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2350 bios A02

  • I have a 2350, tried to upgrade bois to A02 did not work. I went ahead and downloaded the windows update for XP Pro which installed fine. I then tried the floppy again with the bois upgrade this time it seemed to work when I rebooted the machine it never came back on.

  • Resetting the CMOS is about the only thing to try after the machine is dead following a BIOS flash.

    By never came on, does that mean no lights? Or is the power indicator on? color? blinking? Any diagnostic lights?

    Peter
  • Peter,

     

    The lights come on and I can hear the fan running but I do not get a bois start up screen nor do I hear the hard drive spinning.

     

    Ron

  • What lights come on? What color is the power indicator? Is it blinking? Are the diagnostic (A-B-C-D on the back) on?

    Peter
  • Peter, The power light is green and stays on The computer is in a BIOS failure recovery mode. A B C      yellowD             green What now Ron
  • Peter, The power light is green and stays on The computer is in a BIOS failure recovery mode. A B C      yellowD             green What now Ron 
  • This is what the manual says:

     

    Another type of failure has occurred.

    Check the computer message that appears on your monitor screen.


     

    I would try disconnecting all cards and see if that helps.


    Otherwise you might have a motherboard problem.


     

    Peter

  • Did you ever reset the CMOS?
  • Peter,What I sent the other day was what I read from the Dell web site. I do not get any image on my monitor. I have no cards in this unit and I have tried to reset the CMOS. I had heard that their was a way to load a file on a floppy and try to start the machine that it was a bois file but one that would recreate  the bois on the motherboard board. Any ideas?Ron
  • Yes, you can reload the BIOS from a floppy, but your machine has to boot first!  So, there is the catch 22!

    Peter
  • Peter,

    So at this point I might be better off to just change the motherboard, what are your thoughts on that idea.

    Ron

  • At this point if you tried resetting the CMOS, remove power and press the power button then wait for 30 minutes,  disconnecting everything else from the motherboard, then replacing the motherboard might be the only thing left.

    It's too bad Dells don't have a backup BIOS on board like some Intel boards do.  Seems like fairly cheap insurance against these failures.

    Peter