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    Question bios update

    I have an ibm thinkcentre desktop and opensuse 11 is running fine on it.
    I found there are bios updates, downloaded them and when I try to open the .exe file nothing happens.
    So what is the trick to get either a flash bios update or a floppy diskette update to run in opensuse 11?

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    .exe files are not for opening, but for executing. Probably you deal with a Windows executable.

    Often, the BIOS update should be accomplished from within Windows or DOS. What do you instructions tell?

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    So I took the plunge into opensuse to find that I need to re install windows to do bios updates?
    What is the point of having linux?
    The bios updates are windows files.

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    A lot of vendors only supply an .exe that creates a floppy or a CD when run. It's tricky to run them under Unix/Linux. If you can find a Windows computer to run it on and make the bootable floppy, that might be the easiest way. I wish manufacturers would just provide a CD iso instead of .exes or floppy images. Those .exe bios programs need to go the way of the dinosaur.

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    Default Re: bios update

    I have a windows laptop and a usb floppy, how do I make the floppy bootable?

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    Thank god IBM had a .iso bios update file- I downloaded it, burned it to a cd and updated the bios ok.
    Thanks for the input!

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    Default Re: bios update

    Quote Originally Posted by wsx123 View Post
    So I took the plunge into opensuse to find that I need to re install windows to do bios updates?
    What is the point of having linux?
    The bios updates are windows files.
    That's why some people keep a dual boot on laptops. But seriously you should blame the hardware mfr for requiring a non-free OS to do the update.

    However sometimes those exes are just either DOS exes, in which case you can use a FreeDOS floppy or CD to update, or self-extracting zips or lhas, in which case you can unpack them on Linux.

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    Default Re: bios update

    Quote Originally Posted by wsx123 View Post
    I have an ibm thinkcentre desktop and opensuse 11 is running fine on it. I found there are bios updates, downloaded them and when I try to open the .exe file nothing happens. So what is the trick to get either a flash bios update or a floppy diskette update to run in opensuse 11?
    I created this how-to:
    Boot DOS without Floppy - openSUSE

    Its intended for case where the BIOS update requires a boot floppy. It does NOT work where the BIOS update requires MS Windows.

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    Default Re: bios update

    Thank You.

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