Used ASSETT reset on Optiplex Fx160, now stuck in Manufacturing mode

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  1. Oz

    Oz MDL Expert

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    #1 Oz, Apr 10, 2010
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    [SOLVED] ASSETT reset on Optiplex Fx160

    Used the ASSETT PASS:12/31 on a Dell Optiplex FX160, and it worked in resetting the BIOS, now suddenly rest of BIOS showed up, and SLIC2.1 has showed it's face.

    Problem is that since ASSET field in BIOS has the PASS:12/31 in it, on every boot it enter Manufacturing Mode and all is reset. Can't get to boot from the external DVD drive I used to load ASSET to start with.

    Anyone know the trick to get it out of this mode, or to get it to a DOS stage so I can clear the ASSET line?
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    EDIT, worked out a way, removed SSD and SATA Hard drive and it could only boot from one device, which was my external DVD drive. Removed ASSET tag and all is back to normal, well apart from a SLIC2.1 in BIOS now ;)
     
  2. d3v1L

    d3v1L MDL Novice

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    i did it for optiplex 330 and workd like charm. after full reset it prompts you to press Alt+F2 and after that it will restart normally.
     
  3. kukubau

    kukubau MDL Addicted

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    I hope you still have written somewhere the original service tag.

    If so use DellbiosReset disc and choose to change the service tag and enter the original service tag. Ususally you can find it on a sticker on your computer. It will boot properly.
    Here it is: DellBiosReset.iso
    Mirror: DellBiosReset.iso

    This should be the first way of unlocking dell bioses not the 12/31 meethod. This is how Dell does it.

    kukubau
     
  4. Oz

    Oz MDL Expert

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    None of all the service tag tools worked on the FX160. Only the ASSET trick worked, but did get me stuck for an hour or so.
    To answer other reply, there was no prompt to hit any keys. I did find the Alt+F2 and Alt-X and couple of others, but all useless. Only removing all other bootable options apart from the external DVD drive could get ASSET.COM to run once more to clear the ASSET field.

    This Dell system is a little different to other Dell, it's basically a netbook in desktop form, Atom CPU etc...

    As mentioned in EDIT, all good now, original Dell BIOS and SLIC2.1.
     
  5. boboche

    boboche MDL Novice

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    So, what are the steps and files to get an FX160 to SLIC2.1? Bios recovery alone with original service tag would do it?

    I've just got my hands on one, and I don't see SLIC tables in its bios.
     
  6. boboche

    boboche MDL Novice

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    Yes that would be much appreciated, I'm sure there are a lot of people with FX160 googling and finding this exact thread.
     
  7. scrotty

    scrotty MDL Novice

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    #7 scrotty, Feb 11, 2011
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    I've got myself into the same situation and am stuck in the manufacturing mode loop. The problem I have is that the internal NVRAM has got a boot loader on which throws an error about not finding any bootable media. If I go into the bios and turn off the internal NVRAM as soon as I reboot, the machine goes back into manufactuting mode and turns on the NVRAM again. If I use F12 to get into the boot menu to try and run the CD it just launches back into the manufacturing mode so I'm in a bit of a pickle at the moment.

    Anyone got any suggestions as to how I get past this?

    **EDIT**
    Just found out how to remove the NVRAM module - all up and running. Phew :)
     
  8. pollyc

    pollyc MDL Novice

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    Hi, I'm a beginner, I have a problem with the OptiPlex FX160, I forgot the password of the bios, I tried to remove the battery but it always asks me the password, help me (sorry for bad english) thanks!
     
  9. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    You need to post your service tag + the number after the dash.
    Ex: 1234567-595B
     
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  10. pollyc

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    #10 pollyc, Jul 29, 2011
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    this? 5F3GD4J
    no number after the dash
    no dash
    thanks
     
  11. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    On the screen where it asks you for the password, it shows your service tag + a 4-digit code (password scheme).

    DELL service tag: 5F3GD4J-595B password: qc9vrjta
    DELL service tag: 5F3GD4J-A95B password: qc9vrjta
    DELL service tag: 5F3GD4J-D35B password: 9b5hh3uh
    DELL service tag: 5F3GD4J-2A7B password: n023ouABFE9zZDPQ
     
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  12. pollyc

    pollyc MDL Novice

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    thanks ,but don't works
    it don't shows the service tag, but:

    CMOS Checksum Error
    CMOS Time Not Set
    Press F2 to Run Setup
    Press F1 to load default values and continue

    if I press F1 or F2 ,it shows only:


    Enter password:


    Please help me ....:confused::worthy::doh::biggrin::biggrin::hug2::hug2:
     
  13. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    Not sure if this still applies, but the Optiplex doesn't use a master password like the laptops. You might have to open up the chassis and follow the directions regarding the PSWD jumper.

    Good luck!
     
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