BCY123
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XPS 8910, BIOS update, will it work?

I have a XPS 8910 that is running BIOS 1.1.5.  I have been reminded to update my BIOS to 1.1.7 for months.  I am worried that the BIOS might fail and leave me stranded!  I work from home much of the time and while I am quite good at computers ( I go back to DOS 1) I know that a BIOS failure is a real pain.  So I am wondering how likely to fail is the BIOS update?  AND is it worth the bother?  To be clear, I remember the bad old days when a BIOS update was awkward and was only run if the machine had issues.  I know things are simpler these days.  I am sure I can manage if it fails, I just do not want to hassle with the problem and lose many hours of work time.

Thoughts appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?

BCY123,

You do not have to update the bios if you choose not to do so. If you decide to update to the latest bios version click the link below to download. Follow the information on the download to install.

Dell xps8910 Drivers, Downloads and Manuals

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BCY123
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Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?

Thanks for the response...but the question was not "how to" or " if I need to".........but if there is a high risk of failure!!!

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546insp
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Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?

I update my 8920 every time a new version comes out and cringe a little every time but I really think those sketchy bios days are long gone.

Dell XPS 8920 silver edition
7th gen i7 Intel CPU
Samsung 850 evo SSD for boot
Added front fan
16gb of memory
AMD video/graphic card
I buy a new Dell every 4 years for the last 25 years

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BCY123
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Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?

546insp

 

Thank you for the response.

The issue is that I know there was an issue with the 1.1.5 BIOS update for many users of the XPS 8910.  Dell eventually removed the 1st release.  From that point on I have been wary of newer BIOS updates of this Dell model.  I also own several other units - not Dell - and update the BIOS regularly (Just did a Lenovo ThinkPad yesterday). And yes, you are correct, BIOS updating is really a breeze these days compared to ancient history!

My question really was related to the overall probability that Dell got the recent recommended 1.1.7 BIOS right and that I will not be spending hours getting the machine functional. 

Anyone here have a smooth or problematic update with the 1.1.7 BIOS?? Would like to be warned! 

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7- Thorium

Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?

In theory, a BIOS update should work properly, every time.  But that's not always the case.

Far too many variables to figure out what may have gone wrong, if it fails, eg, user error, AC power issue, aging hardware, heat, etc, etc, etc...

Don't use SupportAssist or Dell Update to manage the BIOS update for you. Manually download the file from the support pages that Dell-Jesse linked and carefully follow the instructions on the BIOS update page.

Ron

   Forum Member since 2004
   I am not a Dell employee

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Tesla1856
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Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?


@BCY123 wrote:

I have a XPS 8910 that is running BIOS 1.1.5.  I have been reminded to update my BIOS to 1.1.7


If v1.1.15 works, don't fix what's not broken.

A little secret. My Aurora-R1 stills runs A09 initial shipping version from 2010. There was an A10 in 2011, but it reportedly messed-up the (now stable) USB ports.

Yes, UEFI-based firmware updates are more reliable than Legacy-BIOS based ones.


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dperry112
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Re: BIOS Update XPS 8910 ... will it work?

I installed the bios update without problem from the Dell driver site.

cntry2001
1 Copper

Re: XPS 8910, BIOS update, will it work?

So I could never get the bios recovery from usb to work it would always do the 3 - 7 blink incorrect recovery image I found a way to make it work if you have another working XPS machine though.

The working XPS needs to be UEFI

flash the bios (this will write the bios recovery to the UEFI partition)

put the working hard drive in the non booting XPS

unplug everything but a monitor and keyboard from the non booting XPS

hold esc and ctrl and plug the power in the machine keep holding ctrl and esc and hit the power button

it should finally boot the bios recovery and find the image on the hard drive

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