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Update BIOS in Fedora 20

asked 2014-01-20 19:16:00 -0600

newk0001 gravatar image

Hello,

Does anyone in here know how to update the BIOS from Fedora 20? As I'm not sure what information to provide, because I'm completely clueless when it comes to this subject, so please just ask me for whatever information you need short of my bank account numbers and I'll be more than happy to accommodate you. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Why do you think you need to update your BIOS? What PC are you using?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2014-01-20 22:32:58 -0600 )edit

Please do not touch the BIOS unless you are sure you know what you are doing. If you need to update your BIOS, find the model of your pc / laptop and visit the support site of your pc / laptop. Usually it is a. Boteable iso.

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2014-01-21 01:16:07 -0600 )edit

I'm using a Dell Inspiron One 2330 UEFI boot mode enabled and 64-bit architecture. BIOS version = A13 Thank you both for your input. After doing some research I've decided not to try and update my BIOS. There is a more recent version available from the dell drivers and downloads page which is version A14. However, most of the sources I've read on the web are very vague about how to go about doing this in any type of Linux environment. The initial reason that I wanted to try and update the BIOS was/still is a noisy fan that seems to be always running even when the CPU temp is relatively low. It's just always running and it's kind of a high-pitch whine like the ones usually exhibited by children. It's slowly driving me insane.

newk0001 gravatar imagenewk0001 ( 2014-01-21 02:51:26 -0600 )edit

another possible way to get fan control running correctly is to install the proprietary drivers for graphics adapters (and possibly other devies with own fans). (Don't know if this also is the case this time, but my computer always had the graphics card cooling fan at 100% until I installed the proprietary nvidia driver package.)

whispers gravatar imagewhispers ( 2014-01-21 12:43:44 -0600 )edit

I'll look into it. Thank you.

newk0001 gravatar imagenewk0001 ( 2014-01-22 22:20:04 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-01-21 08:22:35 -0600

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@newk0001: Have you seen this thread already? https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/25197/fan-on-my-laptop-runs-all-the-time-at-maximum-speed/ You could think about controlling your fan speed manually...

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I haven't. I'll give it a shot though. Thank you Florian.

newk0001 gravatar imagenewk0001 ( 2014-01-22 22:13:29 -0600 )edit
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answered 2014-01-21 03:14:57 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

If you're still interested, you can try this out. I had to update my bios for some troubleshooting too, and I've documented the steps here:

http://ankursinha.in/blog/2012/11/06/updating-your-bios-when-youre-not-running-windows/

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answered 2014-01-21 10:57:47 -0600

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to upgrade my laptop bios I do a bootable usb with freedos and put there .exe to upgrade bios

http://www.serjux.com/freedos_boot/Createabootableusbandcheckifboots.txt

http://www.serjux.com/freedos_boot/Create-a-bootable-FreeDOS.txt

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I tried this method and was very unclear as to just what in the hell was going on so I figured I would back out and not try the method because I wasn't 100% sure of myself. Better safe than sorry I thought. I would like to give the method another shot in the future though because I'm positive that it was just my lack of experience that was holding me back on this one. I hate to admit it but I actually just re-installed windows for about 20 minutes and did the update to the BIOS from there since it's basically retard-proof at least in terms of updating the BIOS. Thank you for your time sir.

newk0001 gravatar imagenewk0001 ( 2014-01-22 22:18:17 -0600 )edit

well we just need do an usb key that boots with freedos , put there your executable to upgrade bios for example: E6410A09.EXE . I have updated http://www.serjux.com/freedos_boot/Createabootableusbandcheckifboots.txt

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2014-01-23 15:20:44 -0600 )edit

Yes, using Freedos was the simplest method http://chtaube.eu/computers/freedos/bootable-usb/ , use the command line dd option. Unetbootin didn't create a bootable image but the command line described in the webpage did.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2014-08-26 14:08:53 -0600 )edit

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