Ive got a clean install of windows 7, and updated drivers from dell's (and nvidia's) download page on a studio 14z. It still hangs, especially online, and has a mystery coprocessor listed under other devices. I've been trying to flash in dells recommended bios (1440A04_64.exe), but I get winphlash's, "The current system BIOS is the same (or newer) than the version you are trying to flash" error.
Racer25x has a decent trick for dell minis
(fourth post) but I am looking at three files labled PHLASH.INI one in WINPLHASH64 AND two in WINPHLASH
WINPHLASH/PHLASH.INI has settings
Advanced=0 and UpdateMode=3
WINPHLASH/PHLASH1.INI has settings
Advanced=1 and UpdateMode=2
WINPHLASH64/PHLASH.INI has settings
UpdateMode=3 and Advanced =0 (and they are encountered in that order)
in a fit of pique, I tried his advice and set the mentioned WINPHLASH64/PHLASH.INI file's settings to 1. Winphlash proceeded past the version check, found an existing backup file and asked me if I wanted to replace it. I replaced it, and it started flashing the bios. It got 2 blocks from the finish (23/25 i think) and froze for over half an hour. I gave up, shut it off and came back to it in the morning. Surprisingly not bricked, I started it in safe mode, reset the data in the extracted bios files to it's original format, restarted it normally and tried to winphlash it again. Same, current or newer version error.
I've tried forcing it (mickitblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/dell-bios-switches [on the executable if it makes a difference]), but it doesn't change anything, and dell only seems to offer the executable. Can anybody tell me how to get around this thing?