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Eagle-eyed jkOTR reader Bill spotted a BIOS upgrade for the Samsung Q1 on the company’s website; the 912 Kb file is dated July 28th and will bring your BIOS up to version "MA02". Bill and I have both run the upgrade without any major issues. Bill […]

Samsung_q1_8Eagle-eyed jkOTR reader Bill spotted a BIOS upgrade for the Samsung Q1 on the company’s website; the 912 Kb file is dated July 28th and will bring your BIOS up to version "MA02". Bill and I have both run the upgrade without any major issues. Bill had to re-install Norton AntiVirus and also repair Office while I have yet to see any negative impacts. I don’t use Norton and I’m running the Office 2007 Beta on Sammy.

Samsung doesn’t really provide much info on this BIOS upgrade so it’s not yet clear what this fixes or adds. This short description is all we have to go on at this point: "You can update the BIOS & Micom in yourself". The upgrade is a simple five-minute process: download the executable, close all programs and run the upgrade directly in Windows; the upgrade will force a reboot. I HIGHLY recommend that you have your Q1 plugged in with the AC adapter when running the BIOS upgrade. I’ve got a note in to Samsung for additional details and will share them once I get a response. Thanks to Bill for spotting the upgrade!

-kct

  1. Well, I hope this is an encouraging sign. But perhaps it was demanded by their corporate customers and still doesn’t reflect any *expanded retail presence*.

    I mean, they’re still selling this in stores *only* in Texas, right?

    Awaiting Q2…

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  2. The BIOS updated just fine for me. I noticed that under the software tab on the download page there are a number of software updates that are showing 8-8-06 as the update date. If those dates are correct, it looks like Samsung was really busy yesterday.

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  3. What does it do?

    Is the bios menu any different?

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  4. Mike,

    Fry’s stores are selling the Q1 outside of Texas, e.g., here in CA.

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  5. Tell Fry’s to get its a** out to NYC then!! I’m so jealous of you people with Fry’s… and with Q1s on sale in stores!

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  6. OUCH! Can you guess what happened?! I’m at the Apple Store using a MacBook and WiFi latency hit me big time! I will email jk to clean up!

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  7. John in Norway Wednesday, August 9, 2006

    I’m confused. I’ve just run Samsung update and it says my system is up to date. However, it says my last update was on the 27th July (Display manager update). So obviously it isn’t up to date. Or is it?

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  8. John, I purposely ran the Samsung Update program just before I downloaded and installed the new BIOS. The Update program didn’t indicate any new downloads for me either.

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  9. I was looking at the Sumsung software updates and their version numbers. From what I can tell, even though the update date changed from July to 8/8, the version numbers remained the same. I wonder what the deal is there. On another note, they must use the update manager for critical or major updates as my Q1 didn’t pick up any new updates either. As a matter of fact, it has only picked up one…the display manager update.

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