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X1 Carbon - failing to update BIOS

Q: X1 Carbon - failing to update BIOS

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A: X1 Carbon - failing to update BIOS

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Please refer to the message below for information on how to remove your Dell laptop BIOS password. The information also applies to other manufacturers and summarizes a wealth of data collected from previous threads and thousand of posts related to this problem.

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A:Dell BIOS password removal. Read this first BEFORE posting.

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Click >Dell Support and System Information for a particular Service Tag

> Click > HP Live Chat, Drivers, Warranty and Support Information thread

> Click > Toshiba BIOS Setup / BIOS settings -- access instructions
Reset password on Satellite A205:
Reset password on Satellite A100 / A105:

Password types :

Power On Password (pop). this password can be reset by unplugging the cmos battery for a while, and plugging it back in.

Supervisor/bios Password (svp). this requires reading the eeprom chip (8 leg or 14 leg) with an electronic device by using another pc's serial port or by paperclip method if model type available.

Hard Drive Password (hdp). this is usually tied to svp, but not all the time. it requires special software and a library of known manufacturer's password. but can be cracked either recovering the data or wiping the data.
Transfer of Product Ownership
International warranty contact phone numbers

Old closed threads, with lots of info:
Dell BIOS password removal (Jun 07 - Sep 07) (543 replies)
HP / Dell / etc. Laptop password help thread (Jan-Mar 2008) (533 replies)
HP / Dell / etc. Laptop password help (April - July 2008) (937 replies)
HP / Dell / etc. laptop password help thread (Aug 08 - Apr 2009) (2200+ replies)


Dell Manuals :

DSTCD.iso : (Release date: 22-November-2005)

"Paperclip Procedure"
HTML Document:
PDF Document:

laptops unlocked:
Chip 24C02 24C04:
Dell IC Numbers:

SvcTag.exe : :
Command line Uses => asset /? (eg Asset /o for owner tag)
CmosPwd :

HP OldPass .zip includes:

[*] unlock6.exe (made in 1997)
[*] BIOS_PW.EXE (made in 2003)
[*] HDD_PW.EXE (made in 2003)

HP Oldpass2 .zip:
As above, made as a copy, using another Zip program

Dell Latitude .zip:
D35B password generator (old generator)

Dell MasterPW .zip:
D35B password generator (old generator)
How to use
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A:Can't get into BIOS setup utility

Try using a USB keyboard...

"Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause?"

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A:GPU & CPU Usage Drops & Bios Changing it self

Have you tried changing the cmos battery? The bios will not hold settings if the battery is bad.
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"Other than not booting into the bios, it works great"... So this means you can boot into Windows normally, and use the laptop?
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A:Replaced Failed Motherboard.. now how do I determine model number and which BIOS to download?

Finding a bios update rather then the one hp would give for this board. Would be next to none.
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Will I need to update my BIOS and if so how to do that?
Am I going to update it to the latest version(2103) or the version when the processor was first compatible(1006)?

Please help, I do not want to make a mistake when updating so please provide a detailed explanation ! ! !

A:BIOS update

Some might say updating the BIOS is not worth the risk unless you have a reason to chance it. On the other hand I've never had a BIOS update go badly. BIOS updates are not that difficult to do. But there is always a risk of the update failing. In the off chance of failure, the motherboard will be bricked. There are motherboards that come with a second BIOS for failsafe. I don't know if the failsafe can be used under a bricked board, I will assume it can until I hear otherwise.

There are three ways to update that I am aware of. All of which may not be available depending on motherboard model and age of system.

Within the Operating System (I've used this method but for awhile it was advised against)
You will need to download BIOS Update application. The application will download and install the new BIOS.

Within the BIOS
Within the BIOS there is an update facility. You will only need the new BIOS. (My BIOS will only update from a USB stick.)

From DOS utility
Not only will you need to download the new BIOS, you will need to download the flash utility that is designed for the update.

