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Emilio84 Emilio84 is offline
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Default Any way to update Bios with dead battery? - 09-16-2011, 04:41 PM

So I have a discharged battery that the bios won't recognize (OEM Dell Battery) nor will it charge. I want to update my bios to see if it fixes anything. Running A04 now. The issue is that I cannot get the machine to update the bios as it tells me it won't install with the battery being under 10%. Any solutions to force the bios to flash?

I ended up grabbing a mini9 off ebay without a ssd for $88 (plan on putting the 1gb ram and 4gb ssd that originally came in mine in that one) that I'm going to use the battery/ac adaptor from but I was wondering if there is a way for me to force it to flash now as I'd like to be able to use my mini9 this weekend.
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Default 09-18-2011, 01:29 AM

Don't quote me on this, but it might be possible by using a dos bootable flash drive. I can't find the page in my history I used, but it involved formatting the USB drive with the HP format tool and putting some DOS system files on at the same time, then putting the biosupdate .exe file on it and rebooting, then running the exe file from a straight dos environment. the mkbt tool might also work. Good luck, and like I said don't quote me
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Default 10-10-2011, 08:27 PM

I know w/ certain Dells you can flash from DOS and there is a /switch to force the flash.
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Default 10-10-2011, 11:55 PM

why dont you just leave the BIOS alone before you wind up with a brick or a VERY expensive doorstop or paperweight

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Default 10-11-2011, 09:39 PM

I just got a new battery from MDD last week & have no problems with it charging using A04. I don't think it is your BIOS on this problem.

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