Vostro 1000 BIOS Recovery

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by Tenrai, May 14, 2011.

  1. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    Hello...

    I tried to update my Vostro 1000 bios to A06 in windows 7 the bios update got stuck mid way, laptop become unresponsive. I unplugged the ac adapter and took the battary out. When I tried to turn it back on; there was no display, num lock and caps lock LEDs came on solid green and DVD-rom seeked for disc then stops. No blinking leds patterns or beep codes.

    I tried bios recovery using bootable usb drive(Voyager 4gb) using crisis disk, nothing happened, I have tried all possible combinations, fn/win key + b/f/ESC, ESC key, End key on all the usb ports but nothing happens. As soon as the laptop powers up, dvd drive seeks for disk then goes quite. I thought may be the Vostro Bios recovers through Dvd-rom as it keeps seeking for disk, I renamed the bios rom to bios.wph and burned it on cd-r still nothing.

    Next I tried to extract HDR file from dell A06 Bios using the -writehdrfile but nothing happens it just executes the bios. I am all out of ideas and would appreciate immensly any help provided.

    Regards

    Tenrai
     
  2. TTAV134

    TTAV134 MDL Expert

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    #2 TTAV134, May 14, 2011
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    when you wrote "I tried bios recovery using bootable usb drive(Voyager 4gb) using crisis disk"
    can you be more explicit, how did you build this "crisis disk"
    What is the content of your USB stick.

    now, the method:
    execute WinVost263.EXE on any machine, it will decompress itself in the same folder, and flashing process will stop by an error.
    Then, rename FLASHABL.ROM to BIOS.WPH

    and follow this procedure

    note: IF you have a USB floppy you may have a better chance than using USB stick. USB stick MUST be 2GO or less to respect FAT format. And one more thing, forget CD rom or any other exotic support.

    good luck
     
  3. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    Thank you for your prompt reply...

    This is exactly what I did brother, I had MINIDOS.SYS, bios.wph, PHLASH16 on the USB stick; tried various key combos but nothing. Need I may be disconnect the DVD_rom?

    I'll try to get hold of a smaller capacity usb stick and give it another go using the procedure you linked and report back on any progress that I make.

    Thank you for your help appreciate it ^^

    Regards

    Tenrai
     
  4. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    ok... tried the procedure that you link and tried all possible combinations I could find on the internet on all the 4 ports, Nothing... *sigh*

    Can it be that this vostro cannot be recovered like this? what about the HDR method? may be that will work?


    regards

    Tenrai
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  5. TTAV134

    TTAV134 MDL Expert

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    #5 TTAV134, May 14, 2011
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    1-There is various versions of phoenix recovery set, i recommand this one only rebuilt the stick with it, don't play with files, they may be slightly different.
    2-If USB stick fails, make a try with an USB floppy you will have a better chance.

    regards
     
  6. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    thank you for your reply...

    Still no luck, i think its the key combination thats the problem. No matter what I do laptop just wouldn't read usb stick. I am guessing that becuase vostro's bios recovery is unknow, I even tried numlock + capslock key combo... Nothing still

    The laptop powers up, numlock and capslock leds are lit and dvd-drive seeks for disk.

    Regards

    Tenrai
    天来
     
  7. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    Here is what it says in the service manual regarding the flashing of bios. However nothing is mentioned about BIOS recovery :S



    Flashing the BIOS

    Dell™ Latitude™ 131L/
    Dell Vostro™ 1000 Service Manual

    Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in and that the main
    battery is installed properly.

    NOTE: If you use a BIOS update program CD to flash the BIOS, set up the computer to boot from a CD before inserting the CD. The BIOS update program CD may not be available in your region.

    Insert the BIOS update program CD, and turn on the computer.


    Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. The computer continues to boot and updates the new BIOS. When the flash update is complete, the computer will automatically reboot.
    Press <F2> during POST to enter the system setup program.

    Press <Esc Suspend>, select Save changes and reboot, and press <Enter> to save configuration changes.

    Remove the flash BIOS update program floppy or CD from the drive and restart the computer.

    regards

    Tenrai
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  8. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    Not sure if this helps, but since the BIOS is ~1MB, it might only support USB floppy recovery.

    I helped some guys recovering their Toshiba netbooks which had a Phoenix BIOS here. Also there's some instructions and even a video here.

    I suggest you use this Phoenix Crisis Recovery already linked by TTAV134 though.
     
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  9. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    Sure thing, I do not doubt your experties it just that BIOS recovery mode key combinations are not working on this dell vostro 1000 :S

    Firstly, thank you all for helping me out, however there is no progress. Sorry for the late reply being caught up with some urgent work its been difficult trying to solve this problem.

