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Bricked Dell Inspiron mini 10v

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Ok so i downloaded the bios update from the dell website... started the installl it froze my computer, and i turned it off yea...

Anyway my laptop is bricked. 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me, i know theres a way to unbrick because they have ways to do it on other inspiron minis like inspiron mini 9 but i dont know how to do it on the inspiron mini 10v. Anyway thanks, and if you wondering why i dident call tech support well i did but they told me my warranty expired which i could totally understand if anything like i dropped my laptop or got a software failure... but come on i got all this problems from your very website, and your gonna make me pay after destroying my computer.

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  • www.mydellmini.com/.../9950-bricked-mini-10-inspiron-1010-failed-bios-flash-recovery-2.html

     

    Model #: Inspiron Mini 10

    1. Get a USB FDD and connect it to a PC with a 32-bit OS. 64-bit did not work due to the MAKEBOOT.exe. I used a Y-E Data 4x FDD and Win7 x86.
    2. Download and Run as Administrator the file from SOMMS in post #4
    3. Run the EXE in that zip file and follow the instructions in the DOS box
    4. Plug the USB FDD into your dead Mini10 and remove its battery.
    5. Press Fn + END and plug in the DC power.
    [Yes it is difficult to reach the END key. Try this: Plug the power adapter into a power strip and make sure the power strip's switch is OFF. Plug the DC jack into the Mini10. Press Fn + END. Use your toe to power on the power strip.]
    6. Power LED will flash. Press Power Button without releasing Fn + END. FDD will read once, stop, then read continuously because it is booting from it. Release Fn + END.
    7. Mini10 will beep intermittently and annoyingly for several minutes. DO NOT DISCONNECT POWER. It will reboot itself after one final long-ass BEEEEEP.

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  • www.mydellmini.com/.../9950-bricked-mini-10-inspiron-1010-failed-bios-flash-recovery-2.html

     

    Model #: Inspiron Mini 10

    1. Get a USB FDD and connect it to a PC with a 32-bit OS. 64-bit did not work due to the MAKEBOOT.exe. I used a Y-E Data 4x FDD and Win7 x86.
    2. Download and Run as Administrator the file from SOMMS in post #4
    3. Run the EXE in that zip file and follow the instructions in the DOS box
    4. Plug the USB FDD into your dead Mini10 and remove its battery.
    5. Press Fn + END and plug in the DC power.
    [Yes it is difficult to reach the END key. Try this: Plug the power adapter into a power strip and make sure the power strip's switch is OFF. Plug the DC jack into the Mini10. Press Fn + END. Use your toe to power on the power strip.]
    6. Power LED will flash. Press Power Button without releasing Fn + END. FDD will read once, stop, then read continuously because it is booting from it. Release Fn + END.
    7. Mini10 will beep intermittently and annoyingly for several minutes. DO NOT DISCONNECT POWER. It will reboot itself after one final long-ass BEEEEEP.

    Reply With Quote

    Report Unresolved Customer Service Issues here
    I do not work for Dell. I too am a user.
    The forum is primarily user to user, with Dell employees moderating.

  • I fear that this might be a case of beyond economic repair. The only reliable method is to de-solder the bios chip from the mainboard, re-flash it externally and replace. There are specialists who can do this. Whether it is worth it for a netbook of any make is debatable. They are disposable items with limited or no repair capability designed in.

    I would remove the hard drive or the SSD and see can I get it to boot into F2 bios setup. If there is still no life then I would sell it on EBay for spares (first backup and erase the drive if it proves to be good).

    As a general rule:

    It is best not to flash a computer bios unless the update specifically addresses an issue you are experiencing. (If it ain't broke,don't fix it).

    Do not flash a computer bios from Windows. This sort of thing can and will happen. Use DOS on a USB stick.

    Do not flash a computer bios if there are any unresolved hardware faults.