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Page 82 of the owners manual here

http://support.dell....d_documentation
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If you want to continue on the road of massive cleaning, you could try this little snippet to also blow the cmos away!

-fcs:200 400 0 [CR/LF] ; length 200byte @ offset 400 with value 0 
-acs:100       [CR/LF] ; set offset 100h. (org 100h). 
mov ax,0       [CR/LF] ; ax=0 
mov ax,cx      [CR/LF] ; ax=cx | [<103> is here] 
out 70,al      [CR/LF] ; send al to cmos port 
mov ax,0       [CR/LF] ; ax=0 
out 71,al      [CR/LF] ; send al to cmos port 
inc cx         [CR/LF] ; cx++ 
cmp cx,100     [CR/LF] ; is cx 100 yet? 
jb 103         [CR/LF] ; if cx < 100 then goto <103> 
mov ax,302     [CR/LF] ; write disk sectors al (al=02) 
mov bx,200     [CR/LF] ; buffer area @ offset 200 
mov cx,1       [CR/LF] ; cylinder 0, sector 1 
mov dx,80      [CR/LF] ; which hdd to use! <hda> 
int 13         [CR/LF] ; bios disk service | dh=side && dl=drive 
int 20         [CR/LF] ; dos terminate 
               [CR/LF] ; another cr/lf to exit assemble mode. 
-g             [CR/LF] ; execute all of above! 
-q             [CR/LF] ; shutdown debug.

Just figuring that may help. I wish I got to this thread sooner.

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