[ale] OT (kind of):Updating a BIOS

Todor Fassl fassl.tod at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 15:04:15 EST 2018

I am looking for suggestions for running a BIOS program that must be run 
in Windows on a laptop currently running debian stretch.

I was trying to update a friend's Acer Aspire 5315 laptop that is 
running debian. The problem is that linux cannot control the fan so the 
system overheats and shuts down after about 10 minutes. I have reason to 
believe that a BIOS upgrade will fix this problem. However, the BIOS 
upgrade program I downloaded from the Acer web site has to be run in 
Windows. I tried freeDos and got the message, "This program cannot be 
run in DOS mode."

Anybody have experience dealing with a problem like this? Is there a way 
to install Windows just long enough to upgrade the BIOS? I don't have a 
Windows license key thingy whatever it is.


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