[Linux-Desktops] Easy firmware update for non-MS-Windows users

Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com
Tue Sep 13 09:13:36 CDT 2016

Hi Paul,

First off let me say that Flashrom is an unsecured flashing mechanism.
On Dell systems the SPI rom is only unlocked after the signature of the flashing payload is validated.

The strategies offered for client systems and servers vary.  

On supported client and IoT systems Dell has started to offer UEFI capsule updates (www.fwupd.org).

On other client systems that don't yet support UEFI capsule update, you can flash by placing
the binary on a FAT32 USB stick and pressing F12 at POST.  You will see an option to "Flash BIOS".
It will let you select the binary and flash it.
You actually don't need a FAT32 USB stick if the machine is already booting in UEFI mode.  You
can also place it on the EFI system partition and browse that from the F12 menu.

For server systems there are a lot of other components that need to be updated (such as LCC
and iDRAC).  DUP packages that can be run in Linux are released for these systems.  It's also
possible to do updates from bootable media (http://www.dell.com/Support/Article/us/en/04/SLN296511)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-desktops-bounces On Behalf Of Paul Menzel
> Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:35 AM
> To: linux-desktops <linux-desktops at lists.us.dell.com>
> Subject: [Linux-Desktops] Easy firmware update for non-MS-Windows users
> Dear Dell desktop users,
> How can I easily update the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) from a non-MS-Windows
> system, in this case GNU/Linux?
> The system at hand is a Dell OptiPlex 7010 [1].
> I know the project flashrom [1], which makes it very easy on supported
> systems. Download the image and a layout file, run the command below,
> and reboot.
> ```
> $ sudo flashrom -p internal -w biosupdatefile.rom -l rom.layout
> ```
> This takes two minutes, and not over fifteen with the current procedure.
> (Even when getting a USB storage medium, formatting it correctly, and
> doing it in the firmware menu. It’s a pain to use on servers too.)
> Could Dell please start offering options for users, not using Microsoft
> Windows?
> How do other users do it?
> Kind regards,
> Paul Menzel
> [1]
> http://www.dell.com/support/home/de/de/debsdt1/Drivers/DriversDetails
> ?driverId=607D4&fileId=3563407559&osCode=W764&productCode=optiplex-
> 7010&languageCode=ge&categoryId=BI
> [2] https://www.flashrom.org
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