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Re: new ssd in dell optiplex 745, won't even load grub




Gene Heskett composed on 2017-10-28 21:43 (UTC-0400):

> On Saturday 28 October 2017 20:23:33 Felix Miata wrote:

>> Gene Heskett composed on 2017-10-28 15:28 (UTC-0400):
>> > Bios is 2.3.1, I wonder if a newer one might still be available?

> Gee, thats ancient compared to yours. :(

>> My 745 has 2.6.2. Primary Grub is on /dev/sda3 on 1TB rust. I
>> downloaded BIOS 2.6.6, but never got an urge to install it. Download
>> page also offers 2.6.4:
>> <http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/servicetag/901dsc1/drivers> >> Better to cut, paste, and edit in your own 7 digit service tag.

> I'll have to get it, I saw it in the bios. I assume its put it on a cd 
> and reboot to the cd? 

CD boot to flash a BIOS is not something I can recall ever trying. I boot DOS to
run DOS flashing utilities, which vary from brand to brand and model to model.
Though my 745 has a floppy drive, apparently I never tried to do it yet, but I
do know I've successfully upgraded a bunch of OptiPlex BIOSes, starting way back
with the 110.

I commonly have a bootable DOS sda1 on my multiboot machines and use it.
Otherwise I most often do a temporary HD swap that I have added the flashing
utility and/or BIOS file to by attaching it by eSATA or USB to whatever machine
downloaded the update(s). Making a USB stick bootable to DOS is something else I
can't recall ever trying yet. Lots of machines here can't boot USB.

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/drivers/driversdetails?driverId=GRJ7T
does have a crude instruction how to proceed with flashing the 745. If your 745
has no floppy drive I think you'll probably have to use USB to suffer through
this one on your own, or with help from http://www.bootdisk.com/ and/or
something from http://www.freedos.org/ . The 2.6.6 BIOS file is barely more than
half the capacity of a 3.5" floppy.

Whether your old 745 BIOS in fact has anything to do with Grub failure is
another matter. :-p
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