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Sebastian 05-18-2011 01:55 PM

bios update
 
Apologies�if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
I have a single boot FC14 system on a�Dell precision M6500 precision notebook and�wish to update the BIOS.

I go to the Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest match to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.This gives me the only option to download an EXE file: "M6500A06.EXE"

Is it possible to update my bios with this file given my current installation?I have�windows Virtual Box under FC14,�or,Do I need to delete my�installation, install windows and reinstall?
As I really don't want to do this, a final option to consider: could I install windows via a USB drive (so as to not destroy my current�system) and then install bios?�
Here is the link to the driver?
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=RHEL5&catid=1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PREC_M6500&hidos=RHEL5&hidl ang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=F alse

thanks for any help,Sebastian

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05-18-2011 06:14 PM

bios update
 
That bios update can be done from DOS:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R295450&Sy stemID=PREC_M6500&servicetag=&os=RHEL5&osl=en&devi ceid=21048&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=4&catid=1&imp id=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=1&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=442171#3DOS

Here are some instructions on how to create a DOS boot disk in
Linux:

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/freedos/index.php?title=USB

HTH

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> Apologies if this
has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
>
> I have a
single boot FC14 system on a Dell precision M6500 precision
>
notebook and wish to update the BIOS.
>
> I go to the
Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest
>
match
> to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.
>
This gives me the only option to download an EXE file:
"M6500A06.EXE"
>
> Is it possible to update my
bios with this file given my current
> installation?
> I
have windows Virtual Box under FC14, or,
> Do I need to delete my
installation, install windows and reinstall?
> As I really don't
want to do this, a final option to consider: could I
> install
windows via a USB drive (so as to not destroy my current system)
>
and
> then install bios?
>
> Here is the link to
the driver?
>
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=RHEL5&catid=1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PREC_M6500&hidos=RHEL5&hidl ang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=F alse
>
> thanks for any help,
> Sebastian
>
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Bruno Wolff III 05-18-2011 06:16 PM

bios update
 
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:55:24 -0300,
Sebastian <sebas0@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I have a single boot FC14 system on a Dell precision M6500 precision
> notebook and wish to update the BIOS.
>
> I go to the Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest match
> to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.
> This gives me the only option to download an EXE file: "M6500A06.EXE"

You probably want to use bios disk. You can get source or rpms at:
http://linux.dell.com/biosdisk/

There are instructions on how to use this tool for various ways of doing
the flash at:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DellBIOS

One of the options allows you to choose flashing from the grub menu. You
don't need Windows installed nor a floppy drive.
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Robert Nichols 05-18-2011 06:25 PM

bios update
 
On 05/18/2011 08:55 AM, Sebastian wrote:
> Apologies if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
>
> I have a single boot FC14 system on a Dell precision M6500 precision
> notebook and wish to update the BIOS.
>
> I go to the Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest
> match to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.
> This gives me the only option to download an EXE file: "M6500A06.EXE"
>
> Is it possible to update my bios with this file given my current
> installation?
> I have windows Virtual Box under FC14, or,
> Do I need to delete my installation, install windows and reinstall?
> As I really don't want to do this, a final option to consider: could I
> install windows via a USB drive (so as to not destroy my current system)
> and then install bios?
>
> Here is the link to the driver?
> http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=RHEL5&catid=1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PREC_M6500&hidos=RHEL5&hidl ang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=F alse
> <http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=RHEL5&catid=1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PREC_M6500&hidos=RHEL5&hidl ang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=F alse>

If you click on the "Dell - BIOS" file title you'll get a page that includes
installation instructions, where the alternative of a DOS environment is
listed as an alternative. I generally use an old MS-DOS 6.0 boot floppy
for such things, but you could also download FreeDOS from
http://www.freedos.org .

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Aaron Konstam 05-18-2011 08:48 PM

bios update
 
On Wed, 2011-05-18 at 10:55 -0300, Sebastian wrote:
> Apologies if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
>
>
> I have a single boot FC14 system on a Dell precision M6500 precision
> notebook and wish to update the BIOS.
>
I am confused. Your BIOS has nothing to do with the operating system you
use. If you use your system ID you should be able to download a file
which can be executed to update the BIOS. Maybe you will have to use the
Wine emulator or you Windows emulator but that is all.
>
> I go to the Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest
> match to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.
> This gives me the only option to download an EXE file: "M6500A06.EXE"
>
>
> Is it possible to update my bios with this file given my current
> installation?
> I have windows Virtual Box under FC14, or,
> Do I need to delete my installation, install windows and reinstall?
> As I really don't want to do this, a final option to consider: could I
> install windows via a USB drive (so as to not destroy my
> current system) and then install bios?
>
> Here is the link to the driver?
> http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=RHEL5&catid=1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PREC_M6500&hidos=RHEL5&hidl ang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=F alse
>
>
> thanks for any help,
> Sebastian


