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My Vostro 1520 (P8700 C2D) originally came with BIOS A02. This BIOS version has known problems with VT, so I had to upgrade to A05. During the upgrade, the notebook crashed. Needless to say, it won't boot anymore.

The simple question is: is there a way to access the BIOS boot block to recover the bad flash with a crisis disk? I know that the MINI and the ALIENWARE models have this feature, but I can't seem to find anything about it in the Vostro machines.

Any help will be much appreciated.

PS: Dell's solution is to change the motherboard, but it will take several days, as the board isn't available in my country :(

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sorry to say that, but Dell's solution is the only viable solution, it's bricked.

anything you do may only void the warranty.

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+1 It is dead. Best to wait for the new one. – Dave M Dec 5 '09 at 15:49

Had a bad flash happen with my Dell Studio lappy! Dell told me it's not covered under warranty! They wanted $399 to replace the main system board, did a lot of research online to find these guys: they did teh repair for about $99

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