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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Thanks ciscosurfer for this howto. It was very useful (and works nicely too).

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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    The floppy image was far too small to fit my bios and installer so I used bartpe to create a minimal windows live cd with the bios installer file on it. I couldn't find any documentation as to how to use freedos with a cd otherwise I would have.

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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Quote Originally Posted by h4mx0r View Post
    The floppy image was far too small to fit my bios and installer so I used bartpe to create a minimal windows live cd with the bios installer file on it. I couldn't find any documentation as to how to use freedos with a cd otherwise I would have.
    If you look at page 1 of this thread, under the heading,
    " Creating the disk (CD-method) "

    It'll tell you how (this works wonderfully, thank you OP).
    Work smart, not hard.

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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Thanks!
    Just updated my HP nc6220 to bios version F13 using your CD way!

    (now see if I can hack the BIOS to support my new Atheros wireless card )

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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Thanx man, after a lil (or alot) dickin' around I finally got it to work and work it did, now on to other problems........... Cheers!!!!

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    Exclamation Ridiculously easy now for Dell owners

    I think the subject pretty much says it all. It's laughably easy to update your BIOS now... if you're using a Dell. Thank goodness for their recent embrace of Ubuntu!!

    I have a Power Edge SC420 server and since it's never had MS installed I was still running the original (very old) BIOS. I was about to upgrade my Ubuntu and I figured that this was a good opportunity to finally upgrade by BIOS too. I spent a while searching around for this info but hopefully that will make things easier for a few other people out there.

    The Dell wiki walks you through the 4 (yes, you read that correctly: 4) commands that you need to enter to flash your BIOS.

    http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php...itory/firmware

    Or, if you're impatient, you can just skip to the cliff notes.

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

    Note that in both places they have specific instructions for Ubuntu. Yay for things that "just work"!!

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    Re: Ridiculously easy now for Dell owners

    Quote Originally Posted by olek54321 View Post
    I think the subject pretty much says it all. It's laughably easy to update your BIOS now... if you're using a Dell. Thank goodness for their recent embrace of Ubuntu!!
    Laughable - in a bad way - Not available for the Dell 530.

    a.

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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Quote Originally Posted by Apostata View Post
    I'm a little confused - when I run the command to create an ISO, I get the following:


    I'm not clear on how mkisofs is supposed to know where FDOEM is if I've unmounted /mnt/temp.
    Hi, I got the same results too, but after a few tries and trying to
    read the manpages I came up with this.

    Started with FDOEM.144 and copies of my flash files in a directory named "/bios" in my home directory (clever name huh!).

    rjgwalt3@Colossus:~$ sudo /bin/bash
    root@Colossus:~# mkdir /mnt
    root@Colossus:~# mkdir /mnt/temp
    root@Colossus:~# modprobe loop
    root@Colossus:~# mount -o loop -t vfat /home/rjgwalt3/bios/FDOEM.144 /mnt/temp
    root@Colossus:~# cp /home/rjgwalt3/bios/AFUDOS.exe /mnt/temp
    root@Colossus:~# cp /home/rjgwalt3/bios/M2NX0907.ROM /mnt/temp

    // checked for all files I needed ...

    root@Colossus:~# dir /mnt/temp
    AFUDOS.exe command.com kernel.sys readme
    autoexec.bat config.sys m2nx0907.rom sys.com

    // back to HowTo instructions ...

    root@Colossus:~# umount /mnt/temp
    root@Colossus:~# mkisofs -o Bootable-CD-BIOS-Image.iso -b FDOEM.144 /home/rjgwalt3/bios
    I: -input-charset not specified, using utf-8 (detected in locale settings)
    Size of boot image is 2880 sectors -> Emulating a 1440 kB floppy
    Total translation table size: 2048
    Total rockridge attributes bytes: 0
    Total directory bytes: 0
    Path table size(bytes): 10
    Max brk space used 0
    1177 extents written (2 MB)

    // and burned it here ...

