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Default Did I just kill my Mini 9? - 10-29-2010, 06:32 PM

I have a rarely used Mini 9. I downloaded the bios updater and began to launch it (to address a battery issue). Just before actually flashing the bios I realised that my antivirus program (Avast) was running. So I terminated Avast. At that point the computer froze and became completely unresponsive. In order to restart the system I popped out the battery (not even holding the power button down for 30 seconds would shut down the machine).
Now the machine does not start at all. No POST, nothing. Have I killed it?
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Default 10-29-2010, 07:26 PM

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I have a rarely used Mini 9. I downloaded the bios updater and began to launch it (to address a battery issue). Just before actually flashing the bios I realised that my antivirus program (Avast) was running. So I terminated Avast. At that point the computer froze and became completely unresponsive. In order to restart the system I popped out the battery (not even holding the power button down for 30 seconds would shut down the machine).
Now the machine does not start at all. No POST, nothing. Have I killed it?
Thanks for any suggestions.
K
Have you tried holding in the power button of the mini 9, for 20-25 seconds, with both the AC plug, and battery out of it?

That is how you reset the CMOS

let us know if it helped

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Default 10-29-2010, 07:36 PM

Thanks for that. I tried your suggestion with no luck.
I also pulled and replaced the RAM and the SSD per the Dell support site.
It seems very weird. The power light does come on (white), but there is no other indication of the computer starting up.
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Default 10-29-2010, 07:45 PM

You should never, ever interrupt a BIOS update procedure. You corrupted the BIOS.

Look at the first two posts in: Dell I910 Mini/Vostro A90 USB Key Drive flashBIOS Utility - one of them may be key to recovery.


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Default 10-29-2010, 07:50 PM

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You should never, ever interrupt a BIOS update procedure. You corrupted the BIOS.

Look at the first two posts in: Dell I910 Mini/Vostro A90 USB Key Drive flashBIOS Utility - one of them may be key to recovery.

Yeah if there is nothing, Holmes advice will be the only wy to save your mini 9.

BTW I would not recommend doing a BIOS flash on just battery either.


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Default 10-29-2010, 07:54 PM

I'll have a look at your links, thanks.
To clarify, I don't believe I interrupted the flash process. I had opened the flash utlility but had not yet opted to "flash the bios now". I was at the stage where it reminds you to make sure all other programs are closed.
Anyway...
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Default 10-29-2010, 07:57 PM

Ok, that SHOULD have been safe.


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Default 10-30-2010, 04:12 PM

As a follow up:
I have tried removing and replacing the SSD and RAM.
Unplugged and replugged the CMOS battery.
As mentioned, the power light does illuminate but nothing else happens.
Clearly there are lots of issues with the Dell Minis. I've read lots of reports of failed SSDs and other issues. Too bad. I might consider replacing the SSD if I could confirm that was the issue. Otherwise I guess it will go onto our growing pile of dead computers.
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Default 10-30-2010, 06:53 PM

yeah thats problem with the Mini 9's, not only does the keyboard suck, but they ONLY use SSD's which have quite a high failure rate..if it was any other Mini like the 1010,1011,1012,1018, replacing the drive would be worth it because you could use it in ANY laptop (full size or Netbook)....but replacing an SSD and then finding out it wasnt that..what do you do with the drive then?..maybe you can pick up a cheap Mini 9 on ebay or our own For Sale section and use it for parts, also I see quite a few SSD's in the For Sale section here...maybe pickup a very small & cheap SSD like a 4gb or 8gb and at least see if thats it, if it is then spend the bigger bucks for a larger one like a 64 or 128gb or something......just my 0.02


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Default 10-31-2010, 12:18 AM

Did you try the BIOS restore links I offered? I love my Mini 9 and it has been trouble-free for more than two years now.


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