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By al ·
I have been having problems with a Dell Dimension P133t PC when installing an evergreen processor upgrade (runs at 333MHz). The installation software installed a generic BIOS onto the PC which then may have caused an internal communication problem in which the PCI bus was not working 100%. With this in mind I spoke with evergreen who advise trying a manufacturer flash BIOS to see whether this would support the newly installed processor.

Upon restoring the original BIOS, the PC fell over and now I have a PC with no BIOS. Help. How do I get out of this rather sticky situation. Is there a way of reverting to factory settings? Its not my PC and I am only doing the work as a favour to a friend. I am going to look like a right idiot if I cantfix it.

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by IDtenT In reply to BIOS problem

I have never tried to do any of this so I don't know if it will work or not but...
You may be stuck replacing the system board. The only two other things I can think of that I would try would be to pull the CMOS battery and let the whole thing sitwith out power over night and try to post it. The other thing would be to try a short a jumper (j21 on Dell - I don't know for sure but at this point you got nothing to lose) and clear the system - if it is already clear and it wont post then I do know what else to do except replace the baord. We all make mistakes - maybe with a little luck someone else will come along with a difinitive answer - I'd like to see one, if it's out there. Good Luck to ya.

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by Beeba In reply to BIOS problem

you screwed it up while it was flashing the bios?

there's only a couple of things to do.

check out http://www.badflash.com/

for a pretty reasonable fee, they'll flash a bios onto a chip which you'll then plug into your machine to return it to at least working/normal order.

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by al In reply to BIOS problem

Beeba - you little star. badflash.com (and Jack who works there) are really cool. Thanks for your help. Well deserving the techpoints

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by g_soilis In reply to BIOS problem

i AM NOT BRINGING ANY GOOD NEWS TO YOU BUT IT SEEMS TO ME YOU ARE IN NEED OF A NEW BOARD.
tHE ADVISE I GOT WHEN I WANTED TO FLASH MY bIOS WAS NOT TO DO IT BECAUSE ITS DANGEROUS .YOUR SITUATION PROVES THE PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT WRIGHT I AM AFRAID.
SOGOOD LUCK TO YOU.

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by geroxx In reply to BIOS problem

Contact Dell and see if they have a BIOS chip. I got one from AST a long time ago when my BIOS went dead. You replace the BIOS chip (which should be socketed) and you should be back in business. The whole trick to this thing will to get Dell to give up the chip.

Gary

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