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Laptop shut down during reboot

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545.

I wanted to install Bluetooth on it. Not knowing how to do so, I looked at online discussion and many had said that I'd probably have to install drivers. While I was doing that it said that a BIOS update was also recommended (And, again not knowing what it was, I installed it) While it was doing the update, at some point it said rebooting and the screen went blue. Now I was not sure whether my files would be deleted or not, I panicked and switched it off, because I have important University files on my laptop. This happened approximately a week ago and now when I turn on my laptop I can hear it's on, but the screen is completely black and the power icon is flashing red. Somebody please help me. I need my files ๐Ÿ˜ž

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Re: Laptop shut down during reboot

It sounds like the BIOS flash failed.  If the system is in warranty, have Dell replace the mainboard.

Your data should be fine - remove the hard drive, mount it in a 2.5" external USB 2.0 case and recover it after attaching the drive to a working system.

 

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Re: Laptop shut down during reboot

dear EJN63, thanks so much for replying, but as you might have figured I do not know much about IT. My laptop is no longer on a warranty I'm afraid ๐Ÿ˜ž

how do I remove the hard drive?

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Re: Laptop shut down during reboot

A less expensive option to replacing the system board is to have the BIOS chip unsoldered, flashed externally and resoldered - this should run about $100-150, less than 1/3-1/2 what a board replacement will cost.  One reliable source of repair: www.aqstech.com.

 

To remove the hard drive, see

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/SM/hdd.htm#wp1109848

 

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Re: Laptop shut down during reboot

 thanks again! It sounds like a professional should be doing all that? Or is there some sort of advice you can give me? I am a novice and I don't want to make the situation worse than it is.

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