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#1 salcas

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:38 AM

Hey guys, I have an old Dell Dimension 4600 that still runs pretty smooth after upgrading some parts. I have also upgraded it from Windows XP to 7. I would like to flash the bios (to A12) since it is using and older version (A03) but think I have a slight issue. On the Dell website it states:

 

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This file format consists of a BIOS executable file. The Universal (Windows/MS DOS) format can be used to install from Windows XP, Windows 2000, NT, Windows 9X, Windows ME or a MS DOS environment.

 

My question is, since I'm running off of Windows 7, will it be impossible to upgrade? What If I create a bootable USB with the file inside, would that work?

 

*I did try running the .exe but got a message stating that I must be logged in as administrator. I tried running as admin as well as going into safe mode and trying but same message appears.

 

 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:28 AM

Is there any particular reason you want to flash the Bios? Does the Bios version you selected address any particular problems you are experiencing?
Just because the Bios is old doesn't mean it needs to be updated.
A bad Bios update can render your Mobo useless.

 

I do see that you can also do the bios upgrade using a floppy. Is your floppy drive usable? This would solve any issue regarding whether or not a problem

would occur because of now having Windows 7.

 

From: Driver Details | Dell US

Run the BIOS update utility from MS DOS environment (Non-Windows users)


NOTE:You will need to provide a bootable DOS diskette. This executable file does not create the MS DOS system files.

  1. Copy the file D4600A12.EXE to a bootable floppy.
  2. Boot from the floppy to the MS DOS prompt.
  3. Run the file by typing Y:\D4600A12.EXE (where y is the drive letter where the executable is located).

Edited by buddy215, 06 November 2013 - 08:30 AM.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:35 AM

To be honest, I don't have any issues with the current bios but I just like to stay updated with latest versions. Unfortunately, I do not have a floppy drive. How about the bootable usb idea?

 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:00 AM

I don't know about installing from a flash drive. You can boot from a flash in that computer but using it to

flash the bios.....I don't know. Perhaps someone else will comment about that.

 

To boot from flash, if the flashdrive etc. is plugged in when you boot, and
press f12, the Bios detects the device and adds the USB flash option
to the boot menu.


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