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Bios Failure

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#1 theman86


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Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:31 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 9100 Desktop. I updated bios today. I downloaded the latest one from Dell.com. Well i started it and it restarted my computer but first a blue screen came up saying something about BIOS. Then it turned back on and started making grinding noises. It continued doing that for about 10-15 mineuts and shutoff. I turned it back on and it started making whirring sounds followed by 6 beeps coming from inside my computer. The BIOS update failed and it wont even show anything on the moniter. Before returining it for repair i want to know is there any other way to fix this?

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 07:17 PM

If a failure occured while flashing the BIOS, then your system is hosed.

However, I don't know why something like that would cause noises you describe. You may have some other hardware failure. The multiple beeps, you need to find out what this means, by finding out by the manufacturers website, or the bios website, depending on what BIOS you are using. Sounds like the computer is not making it through the POST.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 07:21 PM

Hi theman86,

Can you tell us the patern of the beeps? Is it 1 3 1 1 or beep - beep beep beep - beep - beep?

Just a shot... try reseating your memory. You can try to reflash the computer... if it will boot at all? I would also unplug your drives and remove any added adapters, and then see if your computer will do anything.

I know this is after the fact but... Flashing the BIOS is usually a last resort. If it fails, that usually means the BIOS programing is toast and the board will not boot afterwards.

Good luck,


Edited by rigel, 16 March 2006 - 07:23 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 07:54 PM

If you did corrupt your BIOS, this site will sell you a new BIOS chip. That is provided the chip is removable. I worked on a HP 533w that had the wrong BIOS flashed. It turned the computer into a box of rocks. I bought a replacement BIOS chip from them for $50. A is good. The computer is up and running.
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