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Join Date: Apr 2014
04-10-2014, 11:24 PM
I hope people with clue are still monitoring this super old thread!
I found my Mini 9 the other day, dusted it off and proceeded to bring it back to a usable state (it had a preview version of Windows 8 on it).
Unfortunately, it froze during a BIOS update and I've tried using the instructions in this thread to bring it back. Mostly, it works, except that it only beeps a few times, finishing with one low-pitched, rather rude sounding beep that sounds like it's telling me where to go.
Unit definitely doesn't reboot back to a usable state. Any suggestions?
Join Date: Apr 2014
04-11-2014, 09:50 AM
I've managed to solve the problem.
I decided that the noises were my Mini telling me that it didn't like the BIOS.WPH file, so I grabbed the A07 BIOS update from the Dell site, took the BIOS.ROM file, put it on the USB drive and renamed it to BIOS.WPH. Lots of beeping later, I have a fully-functional netbook again.
Join Date: Sep 2009
Just a huge thanks! - 09-06-2014, 05:03 PM
Such an old thread, but I am sooo lucky that it was here!
I was setting up my Mini 9 to be used as a home webcam surveillance device and had been happily installing XP on it. The win-based A07 BIOS update seemed like a good idea... NOT. It 'froze' after I started the executable--I explicitly did not hit FLASH after running it. I had in fact pressed the 'advanced' button, looking into what options were available.
I should have known something was awry when the keyboard was unresponsive, but the mouse would still work, and the power button was completely disabled. Maybe a failsafe measure built into the windows-based flash.
Of course, failsafes can be bypassed
After a dramatic battery pull and attempt to reboot, I realized what had happened. Maybe it had started flashing the BIOS right away with no notice and I had aborted mid-BIOS flash.
So many people here have posted their personal tips, so I will as well.
I used the file on this thread post #13 by @fbyte. There was another site referenced by Fbyte but the link there was long-gone (and also required linux?)
Many users here posted about using the .bat file and modifying it, changing drives, etc. I tried many variations of that and always got a DISKETTE READ ERROR at the very end after it copied over the 3 main files. This was regardless of whether I was on Win7 or XP.
Re-reading Fbyte's initial post, I tried running the WINCRIS.EXE on Win7. This did not produce a bootable disk, even after experimenting with compatibility modes. This was even after displaying success messages. Maybe further experimentation with compatibility modes would have worked.
I finally tried running WINCRIS.EXE on a XP machine, and this was what finally worked. There should be 3 files on the drive after a successful run. On the Win7 machine, even though it said success, there were NO files on the drive. I used a very old 128mb flash drive. The procedure was exactly as was described in many posts previous. I'll add some more observations re: the booting process not previously described on this thread:
1. Remove battery and power cord
2. Plug in usb drive. I had to plug mine into the furthest away from the power on the left, or the right. Directly next to the power cord didn't work.
3. Hold FN+b and plug in.
4. A very brief flash of the 2 LEDs is seen.
5. Press and release the power button (still holding FN+b)
6. After a few seconds there's a single beep. Some recommend holding the Fn+b until the beep.
7. The USB drive should show some reading activity
8. If the drive is formatted and run correctly, there are a series of higher pitched beeps. Happy beeps! This will probably go on for a minute or two. Then it reboots, POSTS, etc.
It is not working if:
The recover file from www mydellmini.com/forum/dell-mini-9-hardware-issues-problems/8233-dell-i910-mini-vostro-a90-usb-key-drive-flashbios-utility.html just would not work for me.
Hope this helps anyone else stumbling around.
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