No Insyde BIOS Recovery .FD ?

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  1. ionbasa

    ionbasa MDL Novice

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    #1 ionbasa, Aug 30, 2015
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    Long story short: I have a friend drop off an DELL Inspiron 17-3721 which seems to have had a bad BIOS flash. I can get it to power on, but not to post.

    So, I downloaded the BIOS executable from Dell's website. It can be found here: h*tp://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER03262586M/1/3721A14.exe
    Its an an compressed SFX executable, so I unzipped with 7Zip.

    It's an Insyde BIOS, so naturally there is the INSYDE flasher included. Also included are "isflash.bin" and "ME.bin".

    Opened "isflash.bin" in Phoenixtool to get proper name of recovery bios file. Phoenixtool said it should be "VAW00X64.fd"
    It also gave an error at the end saying it failed to extract HDR file.

    Next, I tried running
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    InsydeFlash.exe VAW00X64.fd /g
    To extract the recovery file. The tool runs, but the file is exactly 0 bytes.

    Thoughts?
     
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  4. ionbasa

    ionbasa MDL Novice

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    #4 ionbasa, Aug 30, 2015
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    How would renaming isflash.bin to the raw .fd file help? It's not the proper size, and I can't use the a DOS flasher as it won't post, so I needed the raw recovery image for an emergency flash. I've double checked ram. There shouldn't be any reason for the chipset to have become desoldered as far as I know.

    This seemed to have worked. The resulting file is exactly 6114 Kb or 6.1 Mb. I'll try to use the Insyde BIOS recovery using a FAT32 flash drive and by holding down <WIN> + <B>. If that doesn't work, are there any other keystrokes I should try?
     
  5. LatinMcG

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