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[ale] OT (kind of):Updating a BIOS



Maybe boot from Hiren's Boot CD and then run your BIOS updater from a flash drive?

https://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

 ... Billy ...

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From: Ale [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Todor Fassl via Ale
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:04 PM
To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts <ale at ale.org>
Subject: [ale] OT (kind of):Updating a BIOS

I am looking for suggestions for running a BIOS program that must be run in Windows on a laptop currently running debian stretch.

I was trying to update a friend's Acer Aspire 5315 laptop that is running debian. The problem is that linux cannot control the fan so the system overheats and shuts down after about 10 minutes. I have reason to believe that a BIOS upgrade will fix this problem. However, the BIOS upgrade program I downloaded from the Acer web site has to be run in Windows. I tried freeDos and got the message, "This program cannot be run in DOS mode."

Anybody have experience dealing with a problem like this? Is there a way to install Windows just long enough to upgrade the BIOS? I don't have a Windows license key thingy whatever it is.

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Todd
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