How to install new BIOS A13?

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Tue Jul 15 01:55:23 CDT 2008

O. Sinclair wrote:
> Oliver Zimmermann wrote:
>> Hi!
>> There is a new BIOS out for my Inspiron 1525. I have two questions about this:
>> 1. Is it worth updating from A11 to A13? Does anybody did this and has some 
>> experience to share?
>> 2. How should I do this? I mean - I have a Linux OS and there is no floppy 
>> disk drive to which the instructions for "non-Windows users" refer to. I have 
>> an old bootable floppy, but that doesn't help here a lot...
>> Btw, I am running OpenSuSE 10.3 on my machine.
> I dont know about the versions differences, I suggest you check on Dell
> site, tech support. As for upgrading (NOTE this is as far as I know
> related to Ubuntu, if it works on OpenSuse I have no idea)
> Bios update:
> $ wget -q -O - >
> $ sudo  bash
> $ sudo aptitude install firmware-addon-dell
> $ sudo aptitude install $(sudo bootstrap_firmware -a)
> $ sudo update_firmware
> this is taken from this link:
As a comment to myself I just did this for the second time on my Vostro 
1400 (Inspiron 1420) and you just have to do the 2 last lines once the 
software for bios updates is installed. It DOES feel scary to see the pc 
boot with a grey screen that just says "bios updating" but it has worked 
for me both times. Thanks any and all Gods for that.


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