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rianj
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Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

I just got a used M4600, and the currently installed bios is A08. When I try to update to A16, it restarts, says it's updating firmware, but fails at 0%. It gives no reason, and no error code as far as I can tell. Thanks in advance for any help you guys can provide.

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greathondas
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

I have the same problem.  Did you find a solution???

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ZAGuru_Hoov
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

Sometimes BIOS updates can be a bit finicky. The notes in the BIOS download does mention that if you are using BIOS versions prior to A08 that you need to update to A08 first. Maybe the problem is more severe than that. Have you tried updating to the A13 BIOS to see if that will work. According to the dates, that is the version released after A08.

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greathondas
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

Yes I have tried A13 with no success.  I have tried updating in Dos both from a Dos flash drive and Dos within windows without success.   Strange part is I have 2 M4600.  The first one updated without an issue.  This second refuses.  The BIOS setting on both are the same.  Just not sure what else to try.  Thanks. 

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ZAGuru_Hoov
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

Try running it right from Windows (instructions below).

If that does not work, download the BIOS version that is supposed to be on your system now, and try reinstalling that. If that works, reboot windows and try the update again.




Run the BIOS update utility from Windows environment
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file.
2. Windows System will auto restart and update BIOS while system startup screen.
3. After BIOS update finished, system will auto reboot to take effect.


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greathondas
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

I have downloaded current BIOS installed on the M4600.  BIOS A8 and ran from windows.  I get the same fail message.  0% complete in red with no error message.  Fail.

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ZAGuru_Hoov
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

If I understand your first post, you purchased this computer as a used computer, correct? If it is, there is a chance that the motherboard inside is not the same as the one that should be inside. Could you get into the BIOS and on the first page should be a system model number or something like that. Check it against what it is suppose to be and let me know if it is the correct motherboard or not.

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Fred Walser
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

Hi, glad to have found this post. Sorry, I don't have  a solution but a similar problem like rianj. 

On a Dell Precision M4600 I tried to update my current BIOS which is A05. The MyDell platform offers the A16 BIOS update when I check for new drivers for my Window 7 64-bit system. When I try to install the A16 BIOS update I get am error message saying I should first update to the A08 version. However, I can't find the A08 version as the MyDell platform lists previous versions only back to the A10 version!

Where can I get that A08 version ? And what is the safest way to upgrade that BIOS. I don't want to mess with my BIOS in any dangerous way at all !

Thanks so much for any advice. 

Fred

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greathondas
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

Hi Fred;

Here is a link to the A08.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/driverdetails?driverid=C7CTK

just run in windows.  good luck. 

Hope you don't have issues

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wghecox
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RE: Bios update failed - Dell Precision M4600

I am having the same problem. I downloaded the A08 bios and it too fails to update the bios.

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