    root@Colossus:~# cdrecord -v Bootable-CD-BIOS-Image.iso
    wodim: No write mode specified.
    wodim: Asuming -tao mode.
    wodim: Future versions of wodim may have different drive dependent defaults.
    TOC Type: 1 = CD-ROM
    Device was not specified. Trying to find an appropriate drive...
    Looking for a CD-R drive to store 2.30 MiB...
    Detected CD-R drive: /dev/sr0
    scsidev: '/dev/sr0'
    devname: '/dev/sr0'
    scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2
    Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27
    Wodim version: 1.1.6
    Driveropts: 'burnfree'
    SCSI buffer size: 64512
    Device type : Removable CD-ROM
    Version : 5
    Response Format: 2
    Capabilities :
    Vendor_info : 'LITE-ON '
    Identification : 'DVDRW LH-20A1S '
    Revision : '9L02'
    Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.
    Current: 0x0009 (CD-R)
    Profile: 0x002B (DVD+R/DL)
    Profile: 0x001B (DVD+R)
    Profile: 0x001A (DVD+RW)
    Profile: 0x0016 (DVD-R/DL layer jump recording)
    Profile: 0x0015 (DVD-R/DL sequential recording)
    Profile: 0x0014 (DVD-RW sequential recording)
    Profile: 0x0013 (DVD-RW restricted overwrite)
    Profile: 0x0012 (DVD-RAM)
    Profile: 0x0011 (DVD-R sequential recording)
    Profile: 0x0010 (DVD-ROM)
    Profile: 0x000A (CD-RW)
    Profile: 0x0009 (CD-R) (current)
    Profile: 0x0008 (CD-ROM)
    Profile: 0x0002 (Removable disk)
    Using generic SCSI-3/mmc CD-R/CD-RW driver (mmc_cdr).
    Driver flags : MMC-3 SWABAUDIO BURNFREE FORCESPEED
    Supported modes: TAO PACKET SAO SAO/R96P SAO/R96R RAW/R16 RAW/R96P RAW/R96R
    Drive buf size : 988416 = 965 KB
    Beginning DMA speed test. Set CDR_NODMATEST environment variable if device
    communication breaks or freezes immediately after that.
    FIFO size : 12582912 = 12288 KB
    Track 01: data 2 MB
    Total size: 2 MB (00:15.72) = 1179 sectors
    Lout start: 2 MB (00:17/54) = 1179 sectors
    Current Secsize: 2048
    ATIP info from disk:
    Indicated writing power: 5
    Is not unrestricted
    Is not erasable
    Disk sub type: Medium Type A, high Beta category (A+) (3)
    ATIP start of lead in: -11634 (97:26/66)
    ATIP start of lead out: 359846 (79:59/71)
    Disk type: Short strategy type (Phthalocyanine or similar)
    Manuf. index: 3
    Manufacturer: CMC Magnetics Corporation
    Blocks total: 359846 Blocks current: 359846 Blocks remaining: 358667
    Forcespeed is OFF.
    Speed set to 8467 KB/s
    Starting to write CD/DVD at speed 48.0 in real TAO mode for single session.
    Last chance to quit, starting real write i 0 seconds. Operation starts.
    Waiting for reader process to fill input buffer ... input buffer ready.
    Performing OPC...
    Starting new track at sector: 0
    Track 01: 2 of 2 MB written (fifo 100%) [buf 98%] 21.5x.
    Track 01: Total bytes read/written: 2410496/2410496 (1177 sectors).
    Writing time: 17.733s
    Average write speed 3.2x.
    Min drive buffer fill was 98%
    Fixating...
    Fixating time: 14.780s
    BURN-Free was never needed.
    wodim: fifo had 38 puts and 38 gets.
    wodim: fifo was 0 times empty and 0 times full, min fill was 100%.
    root@Colossus:~#
    The trick was to substitute the directory where FDOEM.144 was in
    place of the second reference to FDOEM.144 .
    Hope this might help someone else.

    rjgwalt3

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    Re: There is a MUCH easier way.

    Excellent! Worked perfectly on an old Dell Optiplex GX1. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Talking Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    CISCOSURFER - Thanks. Worked a treat on an old KM400 mobo and now recognises my Sempron CPU. Used the method of writing to a CD and was amazed at the ease of flashing without a serious hitch.

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