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Dell OptiPlex 980 System BIOS, A02

Dell OptiPlex 980 System BIOS

Fixes & Enhancements

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System: OptiPlex 980
Version: A02
Release Date: 29 Apr 2010

1. Updated ME firmware.
2. Updated PXE option ROM.
3. Updated system flash device support code.
4. Updated system fan support code.
5. Added help text for the OptiPlex On feature.
6. Implemented chipset revision control -- NOTE: This may cause device
redetection in the operating system on the intial boot after BIOS update.
7. Improved escape key sequence handling in serial-over-LAN feature.
8. Updated ImageServer option ROM.
9. Improved AMT system resource reporting.
10. Improved external SATA hot-plug support.

System: OptiPlex 980
Version: A01
Release Date: 16 Feb 2010

1. Initial BIOS Release.


Version A02, A02



Release date

04 May 2010

Last Updated

07 Jul 2012


Available formats

File Format:Windows/DOS
File Name:O980-A02.EXE
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 3 MB
Format Description:This file format consists of a BIOS executable file. The Universal (Windows/MS DOS) format can be used to install from any Windows or MS DOS environment.
To ensure the integrity of your download, please verify the checksum value.
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Applies to
Dell Optiplex 980
Installation instructions
Installation Instructions for the Universal (Windows/ DOS) format

  1. Download file to Desktop

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

Download file to Desktop

The file O980-A02.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 O980-A02.EXE.
    The Dell BIOS Flash window appears

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

  3. Click the OK 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 bootable DOS diskette. This executable file does not create the DOS system files.

  1. Copy the file O980-A02.EXE to a bootable floppy.

  2. Boot from the floppy to the DOS prompt.

  3. Run the file by typing Y:\O980-A02.EXE (where y is the drive letter where the executable is located).

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Warning: Do not turn off your computer or disconnect from your power source while updating the BIOS or you may harm your computer. During the update, your computer will restart and you will briefly see a black screen.

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This driver has been tested by both the independent software vendor (ISV) and Dell on the operating systems, graphics cards, and application supported by your device to ensure maximum compatibility and performance. Details

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.