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May 17, 2004 6:06:35 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new Dimension 8300
and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may need to update my BIOS.

The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues with
Earthlink.

Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better to leave
well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions for updates and
whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada, yada."

Thanks,

Des, the Elder.

More about : bios update

May 17, 2004 6:06:36 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

You have said it best yourself. If the system is running smoothly then by
all means leave well enough alone. If you have A04 then I would not worry
about it since the changes to A05 are very minor.

Regards,
John O.


"Desmond" <des547@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:L6Vpc.3757$SZ4.55@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net...
> I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new Dimension 8300
> and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may need to update my BIOS.
>
> The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues with
> Earthlink.
>
> Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better to
leave
> well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions for updates and
> whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada, yada."
>
> Thanks,
>
> Des, the Elder.
>
>
Anonymous
May 19, 2004 7:34:03 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Desmond <des547@earthlink.net> coughed up the following:

> I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new Dimension
> 8300 and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may need to
> update my BIOS.
>
> The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues
> with Earthlink.
>
> Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better to
> leave well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions for
> updates and whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada, yada."
>
> Thanks,
>
> Des, the Elder.


This issue keeps popping up in this ng every few days. I noticed it
from my 8300 dell-update thang as well.

BIOSes are mighty scary things to flash. Read through the thread
entitled "bios" earlier in this ng on 12-may-04


--
While using is ok, actually /writing/ free software is a disingenuous
activity. You can afford to write software for free only because of
someone else somewhere actually paying for it. Just say no.
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May 19, 2004 4:37:12 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Thank you gentlemen, read the longer version in the 5/12 post. I have long
been a user of newsgroups for timely information, looks like this group will
save me a lot of headaches.

Thanks again.


"Desmond" <des547@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:L6Vpc.3757$SZ4.55@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net...
> I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new Dimension 8300
> and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may need to update my BIOS.
>
> The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues with
> Earthlink.
>
> Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better to
leave
> well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions for updates and
> whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada, yada."
>
> Thanks,
>
> Des, the Elder.
>
>
Anonymous
May 19, 2004 8:48:57 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Sure will----it's one of the ones to keep /permanently/ in your list.


Desmond <des547@earthlink.net> coughed up the following:

> Thank you gentlemen, read the longer version in the 5/12 post. I
> have long been a user of newsgroups for timely information, looks
> like this group will save me a lot of headaches.
>
> Thanks again.
>
>
> "Desmond" <des547@earthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:L6Vpc.3757$SZ4.55@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net...
>> I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new
>> Dimension 8300 and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may
>> need to update my BIOS.
>>
>> The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues
>> with Earthlink.
>>
>> Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better
>> to leave well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions
>> for updates and whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada,
>> yada."
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Des, the Elder.

--
While using is ok, actually /writing/ free software is a disingenuous
activity. You can afford to write software for free only because of
someone else somewhere actually paying for it. Just say no.
Anonymous
May 22, 2004 1:36:52 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

You can go here and read all about it;
http://support.dell.com/FileLib/Type.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=b...
Watch the wrap. 4 and 5 don't seem that important
but you should look it over.


"Desmond" <des547@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:L6Vpc.3757$SZ4.55@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net...
> I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new Dimension 8300
> and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may need to update my BIOS.
>
> The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues with
> Earthlink.
>
> Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better to
leave
> well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions for updates and
> whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada, yada."
>
> Thanks,
>
> Des, the Elder.
>
>
Anonymous
May 22, 2004 5:06:59 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

I have the same issue, I just received the update notice in Alert. But my
current BIOS is A03 - so is there any advantage to upgrading to A05? My
system runs fairly smoothly, slows a bit at times and sometime IE6 closes
for no apparent reason (rare). I have an 8300, brought in late Jan 2004.
Charlie

>"JJ" <jj@nospam.ca> wrote:

>You have said it best yourself. If the system is running smoothly then by
>all means leave well enough alone. If you have A04 then I would not worry
>about it since the changes to A05 are very minor.
>
>Regards,
>John O.
>
>
>"Desmond" <des547@earthlink.net> wrote in message
>news:L6Vpc.3757$SZ4.55@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net...
>> I guess this will be just a general question. I have a new Dimension 8300
>> and one of the Dell support alerts says that I may need to update my BIOS.
>>
>> The system is brand new and works fine except for some minor issues with
>> Earthlink.
>>
>> Do I really need to follow these Dell suggestions or is it better to
>leave
>> well enough alone ? I notice there are other suggestions for updates and
>> whatnot but, you know, "if it ain't broke, yada, yada."
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Des, the Elder.
>>
>>
>

******************************************************
Charliec
Anonymous
May 22, 2004 7:46:16 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

pen <pen34usnospam@hotmail.com> coughed up the following:

> You can go here and read all about it;
>
http://support.dell.com/FileLib/Type.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=b...
> Watch the wrap. 4 and 5 don't seem that important
> but you should look it over.



What does it mean when the bios flash says that I HAVE the A05, and asks
if I want to replace it with the A05.

Rephrase: Why does dell updater-thang make this mistake? Is there more
than one 05?








--
While using is ok, actually /writing/ free software is a disingenuous
activity. You can afford to write software for free only because of
someone else somewhere actually paying for it. Just say no.
Anonymous
May 22, 2004 10:31:56 AM

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"Thomas G. Marshall" <tgm2tothe10thpower@replacetextwithnumber.hotmail.com>
wrote in message news:c2Arc.517$yc4.237@nwrdny02.gnilink.net...
> pen <pen34usnospam@hotmail.com> coughed up the following:
>
> > You can go here and read all about it;
> >
>
http://support.dell.com/FileLib/Type.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=b...
> > Watch the wrap. 4 and 5 don't seem that important
> > but you should look it over.
>
>
>
> What does it mean when the bios flash says that I HAVE the A05, and asks
> if I want to replace it with the A05.
>
> Rephrase: Why does dell updater-thang make this mistake? Is there more
> than one 05?

No. The Dell updater thing is incredibly dumb and useless IMHO.
Anonymous
May 22, 2004 8:17:09 PM

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pen <pen34usnospam@hotmail.com> coughed up the following:

> "Thomas G. Marshall"
> <tgm2tothe10thpower@replacetextwithnumber.hotmail.com>
> wrote in message news:c2Arc.517$yc4.237@nwrdny02.gnilink.net...
>> pen <pen34usnospam@hotmail.com> coughed up the following:
>>
>>> You can go here and read all about it;
>>>
>>
>
http://support.dell.com/FileLib/Type.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=b...
>>> Watch the wrap. 4 and 5 don't seem that important
>>> but you should look it over.
>>
>>
>>
>> What does it mean when the bios flash says that I HAVE the A05, and
>> asks
>> if I want to replace it with the A05.
>>
>> Rephrase: Why does dell updater-thang make this mistake? Is there
>> more
>> than one 05?
>
> No. The Dell updater thing is incredibly dumb and useless IMHO.



I'm assuming that I should listen to

answersthatwork.org

(not a bad assumption), and axe

support.exe

(the dell updater thang) altogether? Seems a little too goofy to me.



--
While using is ok, actually /writing/ free software is a disingenuous
activity. You can afford to write software for free only because of
someone else somewhere actually paying for it. Just say no.
!