Dell PowerEdge Bios crash after update

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hey guys

I have a Dell PowerEdge T105 for testing purpose. Becasue I had problems installing Windows Server 2008 x64 version on my HDD (not the original Dell HDD's) I decided to update BIOS to see if that helps to solve the problem. So this is what I did:
I had Windows Serevr 2008 x86 installed on this server when I downloaded the BIOS update from Dell and launched it. The update was for x64 machine because this was supposed to be the end product. Installation finished succesfully and then it asked to restart. Thats when I have a problem now. Machine starts, nothing on the monitor, and after about 6-7 seconds I can hear the BIOS bleeping with the following code 1-3-3-1-1-4-4-1-1-4-4-1-1-4-4-1 and so on. Also lights 3 and 4 stay on (1 and 2 are off). I'm quite sure the problem is the failed BIOS now. Is there a way to do something with it now?
Question by:kirret
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    The T105 has not been on the market all that long.  I would assume that the system is still under warranty. Either way, I would contact Dell and let them diagnose this.  They will help you diagnose systems even out of warranty.  This could be the bios corrupting or it could be a case of a failed component.  I would want to eliminate motherboard failure.  The beep code you reported does not make sense because the Dell beep codes are all three digits, i.e. 1-3-2 for missing or misconfigured memory.  If the system is throwing an invalid beep code, that does not bode well for the motherboard.

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    Hi. Yes, it is still under the warranty. The failure occured just after the BIOS update so it has to be the BIOS what failed and gives that beep code. If you noticed, the pattern starts with 1-3-3-1 and then changes to 1-4-4-1. I'll contact Dell and will see what comes out of it. Thanks for your input.

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