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elfboy elfboy is offline
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Unhappy Can't upgrade BIOS from A00. - 05-14-2009, 07:53 PM

Hi guys,

I just got my (cough -- it's supposedly brand new, comes with everything not opened, but was bought on cheap auction site), mini 9 couple days ago.

It comes with 1gb ram, 8gb ssd, Win XP, and is BIOS A00. I've tried updating via the Dell BIOS updates available on to A04 or A05, but no dice. Can't Flash error -144 or something.

Read the horror stories about BIOS update failures, now feeling kinda paranoid but I really need to upgrade it to A04 (if the OSX install instructions are to work I guess).

Does anyone have a step by step that I could follow to update my BIOS? Sorry if it's been asked -- just kinda worried turning my birthday gift into a brick 2 days after receiving it, can't even sleep.
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Default 05-14-2009, 08:44 PM

My Dell Mini 9
Black / BIOS A05 / Dual Booting XP Pro and Ubuntu 9.04 / 2GB RAM / 16GB SSD / BT 2.0 / 1.3MP Webcam / US-INTL Keyboard U061H
External Drive
Buffalo MicroSD USB Memory Stick w/8GB MicroSD
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Default 05-14-2009, 09:23 PM

Thanks for the refer :| but huh, strange, did the whole usb key thing and getting Disk I/O Error, same as senior member jeffburg. Anyway, tried everything tonight, I'll give it another go in the morning.

Just asking -- do the mini9 BIOS updates have to be applied sequentially? i.e: A00 must be flashed to A01, before flashed to A02, etc. until A05? Sorry, but newbie in flashing. Is that why I couldn't flash directly to A04... earlier 'changes' need to be applied to A00 before current /new BIOS is recognized? (or has the guy who sold me the thing done something to the BIOS that I can't update it period?)

p/s: Maybe it's just the damned USB flash drive I'm using -- Kingston Data Traveler 4GB. Will try in morning with cheapo (no brand, smaller capacity) drive in my car.
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Default 05-14-2009, 09:26 PM

no need to flash incrementally - I went directly from A01 to A05 using somms key drive method
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Default 05-15-2009, 04:15 AM

Success! Thank you thank you somms for making such a great app and to everyone who helped steering me to it.

(too bad I downloaded the older file (A02) -- couldn't get to somms newer stashbox file last night -- net was fooked up, but am getting it now). Thanks again guys.
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Default 05-24-2009, 12:41 PM

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Default 05-24-2009, 01:26 PM

Try Dell I910 Mini/Vostro A90 USB Key Drive flashBIOS Utility

When it boots, select "Legacy" to get at older BIOS revisions.

Mini 9|2GB RAM|64GB RunCore|Intel 5300|Windows 10
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a00, bios update, failure

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