Actually, the A02 will run a Merom (I have a T7400 ES Merom on my E1705 w/ the A02 bios) it just does not run the dividers (CPU:RAM) correctly, does not show the full 4mb cache, does not handle the voltages correctly, runs hot etc...
I can get it to run full and stable by adjusting the voltage myself, upgrading to PC5300 Ram, etc... with the A02, but we really need to get the A03 to fully support and utilize the Merom.
And as for the backup utilities, I have spent days trying to flash a backup A03 bios (gotten from someone who backed up their bios from one of the new e1705's) but it just does not work.
I think the backup bios file we are able to get from our systems is just not correct as comparing the backup file to a "normal" extracted bios file from one of the official A02 flashers the size is much smaller, and there is alot of missing hex information comparing the two. I got a 'file size xxx does not match expected xxx size, aborted' error message even after adjusting the file to a gzip file and running the switches to disregard system specs and force the flash. So, until a better way comes out to back up our bios' from our systems, we just wont be able to flash.
So, I am eagerly awaiting barcode's reply to see if he was able to get it for us from his dell contact!