Dell :: BIOS Revision A09 Released
Please update to the revision immediately and post your results here. It seems importance is rated as Recommended and not urgent, so I'm not sure whether or not the system downclock and fan issues have been fixed, which is quite an urgent matter.
If someone could get a log file of the changes from Dell that would be great.
Update: Thanks Weegie:
1. Added support for BIOS that is signed.
2. Updated to PSA build 4117.
3. Updated thermal table.
4. Fixed the issue where system is slow to boot to internal hard drive after failed PXE boot exits.
5. Fixed the issue where Some BIOS Setup parameters are not accessible with only the keyboard.
6. Fixed the issue where system will automatically shut down at resuming from S3.
7. Fixed the issue where the time of BIOS power event log in Setup is wrong for power button event.
8. Fixed the issue where presentation mode cannot be turned on/off from the DCP.
These things look sOoOoOoO important .
During the flash, the only thing that appeared was "Updating Keyboard Controller ROM", but I don't know if that's regular or not. I will be gaming with this new revision and posting results soon.
All in all, nothing to see here. Seems like Dell either a) does not read our threads, or b) does not care. Nothing to see here .
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1) What the heck do I do about my battery? Sure, it's just a minor annoyance that I can't see the charge in the system tray, but it's also starting to drive me nuts simply because it's a problem I cannot seem to solve.
2) Right now my BIOS version is A04. Dell wants me to install A17. This seems like a huge jump, and not knowing all that much about BIOS, I am not sure if this would even be a good idea to upgrade. What do you think? The frustrating thing is that from what I've read I need to update my BIOS in order to get my comp to read the battery (or this is one likely solution), but I cannot update the BIOS without the computer recognizing the battery. Catch 22...
3) Off topic, but the problem which brought me to my current battery/BIOS situation. My CD drive is shot. I took it out and checked to make sure all ribbons were properly in place and looked good, cleaned the lens, etc, but like a moron I ripped one of the ribbons, so now it truly is trash. Does anybody know of an inexpensive, yet reliable DVD-R/RW (not just CD-RW) drive for sale that will work with my system?
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