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I'm running Ubuntu 13.10, Dell has dropped support for linux except for one server line, and none of these solutions work because the linux16 command is gone from grub2.

How can the final steps involving linux16 be replaced to work with grub2?

Ubuntu was installed with UEFI active if that helps.


Is it possible to change to CSM in the BIOS from UEFI, boot with a Ubuntu USB startup disk, and use the non-UEFI grub to use linux16?

If so, should the bios update files be on my HDD (encrypted) or the bootable USB? What else?

  • I'm confused. what exactly are you trying to do? upgrade your BIOS? replace your BIOS with UEFI? (that last one is a terrible idea and is most likely impossible) – strugee Jan 1 '14 at 1:36
  • @strugee Thank you for looking strugee! I'm trying to upgrade my bios, but I can't do the last steps recommended in the links above because grub2/efi doesn't have linux16, necessary to load an image in 16 bit mode. Do you know how to do this with grub2/efi? Thank you so much in advance! – user31705 Jan 1 '14 at 1:55
  • OK, so if you're trying to update your BIOS, why are you talking about EFI? – strugee Jan 1 '14 at 2:14
  • @strugee Good point. I just double checked my /boot mount, and it is not efi. Do you know how to resolve this? Thank you so much in advance! (edited) – user31705 Jan 1 '14 at 2:19
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Horrible approach. It's almost as bad as Dell's support for the best kernel in existence.

This is how you do it to keep your sanity:

  1. Install unetbootin
  2. Make a USB FreeDOS bootable
  3. Put your Dell BIOS file on the USB
  4. Load FreeDOS in safe mode
  5. Execute the BIOS files from C:\

Oh Dell, if it weren't for the fact that I received this laptop for free, you'd get none of my money, and you'll get no more until you support the ideal OS.

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