Comment 4 for bug 1234429

Christopher Penalver (message #3) I have experimented with the bios upgrade as you suggest.

I managed to upgrade the bios as you requested to 2.6.3 but this does not seem to solve the problem; when I boot from today's Saucy image, I still get the weird herringbone stripey screen. The workaround is still to wait for the screen to blank and then when it reactivates it appears to be normal.

I do not understand your comment "Please note your current BIOS is already in the Bug Description, so posting this on the old BIOS would not be helpful".

I will assume that you mean I must do the update before I do the sudo dmidecode... and not that you mean opening a new bug report. If I assume incorrectly, please let me know.

Therefore, the results of the commands are:

clh@valencia:~$ sudo dmidecode -s bios-version && sudo dmidecode -s bios-release-date

In case anyone else is interested, I made a valiant effort to update the bios from Linux but this is one of those new bios updaters that "must" be run from Windows, and I could not get any of the methods noted in the link provided by Christopher to work.

I am therefore embarrassed to say that I had the Windows install disks handy and therefore used them to upgrade the bios. On the bright side, this is the first time since 2005 that I have used Windows to do anything.