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New Firmware update 1.1.15 for XPS 8930

I ran the Dell support and update app a few ago and it reported the following critical update was available:

Dell XPS 8930 System BIOS

This package contains the Dell system BIOS update. BIOS is a firmware that is embedded on a small memory chip on the system board. It controls the keyboard, monitor, disk drives, and other devices. This update addresses the Intel Security Advisories INTEL-SA-00295, INTEL-SA-00322, INTEL-SA-00320 and INTEL-SA-00329. A security advisory is a statement when a product is impacted by a security vulnerability and a remedy is available.

Version: 1.1.15

Category: BIOS

Release Date: July 22, 2020

Last Updated: NA

Importance: Urgent

File Format: Update Package for Microsoft Windows

File Name: XPS8930_1.1.15.exe

File size: 6.29 MB

Has anybody on this forum tried this?  I hate to install a firmware update until I have seen proof that it works and doesn't cause problems. TIA for any help or replies.

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@GKDesigns    I'd say I'm suitably behind the bleeding edge.

. . . and I am right behind you  

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There is a lot to be said for not being on the bleeding edge. For one thing, you are not risking bricking your computer or dealing with all the issues with the latest upgrade of Windows 10. 

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If you're behind on BIOS versions, you don't have the latest CVE updates to fix Intel's serious security holes and there are lots of them, 4 CVE fixes just in BIOS v1.1.15, alone.

My XPS 8930 came late last year with BIOS v1.1.8 and subsequently updated to 1.1.10, 1.1.12, 1.1.13, and now 1.1.15. For whatever reasons, Dell doesn't mention running these updates via the F12 menu BIOS Update option with a USB stick but that hasn't caused any issues here (knock wood!).  There's always going to be some risk of updating BIOS regardless of how it's done but I think doing it entirely outside Windows is safer. YRMV!

According to Dell's BIOS update policy, they'll replace the motherboard -one time only- if a BIOS update, not remotely run by one of their tech support agent, bricks the motherboard, as long as the PC is still under warranty.  (N.B. - Updating BIOS in response to a SupportAssist alert does not count as tech support!) 

So my attitude is get these updates done before the warranty expires, but stop if the motherboard has to be replaced and/or after the warranty expires.

I noticed BIOS Time listed in Task Manager increased from 9.3 sec with BIOS 1.1.13 to 14.1 sec with 1.1.15 today, but I have to watch that for a while to see if this latest update really has slowed the boot down, a little.

Have to admit I don't understand the reasoning or logic behind the "Enhancement" listed for BIOS 1.1.12 , and wonder if that was a typo which should say "disable". I checked BIOS settings after that update, and "Wake by LAN" was disabled, but I don't remember how it was set in v1.1.10. Maybe @Anonymous can check since he still has v1.1.10, assuming he didn't change that setting manually...

Ron

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@RoHe   "Wake by LAN" was disabled, but I don't remember how it was set in v1.1.10. Maybe @Dell630i can check since he still has v1.1.10, assuming he didn't change that setting manually...

I have a BIOS setting "Wake Up by Integrated LAN" which is 'Disabled' . . . and not by my doing.

I should probably update BIOS, and I do it with a USB stick, like you. For a while it seemed like all the BIOS updates were meant to fix the "crazy screaming fan noise" and excessive heat everyone was complaining about. I don't have any modulated fans, so it did not seem necessary/worth the risk to me.

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@Anonymous  If you do update beyond BIOS 1.1.10, check that LAN wake setting again...

When you do BIOS updates with a USB stick, are you booting directly from the USB stick or using the F12 menu BIOS update option? 

I only use the F12 BIOS update option and a non-bootable USB with only the .exe file on it.

Ron

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@RoHe   I only use the F12 BIOS update option and a non-bootable USB with only the .exe file on it.

Same for me. I am pretty sure I learned it from you.   Thanks! 

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@RoHe wrote:

I noticed BIOS Time listed in Task Manager increased from 9.3 sec with BIOS 1.1.13 to 14.1 sec with 1.1.15 today, but I have to watch that for a while to see if this latest update really has slowed the boot down, a little.


BIOS Time has increased after installing BIOS v1.1.15, at least on this XPS 8930.  Last few BIOS Times were all about ~16 sec, up from ~9 sec with v1.1.13.  Guess BIOS has to do some additional work because of the 4 CVE fixes included in v1.1.15. Not that I'm really going to notice/miss those extra 7 sec...

Ron

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I think there a misalignment between what DellAssit says and what's written on the Dell Web page.

I have approximately the same issue.

DellAssist tells me that everything's ok and the Dell Web page says:

- Dell XPS 8930 System BIOS Urgent

- Intel Management Engine Interface Driver Urgent.

Although I have the latest versions of these software.

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