Driver Details

Dell Precision System BIOS, A01

Precision WorkStation 690 A01 System BIOS

Fixes & Enhancements

The following changes have been made to BIOS rev A00 to create A01:

1. Added support for Dual-Core Intel(R) Xeon(TM) Processor 5100 series

2. Updated Intel(R) Memory Reference Code to Version 1.10

3. Updated thermal solution

4. Removed unsupported USB emulation tokens for OMCI

5. Enabled Power Supply fan monitoring on supported platform

6. Fixed Processor Info field in BIOS Setup after loading BIOS default

7. Fixed SMBIOS Type 17 memory device structure

Version

Version A01, A01

Category

BIOS

Release date

25 Jul 2006

Last Updated

03 Nov 2011

Importance

Available formats

File Format:Linux
File Name:WS690A01.BIN
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 325 KB
Format DescriptionThis file format consists of a BIOS executable file. This format can be used to install from Linux.
To ensure the integrity of your download, please verify the checksum value.
MD5:
54292486e8347c85910a1a9f6193cc8f
SHA1:
Not available
SHA-256:
Not available
File Format:Windows/DOS
File Name:WS690A01.EXE
Download Type:HTTP
File Size: 502 KB
Format DescriptionThis 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.
MD5:
c31f80ebbf6fb052bc6e0ae8ff935674
SHA1:
Not available
SHA-256:
Not available

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Installation instructions
Installation Instructions for Linux

  1. If not already logged in as root, change user ID to root.


  2. At the shell, switch to run level 1 by executing "init 1".


  3. Make the update program executable by executing "chmod u+x update_program_name".


  4. Run the update by executing "./update_program_name" from the shell.


  5. Follow the remaining prompts to perform the update.


  6. For help, type "./update_program_name --help" at the shell prompt.





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 WS690A01.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 WS690A01.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 WS690A01.EXE to a bootable floppy.


  2. Boot from the floppy to the DOS prompt.


  3. Run the file by typing Y:\WS690A01.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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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.