BIOS Upgrade

G. Barros listmail at
Mon Apr 29 13:02:01 CDT 2002

thats exactly what happened to me today. RAID Card failed and tech support 
wanted me to update the bios... well, the closes windows machine i had was 
a 20 minute drive away, you can imagine how i felt when he said that was 
the only way to do it...

it really shouldnt be that hard to use dd....

either way, it turns out the raid card was defective...


At 07:34 PM 4/29/2002 +0200, Frank Louwers wrote:
> > The bios upgrade is done via a DOS boot diskette,
> > so you'll need a windows machine to make the bootable
> > disk regardless.
>... which can be a pain in the ass! We once wanted to upgrade from
>lilo to grub as bootloader, and tested it on a new PE, and it worked
>like a charm. So we went to the datacenter, did it on the first
>semi-production PE, and it failed: the (old) PE had a bios that was
>too old.
>Now, you can imagine our frustration when we wanted to upgrade the
>bios, but didn't have a windows box around ...
>It's not because the upgrade is done with a dos bootdisk, that the
>tool to create that disk should be windows only!
>Dell tech support has never heard of 'dd' and 'rawrite'?
>Vriendelijke groeten,
>Frank Louwers
>Openminds bvba      
>Tweebruggenstraat 16  -  9000 Gent  -  Belgium

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