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Default F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-21-2008, 03:19 PM

With BIOS A02 comes a bit of a surprise. Fn-Z is now F11 and Fn-X is F12. This will work in any OS since this is a BIOS fix.

Download the new BIOS A02 and other drivers for the Mini 9 here.


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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-21-2008, 05:20 PM

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/bios-a0 ... html#p7926

A03 BIOS has a fix for the brightness on Ubunto OS...


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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-21-2008, 07:18 PM

How do we do these updates on Ubuntu?


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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-21-2008, 07:32 PM

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How do we do these updates on Ubuntu?
DO NOT...repeat...DO NOT attempt to flash your BIOS under anything but DOS since several people have reported 'bricking' their Mini by attempting the flash via Dell's app: bios-a02-is-out,-anyone-find-out-whats-new--t914s40.html#p8359

Flashing your BIOS under DOS is the only 100% safe solution for flashing the BIOS of your 910 or A90...

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/bios-up ... html#p9482

If you have another computer running XP or Vista, you could build a DOS bootable USB Flash Drive and use it to boot your Mini in order to flash to the latest BIOS...


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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-23-2008, 06:08 AM

I just flashed my BIOS using Dell's update. (Not in DOS, mind you. I just downloaded Dell's update, plugged my Mini in, closed all programs, and then ran the update.) It was painless and quick. Took about 1-2 minutes for the update to complete itself before rebooting. F11 and F12 are indeed now mapped to Fn+Z and Fn+X, respectively.
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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-23-2008, 06:32 AM

The Dell app worked for me as well


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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-23-2008, 10:19 PM

In all my years of having windows based computers, I have never used function keys, what do you guys use them for?
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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-24-2008, 01:26 AM

F11 is very commonly used as a "fullscreen" button in Windows. In OS X, F11 and F12 are commonly used for window management.
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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-24-2008, 04:40 AM

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In all my years of having windows based computers, I have never used function keys, what do you guys use them for?
Software developers who use Visual Studio typically have a number of function keys burned into their fingertips: F5 - run, F9 - set breakpoint, F10 step over, F11 - step in...

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Default Re: F11 and F12 keys are now active - 11-24-2008, 03:09 PM

F5 works as Refresh or Rescan in many apps.
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