Don't ask how to hack password. (BIOS Passwords)
#36344 by masterrh
Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:36 pm
Hello, I am working on a friends dell inspiron 2600 laptop in which he had a virus (I believe). He informed me he wasn't too cautious or aware about viruses and one day his computer screen said 'Dumping memory' or something to that extent and since then when he powers on the laptop it says 'No Operating System Detected'. I looked into the bios (PhoenixBios 4.0 release 6) and saw that it says there is No Harddisk, hence fdisk or mbr have no use.
My thought was try to and flash the bios in order to clear out the virus but I am having trouble figuring out this step.
I have the Dell Update BIOS for this model downloaded from their site, but when I boot from the disk nothing happens. I found these flashers at this site:
http://www.tyan.com/support/html/flash_utilities.html

When I tried using them or the flasher from dell.com I keep getting the error 'File not found platform.bin' or somethign similar to a platform.bin error. Where can I get this file?

and I think one of those will help, but I'm confused as to what I need. Do I only need one disk to flash and reset the PhoenixBios? Or do I need a disk to flash it, then a seperate disk to reinstall the correct phoenixbios? Any suggestions or input would be appreciated.

Ryan