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ak_troller ak_troller is offline
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Default 02-12-2010, 05:58 PM

Thanks fbyte! I used your zip file and installed the program on a sd disk. Plugged the card reader intro the Mini 9, followed your instructions and I was back in business. Thanks again!
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Default 02-18-2010, 01:59 PM

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If you don't want to play with the Linux and dd, I found a Windows version of the Phoenix critdisk.bat tool that allows you to directly create a recovery flash disk using a USB stick (instead of the floppy)

The "trick" is that the boot in the recovery disk is kind of special, it loads the MINIDOS.SYS file which is the one that would execute the PHFLASH16.EXE and load the BIOS.WPH.

Just run WINCRIS.EXE, leave the default values and press "start", it would create a bootable (recovery) usb disk.

I've add the latest A05 bios to the zip file, so it would give you the Fx function keys (if it works)

I'm kindof a noob, and I bricked my mini 10v, I downloaded this zip file and cant get any of the programs to run, is there a step by step way of creating this recovery flash drive? I run WINCRIS.EXE and it just comes up "Error:failed to open SCM"?
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Default 02-18-2010, 06:07 PM

For what I see in the binary, that error would appear if the call to OpenSCManagerA() failed:
.text:00402040 sub esp, 8
.text:00402043 push esi
.text:00402044 push 0F003Fh ; dwDesiredAccess
.text:00402049 push 0 ; lpDatabaseName
.text:0040204B mov [esp+14h+var_4], ecx
.text:0040204F push 0 ; lpMachineName
.text:00402051 mov [esp+18h+var_8], 0
.text:00402059 call ds:OpenSCManagerA
.text:0040205F mov esi, eax
.text:00402061 test esi, esi
.text:00402063 jnz short loc_40207B
.text:00402065 push eax ; int
.text:00402066 push 10h ; int
.text:00402068 push offset aErrorFailedToO ; "Error: Failed to open SCM\n"
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OpenSCManager Function

Establishes a connection to the service control manager on the specified computer and opens the specified service control manager database.
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So to make it short , I guess you have some security issues.
Did you run it as Administrator or with a admin privilege user?

Maybe is worth trying it in a different Windows machine.
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Default 02-18-2010, 06:14 PM

I think the problem here is that marsist has a Mini 10v and the files in this thread are for a Mini 9.


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Default 02-18-2010, 10:48 PM

Good point holmes4, I didn't realize he was using a Mini 10.
Still, the Windows exe is generic so it should work anywhere.

But it's good that it failed to run, who knows if the bios recovery process would check the bios/model or not, he could ended flashing a Mini 9 bios into a Mini 10.

marsist, as soon as you get the exe working (I'm still thing is permission issue) replace the "BIOS.WPH" file with whatever WPH you want to upgrade to (Mini 10 of course)

WINCRIS.EXE is a standard tool for Phoenix Bios, it's not linked a particular motherboard, so it would work with any DELL model.
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Default 03-17-2010, 05:39 PM

I think I totally bricked my mini I tried to flash my BiOS but even though I did notice a brief flash on the USB stick when the power cord got plugged in, nothing else happened and I have a perfectly black screen when trying to boot. What should be happening after that flash and how fast?
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Default 03-18-2010, 11:24 PM

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I think I totally bricked my mini I tried to flash my BiOS but even though I did notice a brief flash on the USB stick when the power cord got plugged in, nothing else happened and I have a perfectly black screen when trying to boot. What should be happening after that flash and how fast?
I too have that same problem please help...
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Default 03-19-2010, 06:37 PM

fbyte's method worked for me (after more than one try). I used dd for windows though.
I found that if you did a slow format before installing the image, it works better. (might be just a placebo effect).

I keep bricking my mini when I'm trying to revert from 05 to 04.
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Wink 04-19-2010, 06:19 PM

Just to note I had a BIOS flash go wrong, (I pulled the power when I thought it had failed). Ran the Phoenix recovery (Thank you for the packaging). However, while it worked, the recovered system came up with a request for a password. This was definitely a BIOS password (not SSD). I called Dell who were absolutely hopeless offering to replace motherboard for UKP 250 to 300...

In desperation I dismantled and unhooked the CMOS battery for 3 hours and then reassembled. It worked. Password request gone and system now on A04 (which works with my non-Dell replacement battery).

Just thought I'd post this, in most laptops I have worked with the BIOS password is in a battery backed "trusted?" chip that is not lost on removing the battery. In this case I have no idea (and no incentive to investigate further). But it saved me from scrapping the machine.
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Cool 04-19-2010, 06:25 PM

from what I have read these BIOS upgrades are useless unless you REALLY need them, dont seem to be worth all the trouble...many people have reported having problems while upgrading/flashing them or right afterwards, they came out with a new BIOS on my 1010 and I am on A10 (stock..came with machine) and they came out with A11, I read that it only really applies if you have the WWAN (which I dont)....so I feel 'if it aint broke, dont fix it' applies here.....there would have to be a major fix in the BIOS for me to even think about it...and my 1010 runs beautiful in XP and Win 7 so I aint touching it...just my 0.02..

PS. Glad you got yours fixed...and Welcome to the forum....


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