2nd post AGAIN Dell **bleep** is wrong with your forum? It lets you "post" without being signed in THEN it axe's you to sign in AND meanwhile...on the other side of the forum it loses your post!
Gawd awful programming!
So I found out thanks to this post: https://askubuntu.com/questions/100945/how-do-i-update-the-bios-of-a-dell-laptop
...that the M F'ers at Dell are #dellderps and derped the BIOS update process at some date. So, you can't with certain laptop models now use the old FreeDOS boot disk method to update your BIOS. That's why it just sites there and doesn't do anything.
Dell you are total idiots to let your documentation site there stale and / or rotting. Don't be HP please, don't be IBM please.
Ugh. So - if you get the update screen and it goes back to the prompt guess what? You're F'd unless you can go get a windows 7 rescue disk per that ask ubuntu post and THEN do the update.
So annoying. Thanks for wasting 2 hours of my life on this one Dell.