Steve yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com
Fri Apr 23 08:27:41 UTC 2010

On Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:18:47 +0100, axel <uraliin.asti at btinternet.com>  

> I am running Ubuntu 8,04 on a Dell Inspiron 1501
> Intermittently ...When I boot up (or try to), I get two bug messages:
> 1. MP_BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC
> 2. PCI: BIOS BUG #81 [49435000] found
> Sometimes, the booting up process completes anyway; sometimes it
> doesn't. When it doesn't, I get stopped at an initramfs prompt and can't
> get beyond that.
> I have updated GRUB ...and this seems to help i.e. the booting up
> process is completed.But the BUG message still appears in the start up
> sequence screens
> With no luck I have tried to find a "download" for a Dell/Linux BIOS ,
> so I can update my BIOS : the problem arises in that the available "BIOS
> downloads" are directed at "Windows Users": I had Windows
> Vista....chucked it out and loaded Ubuntu in its place. So now the
> problem really is that I cant find a "Ubuntu based BIOS UPDATE "
> Can you help
Easiest way I’ve found to do this is grab a FreeDOS Boot Disk from  

Steve (Yorvyk)

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