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Old 09-26-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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Alienware M14x BIOS linux-based flashing utility


Subject says it all...... Does anyone know of a DOS based utility to flash a system BIOS? I have the .fd file and everything else.... Using the utilities from the Dell site throw the error "This program cannot be run in DOS mode." Note that I have tried both biosdisk and creating an image of a floppy, and booting into it using Grub 2. Any advice on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-27-2011, 04:46 AM   #2
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What, alienware still dont have a 'update BIOS from USB' option? Lame....but that is exactly what I expect from dell.

The only thing I can suggest is making a bootable USB drive, and flashing the BIOS from there.
 
Old 09-27-2011, 04:53 AM   #3
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I think the BIOS of those have a flashing utility built in, since it is basically a Dell, the process should be the same.

Put the .fd file onto a FAT formatted USB stick, I've had the best luck with the smallest and oldest USB sticks I have for some reason. If it doesn't work the first time, try another stick, it can be picky.

Remove all power, battery and AC, put in the battery and plug in the AC while holding the END key. It should boot into the flash utility.
 
Old 09-27-2011, 04:56 AM   #4
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I think the BIOS of those have a flashing utility built in, since it is basically a Dell, the process should be the same.

Put the .fd file onto a FAT formatted USB stick, I've had the best luck with the smallest and oldest USB sticks I have for some reason. If it doesn't work the first time, try another stick, it can be picky.

Remove all power, battery and AC, put in the battery and plug in the AC while holding the END key. It should boot into the flash utility.
Thanks man, I will try that.

To cascade9 - Already tried that.... Read my original post, I mentioned the problem of doing it that way. I know.... Weird, huh?

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Old 09-27-2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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What brand BIOS is it ? AMI ? use:
http://www.ami.com/support/bios.cfm
other ? go to their site and get a DOS utility.
 
Old 09-27-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
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What brand BIOS is it ? AMI ? use:
http://www.ami.com/support/bios.cfm
other ? go to their site and get a DOS utility.
Nope, it's an Insyde BIOS. Do you know where I can find a DOS flasher for their sh*tty BIOS's?
 
Old 09-27-2011, 01:10 PM   #7
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It is called 'flashit.exe'. I think the latest version in v1.3q. You can find it on the net, but it is best if you can get it from a trusted source, like a company site.

I can post it, but I take no responsibility for possible bricking that may occur.

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Old 09-27-2011, 01:24 PM   #8
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It is called 'flashit.exe'. I think the latest version in v1.3q. You can find it on the net, but it is best if you can get it from a trusted source, like a company site.

I can post it, but I take no responsibility for possible bricking that may occur.
Is it compatible in DOS mode? I need a legit flasher for my specific BIOS and hardware....
 
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Yeah, it is a MS-DOS executable, and it is for Insyde H2O BIOS.
 
Old 09-27-2011, 02:14 PM   #10
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Yeah, it is a MS-DOS executable, and it is for Insyde H2O BIOS.
Ok, cool. I'm compiling unetbootin as we speak, and I'm going to create an image with all the files and stick it on my USB drive. Wish me luck man.....
 
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I take that back for now.... Just compiled unetbootin, and it's in chinese. Today is going to be a long day
 
Old 09-27-2011, 02:28 PM   #12
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I usually use the ubcd:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
it also has a USB stick script.
 
Old 09-27-2011, 04:47 PM   #13
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I usually use the ubcd:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
it also has a USB stick script.
Thanks a lot dude.... I'm not with it today. Just got back from my doctor's appointment, they want an MRI and I need to see a neurologist
 
Old 09-28-2011, 05:00 AM   #14
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Alright, just be careful, because a bad flash of the BIOS may result in a brick.
 
Old 09-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #15
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To cascade9 - Already tried that.... Read my original post, I mentioned the problem of doing it that way. I know.... Weird, huh?
I wasnt sure if you'd done it with a USB drive or a floppy...stupid me, I should have realised that laptops that new dont come with a floppy drive (which makes dells instructions even more stupid, but thats dell).

BTW, I'd try booting directly to the USB drive instead of going through GRUB.
 
  


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