and the I1000A08.EXE file (which is allegedly
my 1000 A08 BIOS update) from Dell support.
I used the biosdisk mkimage -i /home/jon /home/jon/biosdisk-0.65/I1000A08.EXE
command to make the image which resulted in a dosdisk.img file being created
in my home directory.
There is a biosdisk install command but it doesn't work on Debian systems so I
can't use it on my Kanotix. So I manually copied the memdisk and dosdisk.img
file to my /boot directory.
I then modified my /boot/grub/menu.lst file and added:
title BIOS Flash A08
lines to it.
When I reboot and select this item from teh Grub menu, the system does one of
two things. It either boots into a plan jane FreeDOS prompt and does nothing
further, or it hangs while displaying 'InitDisk'
I can only assume that there's something wrong with the dosdisk.img file, but
I really have no idea how to troubleshoot that.
Can someone point out to me where I'm going wrong?
On September 4, 2005 04:34 pm, Jesse Kline wrote:
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> On Sun, 2005-09-04 at 14:29 -0400, Jon wrote:
> > OK, so now that my touchpad kinda works, I've noticed during my screwing
> > around that my Dell BIOS is A03 and the most current version for my
> > Inspiron 1000 is A08.
> > Unfortunately, the only file I can find to update the BIOS on the Dell
> > site is designed to run right off the Windows desktop. I've tried Wine
> > and Win4Lin, but neither will allow the application to run (not
> > surprised).
> > Has anyone successfully updated a Dell BIOS on a straight GNU/Linux
> > machine before? I can boot from a USB stick and have tried running the
> > application as a DOS executable, but no go. It wants Windows.
> > Any ideas..?
> > Jon
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