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jfmy787
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bios update version number lower on newer

Hello

I am looking at updating one of my optiplex 960 towers to a precision t3500 tower.  When i looked through the driver downloads i saw the bios download for 2013 A17 for 2014 A13.

Why does it go down i thoght they always went upwards.  Any concern here ?

Thansk for your time in advance.

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RE: bios update version number lower on newer

JFMY787 ,

I was looking at what the different bios's fixed in the description.You should update to the A17 version.

The version A13:

Fixes & Enhancements

Fixes - Not Applicable Enhancements - Enhanced TPM support

Version

Version A13, A13

Category

BIOS

Release date

02 Nov 2011

Last Updated

05 Mar 2014
vERIONS 17: 

Fixes & Enhancements

Fixes
- Not Applicable.

Enhancements
- Updated PSA-Diag from A4521 to A4527.
- Enhanced Broadcom onboard NIC 5761 support.
- Enhanced CCTK support for Turbo Boost setting.

Version

Version A17, A17

Category

BIOS

Release date

07 Jun 2013

Last Updated

11 Dec 2013

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jfmy787
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RE: bios update version number lower on newer

Dell Precision T3500 System BIOS BIOS 05 Mar 2014

Version: A13 ,A13  

Dell Precision T3500 System BIOS BIOS 11 Dec 2013

Version: A17 ,A17 Older versions

Notice 2014 has version A13 and 2013 has A17.

Do the numbers like a13 a17 a20 mean anything at all in keeping track of which bios you have?

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Philip_Yip
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RE: bios update version number lower on newer

Go for the release dates on the Dell FTP website:

http://downloads.dell.com/published/pages/precision-t3500.html 

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jfmy787
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RE: bios update version number lower on newer

I guess I the answer is the bios upgrades are not in any order.  they can be 6 ,10 ,4 etc .  So one cannot just go by revsion number alone.  Just having a larger number which one would assume to be newer is not the case.  Everything posted only has what is included ,  nothing addressed the question of why the 2014 revision number if lower than the 2013 number.  So my conclusion is it does not matter what the revison number is just the year released ?  Is this correct ?

Dell Precision T3500 System BIOS BIOS 05 Mar 2014 = Version: A13 ,A13  

Dell Precision T3500 System BIOS BIOS 11 Dec 2013 = Version: A17 ,A17 Older versions

Notice 2014 has version A13 and 2013 has A17.

Do the numbers like a13 a17 a20 mean anything at all in keeping track of which bios you have?

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RE: bios update version number lower on newer

I'd go with the version number, not dates...

Sometimes Dell may modify the flash installer or repost an older version on the servers so it gets a later date than the latest version...

Ron

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