Flash BIOS Update in PE environment

Posted on 2005-04-13
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Im using BartPE, trying to figure out a way to flash the bios. Currently I'm using the Dell Optiplex GX280..

I downloaded the GX280A04.EXE from Dell.

When I try to run this inside PE, I get the error..

Flash Access Denied
Please make sure you are logged in as an Administrator then try re-starting the application.

Has anyone tried this before?

Anyone? I'll set the question at 20 points for now. If I can get a working answer then I will increase. Im not sure how difficult this is. Thanks everyone!

Question by:meagain35
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Expert Comment

ID: 13777898
The flash must be run in MS-DOS® mode. To successfully download and flash the basic input-output system (BIOS), perform the following steps:

File Download

Insert a blank, formatted diskette into the floppy disk drive.
Browse to support.dell.com.

NOTE: You may need to change or enter your Service Tag information if you have more than one Dell system or if this is the first time you have visited your Dell Support site. For more information about your Service Tag, refer to Dell Knowledge Base Article: FA1027149.

Click the link for Downloads.
Search by the exact filename for your computer.

NOTE: For more information about searching for and downloading files from Dell, click the Help link.

When the File Download window appears, click Save this program to disk and click OK.
The Save As window appears.
From the Save in: category, select 3 1/2 Floppy (A:) and click Save.
The file downloads to the floppy diskette.
When the file download is completed, eject the floppy diskette.
Driver Installation

Insert a bootable floppy diskette into the floppy disk drive.

NOTE: For more information as to what can be used for a boot disk, refer to Dell Knowledge Base article: FA1014475 "What can I use for a boot disk with CD-ROM support?"

Click the Start button, click Shut Down, click Restart, and then click OK.
The a:\ prompt appears.
Eject the bootable floppy diskette and insert the diskette to which you downloaded the BIOS flash.
Type GX100A04.exe and press the <Enter> key.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the BIOS flash.
When the flash is completed, eject the floppy diskette and restart the computer.

Author Comment

ID: 13782310
I understand and know how to update the bios through DOS, but my confusion comes straight from the comments for this particular BIOS update,


This file format consists of a BIOS executable file. <b>The Universal (Windows/MS DOS) format can be used to install from Windows XP, Windows 2000, NT, Windows 9X, Windows ME or a MS DOS environment</b>.


Does that not say that this update can be run in each of the above environments, not just DOS? Or am I mis-understanding?

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Accepted Solution

tmj883 earned 60 total points
ID: 13787086
The BIOS flash, even if started from a Windows GUI, is executed in DOS, the OS is shut down. Please explain your objectives in trying to use BartPE (Bootable CD BIOS Flash?), etc. Many DOS tools are incompatible with BartPE, this may be where the problem lies.

Author Comment

ID: 13816414
Yes, sorry I haven't been checking on this. Your exactly right tmj883. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks!!

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