Updating bios no floppy
The best way to find out is to either check documentation for your CD-Writer or just try creating a bootable CD and see if it works.You also need to make sure you force a boot to the CD when your computer starts up.
Many CD-Writers have this capability, as do the CD creation software programs.Some Dell flash updaters that run in windows will run in DOS also, but may not fit on a DOS floppy image converted to CD.Flashing the BIOS without a floppy drive can be done with an Ultimate Boot CD (free! BIOS upgrades usually come in the form of an MS-DOS executable meant to be run from a bootable floppy, but modern computers don’t usually have floppy drives anymore, and who has a copy of DOS lying around anyway?I have, in the past, written image files of Dos boot floppies to cds to get a proper Dos boot cd - you'd end up with a coaster after your single use, but it saves messing about getting Dos and USB to work together (mkisofs's -b option will get you going). It will tell you your system info, your current bios rev, and list all available bios revs, then ask you what to do.Edit: As ~quack pointed out below, this script uses the same repository that you reference in your question, so of course it won't work. the faq on that link indicates it works with the dell firmware tools: " Q: what does this script do?I'd like to update my BIOS on my Dell Studio XPS 1340.
I have the file for installing it with Windows, but I don't have Windows installed on this computer. What can I do to update my BIOS from A07 to A11 now?
I used this method totay to update my BIOS so it should run smootly. i'm not sure if this matters, but also you should use a clear disk/usb drive for bios flashing.
(i'm not sure if it recognizes if you have other items on the disk/floppy).
I have no floppy drive available, and looking around the Dell linux firmware tools pages shows that my model (System ID: If it's a DOS based installer, you can use an Boot CD instead - the CD just needs to have DOS booting on it. Otherwise, if it's a Windows based installer, I would suggest creating a Win PE/Bart PE boot CD and installing off a flash drive (Win PE/Bart PE Flash drive should also work).
If you are not using Windows for idealogical reasons, you may want to look at Free Dos rather than Microsoft based solutions (you may want to look at it anyway, of course).
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