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Bios upgrade

By Shnig
Dec 22, 2003
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  1. Hey Im a bit of a newb when it comes to flashing and I was just wondering what diffrences do bios updates useally make?
    I just updated my dell 8200 from bios A01 to A09.
  2. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    Normally they have fixes for things...
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Your BIOS update came with a list of updates made or at least you saw the list of improvements on the Dell webpage.

    Usually it's bugfixes (now your computer doesn't crash every 13th bootup) , new features (they found the time to implement some extra settings) and support for newer technology (new CPUs, bigger hard disks, etc.)
  4. Krugger

    Krugger Newcomer, in training Posts: 210

    looking at dell's site, there's a long list of fixes, simply from A08 to A09. but iirc jumping from around A03 to A08 added quite a few options into my bios menu, as well as fixing some issues i had (this was a gx1 i think).
  5. Shnig

    Shnig TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 175

    Yeah dell dosent seem to have the list of fixs makes you wonder.....
  6. Krugger

    Krugger Newcomer, in training Posts: 210

  7. Shnig

    Shnig TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 175

    fair enough but that wasnt on the european version of the support sit thanks krugger
  8. Shnig

    Shnig TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 175

    Krugger that link was to an inspiration and I have a demention, thanks anyway!
  9. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    lol, I thought we were talking about a psychological problem for a minute there....(hehe..It's Inpiron, and Dimension)
  10. Krugger

    Krugger Newcomer, in training Posts: 210

    sorry bout that: Dell Dimension System BIOS
    The following changes have been made to the A08 BIOS to create A09: 1. Fixed resource allocation to some PCI devices when multiple adapters with bridges are in the system. 2. Properly set system power state when AC Power is lost in S3. 3. Added additional system board information into SMBIOS type 2 structure. 4. Fixed possible hang when exiting Diagnostic programs that access KB ports directly and USB Emulation is On. 5. Fixed possible issue with the Date and Time being changed after consecutive reboots. 6. Added new SMBIOS token definitions for UDMA, Hard Disk Acoustic, S1/S3.

    same true for previos versions as from before.
  11. Shnig

    Shnig TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 175

    Thank you.
     
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