Flashing a BIOS with an exe in Ubuntu

by jenny on 03 September 2008 - 07:22pm in

For step-by-step instructions, go read the mastermind\'s article, from which this is derived. This is mostly for my future reference. I was given an exe (M1330A12.EXE) by Dell and told to flash my BIOS with it. Right. Then I was given the world\'s most incomprehensible instructions on how to supposedly get it working with linux. Thank god for the aforementioned article -- the following worked like a charm. Make sure you have a blank CD in your CD-RW drive.

wget http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/autogen/FDOEM.144.gz
gunzip FDOEM.144.gz

mkdir /tmp/floppy
sudo mount -t vfat -o loop FDOEM.144 /tmp/floppy
sudo cp M1330A12.EXE /tmp/floppy/
sudo umount /tmp/floppy

genisoimage -o bootcd.iso -b FDOEM.144 FDOEM.144
sudo wodim -v bootcd.iso

Reboot your machine, make sure the CD drive is first in the boot sequence, then run the exe at the DOS prompt:

A:\> M1330A12.EXE