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Corrupted OS + No Internal DVD-Rom Advice

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8/26/2012 8:45:32 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
So, I always like to share any knowledge I've acquired in the hope that people will avoid problems that I've faced myself, so let me give you a run down.

The family laptop was fvcked. Won't boot in Safe Mode.
Now this generally isn't an issue; just format and start again? Right?
This particular laptop was fvcked to a level over 9000.
The DVD-Rom couldn't be booted from (it still works, but it's got issues).
Now normally this wouldn't be a problem; just replace it with the myriad of DVD-Roms I have at work or buy a new one, right?
This is a Dell and instead of the standard SATA plug that most Laptop hard-drives have, it has it's own special plug. So the spare Toshiba one (from the previously smashed family laptop) didn't fit.

Now, I'm a procrastinator, through and through. My english teacher told me that in year 8 and it is still true today. I'm just better at time management and last-minute organisation.

So, with the laptop needing to be fixed, I'm here, in my office at home (with no internet save for my work phones hotspot) pondering the possibilities.
Borrow a USB external DVD and install from that, right?

This particular version of the BIOS doesn't recognise USB DVD-Roms and thus, won't boot from them.

So, here is the software you can use to flash your BIOS with an updated version:
First, download this excellent software gizmo:

With it, you can choose from a myriad of bootable Live USB drives and solve those software blues. You don't even need to download the ISO files! It will download them for you.

I selected "FREEDOS" and installed it.
I then put the newest version of the BIOS on that USB drive in the base folder.
Plug the USB in to le fvcked computer and boot from it.
Now, here is the MOST IMPORTANT STEP!
Don't frikkin' install FREEDOS. Boot it without drivers (second option).
If you fvck this step up, you'll format the HDD (which in my case wouldn't have mattered, but I digress; I don't want a horde of angry villagers with torches blaming me for the erasing of their tentacle porn).
You may or may not get some errors; they irrelevant.
When you're prompted with A:/ type in "C:" without the "s.
You should be prompted now with C:/
Type in "dir" without the "s.
You should see all the files in the USB Drive, including your precious BIOS update.
Now, simply type in the name of the executable file and hey presto! You're flashing your BIOS like a big boy.

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9/4/2012 4:14:05 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Reflashing the BIOS is a good tip. It shows true desperation.

Another desperate approach is to physically remove the drive and add it as a second drive to a compatible computer, then restore the drive, and finally move it back. The "move" can sometimes be accomplished by just using a cable to another computer. Reflashing the BIOS sounds easier.