[clug-talk] BIOS Update on Dell: My Next Trick
gustin at echostar.ca
Sun Sep 4 18:01:05 PDT 2005
On Sunday 04 September 2005 13:31, Jon wrote:
> 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.
This looks like a floppy img to me. Try dd if=dosdisk.img of=/dev/fd0
then reboot with that floppy in the drive.
If you do not have a floppy drive, then I believe you can make a bootable cd
with this floppy image. You could also, if you are feeling brave, send the
output of dd to your usb stick (eg. of=/dev/sda ) but this will destroy the
filesystem on the usb (eg you should backup the files). With my memory stick
I was able to repartition it with cfdisk. Although I have not experienced a
problem on my USB keys, I have heard of usb keys getting toasted this way.
As always the usual disclaimers apply and YMMV.
> 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
> kernel /boot/memdisk
> initrd /boot/dosdisk.img
> 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:
> > Domain match.
> > Remove domain from Allow list -->
> > https://www.vqme.com/pk/eh?op=remove_domain&Domain=clug.ca&VU=HqIXF6rk+Pp
> >DI 0Rq/fWFgg Block domain -->
> > https://www.vqme.com/pk/eh?op=block_domain&Domain=clug.ca&VU=HqIXF6rk+PpD
> >I0 Rq/fWFgg
> > http://linux.dell.com/projects.shtml#biosdisk
> > Jesse
> > 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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