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    bios.hdr bios file for system id 0x0201 version0.7 (Dell Latitude D430


    I am running Ubuntu on my refurbished machine and it runs really great, but since it's linux, there is no official support and I want to see if a BIOS update will enable it to go beyond 2GB of RAM. Can anyone help? Someone told me of this link, where you can download a .hdr file and there is a way to install a BIOS update through (Ubuntu). It is Index of /repo/firmware/bios-hdrs, but there is no version 0.7 but is one for version a07, which I really doubt is the same thing.

    from the source of information:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install smbios-utils

    Then, get the System ID:

    sudo getSystemId

    You will get an output like this: (from my Dell Optiplex 760)

    Libsmbios version: 2.2.28
    Product Name: OptiPlex 760
    Vendor: Dell Inc.
    BIOS Version: A12
    System ID: 0x027F
    Service Tag: 860774J
    Express Service Code: xxxxxxxxxxx
    Asset Tag:
    Property Ownership Tag:

    You will only need the System ID,
    go to Index of /repo/firmware/bios-hdrs and search for the System ID.
    There will be multiple choices, get the one with the BIOS version you want.
    Click on it and download the bios.hdr file.

    To install the BIOS file, we have to activate the dell update service, (if there is no output, the service is activated)

    sudo modprobe dell_rbu

    Tell the update tool what to do:

    sudo dellBiosUpdate -u -f /place/where/the/bios/is/bios.hdr

    You are ready now and can restart the computer. The new BIOS will be installed at the first boot, this can take some time (it took me 5 minutes).

    This way, you donít have to struggle with a floppy disk or a Windows installation.

    Done

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdCompSci View Post
    I am running Ubuntu on my refurbished machine and it runs really great, but since it's linux, there is no official support and I want to see if a BIOS update will enable it to go beyond 2GB of RAM. Can anyone help? Someone told me of this link, where you can download a .hdr file and there is a way to install a BIOS update through (Ubuntu). It is Index of /repo/firmware/bios-hdrs, but there is no version 0.7 but is one for version a07, which I really doubt is the same thing.

    from the source of information:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install smbios-utils

    Then, get the System ID:

    sudo getSystemId

    You will get an output like this: (from my Dell Optiplex 760)

    Libsmbios version: 2.2.28
    Product Name: OptiPlex 760
    Vendor: Dell Inc.
    BIOS Version: A12
    System ID: 0x027F
    Service Tag: 860774J
    Express Service Code: xxxxxxxxxxx
    Asset Tag:
    Property Ownership Tag:

    You will only need the System ID,
    go to Index of /repo/firmware/bios-hdrs and search for the System ID.
    There will be multiple choices, get the one with the BIOS version you want.
    Click on it and download the bios.hdr file.

    To install the BIOS file, we have to activate the dell update service, (if there is no output, the service is activated)

    sudo modprobe dell_rbu

    Tell the update tool what to do:

    sudo dellBiosUpdate -u -f /place/where/the/bios/is/bios.hdr

    You are ready now and can restart the computer. The new BIOS will be installed at the first boot, this can take some time (it took me 5 minutes).

    This way, you don’t have to struggle with a floppy disk or a Windows installation.

    Done

    Thanks.

    I just found that when downloading the Windows .exe file for this model it is also called the A07, so maybe this .hdr file is the right one.
    Last edited by EdCompSci; 10-31-2012 at 07:01 PM. Reason: results

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    Since your BIOS version is A12

    It looks like this one

    system_bios_ven_0x1028_dev_0x0276_version_a12/

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcgreen View Post
    Since your BIOS version is A12

    It looks like this one

    system_bios_ven_0x1028_dev_0x0276_version_a12/
    I see what you are saying here, but dmidecode shows version 0.7


    Vendor: Dell Inc.
    Version: A07
    Release Date: 05/16/2008
    Address: 0xF0000
    Runtime Size: 64 kB
    ROM Size: 576 kB
    Characteristics:
    ISA is supported
    PCI is supported
    PC Card (PCMCIA) is supported
    PNP is supported
    BIOS is upgradeable
    BIOS shadowing is allowed
    Boot from CD is supported
    Selectable boot is supported
    3.5"/720 kB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
    Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
    8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
    Serial services are supported (int 14h)
    Printer services are supported (int 17h)
    CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
    ACPI is supported
    USB legacy is supported
    AGP is supported
    Smart battery is supported
    BIOS boot specification is supported
    Function key-initiated network boot is supported
    Targeted content distribution is supported
    BIOS Revision: 0.7
    Firmware Revision: 0.7

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    Oh I was going from what you had on your first post, but that
    wasn't from your BIOS. My bad.

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