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Dell Optiplex FX160 System BIOS, A11
Release Date 12/1/2010
Importance: Recommended
Version: A11

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Description: This file format consists of a BIOS executable file. 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.
Download Type: HTTP
File Size: 1MB

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Level of Importance:Recommended

Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle. The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).


OptiPlex FX160
Operating Systems

Applies to

  • Optiplex FX160 System BIOS

Fixes & Enhancements

Updated ImageServer OptionROM

Installation instructions

Custom Instructions for FX160A11.HDR:

Installation Instructions for Linux

- Command Line BIOS Updates:
  If you wish to update the BIOS from the command line, you should turn off
  Turn off 'automatic' BIOS updates in the BIOS Update from USB tool.
     a) Computer -> More Applications -> Configure BIOS Update from USB
     b) Select "No action" under "Action on USB Key insertion"

1) plug in USB key w/BIOS .HDR
   The usb key is normally mounted under /media/KEYNAME, where KEYNAME is 
   the filesystem label on the key. If there is no label, it is usually mounted
   under /media/disk. (See step #3 to find the mountpoint if unsure)

2) Computer -> More Applications -> X Terminal

3) $ ls -l /media
   You should see a directory here where the key is automatically mounted.

4) $ sudo run-admin xterm
   a new xterm window will open up as root. Run the following commands 
   in the new window:

5) # /sbin/modprobe dell_rbu

6) # /usr/sbin/dellBiosUpdate -u -f /media/KEYNAME/BIOS_FILENAME.HDR

- GUI BIOS Updates:
1) You can configure the GUI as follows:
  a) Computer -> More Applications -> Configure BIOS Update from USB

2) The following configuration options are available:
  a) (default) "Automatic update": This option updates the BIOS when a USB key 
  is detected with a matching BIOS for your system that is newer than the 
  current BIOS. No GUI options are displayed. You can view the output of 
  the BIOS update operation by looking at the log files: 
  /var/log/bios-output.txt and /var/log/bios-errout.txt

  b) "Ask": This option will pop up a dialog when a USB key is detected with a 
  matching BIOS for your system that is newer than the current BIOS.

  c) "No action": Do nothing when a USB key is inserted with applicable BIOS updates.

  d) "Automatic Reboot"/"Don't Reboot": These options control system reboot after 
  BIOS update. You must reboot the system to have the BIOS update take effect.

3) To utilize either "automatic update" or "ask" mode, simply copy the BIOS .HDR 
  file to the root directory of a USB key and attach it to your system.

Custom Instructions for FX160A11.exe:

Installation Instructions for the Universal (Windows/ DOS) format

1. Download file to Desktop

2. Use one of the methods below to flash the Bios.

	. Run the BIOS update utility from Windows environment

	. Run the BIOS update utility from  DOS environment (Non-Windows users)

Download file to Desktop

The  file FX160A11.EXE is using the Universal (Windows/ DOS) format and is designed to be directly executed from Windows environment.

1. Click Download now.
   The File Download window appears.

2. Click the Save button.
   The Save As window appears.

3. Select Desktop using the drop-down menu to the right of Save in.

4. Click the Save button.
   A progress meter moves as the download is completed. 

5. If necessary, click X in the upper right-hand corner of the Download Progress Window to close it upon completion.

NOTE: Shut down all other applications prior to running the BIOS update utility. The update utility reboots your system in order to get the new BIOS loaded. 

Run the BIOS update utility from Windows environment

1. Double click the Icon on your desktop labeled FX160A10.EXE.
   The BIOS Flash window appears. 

2. Click the Continue button.
   The message Pressing Yes will close all applications, shut down Windows, Flash the BIOS, then reboot. appears. 

3. Click the Yes button.
   The system will restart and the BIOS Flash will be completed.

Run the BIOS update utility from  DOS environment (Non-Windows users)
NOTE: You will need to provide a DOS bootable USB storage device. This executable file does not create the  DOS system file            


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