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problems after BIOS upgrade

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#1 Not me

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:51 PM

After preforming a BIOS upgrade on a Dell inspiron 1000,the system keeps shutting down. System will run for maybe 5 minutes when first started cold before it shuts down and restarts. Each time it restarts it runs for a shorter period of time until it gets to where it is just turning on and off.
After it sits for a few hours the process starts all over.
I have been able to run some of the diagnostics,not all because the system shuts down before it can finish.
To me it acts like something is getting hot and shutting it down. The temperature in the area of the CPU is 106-108f.

Is there a way to reverse the BIOS update?

Any ideas of what needs to be done?

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:27 PM

BIOS updates are not something to play around with, and should usually only be done on advice from the manufacturer. An incorrect one can render your machine unusable which means a reinstall of Windows.

You could try a System Restore, or go to the manufacturer's site and make sure you have recommended one for your machine and OS.

Good luck.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:23 AM

Was there a reason you performed the BIOS upgrade?

It does sound like an overheating problem, but the CPU, if that is a correct temperature reading is not the problem.

The BIOS are not stored on the hard drive with the OS. They are actually burned to a chip =ROM, Read Only Memory, on the motherboard. If it is a bad or incorrect BIOS flash then a System Restore or re-install will be of no use.

As stated, you can try a re-flash to the previous version.

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