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BIOS update cut mid-way

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fizzywhizzy, Oct 27, 2014.

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  1. Fizzywhizzy

    Fizzywhizzy Thread Starter

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    Hi there,
    Not sure if this is hardware or software issue for correct thread, could be both!


    Have a sick Dell Laptop Studio 1555 that I need to get files off.


    Battery wasn't charging up but laptop turned on when plugged into wall. Msg of "battery cannot be identified' came on. Had a small blue screen of death (not full screen) that said something about the driver loop - was too fast for me to read, and computer crashed.


    For some reason (I did this a few weeks ago, but have since been away) I started to update BIOS. Partway through the flash (or whatever it's called) I freaked out thinking I was going to wipe all the files, so aborted.


    So...computer no longer starts! Laptop/fan starts, keypad lights up but screen is black/no power.


    Help!


    Have a stuffed it completely, or can I recover the files.


    I can't tell you what operating system it is, or much about its memory, sorry.


    Please direct me elsewhere if necessary...very grateful for any help.
    Cheers.
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    It sounds like you've corrupted your BIOS by performing a partial installation -- I'm not aware of a way to fix this unless you are able to re-install the BIOS update and let it finish.

    Needless to say, you want to avoid updating your BIOS unless you have a definite reason that calls for it.

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    As for saving your files you will need to connect the harddrive to another computer to pull the files from as the motherboard in that computer will no longer work.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    A bad bios flash won't affect the data on the hard drive. You can remove the drive and put it in an external caddy to recover what ever data you need. You will not be able to recover installed programs for reuse though.
     
  4. Fizzywhizzy

    Fizzywhizzy Thread Starter

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    Thanks theshooter93 and dustyjay, will try recover some data. Assuming it sounds like the computer is had it! Live and learn!
     
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    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    The BIOS software is independent of and has no affect on the Windows operating system and your personal data.

    Unfortunately, aborting the BIOS update process has now left you with a non-working laptop.

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  7. DaveBurnett

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    With the hard disk out, and the USB inserted press and keep F1 pressed and power on the machine.
    I think that works with AMI BIOS, The new BIOS should be the only file on the flash drive.
     
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