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Old 12-04-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Bios Information


Is there a way of finding the bios version easily in Linux without booting up
 
Old 12-04-2011, 12:53 PM   #2
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dmidecode | less
Scroll down to the info you want. dmidecode needs root priveledge.
 
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:17 PM   #3
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Thank you so much. I found it worked but as 'dmidecode less' I also wondered if you knew how to update the bios using a usb and the terminal as I am unable to use a floppy?
 
Old 12-04-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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If you google "flash bios" and the name and model of your motherboard you should have no trouble finding a tutorial. Some MB's (mine for instance) aren't very happy about flashing from a usb: getting a usb floppy drive secondhand solved my problem.

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Old 12-04-2011, 04:29 PM   #5
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Thanks very much.
 
Old 12-04-2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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Although, i'm wondering what your need to flash your BIOS is? Generally it's only something you should do if there's a specific bug or feature addition that you need
 
Old 12-05-2011, 06:28 AM   #7
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Although, i'm wondering what your need to flash your BIOS is? Generally it's only something you should do if there's a specific bug or feature addition that you need
Right, and if you do have to do it, you'd be better to follow the motherboard maker's instructions than just any tutorial, contrary to what you might infer from my previous post. There are Windows tools out there which have a reputation for destroying MB's.
 
Old 12-05-2011, 08:35 AM   #8
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Another way...

If you can flash your BIOS with DOS, and you have a CD drive, you might be able to use a CD containing DOS and your BIOS that boots as if it were a floppy.

Anything about flashing a BIOS must be done with care: no second chances can be expected.

http://www.bootdisk.com/bios.htm

http://www.bootdisk.com/txtfiles/flashcd.txt

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