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My Inspiron 6400 won't Bios Boot


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alientecho

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6400, Dual core, 2 gig ram etc. I was reinstalling Win 7 32 bit onto it after running
Ubuntu for awhile and all went good untill I was adding in the Dell drivers (vista Drivers)that were selected from my Service number from dell site.
I thought I would upgade the bios and when I selected it it said it could not access the flash file or something similar and to reboot the machine.
When I rebooted all I got was power light came on, hard drive light came on momentarily and then nothing, no screen nothing except the power on light was still on. I tried the removing the hard drive and wifi card and battery stuff but still did not work. I think my Bios has gone bye byes. Anybody know why and how I can get it back?

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Edited by alientecho, 26 November 2011 - 08:50 PM.

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phillpower2

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Hi alientecho and :welcome:
If you have corrupted your BIOS you will need a specialist and specialised equipment to put it right.
Have you tried pressing the F2 or F12 keys when you power up?

I tried the removing the hard drive and wifi card and battery

The HDD and wifi card will not be responsible but which battery did you remove the CMOS/BIOS battery (see .jpeg below) http://support.dell....s.htm#wp1066505
Do you have the Vista or recovery disk/s that may have been provided with the laptop and previous to this happening had you installed the video drivers?

Thanks to rshaffer61 for the .jpeg :thumbsup:
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Thanks
I will give this a go, yes have pressed F2 F12 F8...LOL
I think it may have still been installing the Video driver when I tried installing the flash bios update so gawd only knows what i did.
This is what happens when you a distracted!!

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In post #2 I asked

Do you have the Vista or recovery disk/s that may have been provided with the laptop and previous to this happening had you installed the video drivers?

What is the answer please?
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It was Win 7 but as there are no Win 7 drivers for this machine I was using the vista ones, Anyhow I have both vista and win 7 disks but do not have a recovery disk.
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Recovery may be possible can you post your service tag please?
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Thanks Peoples, Sorry about the delay but due to work commitments and delayed access to the machine I have only just been able to work on it. The problem is fixed. Removing the Bios battery and shorting the battery compartment terminals out seemed to reset the bios to default. I then just reset a few things and away it went back to the point before the hickup.
Thanks for all your help geeks to go guys and girls, much appriciated!!

Edited by alientecho, 01 December 2011 - 03:53 PM.

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