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Dell OptiPlex System BIOS, A03
Optiplex SX260 A03 FlashBIOS
Release Date 7/1/2003
Importance: Optional
Version: A03

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Description

Optiplex SX260 A03 FlashBIOS

Level of Importance:Optional

Dell recommends the customer review specifics about the update to determine if it applies to your system. The update contains changes that impact only certain configurations, or provides new features that may/may not apply to your environment.

Compatibility

Systems
OptiPlex SX260
Operating Systems
BIOS

Applies to

  • Dell Device
  • OPTIPLEX 330 SYSTEM BIOS
  • OptiPlex System BIOS

Fixes & Enhancements

The following changes have been made to the A02 BIOS to create A03: 1. Fix to the modbay IDE support during device swapping. 2. Alter USB code to allow faster USB device configuration and detection, disable USB floppy boot if DISKETTE A: is set to "Not Installed", and better support Bonzai, and other Non-DELL USB disk devices. 3. Updated support for newer Processors. 4. Fix to configuring modbay IDE devices during a S3 resume. 5. Updated intgrated video BIOS to correct an issue with full screen text mode switching and an issue with some LCD monitors and the DVI riser card. 6. Allow use of E000h area for upper memory managers. 7. Added support for 48-bit LBA hard drives (> 137 GB). 8. Fixed system shutdown in some C-A-D cases. 9. Fixed error in PNP BIOS function get_SMBIOS_information (0x50). 10. Properly set system power state when AC Power is lost in S3. 11. Prevent system hang condition when placed in a 10Mbit high traffic environment. 12. Eliminated rare, nonrepeatable RTC and memory boot failures. 13. Enable USB Floppy/HDD access to paged memory. 14. Added RPL Network boot and updated PXE Boot to work better on Cisco switches. 15. Fixed intermittent missing 2nd virtual CPU on HyperThreading processors. 16. Updated to memory POST code to prevent false errors. 17. Corrected the IDE Drive Diagnostic status text. 18. Alter ACPI code to work better with Windows 98.

Installation instructions

            

Important Information
  • The Floppy Format is recommended for most users. Floppy format creates a bootable self-extracting disk.
  • The Non-packaged Format is intended for advanced users that only require the bootable disk.
Installation Instructions Floppy Format Creating the disk:
This procedure requires one blank, formatted 3.5-inch floppy disk. Label the disk BIOS.
  1. Click Download now from the Download and install section, to begin.
    The File Download window appears.
  2. Click Save this program to disk.
  3. In the Save in: section, click the down arrow and click to select Desktop as the location then click Save.
  4. When the file download is complete, click Close button.
    Close all open windows.
  5. Double-click the down loaded file SX260A03.EXE on your Desktop.
    If the Security Warning window appears, click Yes.
  6. Click the Setup button.
    A black MS-DOS window appears.
  7. Press the key.
  8. Insert a formatted floppy disk in the floppy disk drive and press the key.
  9. Press the key to begin copying files.
    The message End of the disk set appears.
  10. Press the key.
  11. Click the Start button,
  12. Click the Run button.
  13. Type a: in the Open box and click OK.
    A list of files on the floppy disk appears.
  14. Close all open windows and leave the disk in the floppy drive.
    Skip to the section Flashing the BIOS below.

If you are creating this disk on another computer, remove the disk. Then insert it into the system that needs the BIOS flashed, and resume the procedure.

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Non-Packaged Format

Creating the disk:
This procedure requires one blank, formatted 3.5-inch floppy disk. Label the disk BIOS.
  1. Click Download now from the Download and install section, to begin.
    The File Download window appears.
  2. Click Save this program to disk.
  3. In the Save in: section, click the down arrow and click to select Desktop as the location then click Save.
  4. When the file download is complete, click Close button.
    Close all open windows.
  5. Insert a blank, bootable, formatted 3.5-inch floppy disk.
  6. Right-click the downloaded file, point to Send Tothen click to select 3 1/2 Floppy (a), and skip to the section Flashing the BIOS
    below.

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Flashing the BIOS

NOTICE:
Changing the system BIOS may result in unintended side affects, such as incompatibility of the new BIOS with installed hardware. If problems arise after a BIOS change, it may be necessary to return the system to the original version of the BIOS.
  1. If you are flashing the BIOS on a portable computer, be sure that the AC adapter is plugged in and the computer is not operating on battery power.
  2. Ensure that the Flash BIOS disk is inserted into the floppy disk drive.
  3. Click the Start button, click Shut Down, click Restart, then click OK.

  4. The computer will restart and boot to the floppy disk.
NOTE:
If the flash BIOS

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