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bfallik
August 20th, 2008, 03:16 AM
I noticed that Dell released BIOS 1.0.15 for the 530, but these doesn't seem to be available when I run update_firmware. Anyone know the reason for this?

I'm trying to resolve a (maybe BIOS?) related problem where my 530N doesn't always recognize a WD My Book attached via eSATA. The machine has never detected the drive via a hotplug, but until recently was able to detect it when booting. Now not even the BIOS detects it. IIRC I have not modified the BIOS from its shipped version nor changed any settings. I thought to update the BIOS as a first attempt at a fix.

Thanks in advance.

bfallik
August 24th, 2008, 06:19 PM
bump?

linux_tech
August 25th, 2008, 01:28 AM
What does update_firmware do when you run it?
Did you reboot the system after update_firmware?

1. Go to System>Administration>Software Sources . On the Ubuntu Software tab click on the option that says: Community-Maintained open source software (Universe)
2. Open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/firmware/bootstrap.cgi | bash

sudo aptitude install firmware-addon-dell sudo aptitude install $(bootstrap_firmware -a)

sudo update_firmware

3. The system will need to reboot to flash the bios. Once that is done you have successfully flashed your bios on your Dell. If you would like your system to automatically update your firmware: In a terminal type: perl -p -i -e 's/^#rpm_mode=.*/rpm_mode=auto/' /etc/firmware/firmware.conf

Info here- http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Repository/firmware#Downloading_firmware
and http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2007/12/05/37446.aspx

Another way to flash bios- http://www.linuxinsight.com/how-to-flash-motherboard-bios-from-linux-no-dos-windows-no-floppy-drive.html

prinknash
August 25th, 2008, 09:44 AM
I noticed that Dell released BIOS 1.0.15 for the 530, but these doesn't seem to be available when I run update_firmware. Anyone know the reason for this?

I'm trying to resolve a (maybe BIOS?) related problem where my 530N doesn't always recognize a WD My Book attached via eSATA. The machine has never detected the drive via a hotplug, but until recently was able to detect it when booting. Now not even the BIOS detects it. IIRC I have not modified the BIOS from its shipped version nor changed any settings. I thought to update the BIOS as a first attempt at a fix.

Thanks in advance.

I've never managed to work out quite how to update the BIOS on my Inspiron 530N from Ubuntu (the only operating system on that computer) so I made a Bart PE CD which I use to create a Windows environment just for that purpose. Works fine, and I've upgraded the BIOS two or three times from the initial version that came with the machine. It's now running 1.0.15.

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bfallik
August 25th, 2008, 02:13 PM
I've never managed to work out quite how to update the BIOS on my Inspiron 530N from Ubuntu (the only operating system on that computer) so I made a Bart PE CD which I use to create a Windows environment just for that purpose. Works fine, and I've upgraded the BIOS two or three times from the initial version that came with the machine. It's now running 1.0.15.

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Thanks for the idea, but it seems like Bart PE requires Windows installation media, which I don't have. Strange that the BIOS update didn't work. Perhaps more investigation is required.

bfallik
August 25th, 2008, 02:17 PM
What does update_firmware do when you run it?

Did you reboot the system after update_firmware?

Please give more info on steps you did.
Info here- http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Repository/firmware#Downloading_firmware
and http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2007/12/05/37446.aspx

Another way to flash bios- http://www.linuxinsight.com/how-to-flash-motherboard-bios-from-linux-no-dos-windows-no-floppy-drive.html

Thanks for your reply. No, I didn't reboot after update_firmware since u_f didn't actually make any changes.

I originally followed steps from the link you posted to linux.dell.com, however IIRC the steps don't identity or attempt to install a viable update. No update is found automatically by the script.

I do believe I could manually download and install the firmware, but I'm wondering why the automatic process doesn't suggest any installation.

Thanks.

kaffa
June 3rd, 2009, 10:35 PM
STILL can't update my BIOS - trying to upgrade to 8GB of ram, only 3.2GB is being detected.. PLEASE HELP!


bryan@dell-desktop:~$ sudo getSystemId
Libsmbios version: 2.2.13
Product Name: Inspiron 530
Vendor: Dell Inc.
BIOS Version: 1.0.5
System ID: 0x020D



bryan@dell-desktop:~$ sudo aptitude install $(bootstrap_firmware -a)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
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Initializing package states... Done
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "pci-firmware-ven-0x8086-dev-0x2936-subven-0x1028-subdev-0x020d"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "pci-firmware-ven-0x8086-dev-0x2935-subven-0x1028-subdev-0x020d"
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No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 37 not upgraded.
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Reading package lists... Done
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coffeeaddict22
June 4th, 2009, 12:05 AM
Have you looked here (http://linux.dell.com/projects.shtml)? I've upgraded my laptop BIOS in Linux ( no prob) a week or two back, so I can vouch for it working.

Talon2
June 4th, 2009, 12:10 AM
STILL can't update my BIOS - trying to upgrade to 8GB of ram, only 3.2GB is being detected...



Are you running the 64 bit version of Ubuntu?

Glendon
July 20th, 2009, 10:15 PM
I'm having this same exact problem. Same machine. Same BIOS. Same errors.

Right now I'm trying the biosDisk method here (http://linux.dell.com/projects.shtml).

There seems to be a lot of folks claiming success when I search but I haven't been able to get an update.

I've tried many methods.

Hopefully this will work.

Glendon
July 21st, 2009, 02:47 PM
I can't get this to work.

Here's what I did.

I installed biosDisk (and tofrodos).

Then:


sudo biosdisk -o option 530_1015.EXE
cd /tmp
sudo biosdisk install 530_1015.img

So far, so good.

I checked menu.lst to see if it was updated. It was.


title 530_1015.img
kernel /boot/memdisk
initrd /boot/530_1015.img

I rebooted, hit ESC to get to the Grub menu, selected 530_1015.img and got:


Error 11: Unrecognized device string
Press any key to continue...

I'm not experienced with manipulating Grub so I'm hoping it's something obvious and easy.

Any help would be appreciated.