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Update your BIOS dell with Linux Mint

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by CptCharis, Mar 6, 2018.

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  1. CptCharis

    CptCharis Well-Known Member

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    Hello guys !

    I felt the need for this post due to lack of /or incomplete information in web.

    I would like to tell you how I updated my BIOS within Linux Mint environment.
    Of course I did that with the help of some "Guru" of this forum. Thank you guys!!!

    First of all you have to download your BIOS updates.
    http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/inspiron-13z-5323/drivers

    Next very important step, create a bootable DOS usb drive for updating motherboard BIOS.
    You can install gparted using apt-get install gparted but Linux Mint shipped with Disk manager which can do same things!!
    So use Use gparted and /or Disk manager to create a FAT32 formatted partition on the USB flash drive. (FAT 32 for maximum compatibility )

    Next step you have to use unetbootin to install a bootable FreeDOS in to the flash drive.
    Install unetbootin using apt-get install unetbootin
    Run unetbootin and select the distribution FreeDOS.
    Screenshot at 2018-03-06 08-38-14.jpg
    Select your USB flash drive & click OK. (We are using only Distribution part of unebooting for now)

    Here is the tricky part of all procedure (or at least in my situation)
    Once FreeDOS will be downloaded in to the flash drive, your flash drive will look something like this
    Screenshot at 2018-03-06 08-31-255.jpg
    So as can you see no any .ISO file is being downloaded as almost all tutorials and utube videos in web said. (at least with FreeDOS)

    Now is time to copy your BIOS update file, that you download earlier, into your USB drive.(regardless what they said in various tutorials)
    Screenshot at 2018-03-06 08-31-21.jpg
    So once you copy your BIOS file in to your USB drive you have to run again unebootin
    (we are going to use the Diskimage part of unebooting now)
    and due to lack of .ISO file we will use syslinux.cfg file
    Screenshot at 2018-03-06 08-46-49.jpg Screenshot at 2018-03-06 08-46-59.jpg
    When unebootin will be completed, your BIOS update file inside your USB drive should has a small padlock on it's upper right corner

    Now you are ready to reboot your machine.
    Do it and press F12 to enter into booting menu
    In BIOS menu press enter.
    VERY IMPORTANT
    Use safe mode, do NOT use the default option may be hurt your HDD
    press again enter and A\> prompted will appear
    Change to C: (maybe located in to B: but mine it was located in C:)
    Write the name of BIOS update file press enter and let it to it's jod!!
    Once it will finished your machine should reboot automatically.

    After all that your USB drive should look something like this
    Screenshot at 2018-03-06 08-31-21.png
    That's all folks !!! thank you for your time and I'm waiting for your comments.


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  2. wizardfromoz

    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    Now that looks really interesting!!

    I am going to digest that some more, and hopefully come back with something more useful. :p

    You have 4 Likes so far, Capta, so that is a good start?

    Love Linux? I do, every day

    Wizard
     
  3. CptCharis

    CptCharis Well-Known Member

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    Hello @wizardfromoz

    Yeap, I'm Loving it , I'm excited!!!

    I'm waiting for the result of your search.

    Cheers
     
  4. wizardfromoz

    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    Sorry, I meant more useful than

    ... not more useful than what you have already done :D:D

    Wiz
     

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