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Dell Firmware Updates

Postby Legend_bob on Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:52 pm

This looks like a really interesting and useful service:

http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Re ... y/firmware

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work with Linux Mint. I'm not sure how much work this would take, but it seems that a lot of people could get a lot out of this.
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby Brian49 on Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:23 am

How did you reach the conclusion that this doesn't work with Linux Mint, please? I see that firmware-addon-dell is available from the repositories via Synaptic. Many thanks.
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby hairybiker on Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:28 am

I tried this on my Dimension 9200.
It failed totally to find the bios. :twisted:
I had to install a base copy of XP and flash it from there then delete it (XP was licensed on this machine) :shock:

I tried the d/l version and the version in the apps. This was a couple of months ago when I was given this pc. :)
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby Brian49 on Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:06 pm

Thanks for the news. Fortunately for me, I already have the most recent Dell BIOS firmware (v.2.53) on my Dimension 9200. It looks unlikely that there will be any further firmware updates for that model, which Dell has now declared obsolete!
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby piratesmack on Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:29 pm

I just used freedos to update the BIOS on my Dell
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby hairybiker on Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:47 pm

Well not having a floppy drive in this machine and the flasher wanting to run under M$ I just created a small partition and did a basic install - no updates and offline :)
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby Legend_bob on Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:30 pm

Brian49 wrote:How did you reach the conclusion that this doesn't work with Linux Mint, please? I see that firmware-addon-dell is available from the repositories via Synaptic. Many thanks.


Because when I ran the first step,
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wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/firmware/bootstrap.cgi | bash

it tells me I'm not using a supported OS. Am I making it harder than it is?

I can't find 'update_firmware*' anywhere on my filesystem. But I do have firmware-addon-dell installed.
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby piratesmack on Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:50 pm

I modified Dell's script to handle Mint just like Ubuntu, so it should work now.

Save the attached file to your home folder and run:
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zcat bootstrap.cgi.gz | sudo bash
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bootstrap.cgi.gz
Dell script for Mint
(2.86 KiB) Downloaded 37 times
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby Legend_bob on Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:50 pm

piratesmack wrote:I modified Dell's script to handle Mint just like Ubuntu, so it should work now.

Save the attached file to your home folder and run:
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zcat bootstrap.cgi.gz | sudo bash


Thank you. I hate to be thick. But I guess I just am today. Now I think I'm close, but still missing one part:
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$ sudo update_firmware
Config Error: Plugin "firmware_addon_dell.dellbios" cannot be loaded: No module named firmware_addon_dell.dellbios


I think there are some clues here from the bootstrap.cgi.gz above:

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Ign http://linux.dell.com isadora/dell-software Packages                       
Err http://linux.dell.com isadora/dell-software Packages                       
  404  Not Found
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/restricted Translation-en_US
...
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Initializing package states... Done
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-repository-keys"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-repository-keys"
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.

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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby piratesmack on Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:01 pm

Sorry, I didn't fully test the script because I don't have an internet connection in Mint right now.

I modified the script to use the Karmic repo for Mint 9 instead of "$DISTRIB_CODENAME"
It looks like Karmic is the latest supported Ubuntu release, so I'm not sure if this will work on Lucid/Isadora
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Re: Dell Firmware Updates

Postby Legend_bob on Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:47 pm

piratesmack wrote:Sorry, I didn't fully test the script because I don't have an internet connection in Mint right now.

I modified the script to use the Karmic repo for Mint 9 instead of "$DISTRIB_CODENAME"
It looks like Karmic is the latest supported Ubuntu release, so I'm not sure if this will work on Lucid/Isadora


Yeah, it looks like it's not going to work on Lucid. That's a shame. I really appreciate your help.
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$ sudo zcat bootstrap.cgi.gz | sudo bash
Downloading GPG key: http://linux.dell.com/repo/GPG-KEY-libsmbios
    Importing key.
OK
Ign file: binary/ Release.gpg
Ign file:/usr/share/local-repository/ binary/ Translation-en_US                       
Ign file: binary/ Release                                                             
Ign file: binary/ Packages                                                           
Ign file: binary/ Packages                                                           
Get:1 http://linux.dell.com karmic Release.gpg [197B]                                 
Ign http://linux.dell.com/repo/ karmic/dell-software Translation-en_US               
Get:2 http://linux.dell.com karmic Release [2,797B]                                   
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release.gpg                                       
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/main Translation-en_US                   
Get:3 http://linux.dell.com karmic/dell-software Packages [14B]                       
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/restricted Translation-en_US             
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Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com isadora/main Packages
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Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com isadora/upstream Packages
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Hit http://packages.linuxmint.com isadora/main Packages
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Fetched 10.5kB in 2s (3,909B/s)
Reading package lists... Done

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information     
Initializing package states... Done
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-repository-keys"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-repository-keys"
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information     
Initializing package states... Done

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information     
Initializing package states... Done
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-firmware-repository"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-software-repository"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-firmware-repository"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "dell-software-repository"
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Reading extended state information     
Initializing package states... Done

Ign file: binary/ Release.gpg
Ign file:/usr/share/local-repository/ binary/ Translation-en_US                       
Ign file: binary/ Release                                                             
Ign file: binary/ Packages                                                           
Ign file: binary/ Packages                                                           
Get:1 http://packages.linuxmint.com isadora Release.gpg [198B]                       
Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org lucid Release.gpg                                   
Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org/ lucid/free Translation-en_US                       
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Ign http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ lucid/partner Translation-en_US             
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Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/main Translation-en_US
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