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#1 genius12

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:04 AM

Hi guys! I have a dell optiplex GX1, and the latest bios update for it is ver.A10. So the driver download from the dell website makes diskette (floppy) boot copies, and then the install has to run from that floppy. The problem that I dont have a floppy and dont know where to get it from. So is there a way or download of this latest bios update ver.A10 for optiplex GX1, that when executed wil install the drivers directly rather then having to copy them to a diskette and then installing.

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#2 Stang777

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:23 AM

Why are you wanting to update the BIOS?

Generally it is a bad idea to update that unless the update is designed solve a problem you are having

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 04:38 AM

BIOS updates aren't like driver updates. They aren't specific to an operating system but to the hardware itself. Therefore installing BIOS updates can't usually be done while the system is running normally (some more modern motherboards can be updated like this, but not Dell's and certainly not one as old as yours.)

In order to flash the BIOS you must boot from a floppy containing the new BIOS ROM image. There's just no way (that I can see) around it.

As Stang777 already said, updating your BIOS shouldn't be undertaken unless you have a specific problem that is addressed by the new BIOS image. An incomplete, interrupted, or otherwise abnormal update will render the computer completely unusable and will have to be taken to the manufacturer for repair or replacement of the onboard ROM chip.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:35 AM

That latest BIOS is from 2001. If your computer has been running well so far, then forget about it.
OR, get a cheap floppy drive (less than 10 bucks)
OR, take your PC to repair shop and they may connect a floppy drive temporarily so you can update BIOS.

BTW most PC shipped before 2001 used to have a floppy disk drive.




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