LinuxQuestions.org
Go Job Hunting at the LQ Job Marketplace
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 02-24-2007, 10:11 AM   #1
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Rep: Reputation: 53
How to check BIOS version


Hi folks,

slamd64-11.0

Is there a way checking motherboard BIOS version. TIA


B.R.
satimis
 
Old 02-24-2007, 11:23 AM   #2
stress_junkie
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04 and CentOS 5.5
Posts: 3,873

Rep: Reputation: 331Reputation: 331Reputation: 331Reputation: 331
Use dmidecode. The first entry will show the brand and version of the BIOS.

Or restart the computer and press the delete key several times briefly while the computer is autodetecting the hard drives. The BIOS configuration screen will show the brand and version.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 02-24-2007, 07:32 PM   #3
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 53
Hi stress_junkie,

slamd64-11.0

Tks for your advice

Quote:
Use dmidecode. The first entry will show the brand and version of the BIOS.
It not running on the OS.

# dmidecode
Code:
-su: dmidecode: command not found
Code:
# which dmidecode
which: no dmidecode in (/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/games:/usr/lib64/java/bin:/usr/lib64/java/jre/bin:/opt/kde/bin:/usr/lib64/qt/bin:/usr/share/texmf/bin)
Neither I can find it on repository
# slackpkg search dmidecode
Code:
No package contains the selected pattern.
Quote:
Or restart the computer and press the delete key several times briefly while the computer is autodetecting the hard drives. The BIOS configuration screen will show the brand and version.
I checked it there several times before posting, no version displayed only "Phoenix AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utilities


B.R.
satimis
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 02-24-2007, 11:25 PM   #4
chrisg631
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: NY
Distribution: ...changes too much...
Posts: 20

Rep: Reputation: 0
http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/dmidecode/
 
Old 02-25-2007, 02:45 AM   #5
gnashley
Amigo developer
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,775

Rep: Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481
I have a package for dmidecode in this directory:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...ntelx86/Utils/

You'll also find a program called sysinfo in there which is a dialog-based tool which shows lots of info about your system, including the BIOS if you have dmidecode installed.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 07:56 AM   #6
pdw_hu
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Distribution: Slackware, Gentoo
Posts: 346

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Just press the Pause key during boot
 
Old 02-25-2007, 08:35 AM   #7
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by gnashley
I have a package for dmidecode in this directory:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...ntelx86/Utils/

You'll also find a program called sysinfo in there which is a dialog-based tool which shows lots of info about your system, including the BIOS if you have dmidecode installed.
Hi gnashley,

Tks for your advice and URL

# sysinfo
Code:
-su: sysinfo: command not found
# which sysinfo
Code:
which: no sysinfo in (/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/games:/usr/lib64/java/bin:/usr/lib64/java/jre/bin:/opt/kde/bin:/usr/lib64/qt/bin:/usr/share/texmf/bin)

Edit:

Download "dmidecode-2.8-i486-1.tgz"

# installpkg Desktop/dmidecode-2.8-i486-1.tgz
Code:
 
Installing package dmidecode-2.8-i486-1... 
PACKAGE DESCRIPTION:
dmidecode: dmidecode
dmidecode:
dmidecode: dmidecode reports information from the BIOS
dmidecode:
dmidecode: Packaged by: Amigo PkgBuild

# dmidecode
Code:
# dmidecode 2.8
.....
BIOS Information
        Vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
        Version: ASUS M2N-E ACPI BIOS Revision 0502
        Release Date: 12/04/2006
        Address: 0xE0000
        Runtime Size: 128 kB
        ROM Size: 512 kB
        Characteristics:
                PCI is supported
                PNP is supported
                APM is supported
                BIOS is upgradeable
                BIOS shadowing is allowed
                Boot from CD is supported
                Selectable boot is supported
                BIOS ROM is socketed
                EDD is supported
                5.25"/360 KB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
                5.25"/1.2 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
                3.5"/720 KB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
                3.5"/2.88 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
                Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
                8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
                Serial services are supported (int 14h)
                Printer services are supported (int 17h)
                CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
                ACPI is supported
                USB legacy is supported
                LS-120 boot is supported
                ATAPI Zip drive boot is supported
                BIOS boot specification is supported
                Targeted content distribution is supported
Tks


B.R.
satimis

Last edited by satimis; 02-25-2007 at 08:42 AM.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 08:46 AM   #8
General Failure
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2007
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 384

Rep: Reputation: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by pdw_hu
Just press the Pause key during boot
Yeah or press Del/F1/whatever key it does for you to even enter the bios

But that would be too easy I guess
 
Old 02-25-2007, 08:55 AM   #9
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 53
Hi pdw_hu and General Failure,

Tks for your advice.

to pds_hu,
Pressing [PauseBreak] only displayed "Ali" logo without version.

Now I got the version number running "dmidecode". Tks.

B.R.
satimis
 
Old 02-25-2007, 10:00 AM   #10
pdw_hu
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Distribution: Slackware, Gentoo
Posts: 346

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by satimis
Pressing [PauseBreak] only displayed "Ali" logo without version.
Well wait a while until the needed info is displayed
 
Old 02-25-2007, 11:29 AM   #11
gnashley
Amigo developer
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,775

Rep: Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481
sysinfo is a separate package(same directory) which can be used with or without dmidecode.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 12:24 PM   #12
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by gnashley
sysinfo is a separate package(same directory) which can be used with or without dmidecode.
Hi gnashley

I have installed sysinfo as well. Tks


B.R.
satimi
 
Old 02-25-2007, 12:27 PM   #13
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by pdw_hu
Well wait a while until the needed info is displayed
Hi pdw_hu,

It only displayed the logo page as I mentioned previously.

Ali (logo)
Lifestyle
M2N-E
Press DEL to enter setup


B.R.
satimis
 
Old 02-25-2007, 12:57 PM   #14
makyo
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2006
Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
Distribution: {Free,Open}BSD, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Solaris, SuSE
Posts: 719

Rep: Reputation: 72
Hi.

Running as root, lshw reported this:
Code:
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: 1007.002 (09/15/2004)
          size: 64KB
          capacity: 448KB
Best wishes ... cheers, makyo
 
Old 02-25-2007, 08:52 PM   #15
satimis
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 3,428

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 53
Hi makyo,

Running as root, lshw reported this:
Code:
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: 1007.002 (09/15/2004)
          size: 64KB
          capacity: 448KB
What option/flag to be up showing the above? Tks


B.R.
satimis
 
  


Reply

Tags
hardware, reporting


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to check bios version mayankh Linux - Hardware 1 01-05-2007 07:31 AM
HOW TO CHECK BIOS version through command line vishalpbt Linux - General 5 11-08-2006 05:24 PM
lockup after bios check fincher69 Linux - General 2 02-11-2005 04:31 AM
apm: BIOS version 1.2 flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16) JEBBEDIAH C Linux - Newbie 0 02-04-2005 06:12 PM
Can't get past bios check NonSumPisces Linux - General 1 06-18-2004 05:35 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:13 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration