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Old 03-08-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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BIOS Update Crash

I've probably just made the most fatal errors in computing. I downloaded a BIOS firmware update from Dell, and ran fine at first, saying that it was going to flash the BIOS and then reboot.
Everything was going fine until I started it back up, and I got the Beeping of Death, and a blank screen. All of the other components are powering on, except there is no signal being sent to the monitor. I've tried rebooting again and again, to no avail.

I KNEW that shouldn't have updated it, and I know that I did something very wrong, though I'm not exactly sure what. If anyone can help in anyway, you'll get a cookie, and not a virtual one.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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A blank screen, but all of the drives power on and spin? Does it start to boot up?


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Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:35 PM   #3
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Yeah, it's active and everything, and it seems to boot all of the drives, but it definitely doesn't start Windows.

Is there possibility that I may need to reset the BIOS by jumping the board?
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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I was going to suggest doing just that. It's a Dell, right? Just unplug it and remove the CMOS battery for half an hour or so, then give it another try.


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:35 AM   #5
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Hm, I'll try that. I definitely do not want to attempt jumping it, especially with the chance of frying the board completely. I have been going around on other sites, and if worse comes to worse, some of them suggest getting a whole new BIOS chip from Dell.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:41 AM   #6
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What did you mean by "jumping?" I thought that you meant resetting the BIOS by clearing the CMOS.

Are you referring to jumping the board in the same manner as you would to jumping a car? That sounds scary.


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:58 PM   #7
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you only need to get a new chip if you're existing one is fried. Just follow manufacturer's instructions for resetting CMOS. As a general rule, only update your BIOS if you are having issues addressed in the BIOS update's description.

@Q - I think pastramiX was referring to some pc's requiring a jumper position change on the mobo to reset CMOS I had an old amd board that had that. I love the way its setup in my shuttles, there's a hole at back of the pc you poke into to set off a reset button. No need to open the case, fiddle with jumpers or batteries. I <3 my shuttles

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Old 03-09-2009, 04:54 PM   #8
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I tried the battery method, and everything is back to normal. Thanks for everything, Q. I was this to taking a sledgehammer to my motherboard.
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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Cool.

For a second there I thought that you'd bricked your motherboard.

Did the BIOS flash actually take?


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:02 PM   #10
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Did the BIOS flash actually take?
Nope, it's still on the original version. Actually, the clock was set to the original power-on date... in 2005.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:06 PM   #11
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I'd leave it.


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
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