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Bad bios flash resulted in bricked PC

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  1. Mukansi

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    Hi guys,

    I'm using an Acer TMP453-M notebook (Intel i5 + 4GB Ram). I tried flashing a modded BIOS (from bios-mods.com) but something went wrong. Now my PC won't start-up:

    -Power LED blinks blue regularly
    -Fan struggles to start every-now-and then (but keeps attempting
    -No beeps heard
    -Screen is lifeless

    (all these were noted when only the AC cord was connected. I haven't put the battery back on)

    Can someone please offer me a solution to this problem? Any input will be mightily appreciated.
     
  2. Mukansi

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    Update:

    Fan is revving, AC power LED is still turning on and off regularly but screen still shows no life
     
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    You appear to have an Acer TravelMate P453-M laptop which came with Windows 8 64-bit.

    What's the exact serial number and SNID number on yours?

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    These are the BIOS updates that are listed for that laptop model.

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    If you obtained that BIOS update from some other site instead of from that laptop's support site, there's a good chance that it now has become a heavy doorstop.

    Hopefully, David's link will help you.

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    Then as you said you may now have a "Brick" and need to check with a hardware guy to get it fixed.
     
  7. Mukansi

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    No. Mine came with Win7 Pro x64. I purchased it under the title "refurbished" so i know it wasn't new for sure (But was a great deal for $160).

    The SNID is: 23303493272

    I did get the BIOS from a third-party site because when I searched the Acer Support site, nothing came up :/
     
  8. Mukansi

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    Looks like it and I'm sure it's gonna cost plenty
     
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    But I'm not gonna despair yet. I found the model's service manual online and it offered some detailed instruction about a feature called "Block Bios" and I'm planning on trying it out tonight (once my friend comes over with his PC so I can burn an official BIOS I got from driverscollection.com to my USB). {Fingers crossed}
     
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    Why were you trying to update the BIOS anyway?
    It's generally recommended not to update a BIOS, unless it addresses and fixes a specific issue you're having with the computer.

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    According to that SNID number, you have this laptop which originally came with Windows 8.1 64-bit.
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    Since yours was bought refurbished with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, the Acer support site won't show that.
    The support site lists the same 2 BIOS updates for both operating systems.

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    Keep us posted on the outcome.

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    The VRAM option on my bios couldn't be changed (they were greyed-out), so the machine only displayed 64MB of VRAM (But surprisingly-enough I had 2GB of "shared" memory) and that stopped many of my games from launching (unless if i could find walkarounds and tweaks to individual games), and that was a real buzz-kill. A few weeks ago I finally got a copy of Doom 4 aaand... it just wouldn't start because "64MB of Video Memory is insufficient". I ran to Yahoo Answers to query my plight and there was a general consensus that I should head over to bios-mods.com to get a BIOS that would give me some decent options and liberty. I thought it would be an easy task like flashing roms on an Android... but oh boy was i wrong.

    I couldn't have known it was supposed to come with Win8.1
    Bear with me..
     
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    Seems like the tool FlashIt.exe can't run on a x64 PC and Wincrisis is also greyed on the "browse" option. So can you guys please suggest alternative software to burn a .FD bios into a USB or CD? I tried UsbImage V1.12 (the one I used to get me into all this mess) but it's not completing the job on Win10 (It worked like a charm on my win7 however).
     
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