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    Firmware update

    I am trying to update some of my Dell Dimension 5150's firmware, but I am not quite sure how to do this. I am running Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit on the computer without Windows.

    The best explanation that I could find is these two documents, but it seems that they were last updated in 2007, so I don't know if they are too old now.

    http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php...s_announcement

    http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php...ls/Admin_Guide

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Firmware update

    please check out the following

    http://giantdorks.org/alain/how-to-u...unix-whatever/

    in short
    install unetbootin
    create freedos boot usb
    copy bios file .exe to usb
    boot freedos then from a:
    type c:
    then type name of bios update file.
    should flash up.
    used it many times.

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    Re: Firmware update

    Quote Originally Posted by tripp98 View Post
    please check out the following

    http://giantdorks.org/alain/how-to-u...unix-whatever/

    in short
    install unetbootin
    create freedos boot usb
    copy bios file .exe to usb
    boot freedos then from a:
    type c:
    then type name of bios update file.
    should flash up.
    used it many times.
    I was reading those instructions for the bios, but I did not know about firmware updates

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    Re: Firmware update

    i have just used the freedos usb and the file from dell. the other part is if you try to run it in ubuntu. never had one run in ubuntu.

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    Re: Firmware update

    Quote Originally Posted by tripp98 View Post
    i have just used the freedos usb and the file from dell. the other part is if you try to run it in ubuntu. never had one run in ubuntu.
    In other words, the firmware updates are done the same way as the bios updates?

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    Re: Firmware update

    appears so. i have used it on many different workstations. precision/optiplex
    are you just trying to update the bios?
    or do you have raid controllers to update?
    i just used the freedos method for the bios.

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    Re: Firmware update

    Initially I saw on Dell's site, they have firmware updates for some of the motherboard's chipsets and such. I don't think driver updates (from Dell's website) apply since I am using Ubuntu instead of Windows. Correct?

    Firmware updates:


    PS: Looking over the list, I did not realize the rest of the updates were either applications (I wish I could run Dell's web application that scans your computer's hardware and update their records of what is in the computer). I also found that there is indeed like 5 BIOS updats.

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    Re: Firmware update

    havent flashed a dvd drive in years. many years ago there was the odds of turning them to rocks if it didnt go perfect. unless you are having issues dont update the dvd drive. also notice that the update is from 2007. if its worked this long then you are probably ok. if the drive "quits working" then you have nothing to loose.

    most of the updates are windows drivers updates as you said. really the only thing to flash up is the bios or raid cards.

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    Re: Firmware update

    Ok, thank you. The manufacture date of this computer is 12/13/2005. I aquired it from in front of someone's house. (I knocked at verified that they were giving it away. I was quite impressed that this computer has a 3.0 GHz 64-bit Pentium 4 processor! All I had needed to do was upgrade the ram (it only had 512 MB of ram) and install a hard drive (did not come with one))

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    Re: Firmware update

    I tried Trip98's suggestion, and it did not work for me. The following worked for me. Caution: I used windows for part of the process.
    I did it on 2013/06/18.

    TO UPDATE BIOS this method worked (on 14z) but probably works everywhere. Other methods did not work.

    Machine:
    Do all this on Window machine.

    Ingredients:
    simple window os win98boot
    hp utility to make bootable disk hpflash:
    the microcode file (for 14z last time) BMWZrA12.exe

    Process:
    install hpflash
    using hpflash, create bootable disk using win98boot
    cp to the same USB, the payload BMWZ4A.exe

    Go to the target machine:
    shutdown, insert usb, bootup into win98boot
    in win98, start dos window
    in dos window, execute BMWZ4A12.exe
    Note that using other methods to create bootable windows did not work.
    Last edited by ubu2008; August 20th, 2013 at 07:32 AM. Reason: spelling

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