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How do I update the bios with out having access to the compu

by hawkhugh1 / March 27, 2015 12:41 AM PDT

Problem with my computer. Original problem was a HDD failure.
I installed the new HDD and then Windows Vista. No problem.
I installed the main drivers as per Dell's website in the order that they stated. No problem.
Next step was to upgrade the bios as per the instructions. While this process was going on the computer froze up.
According to the prompts it froze up after the old bios was deleted but before it could install the new one.
Now powers up on its own, I get a blank screen, a beep code, and the light codes shows on the front.
The beep code and the light code both say its a bios problem.
Resetting the bios in the primary and alternate methods does nothing.
So how do I update the bios with out having access to the computer?

Dimension E521

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There are two or more methods used when the BIOS is blown.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2015 12:54 AM PDT

You replace the motherboard (most common), the BIOS chip and in some systems the maker has another procedure. That last procedure is not standard so check directly with the maker and ask about "BIOS recovery."
Bob

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Alternative???
by Willy / March 27, 2015 1:23 AM PDT

While the info Robert supplied is dead-on, you may not necessarily have access to such. being a Dell PC, I suggest you look at Craigslist or eBay and see if getting a whole PC(box only) and start over that way. Just swap over the HD and or new items and such. Again, this really does offer a new bios(new PC) or mtrbd. in the process. The bios recovery or start-over all depends on Dell support, they are generous in providing whatever can be done viai the suppport website, review the manual or search for help in the "help box".

Why the bios update failed maybe another clue into all the issues you seem to be haviing. Dell bios updates go well w/o problems.

tada -----Willy Happy

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