post 2000 yr bios required for ubuntu installation

Derek Broughton news at
Mon May 21 21:11:19 UTC 2007

Bit Paranoid wrote:

>   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?

I can't help, but thanks for the warning.  When my wife wants her M700
replaced (which may be soon), I'll probably put Ubuntu on it, so now I know
I need to update the BIOS first.

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