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Default Inspiron Mini 9 910 = Dead - 07-11-2016, 10:00 PM

Hello all. I'll try to keep this as short as possible. My mom's laptop is a paperweight after a failed bios downgrade. It was running the A07 version. The battery wouldn't charge, so I tried downgrading it to A05. After about a minute into it, the entire system just died.

I tried reading another thread regarding making a bootable floppy and a bootable usb to flash the bios onto the system. If I hold FN + B while plugging in the power cord and then press the power button, I'll see the both the white power led and orange battery led flash for a split second. Then the machine will attempt to boot from either the floppy or usb. Sometimes the machine while make a strange sound coming from the speaker, beep 3 times and the nothing. Other times, nothing happens at all after the initial reading of the peripheral.

Anyhow, can someone please point me in the right direction to get this thing up and running? I have an external floppy with 1 disc and external usb drives at my disposal.

Also (and maybe I'm mistaken) it seems like this machine doesn't like *.wph as nothing happens when that file is on the peripheral, but with *.rom it'll make the noise from the speakers and beep 3 times as mentioned above. Thanks in advance to anyone that reads this and replies
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Default 07-27-2016, 08:43 PM

try a linux/ubuntu usb drive.

install ubuntu if possible,

if this does not work create a usb 2.0 dos boot drive with the newest bios for the mini.
then instal the latest bios.

instal linux on the flash drive.
create a windows xp usb drive. install ALL DRIVERS
then update to windows 7, and if you like to windows 10

it needs to be in this order to prevent any bugs from happening due incorrect/glitchy drivers.
since a update uses the installed drivers

then the system should be working again


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Default 08-03-2016, 12:51 AM

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try a linux/ubuntu usb drive.

install ubuntu if possible,

if this does not work create a usb 2.0 dos boot drive with the newest bios for the mini.
then instal the latest bios.

instal linux on the flash drive.
create a windows xp usb drive. install ALL DRIVERS
then update to windows 7, and if you like to windows 10

it needs to be in this order to prevent any bugs from happening due incorrect/glitchy drivers.
since a update uses the installed drivers

then the system should be working again
I appreciate the reply, but the computer wont boot at all. I can only seem to get the bios recovery option to work, but if won't take any bios I've tried.
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Default 08-07-2016, 06:26 PM

have you tried installing it trough a dos-drive?


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Default 08-08-2016, 03:49 PM

If the BIOS won't load, there's very little that can be done. Given that a Mini 9 is eight years old, I would call it a loss and replace it with something more modern. There are quite a few Windows-running small notebooks and 2-in-1s under $200. It's not worth fighting the Mini 9 anymore.


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Default 08-15-2016, 11:18 PM

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have you tried installing it trough a dos-drive?
Installing what?

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If the BIOS won't load, there's very little that can be done. Given that a Mini 9 is eight years old, I would call it a loss and replace it with something more modern. There are quite a few Windows-running small notebooks and 2-in-1s under $200. It's not worth fighting the Mini 9 anymore.
I thought that if recovery mode (Holding FN + R when powering on) booted, it was only a matter of grabbing the right bios for the rom? Perhaps I am mistaken?
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Default 08-16-2016, 12:11 PM

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Installing what?



I thought that if recovery mode (Holding FN + R when powering on) booted, it was only a matter of grabbing the right bios for the rom? Perhaps I am mistaken?
here are some things you might want to try:

How to Create a Bootable DOS USB Drive


Dell I910 Mini/Vostro A90 USB Key Drive flashBIOS Utility


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Default 08-21-2016, 01:10 AM

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I do appreciate you trying to help. However, it will not boot at all, let alone into DOS. I guess this thing is just a paperweight. Thanks again for everyone's help.
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Default 08-23-2016, 06:20 PM

yeah then its just a paper weight. since it cannot boot someting as simple as DOS.
if you know someone with the same netbook you can sell it to him/her for parts

you should try to sell it as for parts on ebay. (you might get a 20$ for it)
you need to mention that its defective and that you do not garantee that its fixable.
that way you can avoid paypal claims.

(the 20$ comes from all parts cost) (screen+ bezel= 10$) frame= 10$ (some are more expensive but they are fully refurbished)


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Default 08-24-2016, 05:12 PM

I gather it won't even get to a BIOS screen. The BIOS recovery with the floppy drive is the only thing I know of - and if you can't get that to work I would just write it off.


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