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



Is it Linux issue only or OS independent?

On Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 4:34 PM Phil Turmel via Ale <ale at ale.org wrote:

> Or an EFI file.  That's how I update my HP laptop's BIOS, without
> booting anything.
>
> On 11/28/18 4:20 PM, Lightner, Jeffrey via Ale wrote:
> > Are you sure they don't have BIN file for the BIOS?  (BIN files can be
> executed from within Linux.)
> >
> > Doing a web search just now for terms "acer laptop bios bin file" I see
> multiple hits.   You might want to try same with your specific laptop model.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ale <ale-bounces at ale.org> On Behalf Of Passauer, Billy via Ale
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:23 PM
> > To: Todor Fassl <fassl.tod at gmail.com>; Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts <
> ale at ale.org>
> > Subject: Re: [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 ...
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 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.
> >
> > -- changes will cause
> > Todd
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