[Solved] Acer Aspire E5-511 BIOS update in Ubuntu

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  1. gjf

    gjf MDL Novice

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    Hi All!

    I need a help with updating BIOS in my Acer Aspire E5-511 notebook.

    Now notebook is working under Ubuntu with BIOS version 1.03 while the latest version is 1.08. Ubuntu uses grub loader with UEFI suuport.

    Unfortunately Acer does not provide any update utility rather one running under Windows 8.1/10 x64.

    I've tried to use bootable USB with Windows PE 8.1 x64, but it was unable to load OS nether in UEFI nor in Legacy mode.

    Is there any way to successfully update BIOS in my conditions?
     
  2. SOCRATE_MMXII

    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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    Dual boot with Windows 8.
     
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  3. gjf

    gjf MDL Novice

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    Actually I am not planning to install a second OS just for updating BIOS - there is simply not enough place.
    Any other ideas? Maybe some DOS-mode tool for updating?
     
  4. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    You have to update via emergency recovery mode.

    1. Download the latest bios.
    2. Open Z5AL108W.exe using 7-Zip & extract Z5WAL.fd to a FAT32 formatted USB pen drive.
    3. Shutdown the PC.
    4. Remove all peripheral devices.
    5. Remove battery & AC power cord.
    6. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds (battery and AC power still out), then release.
    7. Insert the USB pendrive in the USB port (2.0 should be better).
    8. Hold "Fn" + "Esc" and plug the AC power cord in,
    9. Now press the power button (whilst still holding Fn + Esc).
    10. Wait until the fan will run, then release "Fn" + "Esc" keys.
    11. The fan will run for about 2-10 minutes and the USB drive activity LED will blink.
    12. The PC should reboot automatically. If it doesn't, unplug the AC power cord once the fan has turned off.
     
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  5. gjf

    gjf MDL Novice

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    Tito,
    damn I really forgot CRISIS mode in Acer!
    Thanks for reminding.
    Everything works fine except "Z5WAL.fd" looks like incorrect name for this model.
    I have copied Z5WAL.fd into Z5WALx64.fd, A5WAM.fd and isflash.bin files so the system picked up one of them and update was successful.
    Thanks once again for the idea and case is closed now.

    P.S. I have asked an official Acer support for help and the only thing they could advise was to go to service centre :biggrin: