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BIOS update from 02 to 09 in Dell Precision 380

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I recently installed WIN 2003 on a Dell Precision 380 and everything was fine until I updated the BIOS from the Dell driver site.

The old BIOS was v. 02, and the updated was v. 09.  Upon restart, it stated that BIOS update was succesfull, whereupon it began beeping at me.

So far, the only thing it will do is beep when I try to restart.  No possible method of booting to anything.

I removed the battery for a few minutes, but that did nothing.

My question:

Am I totally screwed?

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Remove some of the memory modules. Sounds like bad RAM personally. Or wrong bios firmware.
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I have downloaded the v. 02 which I would love to be able to re-install.

RAM WAS working fine until then.  (4 1-gig sticks)
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Take out a few of the 1GB sticks to rule out failed RAM.
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You can certainly reset your bios as well, on your mobo there is generally a group of pins labeled reset bios or clear cmos. you just have to move the jumper out of the default location, press power button, wait a minute or so, then place jumper back in the original location.
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I removed RAM 2 and 4, and the beeping went away -- now the bios screen comes up, and then goes into a reboot cycle -- after a quick blue-screen.
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now move the memory modules around the DIMM slots either bad slot or bad memory.
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makes sure the memory you are using is identical to one another.
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Hi ValleyENT.

I can only see 2 jumpers -- the password one, and one labeled RTCRST.


Will this reset?  Also, should I unplug -- unseat -- wait -- reseat??  What should the proper order be?

Thanks!
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Well, at this point it doens't sound like a bios problem. sounds like memory to me.
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Looks like you're right.

With 1 good stick of memory, I was able to get into the BIOS setup.

The v. 09 had changed the RAID autodetect setting from ATA to AHCI  (which is the default setting.  I had changed this when I slapped in a SATA hard drive and removed the SCSI.)

There may be some different RAM settings in the bios, but chances are, I need to get the correct RAM for this machine.

Everything is up again.   BTW, each RAM stick has the same specs.

Thanks!
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good to hear now allocate points lol.
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Absolutely.

I looks like the DIM 2 and 4 sockets are not working.  ANY ram in those slots throws the beeping error.

Is there a setting that I'm missing that might be rendering these slots unusable or non configured?


Thanks!
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