I recommend updating from within the BIOS (assuming you have this option). Download the new BIOS to a USB stick and then boot into the BIOS. Browse around to find the update facility and the rest is self explanatory.
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A:Can't enter BIOS

What kind of bios you have is it AMI BIOS, AWARD BIOS, PHOENIX BIOS ETC, try pressing f2 button..
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A:Graphics card update to host windows 7

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A:Bios power management


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1-Where the BIOS is stored on the motherboard? Inside the ROM, EPROM or something like USB storage on the motherboard?

2- I have also heard that this (BIOS) is stored into CMOS and a battery supplies the power for the settings of the BIOS, correct?

3- Also I have read that in the new motherboards there is a jumper that can delete the settings of the BIOS. What's your thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

A:BIOS & ROM on the Motherboard

1. See #2
2. CMOS is correct, sometimes these are removable chips.
3. Yes, many motherboards have a jumper to reset to defaults, this is pretty important for overclockers, because you can set the BIOS to settings that are so unstable the computer can't get to the BIOS.

4. Your definition of recent/new is not in alignment with what most people would say is new. Motherboards for a few years now have been shipping with UEFI rather than a traditional BIOS.
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A:BIOS Problems

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gary szabo said:

I have a dell dimension 2400 running vista, pentium 4 pross. purchesed a dua core pross. I cant find a bios to work with my computer help.Click to expand...

Any files for your machine will be found here. -
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astar master said:

I cannot know how the bios update so I need some help for the how the bios update.I want to install the newest driver but I can't figure out how the driver is in a .02 file and I can't make heads or tails of it can anyone help me?Click to expand...

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A:HDD error "1720-SMART hard drive detects imminent failure attribute failed: #83" ... failing?

The fundamentals still apply:

for every partition ?X?
chkdsk ?X? /f /r​
The /R will remap bad sectors in an effort to avoid future I/o errors.

a} fix all partitions
b} get the SMART data and save it for reverence (it will not be reset to zero by chkdsk)
c} view the SMART data every day
d} look for increasing statistics

PLAN on getting a new HDD asap
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Why were you changing your BIOS on a laptop in the first place?
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Straight to the point:

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Yes that video card will work with your motherboard.

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A:BIOS update? FX
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Do you have the option mentioned below?

Setting a BIOS Password

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etc....Click to expand...
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Un-plug the PC from the wall.
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I bought a USB keyboard and both it and F2 now work.
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Can you perform a "Factory Restore"?
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Hello I am new with HP BIOS dv9500 screen come not up will laptop to Tech Spot and this forum and need some help My HP dv Laptop will not come up with bios screeen and therefore will also not boot When I turn it on he indicator lights all come on but the sceeen remains unlit for a few seconds then has a faint blueish haze The disk activity ligh blinks a few times and the CD sounds like it is active Nothing else happens - I can wait for as much time as HP dv9500 laptop will not come up with BIOS screen I HP dv9500 laptop will not come up with BIOS screen want If I CRTL ALT amp DEL it shuts down and comes up again by itself a HP dv9500 laptop will not come up with BIOS screen few seconds later which from my DOS days appears normal and I can repaet this process I have a bootable CD that has a DR dos for a DOS type operating system and the computer will not boot from this CD If I hold the power button down for sec the thing turns off I have removed the drive and tested on another computer via USB interface including using CKHDSK in the DOS mode and then using WEB Root to scan the disks for virsues etc Everything checks out OK I have removed all power DC and AC including batteries Large DC power battery and CMOS backup battery with no Help I have also tried all Fn buttons to see if I could force the Bios Screen to appear in the process of trying to power up described above The memory modules are firmly seated Has anyone heard of a similar situation The ooperating system is Vista nbsp

A:HP dv9500 laptop will not come up with BIOS screen

I would say that the motherboard is the cause of this. The CPU cooling heatsink could be in need of new thermal paste or pads. The fan could be bad