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Windows 7: Bios flash gone bad: (

15 Jan 2010   #1
peck1234

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
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 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
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

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
peck1234

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
Frostmourne

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
peck1234

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
ignatzatsonic

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15 Jan 2010   #8
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Yes, try reflashing.
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15 Jan 2010   #9
peck1234

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
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

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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