Updating dell bios without floppy

28 Nov

If you are not using Windows for idealogical reasons, you may want to look at Free Dos rather than Microsoft based solutions (you may want to look at it anyway, of course).I have, in the past, written image files of Dos boot floppies to cds to get a proper Dos boot cd - you'd end up with a coaster after your single use, but it saves messing about getting Dos and USB to work together (mkisofs's -b option will get you going). It will tell you your system info, your current bios rev, and list all available bios revs, then ask you what to do.Answer “N” to all questions when booting, otherwise you’re likely to see an error like “Cannot operate in Protected environment” when you run the BIOS update.Thanks to the Motherboard Flash Boot CD from Linux Mini HOWTO; very helpful.As well, while one of the files tested worked by default in Ubuntu (ex.firmware update for Broadcom BCM5720 Net Xtreme Gigabit Ethernet Adapter), running the .

I'd like to update my BIOS on my Dell Studio XPS 1340.

Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. So, all you need is a bootable floppy disk image with Free DOS kernel on it.

We are fortunate that guys at FDOS site have prepared one suitable for us.

BIOS is an acronym that stands for Basic Input Output System.

Also know as "System Setup", the BIOS is software that is contained on a small memory chip on the PC's Motherboard, typically referred to as the CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor).