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January 30th, 2024 22:22

T5600 bios issue

hi, i was recently given a sorry looking but working T5600, its no longer a biohazard and i have memory a 2.5gb NIC and a new GPU ready for it.

Although the system boots to win 10 fine, I cannot for the life of me get into the BIOS (A19), I have tried hitting F12,  selecting BIOS setup to no avail, i tried going in by F2 and it just goes to a black screen.

diagnostics reports all well

I've changed the CR2032 battery, pulled the boot drive - this at least got me a no boot device but again black screen when entering BIOS. 

I've searched the internoodle but nothing suggested works.

any ideas?

Fatty

February 4th, 2024 23:30

well the epic journey is over - the Quadro was defective and the RTX3060 was not a fan of old dells :)

got a r7 250 out of the loft and it worked.

thanks for all you help :)

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January 31st, 2024 00:32

To rule out the display issue, try with an old school VGA connection.

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January 31st, 2024 03:27

Try a BIOS reset via the jumper on the MB.

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January 31st, 2024 14:16

@bradthetechnut​ No change, swapped GPU for known good, pulled all ram out, changed BIOS battery, disconnected everything apart from 1 cpu and 1 stick of ram, all the same, still boots to windows but i cant even get into the bios through the advanced startup 

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February 1st, 2024 00:00

Are you pressing F12 or F2 repeatedly and immediately upon powering on?  You said repeatedly though.

If still no luck, it may be that BIOS doesn't have a graphics driver for the GPU.  That I don't know how to solve except to try an older graphics card as the T5600 was introduced in 2012.

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February 1st, 2024 01:14

Guessing that flash the BIOS again would be the next troubleshooting step. 

February 2nd, 2024 15:47

@Chino de Oro​ Reflashed bios - no change, kind of at a loss now

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February 3rd, 2024 03:37

Might not be what you're looking for, but a Dell tested GPU should show BIOS.

Precision T5600 Spec Sheet

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