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Short question. Does anybody managed to update bios on Dell studio xps 1647 from ubuntu? I have A01 and want to update to A11. I read a lot of stuff on the web and around how to do this and failed. Freedos approach finished with a problem of running exe file (with bios update from dell website) as a file that can't be run in a dos mode (or sth similiar).

Any feedback appreciated.


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I did a bios upgrade when i first got my 1640; I did not do it on ubuntu; instead I immediately did it on Win 7 that came pre-installed. I am not sure though whether I had dual boot at the time or not.

My suggestion is that you do the upgrade from Windows; I guess its safer. If you don't have Windows installed I'd recommend you install a genuine one if you have it. In either case, find the right bios by using the service tag of your laptop; use this page: Follow the "Installation Instructions" as written on the bios upgrade page.

Otherwise I suggest you seek help from a computer specialist.

Warning: a bios upgrade, if failed, can break your computer!

Disclaimer: this is just suggestions not guidance; I hold no responsibility for any problems or failures!

All the best

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I have a Dell Inspiron 7520 and had similar problems; basically the executable for the upgrade downloaded from the Dell site has to be run in a Windows 7 environment. If your machine is dual-boot with a Windows 7 option that is no problem, but if like me you have removed Windows entirely there are still ways to do the upgrade.

Check out my answer to this question. The key is to boot you computer into a Windows 7 command line mode, which can be done using a Windows 7 Repair Disk (not installation media!). If you have the executable on a USB drive it is then trivial to run it.

It is possible to make a small USB drive into a bootable Windows 7 Repair drive if you do not have a CD drive.

I obtained my Windows 7 Repair Disk by installing a copy of Win7 on a VirtualBox VM, but you can download them from the web, or find a friend with a Win7 machine to make one for you.

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