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New Xps M1210 Bios - Critical

Discussion in 'Dell' started by nealyblue, Apr 11, 2007.

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  1. nealyblue

    nealyblue Notebook Enthusiast

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    new bios now available for xps m1210

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=1&fileid=203814#1

    Fixes/Enhancements
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    1. This update includes critical microcode updates from Intel.
    2. Update Intel 945GM VBIOS.
    3. Update support for Dell Wireless 1505.
    4. Fixed Hard Drive Security vulnerability if Admin or System password
    is not set.
    5. Fixed BIOS setup menu item "Wi-Fi Catcher" is unlocked when Admin
    password is set.
     
  2. RockyM

    RockyM Notebook Consultant

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    Any idea what "critical microcode updates from Intel" means? Maybe this addresses the Intel Speedstep issue in Vista not throttling the CPU down?
    Oh yeah - what's the "Dell 1505" card? Is that the Dell draft-N 1500 card they mean?
     
  3. WackyT

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    gohanssjn Notebook Evangelist

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    Oh boy. My 2GB of ram comes today AND I get a new BIOS!
     
  5. wella

    wella Notebook Consultant

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    a new bios labelled urgent was also just released today for I6400 / E1505.

    I hope that the microcode updates from intel fix up the buzzing noise of the core 2 duo's.... or maybe the speedstep issue? or maybe both?
     
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    Has anybody updated yet. Where there any problems after the update
     
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    Ran the update on my E1705, and all seems to be well. Hopefully this helps with the memory BSODs.
     
  8. PaulyRags

    PaulyRags Notebook Guru

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    The BIOS Update for the 640M/E1405 is also available as URGENT.

    PaulyRags

    640M l T2500 l 1GB RAM l TRUELIFE
     
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    Installed on 6400, no problems so far.
     
  10. wella

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    haven't updated mine yet... too lazy to restart... :(
     
  11. firelegna

    firelegna Newbie

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    i have 6400.
    but while i install bios, occur error

    "ERROR! The BIOS update could not be performed because a valid ROM image file could not be found" :mad:

    How i can solve error? :confused:
     
  12. nealyblue

    nealyblue Notebook Enthusiast

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    Updated mine first thing this morning - no problems so far. XPS M1210
     
  13. Jokkon

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    i wonder if that would fix the cpu whine
     
  14. RockyM

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    For those who updated, did it:

    - fix the CPU whine? or,
    - fix SpeedStep so the Core2Duo throttles down?

    I posted on Dell's forums also, but no response over there. I love the generic commentary on what this BIOS does: "critical microcode updates from Intel".
     
  15. roffensian

    roffensian Notebook Enthusiast

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    firlegna - am i right in thinking that your laptop won't boot now?

    If so then it sounds like the update crashed part way through and corrupted the BIOS - you'll need to try and update from a boot disk or use a boot disk to DOS and then flash from there.
     
  16. firelegna

    firelegna Newbie

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    thanx roffensian
    I'll try
     
  17. wella

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    On another note, for those of you that own an ATI x1400... there was a 5 - 6 mb ATI driver update that came thru windows automatic updates like 2 days ago... does anyone know what that was for??
     
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    You know that effect when you observe something to be true because you want it to be true? (Someone remind me what that's called again. Something...effect, something...fallacy? Expectation...something?)

    So, I'm going to risk sounding like a crazy person here, but after installing the BIOS update, I noticed increased performance in a few of my games. I installed the RtCW (Return to Castle Wolfenstein) demo just recently, and despite the fact it SHOULD run smoothly on a 7400 Go, the framerate stuttered all around town.

    I pop in the new BIOS, blam, runs like a charm. Might've been because I ran the demo after using the system quite intensively beforehand, and with the BIOS update, it was on a fresh boot (though I question if that would have a dramatic effect at all on a old game such as this).

    I figured that was the price I had to pay for using Windows Vista Business, but FEAR demonstrated poor performance, period, since I installed it. It worked fine on recommended settings on XP MCE, but after Vista, it struggled. For some reason or another, it plays 'alright' now. Actually tolerable at points.

    Please, no one take me at my word. Remember, crazy. Just want to see what anyone else has observed, besides the almost cryptic release notes that Dell has provided us.
     
  19. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Notebook Virtuoso

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    LOL :D . I also don't know the word you are looking for, but I too feel that you are being "what ever that word :p ".

    But then again, who knows what DELL does to their BIOS to cripple/limit (or sometimes even enhance) the performance of the graphics adapter :rolleyes:. If what you are suggesting is true (which is highly unlikely IMO), then the only reason I can think of for a such an improvement is some sort of a power saving restriction getting released/fixed.
     
  20. sHARD>>

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    Just updated to A14 on my E1505. I'm running a Core Duo and seem to have been experiencing issues with SpeedStep in previous BIOSes (would almost always stay locked at 2GHz). It now properly adjusts speed between 1GHz and 2GHz, so that may have been fixed, as someone else in the thread guessed.
     
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