Bios Update

By dberry4
Sep 28, 2006
  1. Hi I Have A Dell Dimension 2400 And I Have The D-link Wireless Network Card And It Keeps On Giving Me An Error Message So I Contacted D-link And Told Me To Contact Dell So They Can Tell Me How To Update My Bios. So I Contacted Dell And Since My Warrenty Expired They Want Me To Pay $60.00usd Inorder To Tell Me How To Update My Bios So If Anyone Could Please Assist Me In This Issue It Would Be Honored. Again Thanks And I'm A New Member. Thanks
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Take the D-link out and put in a Linksys card in
  3. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    go to and find the downloads for your model. find the latest bios update, and download the windows-based update utility. unless you have an older dell, you should be able to find a utility that does everything from windows with no trouble. otherwise, the program you download will make a floppy disk that you can boot to to preform the update.

    DO NOT lose power or otherwise interrupt the update process, as doing so would likely cause far bigger problems that what you're already trying to fix.

    and yes, d-link's producs often prove to be faulty and error-prone, and linksys does make better networking hardware.
  4. dberry4

    dberry4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well i updated the bios on and it was the same version no updates since dec.22,2003 do you think i can use a linksys wireless card with a d-link router.
  5. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    I use a 3Com PCMCIA card with a Belkin router so yes.

    What error do you get and what version of BIOS do you have??

  6. dberry4

    dberry4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    um when i'm on the computer on the net all of a sudden a blue screen comes up and says the system has a serious error must be restarted. so i manual restart my pc and then it says that error caused by airplus wireless adapters(a3ab.sys)no specific solution available. the software was created bt d-link corporation. says to contact the d-link technical support. i have the 2.3 version and it happens on both of my dell computers the same exact model. so i'm not sure what this issue is.
  7. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    The brand name itself has nothing to do with whether or not it works.

    What matters are three things:

    1) The model of radio inside the AP
    2) The model of radio inside the client
    3) The firmware running on both

    vendors often change the cards they use in their equipment often, meaning a new revision of a product may render certain clients incompatibile.

    You could look for firmware updates for your router, or try switching to B only mode on the router.
  8. dberry4

    dberry4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i called the d-link and they told me that i have to change the irq in my computer.i have a dell dem.2400 i need to know how to get top the cmos setting so i can change the irq and what number should i put it to.
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You press F2 or F10 or something like that to get into the bios. When your system is booting before the Windows screen appears, you should see something that tells you how to get into settings (CMOS or Bios) You might try to load bios defaults first. Unless you or someone else messed with the default settings, I don't know why this IRQ issue is happening
  10. dberry4

    dberry4 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes i did that but i don't see an option that tells me to change the irq
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You changed the IRQ settings sometime in the past?
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