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#1 ghostdrifter11

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:15 PM

-It should be noted that I have basic knowledge of PCs. All my knowledge comes from quick glances across google. Please use simple terminology for me to understand *lol*.-

 

Okay, so today I was in the midst of running a BIOS update onto my Dell Inspiron 3650 when it was "force shutdown" by somebody else in the household, and now my PC wont even turn on. I press the power button and it will turn on but for only a split second before turning back off again. I understand that this has more than likely royally screwed up my motherboard or other components such as my BIOS chip. I will be taking my baby (yes, I just said my baby) to a technician in the foreseeable future, but can I get a list of parts that could have been directly corrupted by this occurrence? Also a list of possible fixes would be nice with links to video demonstrations if possible. If there is anyway that I can also save all of the files on my PC that would be outstanding. I do understand, however, this this may not be possible. Thank you all so much in advance!



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#2 mightywiz

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 12:29 PM

if your system is newer then 2015 then you should be able to do a bios recovery.

with system powered off hold <esc> + <ctrl> buttons down and turn the machine on.

if it's a desk top hold them until the recovery menu comes up

if a laptop you have to pull the power cable then hold the buttons and plug the power adapter in and then release the buttons when you see recovery menu.

 

here is a link to the instructions.


Edited by mightywiz, 20 April 2018 - 12:31 PM.


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 03:59 PM

Read that article; it has several caveats that need to be met.


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 05:25 PM

-Update- 

Okay so I was checking out the article and followed the instructions but to no avail. I searched what the average length of a warranty was and my sources said it was about 3 years, and my system in particular is out of warranty. I'm guessing mine was manufactured roughly from the end of 2014 to mid 2015. Thank you, @mightywiz & @DavisMcCarn for the referral to the article though.

 

So anyways I was wondering if I were to buy a new motherboard built specifically for the Inspiron 3650 and maybe a new BIOS chip if all should be good? 



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Posted 21 April 2018 - 03:28 AM

If you buy a replacement motherboard (new or used) it should have a working BIOS already fitted.

 

(If the BIOS were socketed so easily removable (probably not on a Dell) you would be able to replace only the BIOS chip as the rest of the motherboard should still be functional)


Edited by rqt, 21 April 2018 - 03:34 AM.


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 07:24 AM

On the system board is a sticker with D/PN printed on it which will be Dell's part number for your board.  You want to match that for real compatibility.


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 04:12 PM

Thank you for your inputs @rqt and QDavisMcCarn. When I get some spare time I will open up my PC and take a look at the motherboard and if there is any possability of removing and replacing the BIOS chip. I will leave an update as soon as I find anything out. 






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