Packard Bell Easynote R0335

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  1. KirkHamster

    KirkHamster MDL Novice

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    #1 KirkHamster, Oct 21, 2012
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    Can anyone tell me if PackardBell Easynote R0335 is actually the R0-model people are talking about ?
    I thought r0355 was an r3 because of all the 3's in the number!

    My laptop is so old that it's not on the 'Find by SN' anymore.

    I bricked the BIOS. (Using the R3 BIOS update CD!)

    Does anyone know the magic key combination for this ? I have a working ROM file on USB, just need it to load it up.

    Laptop is running, but black screen and DVD lights are blinking.

    Nothing works.

    Edit: I am not sure what BIOS is in this one. I think its AMI. But some say its Phoenix.
    I downloaded the "R0" BIOS flash disk and theres a file called 'EN_R0.IMA' there along with some tools that i UniExtracted.

    Please halp!

    Regards,
    KirkHamstert
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    use virtual floppy from sourceforge.
    that will let u open the .IMA
     
  3. KirkHamster

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    #3 KirkHamster, Oct 21, 2012
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    I am unfamiliar with this program. Does it still require a magic key combo, that you would happen know ? :D

    Or is this an entirely new method ? I'll read up on it, but if you are particularily bored on this sunday, feel free to explain the general concept!

    Thanks so much for replying.

    regards.

    Edit:
    Been reading a bit, my understanding is fairly lacking. How is this to be used?`Do i install a virtual drive on my computer, and let the bricked one connect to it via ethernet ?
    Because the target laptop is bricked and nothing can be installed there....

    Edit2:
    D:\Users\equex\Downloads\vfd21-080206>vfd.exe install
    Virtual Floppy Drive does not run on Windows 95/98/Me.

    I am using Win7, maybe i should try this on myXP laptop.
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    virtual floppy is to open the .ima floppy image .. so u can save the contents to usb.

    most recovery keys are WinB or Fn B or FN x or fn esc or fn b

    some toshibas have the recovery disabled in bootblock.

    only way would be with spi usb flasher.
     
  5. KirkHamster

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    #5 KirkHamster, Oct 21, 2012
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    Seems the tool somewhat worked - it took my ima file, renamed it so something else and put a bunch of other files on that virtual floppy. (autoexec.bat++++)
    Should i just copy the resulting files on the virtual disk to the USB or should i use a tool for that ?

    I think i tried all the key combos, the USB stick never lights up....


    Edit: I have move to an XP machine.
    Edit 2: Wrote the files from the virtual floppy to USB with WinWrite.

    Still none of your key combos seems to trigger any activity on the USB led.

    Any further ideas?

    regards, KirkHamster
     
  6. drewbug

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    KirkHamster,

    Could you upload the copy of the R0335 BIOS you have so that I may work with it?
     
  7. KirkHamster

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    #7 KirkHamster, Oct 22, 2012
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    Heres the IMA file. had to compress it with 7zip, the uploaded refused the format...

    View attachment EN_R0.7z


    this should be it. hope i uploaded it in a proper way. first time i use the MDL forum....

    thanks so much for assisting!

    regards, kirkhamster

    edit: this file is UniExtracted from PackardBells recovery cd. should be good.
     
  8. drewbug

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    I will try my best with this today.

    Could you upload an ISO of this recovery CD? Maybe to DropBox, if it's too big?
     
  9. KirkHamster

    KirkHamster MDL Novice

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    It's actually not an ISO, it's an exe that produces a BIOS flash CD. I'll try here first....

    You need UniExtract to uncompress it, or just run the file and put in a CDR.

    97Kb limit on rar files, gonna have to use dropbox. hang on, will set it up now and make a new message.
     
  10. KirkHamster

    KirkHamster MDL Novice

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    /s/4dpfho8vngayt83/EasyNote_R0_BIOS_102.exe

    add dropbox.com first, i am under 20 posts so i cant post links in this forum yet

    that should be it!

    good luck!


    greetings & re
     
  11. drewbug

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    I think I have figured something out. It seems that this is a very old Insyde BIOS. There is a way that I'm not sure will work that may fix it. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
     
  12. danny60473

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    try dropbox.com
     
  13. KirkHamster

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    #13 KirkHamster, Oct 22, 2012
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    What ? Did you share something ? I can't see anything.... (havent used dropbox before.... did you forget to post the rest of the url to me ?)

    Edit: Please ignore this post, i wasnt looking at who posted! I am now a new dropbox user already! ty!
     
  14. drewbug

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    #14 drewbug, Oct 22, 2012
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  15. KirkHamster

    KirkHamster MDL Novice

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    Not much luck....

    I did what you said, but the USB drive never shows any sign of activity. I do not have a portable floppy/built in one. Here's picture of the settings i used for Rufus. I am using an 1GB PNY Attache drive. I first tried with a 16GB drive, but i read somewhere that one should not use drives bigger than 1GB. I held down FN and ESC then powered it up on AC (no batteries), but absolutely nothing happens. If i eject the DVD drive, the HD lights stops flashing. Inserting it again makes the drive lights start up again. No sounds, no USB activity. I've seen about 235 key combinations to get this way of 'booting' happen. Maybe FN+ESC is wrong for this model ? Thanks so much for your efforts so far. I really really hope you have another suggestion as well!

    rufus-1gig.jpg

    I'll be watching an episode of Walking Dead right now, but I'll be back after that !
    Regards, KirkHamster!
     
  16. drewbug

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    I think you might need a USB floppy drive.

    One thing, though, is that you shouldn't be selecting FreeDOS within Rufus, you should be selecting MS-DOS.

    I don't know how likely it is that this change will affect anything, though.

    I'm going to keep trying to find a different solution, but you might want to look into borrowing a portable USB drive from somebody, as there's a chance that will help.

    Do you have any blank CDs and a computer with a CD burner?
     
  17. KirkHamster

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    Tried with MSDOS.
    Also tried different Rufus MBR and the Fixes settings. No luck at all.
    I do have CD's ready to burn. (I ofcourse tried booting the R0 bootable disk with FN+ESC) No luck there either.

    This one sounds like a stubborn thing. :(
     
  18. KirkHamster

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    #18 KirkHamster, Oct 22, 2012
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    Good nite

    Gonna go continue my Stargate SG1 run now, then sleep, so I'll be offline for 10-12 hours.

    Thanks so far. hope to hear from you tomorrow.

    I'm gonna see if i can obtain an USB floppy drive as well.

    cya !


    Edit one last note: from the Rufus log that i did not like: Using Windows 7 MBR
     
  19. KirkHamster

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    I am awake again and ready to hack! Couldnt sleep properly last night so i messed around with some LCD code (the 16x2 serial LCD!)
     
  20. drewbug

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