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Corrupt & Locked Bios

\015 My daughter got a root virus that corrupted and locked her bios. It will not recognize her hard drive or her optical drive. Therefore I can not boot Windows or configure the boot sequence. I removed the cmos battery over night and reinstalled it with no success. I'm told its possible to flash the bios without going into Windows, but I'm not sure how yet. Could someone give me a step by step? I've already downloaded the bios file on another computer\015\012. \015\012Will flashing my bios remove a malicious bios password? If not does anyone have knowlege of a place to get backdoor bios passwords for free or very cheap for out of warranty machines?\015\012 Dell Inspiron 2200 Laptop, Service Tag#: JDJVN81-595B\015

Answers :

When you flash the bios (normally from a floppy drive) it should overwrite anything that is there.
In this case you must boot from the floppy. Unfortunately, with a laptop you don't have that option.
I suggest you put the bios flashing utility that you probably downloaded with your bios update file on a flash drive. I think your laptop has the ability to boot from that.
Anyway, on startup, press F12 until you get the boot options and try that.
I take it that you know the support site URL, but just in case, it's support.dell.com
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