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Link to this post 18 Feb 10

How do I flash my BIOS using ubuntu 9.10 Linux? I know how to do it in windows but I'm still not sure with Linux. If you could list the steps I would be very grateful.

Link to this post 18 Feb 10

That is a tough issue, I have been in the same boat and had to revert to using the floppy disk update method since my mobo manufacturer only has update agents for windows and from a floppy boot.

What kind of computer and motherboard do you have?

Link to this post 18 Feb 10

God thats another issue lol, how do I find what type of motherboard I have when using linux? The best I can tell you right now is I have a dell inspiron 1545

Link to this post 18 Feb 10

If you run the following as root you should get the mobo information:
dmidecode |grep "Base Board" -A 5

And the next command will give the BIOS info:
dmidecode |grep "BIOS Information" -A 5

Link to this post 19 Feb 10

heres my System Board information:

Base Board Information
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Product Name: 0G848F
Version:
Serial Number: .{Moderator removed Serial Number}
Heres my BIOS:

BIOS Information
Vendor: Dell Inc.
Version: A13
Release Date: 10/23/2009
Address: 0xF0000
Runtime Size: 64 kB

on a side note, how do you keep track of all those commands mfillpot :S lol

Link to this post 19 Feb 10

Dell has supplied tools for flashing the BIOS on their devices using a disk.

http://linux.dell.com/biosdisk/

Firmware tools can also be used.

http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Oss/Firmware_Tools

Both are made for working with Dell hardware and Linux.

Let me know if you need more help / explanation than what they offer.

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