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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject: ASUS B150m pro gaming Linux Firmware Reply with quote

Due to some security issues in the ASUS B150m pro gaming motherboard i would like to upgrade the firmware of that motherboard.
I do not own windows so the .exe and .dll files provided by ASUS are no use to me.
On Google i could not find any resources related to this particular motherboard and the Linux platform.

Question: how can i upgrade the firmware when using Windows is no option? (i am not referring to the UEFI/BIOS upgrade, but to the UEFI/BIOS FIRMWARE upgrade.

resource:https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/B150M-PRO-GAMING/HelpDesk_Download/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ASUS release .exe firmware update that can run in dos?
If yes with systemrescuecd you can run freedos and launch exe (in my dell xps 15 work well).
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do i get the .rar file into rescue cd free dos?
Can i just run .exe file? Can something Go wrong like bricking the mobo when for example a reboot will happen?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trikmik wrote:
How do i get the .rar file into rescue cd free dos?
Can i just run .exe file? Can something Go wrong like bricking the mobo when for example a reboot will happen?

Flash the firmware is always a critical action (in my experience).
It would be better that you perform a search if your mother board is flashable with linux.

Some useful links
https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/BIOS_Update
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Flashing_BIOS_from_Linux
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The weird thing is i can find nothing regarding the asus b150m Pro gaming motherboard flashing instructions.

Just a .rar file with some .exe files, i did not found any documentatie.

I did upgrade the bios yesterday to the latest version succesfully, however flashing the firmware will not work.
Maybe because, the .rar file just got released.

Do you think it is possible to Run the .exe files from the bios build in EFI Shell?

I made System rescue cd, but i can not get into dos at this point, i am doing research.

Just another question since System rescue cd contains emerge, can it be used to install gentoo?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
This program cannot be run in DOS mode


FWUpdLcl.exe is Windows program, can't upgrade that Asus Intel Management Engine firmware from DOS.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trikmik wrote:
Just another question since System rescue cd contains emerge, can it be used to install gentoo?

There is no need emerge for install gentoo, the first emerge you run during installation is inside chroot and emerge is provided by stage3.
But yes systemrecuecd contain emerge, it's often used because has better wifi support and support EFI (gentoo minimal cd not support EFI)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When in System rescue cd, it says at grub command line: command free dos not found.

How do i get into free dos?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trikmik wrote:
When in System rescue cd, it says at grub command line: command free dos not found.

How do i get into free dos?

I don't remeber exactly but I think is Run system tools from floppy disk image... menu entry

EDIT: Try this procedure at your own risk.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://communities.intel.com/message/479082#479082

Correct Answer post from Stamgastje has instructions how to install Win only update with Hiren's BootCD and Win XP (just use that Asus update instead Intel).
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