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15 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) Build 7600 RTM
 
 
Bios flash gone bad: (

Was upgrading my bios on my dell mini 9 from f5 to f6. Windows froze up during the install so I pulled the plug. (bad idea) Now I cant even post!

Please Help...

Would removing the mobo battery clear the bios?

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15 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I'd guess the CMOS battery pull won't help you.

But I'd do it as a last resort, because the normal solution to BIOS flash failures is to take your motherboard to the trash or contact the manufacturer (or possibly a third party supplier) and have a chip replaced on the motherboard.

The general advice is to not flash the BIOS from Windows whenever possible. Too late for that now.
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15 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Before attempting to reflash any board the concept of first backing up the present bios is something most never take into consideration. When you had to manually flash a bios while booting from a floppy that was one thing always done first in case of a bad flash.

Winflashes generally go right without problems if you simply let the flash tool sit long enough to finish. Without even the initial post you can't even set a floppy drive if you had one as the first boot device in order to use a manual flash tool to fix things. You can pull the battery to see but don't expect much.

Someone else I know just ran into this only with the flash option at post time that went toast! Nothing later! New build time!
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15 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) Build 7600 RTM
 
 

Dam... winflash was going but it froze up... should have just left it!!!

anyway what is this>?? and what is DD?

Dell Mini 9 USB pendrive recovery from failed BIOS flash | fosk.it! 2.0
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15 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

At least my Gigabyte board has 2 physical BIOS chips and a backup on the hard drive. Can you try and reflash?
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15 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) Build 7600 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
At least my Gigabyte board has 2 physical BIOS chips and a backup on the hard drive. Can you try and reflash?
Its not on my gaming rig, its on my dell mini 9 (netbook)
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15 Jan 2010   #7

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15 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Yes, try reflashing.
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15 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) Build 7600 RTM
 
 

Well, since I have no idea how to use DD and cant find any user friendly GUI's to help me put the AO5.dd image on my flash drive I'm sunk...

Unless of course 1 of you guys know hows to work with dd and can prepare the files for me... : /
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15 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If the netbook won't even post long enough to select a usb floppy boot or off of a flash drive you're sunk anyways! The flash drive image in the blog there shows how to recover the bios manually by booting off of a separate drive or device in order to recover from a bad flash.

Another recovery method surfaced you may find useful for the Dell mini 9 series. Dell I910 Mini/Vostro A90 USB Key Drive flashBIOS Utility
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