post 2000 yr bios required for ubuntu installation

SteVe Cook yorvik.ubunto at
Sun May 20 20:38:29 UTC 2007

Bit Paranoid wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently bought an old Compaq Armada M700 laptop.  I have both the CD 
> and floppy drives for it, but can only have one in place at a time. 
> When I tried to install Ubuntu 7.04 via the CD I received from Ubuntu in 
> the mail, it complained that my BIOS didnt make the cut-off date and it 
> was "pre-2000". 
> The problem is when I go to HP to get a new BIOS update, HP requires you 
> download it for various flavors of Windows (only) and when I try to 
> update using those the laptop complains ntldr, etc., is missing.  I dont 
> really want to fool with trying to install Windoze (dont have any CDs 
> for that anyway) and I just want to get Fiesty Fawn installed. 
> Are there any workarounds for this?
Use FreeDos
I've updated the BIOS on several machines with it.


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