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

Luke Norman lukernor at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 11:38:20 EST 2018

You might be able to extract the .exe and get the archive of the files it
contains, and then package as an iso using something like mkisofs or

On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 2:04 PM Todor Fassl via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:

> 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.
> --
> Todd
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