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    How to update firmware using Linux?

    I recently purchased an Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T-6415. It came with firmware version 1.04 and now version 1.08 is out.
    The issue is it came with Windows Vista and I noticed Acer's website has files to update the firmware via either DOS or Windows. I was going to update via DOS using a USB Floppy Drive but the problem is the actual firmware file alone (without the firmware installation file) is 2GB and I can only put 1.44GB on a floppy.
    Are there any other ways to update? I know I probably can't do it within Mandriva Linux itself but can I do it from a flash drive somehow booting into DOS or is there another way to do it? I'm having some issues getting Mandriva to work on it and hope that the firmware may resolve some of it.

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    Linux Guru reed9's Avatar
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    You can definitely install FreeDOS on a flash drive. (Assuming your BIOS is able to boot from a flash drive.)

    The easiest way to create a bootable flash is with unetbootin: UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads

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