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Dell Insprion 8100 won't boot after bios flash

I attempted to update my Inspiron 8100 BIOS to A15 using Dell's ''floppy-less update.'' Windows shut down, got a message that it was attempting to update the BIOS remotely, then it powered off and nothing else happened. Now, it powers on, both the power and HDD lights stay on continuous, but I don't get any spash screen or boot activity; if you change the amount of memory, you get two beeps, but nothing else. Is the motherboard bricked? Any way to force a new BIOS update?

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Open your computer plate then refix RAM and clean dust from all circuit.also reattch all cables connectors.then put your cmos cell for 15 minutes thenrefix it.ten it resets to factory defaults.then save all settigns.then restrt the computer and then check your harddisk is propely detected or not.

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