Flash Inspiron 3800 BIOS Without Battery Installed

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Christopher Muto, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. does anyone know of a way to flash the bios on an inspiron 3800 that does
    not have a battery? the packaged and unpackaged versions of the flash bios
    utility halt when they find that no battery is installed. and there does
    not seem to be any command line switches to use with the unpackaged utility.
    any workaround would be greatly appreciated.
    thank you.
    Christopher Muto, Oct 15, 2004
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  2. Christopher Muto

    David Casey Guest

    It's probably a safety "feature" on your laptop to ensure there is a steady
    supply of power while you do the BIOS flash. Did you lose the battery?

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    David Casey, Oct 15, 2004
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    Bill Joy Guest

    I don't know if this is a just a safety measure, or is not even possible.

    I have heard of a /forceit option when executing the flash. Another option
    I have seen is /jabil when forcing it to flash when it thinks it has an
    incompatible BIOS update -- maybe try it if the other option does not work?

    Since these batteries are available on eBay for only $40-50, it is probably
    not worth the risk of damaging your system.
    Bill Joy, Oct 16, 2004
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