Category Archives: Linux

BIOS & Linux

My desktop at home is a system I assembled myself:

  • CPU: AMD 64 3200+ Venice 2.0GHz Socket 939
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI
  • Memory: 2GB of Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
  • Video Card: eVGA GeForce 6600GT PCI-Express

I’d like to upgrade the CPU to a AMD dual-core processor, ZipZoomFly has the AMD X2 4800+ for $209, and it’s out of stock! But, before I can upgrade the CPU I need to update the BIOS. Currently, the BIOS is version F7 and it looks like I need F9 or greater to support the newer processors (I bought the motherboard in 2005 before the X2’s were available).

There are 2 ways to update the BIOS:

  1. Use a Windows Utility
  2. Update with a DOS boot Disk.

I only have Debian GNU Linux on the system, and I don’t have a floppy drive which is what you need to make a DOS boot disk. I dual-boot my laptop between Windows XP & Ubuntu Linux, because I need WinXP to VPN to work they just dropped Linux VPN support … but’s that another story if anyone asks I’ll tell it! 🙂 But, the laptop doesn’t have a floppy drive either! It be nice if Motherboards manufacture could provide bootables images so us non-Windows users could just write it to a CD-ROM or a USB drive and boot and flash the BIOS from there.

I know I’d created a DOS boot CD-ROM using Linux a few years ago but I couldn’t quite remember how. I found the old disk image I’d created and mounted it using the loopback interface, but just couldn’t remember what I had to do to … well thanks to that new fangled Google thing I found this: After 5 minutes of trying to figure out the arguments to cdrecord to tell it what device was the CD-writer and cdrecord -scanbus return nought I used K3B to write the image the image to the CD. But, just what a pain in the backside ….

Debian & Flash 9

Flash 9 was released a few days ago and Debian has packages to install it! But, it, at least for me, hasn’t made it’s way out to the repositories. You can download the package using wget:


Then install it using dpkg either as root or using sudo:

sudo dpkg -i  flashplugin-nonfree_9.

Also, make sure that Flashplayer 8 isn’t installed:

sudo apt-get remove --purge flashplayer-mozilla

This should work for any Debian Testing or Unstable system.