How do I verify the latest Dell A10 BIOS is installed?

Dell released the A10 BIOS 19 May 2008 and updated it 21 June 2013.

From Terminal:

user@latitude-d620:~$   sudo dmidecode -s bios-version A10 user@latitude-d620:~$   sudo dmidecode -s bios-release-date 05/16/2008 

This date does not match Dell’s. man dmidecode does state, “[Because it does not] probe for the actual hardware[,] the presented information [is] possibly unreliable.” Is this an example of unreliableness? Does this date indicate when the BIOS was last updated, demonstrating mine is outdated? or only the release date itself, implying nothing about when mine was last updated?

How do I determine whether my “A10” is the 2013 updated version?

How do I use a .CAP file to update BIOS driver

I just built a new PC and am in the process of installing the latest drivers from my motherboard manufacturer’s homepage here (I have an ASUS ROG STRIX X470-F Gaming motherboard). There is a driver for the BIOS (first in the list) which I would like to install. However, when I download the ZIP file, all it contains is a single .CAP file and I don’t know what it is nor what to do with it.

My question:

How do I use this .CAP file to update the BIOS driver?

Enagble Supermicro Virtualization in Bios

my motherboard is a Supermicro x9dri-ln4f+, and I am using dual xeon e5 2690 CPUs.

I have been trying to enable Virtualization in order to load VMs in qemu and virtualbox.

The motherboard claims to support VT-x,VT-d, and VT-c in the specs page, and the in the bios under cpu information, it states that all three of those are supported for the CPUs.

This issue is extremely similar to enabling virtualization on supermicro board but their solution of enabling NX(XF for me) did not fix anything, because it was already enabled.

Things I have done:

  • Enabled “
  • Enabled Intel VT-d in North Bridge->Integrated IO Configuration
  • Enabled DCA in North Bridge->Integrated IO Configuration
  • Enabled Isoc in North Bridge->QPI Configuration
  • Enabled Execute-Disable Bit Capability(Solution to other person’s issue)
  • Enabled Intel Virtualization Technology in Advanced settings
  • Tried combinations of enabled Prefetcher settings in advanced such as MLC Streamer, MLC Spatial, DCU Streamer, DCU IP
  • Tried settings bios to default settings and repeating above settings.
  • Full boot and power cycle(completely off) after changing bios settings.

Additionally, from doing:

modprobe msr rdmsr 0x3a 

returns 0

Also running dmesg

$   dmesg | grep kvm [    14.444265] kvm: disabled by bios [    16.225445] kvm: disabled by bios 

And in windows under cpu info in task manager it says that virtualization is disabled.

Any help is appreciated, as I have been racking my head for hours trying to get this to work.

What motherboard has BIOS that allows for better customization of BOOT priorities?

I have a GIGABYTE GA-H170M-D3H DDR3 motherboard. The way this motherboard handles my boot priorities is a serious pain.

I have a harddrive with windows 10 and another one with Ubuntu. Whenever I decide to boot from the Ubuntu harddrive, it makes it so my computer always starts with the ubuntu drive. I’ve tried going into the BIOS to change this, but it doesn’t give me the ability to do so. As of now, I keep having to go into the BIOS to boot from windows 10. On the BIOS Features screen of the BIOS, i’m not even allowed to select the hard drive that has windows 10. I have to manually select the hard drive to boot from every single time. By hitting F12 on the motherboard.

If there was a way I could have the BIOS ask me which hard drive i wanted to start from everytime, that would also be nice, but I have a feeling the BIOS in this motherboard just isn’t very user friendly.

Is there any fundamental difference between BIOS and UEFI booting?

Per my understanding,

  • BIOS is the traditional boot method of Intel x86 computers. It starts by loading a short program called BIOS from somewhere on the motherboard (usually some EEPROM), which does a range of things like POST, before loading data the hard drive, including but not limited to further-stage bootloader codes.
  • UEFI is the new method of booting. It also starts with loading a small piece of code stored somewhere outside the main secondary storage (user hard drives), which also does a range of things before accessing hard drives.

The differences I’m able to tell so far:

  • BIOS loads something at a fixed location on a hard drive, specifically, the first 512 byte, called the master boot record, which loads everything further required to boot a OS.
  • UEFI doesn’t load from a fixed location on hard drive. Instead it searches the partition table (GPT) and looks for a ESP (EFI System Partition) and find. .efi files inside and executes them.

The confusions I’m currently having:

  1. I’ve heard that in BIOS and UEFI, hardware initialization order is different and UEFI is usually a bit faster in this. How exactly is it?
  2. Is there any fundamental difference between BIOS and UEFI? To me, at the very basis, they both load the initial code from a piece of special hardware (a ROM) which does the necessary things before loading data from disk, which is a “fundamental similarity”.


Bios password remove/reset

How I Edit platform.ini file insyde bios to remove/reset my forgotten supervisor password bios? also check this

“TECH NOTE: How To Remove A Bios Password From an Insyde H2O EFI BIOS [UPDATED]” 

but that method to edit platform.ini dose not work for me. Regards

my note book is acer aspire a715 71g

bios version is insyde h20

link to platform.ini :

New PC fails EFI-boot on USB installation xUbuntu-18.04; BIOS boots USB

New Acer-PC Aspire-T Intel i5 core processor 8400 internal memory 8 Gb DDR4 250 Gb Solid-State-Disk 2 Tb sata-Disk

USB-installation medium several times used: always successful on BIOS-boot. If the PC boots in BIOS-mode, then the USB-installation can be started, but then the GUID-partitions show up as undefined. This is normal. If the PC boots in UEFI-mode, then the only boot-choice is to start the Micr$ oft Windblows-installation, this is not what we want to happen.

2 questions:

.q1. How do we get this PC to boot in UEFI-mode and start xUbuntu-installation using the USB-stick ? … without having to do the W-installation first.

.q2. Any suggestions for a clever Partition-set: must we use the Solid-State disk as * boot, * root, * swap ?!?

I assume your answer will look like:

  • Solid-State p1: Guid-Efi-Partition (1 Gb fat-32; necessary for UEFI-boot)
  • Solid-State p2: root (240 Gb ext4)
  • Solid-State p3: swap-Partition (14 Gb swap)
  • 2 Tb p1 : home-partition (ext4)

On the web several completely suggestions are found. None of them worked for UEFI-booting the USB-installation.

We appreciate your time and suggestions!


Not able to access all the menu options in BIOS

i am facing an issue in my laptop that i am not able to access all the menus in bios. Only 2 or 3 menus are in blue font and rest all are in black font. Actually i wanted to change my admin password in bios and wanted to enable virtual technology option but all these are not working.They all are showing me in black font which we can not access by navigation keys. Any help will be appreciated… thanks