Dell Vostro 220 Bios update help needed

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by geno368, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. geno368

    geno368 MDL Novice

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    I am working on a Vostro running XP Prof and it won't boot in regular or safe mode. I tried a re-install of the OS and keep getting BSOD. I then downloaded the latest Bios update on my laptop and put the exe file on a cd and tried to boot and it just ignores the boot config I gave it to boot from cd. I retried it and it just comes up with "hit F11 for system recovery" I did that and again got BSOD. I'm not sure if that is the way to flash the bios. BTW, I cannot even get to a CP. I have run all system tests with a Hirens and it shows no problems.
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    As said above, what kind of miracle do you expect from BIOS update when (most likely) hardware is failing?

    Vostro = disposable PC

    sebus
     
  3. geno368

    geno368 MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the replies. I agree with the quality...it's not my system..it's a family member. I have replaced the SATA HD with another known working one with same results. It leads me to believe that the bios or mbr is corrupt, but I am not a tech. Is there any suggestion you could give me to try to get this going? I used a Hiren's diagnostic disc and checked the MB and all other hardware and it showed all good. It even booted an XP mini boot
     
  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    SATA controller dying? mobo failing, memory failing (did you memtest it?)

    You can afudos 7C4D1P45.ROM /P /N /C
    (you get this file from temp folder when run Dell Vostro 220 1.3 bios exe on unsupported system
    sebus
     
  5. geno368

    geno368 MDL Novice

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    thanks for the reply, but she gave up the ship and bought another...lol