How to recover from a bad BIOS Flash (Phoenix BIOS ONLY)

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  1. Axman

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    MOD NOTE:

    This is only should be used with a Phoenix BIOS.

    Do not attempt to use this with the current release systems.
    They use a completely different BIOS.

    If you have an M18x with InsydeH20 BIOS:
    Blind BIOS Recovery process for all M18x R1 in case of corrupt BIOS
    (If you own an M18x R2 see the moderator note and link in the first post.)
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    Ok, this just happened to me so here it goes

    1. A usb thumb Drive is need. It will work.

    2. Bios From dells website.

    3. Extract all the files from the Dell BIOS autoexe, make sure to close down winphlash when it tries to run. Dell autoruns this after you extract the files.

    4. look for a zip file called CRISDISK.RAR and extract all the files to your desktop or a folder.

    Double click on the WINCRIS file that looks like a floppy diisk

    It will autoinstall the ALL the files need to the USB Drive


    5. Remove the battery and disconnect the Power supply.

    6. Place the USB drive into the Esata port (other ports may work)

    7 Press and hold FN+B key at the same time and plug in the power. Turn on power and continue to HOLD DOWN the FN+B key until the HDD lights on the alien head illuminate and stay on. At this time the USB drive lights should start to Flash.

    8. In about 5-10 mins your computer should restart. Make sure to go back into BIOS and setup raid and any other settings as they were lost with the BIOS crash.

    -Thanks o Z's other writing on Phoniex bios flash that i was able to figure this out.
     
  2. Judas543

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    wow! nice job, thanks for the guide too.
     
  3. The_Moo™

    The_Moo™ Here we go again.....

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    Congrats on getting your system back up and running Axman.
     
  5. Axman

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    i know you can, but alot of people dont know you cant without it running.
     
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    Hello Sir. I was doing a BIOS A02 flash to my M17X (from DELL's site) and for some reason it froze, then (20 minutes later) I disconnected the power adapter and took the battery off of the computer because that would have been the only way to restart it, I tried the power button before this by the way. I then tried to restart the PC and nothing happened, the num lock, caps lock and scoll lock come on and the caps light blinks, but nothin else happens, black screen and I can hear the fans. I unplogged the CMOS battery for about ten hours; plugged it back in and NOTHING. I also completed this procedure without success. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance;
    Ed
     
  7. Axman

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    just follow the instructions as i stated above.
     
  8. Drew92983

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    Hey. I have an M17x with the same problem. Bios flash locked up during update...I have followed your instructions over and over again several times. The computer starts, the usb drive light flashes a few times. Goes through a 5 Sec pause then flashes about 10 times again. After that nothing happens. I have given the system 15mins to do the install with no success. Any ideas as to what I might be doing wrong? Thanks for your help!
     
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    you sig says you have an M15x, but im not sure what to tell you. It works, ive done it twice to test it and i unbricked my computer
     
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    Thanks. My sig says M15x because that was my old computer. I have had my M17x for about a week. Did the A02 update and was just about done but locked up when windows turned off the display as it was setup to to. I really wish I could get this thing unbricked so I don't have to send it back. Thanks for your help
     
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