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klausi
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Registered: ‎02-18-2009
Location: Bavaria
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How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

My s10e came with Suse Enterprise Linux preinstalled. How am I supposed to perform the bios upgrade?

loglogn
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Registered: ‎03-04-2009
Location: Toronto
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

I have the same problem...
bpl07
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Registered: ‎02-13-2009
Location: Houston, Tx
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

You can make a bootable usb flash drive with something like FreeDos on it.  Download and extract the bios files (it's an exe file but you can extract it, I used winrar) and put them on your flash drive with FreeDos where you can find them.  Read command-line.txt in the Bios folder for information on how to run the bios update from the command line.  It should be a pretty basic command.

 

Instructions on how to make a bootable Freedos flash drive

 

Boot in to freedos, cd to the directory with winphlash.exe, and run your bios update command.

Ray-Ven
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Registered: ‎02-28-2009
Location: Germany
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

This is how i did it, not completely Windows free - but well, it worked.
A lot of other ways didn't work because the usbdisk wasn't bootable or himem was activated, which makes the flashtool unusable. Here a very short instruction.

Download balder10.img (just google filename)
Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (from biosflash.com or bootdisk.com)
Download MagicISO (magiciso.com)
in konsole:
sudo apt-get install cabextract in linux to install cabextract
cabextract "biosfile"

Then install HP Pro... and MagicISO in Windows.
MagicISO helps to extract the .img files into a Folder
HP USB... helps to make bootable usb with files in Folder
Copy the files you cabextracted onto usbdisk
boot from usbdisk (without himem) 
flash.bat
done
spuchacz
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Registered: ‎08-25-2008
Location: Austin, TX
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

I was able to make the bootable USB drive and copied the latest BIOS Update: 14cn94ww.exe to the USB Drive.  I booted my S10 from the USB drive, but when I tried to execute 14cn94ww.exe, it said that Windows was required.

 

Any ideas?

kaghaiepour
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Registered: ‎09-13-2009
Location: North Carolina
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

I ran the .exe on a windows box.  It's ok to do so.  All it does is extract the files and asks you where you want them.  Once you transfer your files from the windows box to the USB boot dos (I used a windows98 dos environment on a bootable USB key), all I did was run flash.bat.

 

 

spuchacz
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

Thanks.  I installed wine and ran the bios upgrade download from Lenovo.  I directed the Windows routine to store the extracted files onto the HOP-DOS USB drive in a folder I created called BIOSFLSH.

 

Then I booted the flash drive, CD \BIOSFLSH and ran flash.  Other than some bothersome squeeling from the speakers everything ran great.

 

I then rebooted and went to the BIOS Window and it indicated the correct new BIOS level.

 

THanks for everyone's help.

winterheart
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Registered: ‎09-17-2009
Location: Russia
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

You can extract these files without Wine. Just use 7zip, this is simple self-extract ZIP-archive

 

 

qaz123
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Registered: ‎07-13-2008
Location: USA
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

Under Linux you have to download and save the bios update .ISO file. Then burn the .ISO image to a cd, set your bios to boot from cd, reboot and double check all your bios settings, mine had to be reset to my original settings.

Maybe someone should make this a sticky for other linux users?

huziy
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Registered: ‎10-04-2014
Location: Montreal
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Re: How to perform bios upgrade with linux?

Here is a nice tutorial on how to create a bootable freedos usb, which worked for me after many other ways failed:

 

http://chtaube.eu/computers/freedos/bootable-usb/howto/

 

Then I used wine to copy the update to the usb.

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