I'm working on a 3043 Inspiron, service tag # 4GX9Z22. Someone wanted me to wipe out Windows 8 and install 7. No problem, did it many times.
So I zero wiped the hard drive and reformatted it, put it back in, went into the BIOS to change to legacy boot, and...... there's no legacy boot option! No CSM either.
Apparently the A06 BIOS, which this pc has, doesn't have the needed options. I have to get the A09 BIOS into this thing to fix it.
So how can I do that? I downloaded the BIOS file to a flash drive, but the computer isn't seeing flash drives. Only boot options are ipv4 and ipv6. And I'd have to have windows running anyhow, to even run that updated BIOS file, I think.
So how screwed am I on this miserable POS? Never seen this before, in many years of PC repair work.
I tried loading 7 Pro 64 bit on the hard drive, from a Dell recovery CD, using a Dell Latitude 6410 laptop, thinking that'd be enough to get it doing, but no go. It doesn't even try to boot from hard disk.
EDIT - Idea ... if I had a hard drive out of a functioning 3043, that this computer could boot from, I could use it to run the computer long enough to get the BIOS upgraded, then all would be well, right? Or will Secure Boot confound this idea?
Edited by Tim_K, 05 May 2016 - 11:19 AM.