Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte
do you really need to update the bios?
does it fix a particular problem that you are experiencing?
if not, it's sensible to just leave it, as there is a risk that something will go horribly wrong.
I habitually update the bios on all my PCs after going through the fixes and enhancements.
One should also appreciate the fact that a release version of the bios for any new motherboard may contain a lot of bugs. One would find frequent updates to the release version till most of the bugs are fixed. Thereafter the updates become less frequent to address specific issues faced with new hardware (recently introduced processor class as well as other hardware etc.). While one may ignore these later updates, if they are not of any concern to him, my advice to anybody will be to update the bios that come frequently after a release version to remove the many bugs.
The flashing when done with due diligence is no more risky than flying from India to U.S.A.
Turning to this specific instance, the level of importance is flagged as "Urgent" with the following fixes and enhancements: 1. Modify computrace behavior to meet spec. 2. Modify SMBIOS type10 to fix normal memory DIMM shown as ECC.
Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric
There may be a third option that could be even safer? My ASUS motherboards have the flash routine built into the BIOS as a menu option. I just boot up into the BIOS menu and point it to the bin file. No need for bootable DOS media at all.
Ya, most motherboard manufacturers like ASUS and Gigabyte provide a flashing utility that can be invoked from the bios and run as per the instructions provided by them. In most cases one can run it from a pendrive. The Dell lappy has no such utility in the bios.
Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2
The bigger file is the windows flashing version that contains the winphlash utility. If you download it and double click, it'll extract to a folder called "C:\dell\drivers\R300552", then launch winphlash. Winphlash has a nice gui.
The smaller bios version of the bios update, when double clicked will also extract itself but to a folder called "C:\dell\drivers\R300550". It'll not launch winphlash because theres none in it. I think there are 2 options- one dump all the files in that folder to a bootable usb stick, then boot from that stick and launch the bios flashing .exe. Second, just double clicking on the exe in that folder will launch a dos window and let you flash inside windows.
Theres no harm in just using winphlash, its a pretty sturdy thing. Just make sure you have no other apps open at the same time and the computer is connected to the power mains.
Thanks for understanding my concerns and for the unambiguous, precise, detailed and to the point clarifications.
In effect it means that one is a GUI based utility with some user interaction while the other is what can be called a "silent mode" where one just clicks and watches.
. Both run from within Windows.
Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost
I have done hundreds of Dell BIOS updates using their Windows versions. I've never had an issue.
To correct a comment smarteyeball said, at least with Dell, the BIOS update is done in DOS as well. The Windows utility just preps the file, asks for confirmation, and then reboots the system to update.
Thanks. Your experience bolsters my confidence. While I had flashed umpteen times on my custom-built PCs, I was a little bit hesitant on doing it on this new Dell Lappie where I can't put my hands in
and depend upon Dell. Bill2's clarification and your experience resolves the issue.
I shall go with the GUI version.
Hmmm... Wouldn't it have been better if Dell had called them as a GUI version and Silent Mode version and given a bit of explanation?