I got another of these Dell desktops. Couldn't resist- it was just north
of 40 dollars on Ebay. I already have two others and I like them a lot-
they're easy to work on, fast, and quiet.
It came with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU at 2.33GHz which I immediately
upgraded to 3.16GHz. A mere 10 dollars on Ebay. Ditto for the big
aluminum extrusion heatsink- replaced it with a nice copper heat pipe
cooler for another 10 dollars. The box came with enough RAM that I
can just leave it be- 4G of ECC PC2-6400E/800MHz. It's all good enough
for me. So for around 65 dollars, I get a real nice piece of 2007 tech.
This is a great price point on the desktop continuum...
I'm writing to ask for opinions on the BIOS issue. This newest box
has a rather old BIOS, version A02, which dates to December '07.
That's around the time these first came out, I think. The other two
boxes have A07 and A11 BIOS versions. Now, given that this new
unit seems so far to be fully up to the easy job it has here, do I really
want to bother to update it? Looks like A11 and A14 are currently the
two available options. I'm looking at A11...
I think most of the BIOS revisions addressed changes in WIndows,
not so much related to Linux at all. I'm running MInt 17.3 mate on the
new box. I think some of the BIOS updates allowed for more and more
RAM, up to 16GB if I remember right...
If I were to update my BIOS on the new box, this would be the first
time ever for me. I understand roughly what is involved. I'm running
from off line UPS power, so potential power drops would not be an
issue. I'd simply have to learn how to make an install medium, CD
or flash drive, that would boot (I guess) into a DOS-like environment
and run the .exe form that the BIOS update comes as. If I do that,
I would be seeking just a little coaching to get through the first
So what do you guys think? Should I leave well enough alone, or go
ahead and update? Meanwhile, I will continue to read up on what,
exactly, the various BIOS revisions actually did- but I have seen some
comments on this in the past and have already formed some
impressions as to what changed. I'm not yet clear whether this would
really add anything meaningful for me.
Edited by Cluttermagnet, 22 February 2016 - 08:32 AM.