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BIOS Upgrade gone bad?

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hi everyone,
i hav a problem with my dell inspiron 6000 and would really be grateful if you could help me.

i was updating my bios about 2 days back. i got the screen saying that windows was shutting down and then a screen saying that the bios was being flashed. then the laptop attempted to reboot - but it just went dead!
the power led remained lit, but the harddrive led blinked a few times before going out and the screen remained off. i didnt even get the initial bios screen.
i tried to start up again a few minutes later, and the laptop seemed to be working fine.
but the problem remains. whenever i shut down the pc completely, if the harddrive is hot (above 40C on shutdown), then i hav to wait for it to cool down before i can start the pc up again ( the same problem happens - power led on, everything else off)
on the other hand if the harddrive temp is in the 30s when i shut down, the system starts up fine.
hibernate and standby work just fine!
is this a problem with my bios? or something else? this is my only pc, and i need it to be reliable! will i damage my laptop further if i keep using it with this problem going on.
oh and i ran the motherboard diagnostics utility, and everything was reported to be working fine.
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I would have to say that you have a heat problem. I suggest you get a cooler for your laptop. That will help with the heat issue.
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