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    BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Hello all,
    I've been trying to perform a BIOS upgrade on a DELL Latitude E6410, but none of the instructions I could find work.

    First I tried downloading E6410A05.exe from Dell's website and extracting the HDR file as stated in many instruction pages:
    Code:
    $ wine E6410A05.exe -writehdr -nopause
    Unrecognized option: -writehdr
    Then I followed those instructions:
    Code:
    # aptitude install $(bootstrap_firmware -a)
    Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "pci-firmware-ven-0x8086-dev-0x3b07-subven-0x1028-subdev-0x040a"
    Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "pci-firmware-ven-0x8086-dev-0x3b07-subven-0x1028-subdev-0x040a"
    ...[3 pages like that]
    
    # update_firmware
    Running system inventory...
    Searching storage directory for available BIOS updates...
    Checking System BIOS for Latitude E6410 - A03
            Did not find a newer package to install that meets all installation checks.
    This system does not appear to have any updates available.
    No action necessary.
    Well, there IS an update available: A05

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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Hi,

    I haven't tried this yet, but apparently you can:
    1. create a freeDOS usb stick
    2. copy the E6410***.exe file onto it.
    3. boot from the usb
    4. run the EXE file and reboot.

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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Yeah, Dell seems to have not compiled the -makehdrfile option into their more recent BIOS updates. They've also abandoned their linux BIOS update site, which is now suffering from bitrot. To be honest I don't know why we bother having a Dell Support forum any more since there isn't any Dell linux support that I can see. In fact it is more like Dell are actively obstructing linux at present. This is exceedingly annoying. My next machine will NOT be a Dell.

    This is the method I used to update BIOS on my E6510

    1. Install UNetbootin from synaptic
    2. Run it and create a FreeDOS USB key.
    3. Copy the exe BIOS update file to the USB key from inside ubuntu.
    4. Reboot into BIOS setup and change the boot order to boot from USB
    5. Boot into a live freedos session.
    * The USB key will offer to install freedos on your hard disk. DONT - that is ubuntucide!
    * Don't use himem or or that other memory thingywhatsit - just straight freedos
    6. C:
    7. dir
    8. run the update

    Good Luck
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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Thank you, that was easy to follow and rather painless.

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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    That was very helpful, thanks.

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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    For me the system just seems to hang after changing to c: and entering the dir command No output and no possibility to run the .exe. Running Ubuntu 11.10 normally, ie. from where I executed unetbootin.

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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Quote Originally Posted by hawthornso23 View Post
    Yeah, Dell seems to have not compiled the -makehdrfile option into their more recent BIOS updates. They've also abandoned their linux BIOS update site, which is now suffering from bitrot. To be honest I don't know why we bother having a Dell Support forum any more since there isn't any Dell linux support that I can see. In fact it is more like Dell are actively obstructing linux at present. This is exceedingly annoying. My next machine will NOT be a Dell.

    This is the method I used to update BIOS on my E6510

    1. Install UNetbootin from synaptic
    2. Run it and create a FreeDOS USB key.
    3. Copy the exe BIOS update file to the USB key from inside ubuntu.
    4. Reboot into BIOS setup and change the boot order to boot from USB
    5. Boot into a live freedos session.
    * The USB key will offer to install freedos on your hard disk. DONT - that is ubuntucide!
    * Don't use himem or or that other memory thingywhatsit - just straight freedos
    6. C:
    7. dir
    8. run the update

    Good Luck
    Hi,

    This worked incredibly well - Thanks!!

    - CH
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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Thanks for the detailed instruction. However, my laptop apparently does nothing at the last step. I type the exe file name and press ENTER. A new line opens and it stays thay way. After 10 minutes, i rebooted using ctrl alt del. What could be the problem? I am trying to upgrade from A05 to A09.

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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Quote Originally Posted by lazier View Post
    Thanks for the detailed instruction. However, my laptop apparently does nothing at the last step. I type the exe file name and press ENTER. A new line opens and it stays thay way. After 10 minutes, i rebooted using ctrl alt del. What could be the problem? I am trying to upgrade from A05 to A09.

    Maybe you need to go from A05 to A06 and so on until you get to A09. Maybe you cannot leave out the intermediate steps.
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    Re: BIOS update on Dell E6410

    Quote Originally Posted by hawthornso23 View Post
    Yeah, Dell seems to have not compiled the -makehdrfile option into their more recent BIOS updates. They've also abandoned their linux BIOS update site, which is now suffering from bitrot. To be honest I don't know why we bother having a Dell Support forum any more since there isn't any Dell linux support that I can see. In fact it is more like Dell are actively obstructing linux at present. This is exceedingly annoying. My next machine will NOT be a Dell.

    This is the method I used to update BIOS on my E6510

    1. Install UNetbootin from synaptic
    2. Run it and create a FreeDOS USB key.
    3. Copy the exe BIOS update file to the USB key from inside ubuntu.
    4. Reboot into BIOS setup and change the boot order to boot from USB
    5. Boot into a live freedos session.
    * The USB key will offer to install freedos on your hard disk. DONT - that is ubuntucide!
    * Don't use himem or or that other memory thingywhatsit - just straight freedos
    6. C:
    7. dir
    8. run the update

    Good Luck
    Hi !

    Worked great on a Latitude D620.
    Updated directly from A02 to A10.

    Thanks a lot

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