Reiper
2 Bronze

E521 BIOS 1.1.10

Could anyone daring enough to flash their E521 to the new BIOS 1.1.10 please post their success/failures!  Also it didn't say if this release addresses the USB hub issue so if you can verify if this was corrected it would help greatly!  TIA
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ae38cb5bb8b0410
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

Updated last nite, no problems. Don't have a usb hub.
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henryw_123
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

Installed OK first time. I have a USB hub attached and it is working fine.
 
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Philip42h
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10



Reiper wrote:
Could anyone daring enough to flash their E521 to the new BIOS 1.1.10 please post their success/failures!  Also it didn't say if this release addresses the USB hub issue so if you can verify if this was corrected it would help greatly!  TIA


Well I'm not volunteering to try it yet ... Smiley Wink
As you say, it doesn't even claim to do anything about the USB hub / hang issue and carries the same "improved flash stability" claims as the now withdrawn 1.1.8.
 
It would also be helpful to know from those who do choose to risk it, which version of the BIOS they upgraded from ... (the perceived wisdom is that flashes from 1.0.3 tended to be successful while flashes from 1.1.4 tended to end in tears)
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LoW_Beta
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

I updated this afternoon, flashed from 1.1.8 to 1.1.10 without problems.
 
My E521 dual-boots Vista and XP Pro, I chose to flash from XP Pro. I still do not trust Vista 100%.
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studio196
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

Upgraded from 1.1.8 yesterday with no issues. No USB hub attached at the time. Vista OS
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Opt-e-Tech
2 Bronze

Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

Attempted to update from 1.1.4 at Dell support rep's plus supervisor's direction with great reluctance.  The flash appeared to process straight forward.  On reboot you see the BIOS splash screen but the machine subsequently tries to boot PXE style from the NIC and fails, ending with a message that the machine is in manufacturing mode.  Message says press Alt - F to change to normal mode but all it seems to do is reboot and go through the same scenario of trying to boot from the network interface.  Dell can't tell me what to do to exit manufacturing mode so they've dispatched another system board replacement.  This is my first AMD platform machine.  Are AMD platforms this problematic or is it just Dell's implementation of AMD?
Looks like from prior entries that if you go from 1.1.8 to 1.1.10 it works like it should.  Seems like the 1.1.4 BIOS is a real challenge to get off of without trashing the BIOS.  I'd hazard a guess Dell neglected to test updating from 1.1.4.  Quality assurance is looking extremely poor or nonexistant.
If anyone has the magic decoder ring to emerge from manufacturing mode I'm all ears!  Thanks!
Update....
I can manage to load Windows using the F12 boot menu and selecting Bootable hard drive.  Once up in Windows I tried regressing from 1.1.10 back to 1.1.4.  Flash appeared to process normally but upon reboot the splash shows 1.1.4 but it proceeds to load a PXE NIC driver and get out over the NIC which fails and eventually reports being in manufacturing mode again.  Looks as if 1.1.10 changed the format of the CMOS where Dell keeps service tag, asset tag, and other system particulars and prior BIOS levels don't map the data using the same format 1.1.10 planted so either you get to 1.1.10 from 1.1.8 or you're in a pickle going from a pre 1.1.8 level that will take a system board replacement to straighten out.  I would advocate calling Dell prior to trying to update from a pre 1.1.8 level and see what they have to say.
BTW, what compelled this was calling Dell to get an explanation for the first serial ATA controller sharing IRQ 21 with the OpenHCD USB controller when there are unused IRQs available.  The IRQ sharing of the first SATA ctlr and the legacy USB ctlr puts just about all devices using IRQ 21.  Moving the HDD and DVD to the second SATA ctlr, SATA2 and SATA3, which is assigned to IRQ 22 by itself eliminates a lot of the quirks the E521 exhibits.  Lock ups in POST and while running seem to go away.  Dell insisted I get current and the highly credentialed supervisor assured me that would resolve the IRQ assignment (sharing), hence the BIOS update.  Not looking good on the confidence scale.


Message Edited by Opt-e-tech on 06-30-2007 11:04 AM

Message Edited by Opt-e-tech on 06-30-2007 11:41 AM
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microunit
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

If anyone upgrades the BIOS and post the previous version, it will help the other members to prevent to damaging the BIOS and ends up to replace the motherboard. Wish those successful upgrading members post their previous version. Thanks
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Mr ChriZ
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

Updated the other night.
System still refuses to boot if an SD Card is in the memory card reader,
the progress bar goes to 50%.
The SD card is blank just formatted so no boot information.
In every which way possible the system is told
not to boot from USB. 
 
Can now also confirm that Using a USB hard drive also makes
it freeze still.  I'm getting fed up of this system.
 
[Edit] Moved from version 1.1.8


Message Edited by Mr ChriZ on 06-30-2007 08:08 PM

Message Edited by Mr ChriZ on 07-02-2007 06:02 PM
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ae38cb5bb8b0410
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Re: E521 BIOS 1.1.10

1.1.8
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