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Doron 05-19-2011 03:24 AM

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On 05/18/2011 04:55 PM, Sebastian wrote:
> Apologies if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
>
> I have a single boot FC14 system on a Dell precision M6500 precision
> notebook and wish to update the BIOS.
>

check out this thread

https://www.redhat.com/archives/rhl-list/2009-December/msg01566.html

especially

https://www.redhat.com/archives/rhl-list/2009-December/msg01603.html
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Lamar Owen 05-19-2011 06:17 PM

bios update
 
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 11:24:42 PM Doron wrote:
> On 05/18/2011 04:55 PM, Sebastian wrote:
> > I have a single boot FC14 system on a Dell precision M6500 precision
> > notebook and wish to update the BIOS.

> https://www.redhat.com/archives/rhl-list/2009-December/msg01603.html

I have a Precision M65 (not M6500, the older M65, essentially a souped-up Lattitude D820); using the Dell repository (much of which is already in Fedora 14, except for the BIOS's themselves) the BIOS update was painless, from Fedora.

Be sure to wait through the reflashing, and the memory size changed screens, took mine almost 90 seconds on the reboot after the reflash. And be sure to either be docked or on AC power.
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Matt Domsch 05-22-2011 02:25 AM

bios update
 
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:55:24AM -0300, Sebastian wrote:
> Apologies*if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
> I have a single boot FC14 system on a*Dell precision M6500 precision
> notebook and*wish to update the BIOS.
> I go to the Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest
> match to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.
> This gives me the only option to download an EXE file: "M6500A06.EXE"
> Is it possible to update my bios with this file given my current
> installation?
> I have*windows Virtual Box under FC14,*or,
> Do I need to delete my*installation, install windows and reinstall?
> As I really don't want to do this, a final option to consider: could I
> install windows via a USB drive (so as to not destroy my current*system)
> and then install bios?*

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

describes how to do this for many (but not all) Dell systems. The
firmware repository on linux.dell.com carries firmware payloads for
>300 different system types. firmware-addon-dell and firmware-tools
packages are included in Fedora and EPEL, so you only need the
firmware payload RPM from the firmware repository then.

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Craig White 05-22-2011 12:51 PM

bios update
 
On Sat, 2011-05-21 at 21:25 -0500, Matt Domsch wrote:
> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:55:24AM -0300, Sebastian wrote:
> > Apologies*if this has been discussed, I couldn't find it.
> > I have a single boot FC14 system on a*Dell precision M6500 precision
> > notebook and*wish to update the BIOS.
> > I go to the Dell download site, and for my machine select the closest
> > match to my operating system: RH Enterprise Linux 5.
> > This gives me the only option to download an EXE file: "M6500A06.EXE"
> > Is it possible to update my bios with this file given my current
> > installation?
> > I have*windows Virtual Box under FC14,*or,
> > Do I need to delete my*installation, install windows and reinstall?
> > As I really don't want to do this, a final option to consider: could I
> > install windows via a USB drive (so as to not destroy my current*system)
> > and then install bios?*
>
> http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Repository/firmware
>
> describes how to do this for many (but not all) Dell systems. The
> firmware repository on linux.dell.com carries firmware payloads for
> >300 different system types. firmware-addon-dell and firmware-tools
> packages are included in Fedora and EPEL, so you only need the
> firmware payload RPM from the firmware repository then.
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of Fedora but also has spearheaded tremendous Linux support at Dell
which provides tools such as these to make life easier for Linux users
for which I am very grateful.

Craig


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James McKenzie 05-22-2011 01:21 PM

bios update
 
On 5/22/11 5:51 AM, Craig White wrote:
> and it shouldn't go without mention that Matt is not only a board member
> of Fedora but also has spearheaded tremendous Linux support at Dell
> which provides tools such as these to make life easier for Linux users
> for which I am very grateful.
>
> Craig
>
>
+1. We need more advocates like Matt.

[Sidebar]

Is it still possible to purchase a Dell computer with Linux pre-installed?

James McKenzie

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