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Error updating BIOS on a Dell Inspiron 1501

Error updating BIOS on a Dell Inspiron 1501

I have an Inspiron 1501 that I've installed 64bit Windows 7 on. It's running beautifully, but I am stuck trying to update the BIOS. Dell only provides the Windows BIOS flash utility and when I try to run that I get the Error Code: 1275 which I've narrowed down to being an issue with 32 vs. 64 bit (I think). I've tried using my USB DOS boot drive but the BIOS utility complains that it will not run in DOS. I'm running the flash utility as an administrator and I've tried all of the compatibility settings.

Asked by: Guest | Views: 48
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Guest [Entry]

"A simple fix:

Use a spare hard drive, any size will do. Re-install any Dell supported 32-Bit version of Windows only, no other software required. Then install the Windows-only BIOS Flash upgrade and upgrade the BIOS.

Then swap your original drive back to use your 64-Bit Windows."
Guest [Entry]

To elaborate on what Systech said, sometimes the BIOS goes through a version update simply to follow a hardware update. Therefore, it's not unheard of that a newer BIOS may not work with an older revision of your motherboard's PCB.