    Took it to a local shop, they say it can't be fixed with a soft. flash becuase there is no display. They wanted to open it up and see whats wrong :S I brought it back. Guess they don't know much about blind flash.

    How about an HDR file? what if we place an HDR file on CD-r can it work? I would try it but I am unable to extract the HDR file from the bios.

    DVD-rom seeks for disk, it is as if it is searching for something. What a mystry.

    Any more Idea??? Is this really the end?

    Regards

    Tenrai
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  10. TTAV134

    TTAV134 MDL Expert

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  11. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    The Vostro notebooks don't use a "real" Dell BIOS, so no HDR file for the HDR recovery method. They use a good old Phoenix BIOS likely made by the Quanta Computer.

    Anyway, it appears like your laptop is trying to boot off the CD/DVD. In that case, perhaps try burning this bootable CD image (make sure you burn the ISO file as an image and don't put just copy it to a blank disc). When you boot your laptop, it should flash the BIOS w/o any user-intervention. Good luck!

    VOSTRO_1000_263.zip
     
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  12. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    Tenrai - Any luck with my bootable BIOS update CD?
     
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  13. gabiz_ro

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    Also take note that almost every otical unit, CD,DVD when power up try to read inserted disk.
    That have nothing to do with PC or notebook trying to bot or recover or something else.
    That is just a tentative to detect and read if exist inserted disk.
     
  14. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    #14 tqhoang, May 25, 2011
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    Tenrai - I took a look at the NotebookSchematic Vostro 1000 page and noticed that the Inspiron 1501 uses the same hardware and essentially the same BIOS.

    This guy got his Inspiron 1501 to recover using the END key and CRISIS USB stick.
    http://hi.baidu.com/nanliushi/blog/item/0904a513fb27da0f5baf5350.html

    And this one worked with a CRISIS USB floppy.
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/15258-Bricked-Laptop.-Inspiron-1501

    I still suggest that you use this Phoenix Crisis Recovery already linked by TTAV134 though.

    Good luck and please report back!
     
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  15. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    Hello everyone...

    Firstly let me just thank everyone for helping me out, I genuinely appreciate it, THANK YOU ^^



    Yes, I tried using a BIOS BootCD method already. I wasted a dozen CD-Rs(finally got my self a CD-RW) trying to figure out how to make it work. Finally made it to work on my other machine, tested the CD; it booted fine and ran phlash16 with the parameters I provided it however when I ran it on the vostro nothing happened. Dvd-Rom seeked read the CD for around 3-4mins then went quite. No beeps. I left it for 5 for more minutes then finally took the plug out, reboot, nothing still the same. Caps+Numlock LEDs Lit no power,HDD,Battery LEDs, no fan.

    I tried various parameters with same results

    phlash16 /x /c /z /bbl /force /mfg
    phlash16 /x
    phlash16 /x /c /z /force /mfg mode=2
    phlash16 /x /c /z /force /mfg mode=3
    phlash16 /x /c /z /mfg

    CDs boot to phlash16 and execute fine on my media PC but nothing happens when I try them on the Vostro. I tried your image as well, I hoped it would work but it didn't :S Had I known BIOS updates could potentially result in such a catastrophe I wouldn't have tried updating in Windows. *Sigh*



    Yes, I have tried the END key method from baidu. I used 128mb, 1gb (kingston) 4gb (corsair Voyager) on all ports with all combinations. Nothing happens, no beeps or blink LEDs. I believe like the post "15258-Bricked-Laptop.-Inspiron-1501"
    my Laptop is dead as well. Maybe the boot block got corrupted or something.

    We have an authorized Dell partner here in Pakistan. I'll take it to them. As I believe this can't be fixed with a Soft flash :S

    I thank you tqhoang & you TTAV134 for you all your help

    Regards

    Tenrai
    天来
     
  16. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    Got my Laptop back, they replaced the EPROM for approx. 50$ The problem is the bios on this chip is A2.6.2 and the battery is not being recognized and I get a system message saying that the battery won't be charged. The new bios(A06) fixed this issue, should I update to 2.6.3? Condused what if I brick it again...

    Regards

    Tenrai
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  17. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    Flash the BIOS from DOS. You can probably do the END-key recovery method too. That's really bare-bones.
     
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  18. Tenrai

    Tenrai MDL Novice

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    hehehe well the "probably" part is elusive TQHoang, I'll give it a shot using that bootable VOSTRO Bios update cd that you were so kind to share. If it bricks ... guess I will have to get another EPROM :)


    Regards

    Tenrai
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