Can I Recover from failed laptop BIOS flash?

March 22, 2011 at 09:36:26
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I flashed my BIOS with Hirens Boot CD and was not successful. Now my notebook is left useless. Can anyone help with this notebook's bios.

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#1
March 22, 2011 at 12:03:29
Not unless you give us some specs such as make and model #. Some computers such as Dells have a non-detructive backup copy of the BIOS and can be reverted to.

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#2
March 22, 2011 at 12:17:20
I flashed my BIOS with Hirens Boot CD

Bad idea, very bad idea.

You should have used a plain old boot disk with a minimal of files on it. Using something like Hirens Boot CD could very well have interrupted the flash process, even if only for a fraction of a second, and corrupted the whole process.

Stuart


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#3
March 22, 2011 at 13:22:15
What did you hope to accomplish by updating the BIOS? Time for a new netbook.

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#4
March 22, 2011 at 15:37:51
I don't know how many idiots keep saying to flash bios.

Unless the computer has a special type of bios that can recover from failed attempts then you need to replace the bios physically.

Does anything happen when you try to power on? Do you know where the owners manual is to learn more about fixing it?

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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#5
March 22, 2011 at 15:39:59
When I say idiot, I don't mean you principle. I mean the other people on sites that keep saying to do this.

Like StuartS says, bad idea.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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#6
March 24, 2011 at 10:51:57
It is a mcdata a5000m model by twinhead. the CPU is actually intel celeron

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#7
March 24, 2011 at 11:24:03
Best Case:

It just failed to start. You might be able to reset your CMOS. This requires you to get frisky with a screw driver and open the case to locate the CMOS battery or the jumper that will reset the CMOS. Warning this will void the warranty. You might be able to get a repair shop to do this for you.

Worst Case: (lets hope not)

You bricked it; J-TAG time. J-Tags are great fun. You may have to call the manufacture of the mother board to get the j-tag diak and you will need a computer with an RS232 Com Port and a j-tag cable for your mother board. Then you can reload the BIOS. Most people just buy a new board. This will deferentially void your warranty. Some repair shops have the equipment to do this for you.

Last Ditch:

If you have a warranty still, I would call the manufacture and DO NOT TELL THEM WHAT YOU DID and act like it just failed one day. They will replace the system with a new one and hopefully swap the hard drive out. Again flashing BIOS will some time void your warranty so I would not mention it.

* If you decide you want to go this route, do it before you do the above so that they do not see that the case was opened. *

Either way you are probably going to need to call tech support for what you need.

Good Luck and from some one who has his fair share of bricks under his belt, I feel for you.


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#8
April 15, 2011 at 10:15:04
hello sir , now i have my bios file from the manufacturer. how do i restore it. i dnt see anything on the machine(laptop) when i start it

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