How to upgrade the Acer Aspire One (model 110) BIOS using a USB thumb drive

Note that upgrading the BIOS using an USB thumb drive is NOT needed if you have Windows XP or Windows Vista installed on your Acer Aspire One netbook.

Prepare the USB thumb drive (need 64MB or larger):

  1. Install FreeDOS on your USB thumbdrive by using Unetbootin.
  2. Download the latest (currently 3309) BIOS from Acer’s ftp server
  3. Extract all the files in the zip file onto your USB thumb drive

On the Acer Aspire One machine:

  1. Insert the prepared USB thumb drive into an USB port on the Aspire One
  2. Reboot
  3. Hit the “F12” button every second or so until the boot drive menu appears
  4. Choose the option for USB HD or similar
  5. Hit enter when presented with a PC Linux boot screen (it will boot into FreeDOS)
  6. When the FreeDOS boot menu shows up, choose “safe mode” (no drivers loaded)
  7. From the dos prompt, change to the c drive by typing “C:” and enter
  8. Type “dir *.bat”, you should see 3309.bat (if you downloaded the 3309 BIOS).  Run that by typing “3309.bat”
  9. If all goes well, reboot

Above is a variant of the instructions found on Macles website.

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How to upgrade Dell Latitude laptop BIOS using Ubuntu 8.04 Linux (Hardy Heron)

This should work with any Dell Latitude laptop but YMMV.

wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/firmware/bootstrap.cgi > dell_bootstrap.sh
sudo bash dell_bootstrap.sh
sudo aptitude install firmware-addon-dell firmware-tools
sudo aptitude install $(sudo bootstrap_firmware -a)
sudo update_firmware --yes

After upgrading the BIOS, you will need to perform a warm reboot (System -> Quit -> Restart). You don’t need to boot into Windows to upgrade the BIOS 🙂

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VMware Workstation 5 or 6 and trying to start a 64bit os?

Is you’re running on an Intel x86-64 processor based box and VMware Workstation complains that the host machine is incompatible with working with your Windows 2003 64bit client os (or any other 64bit client OS)?  Well, go into your BIOS on boot and make sure that the VT functionality is enabled.

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