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Reflashing a BIOS from Windows

Beforing putting debian on an Acer Aspire 1690 that I inherited, I decided to reflash the BIOS to the latest version (the new one dates March 1st 2006 --- whippee!) figuring that would give me the best chance of success in putting this thing to sleep and having it wake up again. I have never had a great deal of luck doing this but one can only hope. To reflash the BIOS I downloaded a windows bios flash programme from the Acer web site that came with a whole raft of dire warnings but I plunged ahead anyhow. The reflash itself went painlessly complete with a back-up of the old BIOS and a compatibility check so I was reasonably happy that I wouldn't brick my computer but I hadn't reckoned on Windows freexing up solid not letting me shut down the machine. It was working as anice room heater and nightlight but little else. I started to sweat a little when holding down the power button did nothing at all --- this is a BIOS override of the OS and it wasn't doing anything at all!
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