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Windows 7: Dell Opti GX620 Bios Flash utility under Win7 Ultimate?

02 Sep 2010   #1

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
Dell Opti GX620 Bios Flash utility under Win7 Ultimate?

Friends I'm pretty sure I have used Dell's flash util under Windows 7 previously with no issues. But today I'm trying to run their BIOS update A11 for an Optiplex GX620 and it fails under my normal [admin priv.] account, under the Administrator account, under the Administrator account "Run As Administrator". It will load, give the "ok to proceed" but when it tries to config to run at Boot time, it fails.

This system has Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit

Anyone have a cure for this disease?


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02 Sep 2010   #2
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One of two ways,

1. If you have a floppy drive,

Drivers and Downloads

and follow the instructions under "Run the BIOS update utility from DOS environment (Non-Windows users)".

2. If the above isn't available (no floppy drive) and if you have a spare hard drive (or even a second drive with a small partition will do in a pinch), install XP on it (don't need to worry about updates or anything, only going to need it long enough to run the bios update) and then run the bios update from there. If you do decide to go this route make sure to disconnect the drive with Windows 7 on it (and any other drives) so you don't mess up the 7 install, and end up with a broken bootloader.
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03 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Can you try making a bootable USB drive and use the HP method of installing your new bios?
I'm not familuar with the Dell Flashing system.
As in post #10 here Help With BIOS.
Just a thought. Fabe
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03 Sep 2010   #4

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
got it

got it done.
i downloaded the Win/DOS version [they hid it from me...] and made a bootable USB.

that got the bios, but this is one sick system, hardware wise. I worked at dell in past life... can't believe how shoddy the design of this smallest GX620 is. yikes. wonder how many thousand of these went to the boneyards?
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03 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Glad you got it done. Thanks for posting back. Fabe
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03 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zapp22 View Post
under the Administrator account "Run As Administrator". It will load, give the "ok to proceed" but when it tries to config to run at Boot time, it fails.
I've been able to update several Dell systems, including an older GX520 in Windows 7 using the Run As Admin option. It reboots, updates the BIOS, and then comes back into Windows. I've seen it fail to rerun after the reboot, but who cares at that point...the BIOS is already upgraded.
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