Updating bios on Studio 1557 + gentoo (A02->A03)

gregorcy gregorcy at eng.utah.edu
Sat Feb 13 13:25:00 CST 2010

What I have done in the past is

On 2/13/2010 5:34 AM, plazmacrow wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'd like to install the latest bios on my Studio 1557.
> The dell page says, that A03 is the latest available version (I've
> currently A02).
> The problem is, that I'm running Linux (gentoo) - so I'm not able to use
> the provided executable.
> After asking google about this, it came up with the smbios stuff.
> smbios-sys-info is showing the following info:
> Libsmbios version:      2.2.19
> Product Name:           Studio 1557
> Vendor:                 Dell Inc.
> BIOS Version:           A02
> System ID:              0x02BD
> Service Tag:            42L6XK1
> Express Service Code:   8863657057
> Asset Tag: ���SS?�
> Property Ownership Tag:
> Please note the strange "Asset Tag" value, should I care about it?
> So my system id is 0x02BD, but I can't find a matching folder in
> http://linux.dell.com/repo/firmware/bios-hdrs/.
> I only found a similar folder 0x02b8 - is this the same? After trying to
> install it with dellBiosUpdate-compact this error occurs:
> "WARNING: BIOS HDR file does not contain support for this system.
>           This may result in bad things happening!
>           Exiting..."

What I have done in the past is use the Dell provided LiveCD (I forget 
the name), you can boot off that and then apply the patches.


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