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Default How to flash Mini10 BIOS with USB drive? - 02-20-2010, 04:35 PM

I upgraded all my drivers since getting a new Dell Inspiron Mini 10 two days ago (250gb drive, 1.6, 6 cell, win 7).

The only problem I had was flashing the BIOS. Current version on my laptop is A05, the latest version on Dell Drivers and Downloads is A11. In the instructions it actually asks you to use a DOS cd or diskette to flash the bios.

Is there a way to make a bootable USB stick to load the files on and flash the BIOS? If anyone has found instruction on how to do it, let me know.

The full instructions from Dell:

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Hard Drive Installation (via WinZip) of DOS Utility for R246063.exe

Download

1.Click the location, e.g. Americas, from which you want to download the file.
2.When the File Download window appears, click Save this program to disk and click OK. The Save In window appears.
3.From the Save In drop-down menu, click to select Desktop and then click Save. The file will download to your desktop.
4.If a Download Complete window appears, click Close. A new icon appears on your desktop.

Install

1. Double-click the new icon on the desktop labeled R246063.exe.
2. The Self-Extractor window appears and prompts you to extract or unzip to C:\DELL\DRIVERS\R246063. If you did not print these instructions, write down this path. The WinZip Self-Extractor window appears.
3. Click OK.
4. If the Self-Extractor window is still open, close it.
5. Create a DOS boot disk. For more information, refer to Dell Knowledge Base Article TT1014475 – “What can I use for a boot disk with CD-ROM support?”
6. Insert the floppy disk into the floppy drive and reboot the computer.
7. At the A:/> prompt, type C: and then press the [ENTER] key.
8. Type C:\DELL\DRIVERS\R246063 and then press [ENTER].
9. Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Default 02-20-2010, 07:39 PM

I always used winflash which is also integrated in the update. was working without problems. Make sure antivirus is off during the update and ac is plugged in to mini 10. Good luck.

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Default 02-20-2010, 08:13 PM

Thanks, worked like a charm.
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Cool 02-20-2010, 09:01 PM

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I upgraded all my drivers since getting a new Dell Inspiron Mini 10 two days ago (250gb drive, 1.6, 6 cell, win 7).

The only problem I had was flashing the BIOS. Current version on my laptop is A05, the latest version on Dell Drivers and Downloads is A11. In the instructions it actually asks you to use a DOS cd or diskette to flash the bios.

Is there a way to make a bootable USB stick to load the files on and flash the BIOS? If anyone has found instruction on how to do it, let me know.

The full instructions from Dell:
which model do you have the 1010 or the 1011?


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Default 02-20-2010, 11:32 PM

1010.
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Cool 02-21-2010, 02:56 AM

thats weird because my 1010 is on A10......I thought the 1011s were on like A04,A05,A06 around there somewhere....mine came with A10 and I havent touched it, I hear that there is an A11 out but from what I have read..there is really nothing that it does that I need, my 1010 works perfectly both in XP and Win 7...just cant understand why you are on A05?..maybe you got an older 1010...


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Default 02-21-2010, 08:03 PM

Most of the drivers needed to be updated. I think it was an older 1010.
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Cool 02-21-2010, 08:55 PM

guess I was lucky to get a very new one, you should copy the drivers that you needed in case you ever have to go back to square 1, it will make re-loading them a lot easier...maybe copy them to a Flashdrive or SD card...

I try to keep my systems pretty organized...everything I download I put in C:\Download, all my data (word,excel..etc) goes in C:\Data, all my games go into C:\Games...actually the source goes into C:\Games\Games_Source and all the shortcuts go into C:\Games my movies into C:\My_Movies....all 4 of my systems are setup that way and it makes it a snap to find things no matter what system I happen to be on...just an idea....


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Default 02-22-2010, 11:56 PM

Hello rrfranczak3,

if you are using a mini 10 with hd display you should notice some lines when the screen is black or dark (for example during uac question in win7).

The A11 Bios helped me to overcome this things. Maybe you give it a try

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Default 02-23-2010, 03:53 AM

my dos screen (C: prompt) is a black background with lime green lettering and I see no lines...and it is set to full screen, (I edit the properties of the command prompt)

I will check next time I get a UAC prompt...I dont get too many though...In have it set pretty low..less annoying


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