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Windows 7: install new bios

03 Dec 2013   #1
kaschiro

win 7
 
 
install new bios

I have a dell inspiron 17r n7110 laptop.............I just installed w7 ultima x64...I replace most of the dell drivers...everything is running fine...I did not replace the BIOS, since everything is running normal, do I leave well enough alone?
Kas


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03 Dec 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

With a BIOS, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies. In addition, with a Dell there is a risk of a motherboard replacement if the BIOS update corrupted the BIOS and it would not boot. There is no recovery from a corrupted BIOS update on a Dell.

The Dell A13 BIOS (latest listed) "Fixes and Enhancements" is only a fix for a problem with Windows 8.
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03 Dec 2013   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I agree, don't update the BIOS unless it will address a specific issue you may have.
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04 Dec 2013   #4
kaschiro

win 7
 
 

thanks for the input
Kas
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04 Dec 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're very welcome.
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05 Dec 2013   #6
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kaschiro View Post
I have a dell inspiron 17r n7110 laptop.............I just installed w7 ultima x64...I replace most of the dell drivers...everything is running fine...I did not replace the BIOS, since everything is running normal, do I leave well enough alone?
Kas
Hi kaschiro,

As everybody correctly suggested you should not update the BIOS until and unless it is needed. You could also check what update the BIOS has and whether it is applicable to you.

Like the current one is A13: Driver Details | Dell US

You could check it under :

Fixes & Enhancements
Fix issue when system resume from S4 automatically after upgrade to windows 8.

So if you are not on Windows 8 and not facing this issue this update would not be beneficial for you. If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
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12 Dec 2013   #7
emerald08

 
 

@SandeepP. Is there any possible way to create a bootable CD for BIOS from the exe file? My reasons for updating my BIOS version A05 to the latest is there seems to be a string of fixes that my E6510 would benefit from. I would rather update my BIOS through some bootable method or command-line (with clear directions for me to follow) versus doing one within windows.
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12 Dec 2013   #8
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I have upgraded the bios on many dells via the windows update and never had a problem yet. but the wisdom of not updating unless something is not working is good advice..

Rich
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12 Dec 2013   #9
emerald08

 
 

Hi richnrockville! That is good news to hear. The reason I would like to update is that from Bios Revision A05 to A15 there have been fixes and enhancements:

Code:
A15
  1. Updated the manageability engine firmware to version 6.2.50.1062.

A14
  1. Updated the manageability engine firmware to version 6.2.40.1045.  
  2. Addressed UEFI OS fail boot with HDD password present issue. 
  3. Fixed  issue where OMCI gets incorrect numbers of PCI slots. 
  4. Addressed  IDE-R issue in ATA and AHCI mode.

A13
  Fixes - Fixed issues of Intel AMT serial over Lan 
  Enhancements - Enhanced engine firmware manageability

A12
  Fixes/Enhancements ------------------ 
  1. Updated the PXE option ROM to  version 1.3.81. 
  2. Updated the manageability engine firmware to version  6.2.20.1035. 
  3. Improve the PXE boot support.

A11
  Fixes/Enhancements ------------------ 
  1. Updated and improved Flash  Update Utility 
  2. Added support for Signed Firmware Updates. 
  3.  Addressed some PCMCIA cards issues. 
  4. Updated to the X28 (2120v28)  version of Intel UMA VBIOS. 
  5. Updated Intel Arrandale and Clarksfield  Microcode patch. 
  6. Updated to the 3.2 version of TXT BIOS ACM for  Clarkdale and Arrandale Processors. 
  7. Updated to the 3.3 version of TXT  BIOS ACM for Clarksfield Processors. 

Notes: -------- 
  1. Please note  that if the A08 or before A08 BIOS is currently installed on your system  you must first update to A09 BIOS and then flash to the latest A-rev  BIOS. 
  2. Please note that if the A01 BIOS is currently installed on your  system you must first apply the P02 patch (E6510P02.EXE) before  upgrading to this BIOS.
  
A10: no revision BIOS 
   
A09
  Fixes/Enhancements ------------------ 
  1. Fix the failure of the  operation system installation with 4GB or above system memory in UEFI  mode. 
  2. Fix the system failed to restore operation system from  hibernation state in UEFI mode. 
  3. Improve the FDE hard drive support.  
  4. BIOS flash update enhancement. 
  5. Updated the PXE option ROM to  version 1.3.72. 
  6. Updated the manageability engine firmware to version  6.2.0.1022. 
  7. Updated Nvidia video BIOS.
As you can see A05 BIOS revision I have installed on my E6510 is quite old. It is so old it is not even listed on the 'Previous Versions' tab of the E6510 driver webpage (from Dell Support). I may also install W8 on the E6510 at some point in the future also. Not too sure but just entertaining the idea. Thanks for answering!
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12 Dec 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

@ Emerald08, there are also some prerequisites to update your BIOS.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dell
Notes:--------
1. Please note that if the A01 BIOS is currently installed on your system you must first apply the P02 patch (E6510P02.EXE) before upgrading to this BIOS.

2. Please note that if the A08 or before A08 BIOS is currently installed on your system you must first update to A09 BIOS and then flash to the latest A-rev BIOS.

3. Please note that if the A10 or before A10 BIOS is currently installed on your system you must first update to A11 BIOS and then flash to the latest A-rev BIOS.
The update method seems fairly straight forward.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dell
BIOS Update Executable for Windows/DOS

Download
1. Click Download File to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save to save the file to your hard drive.

Run the BIOS update utility from Windows environment
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file.
2. Windows System will auto restart and update BIOS while system startup screen.
3. After BIOS update finished, system will auto reboot to take effect.

Run the BIOS update utility from DOS environment (Non-Windows users)
NOTE: You will need to provide a bootable DOS USB key. This executable file does not create the DOS system files.
1. Copy the downloaded file to a bootable DOS USB key.
2. Boot from the USB key to the DOS prompt.
3. Run the file by typing copied file name where the executable is located
The Dell web page.
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