Recovering a faulty Dell XPS 13 9310 Bios
A friend gave me an extremely nice 13" Dell XPS machine with all the bells and whistles: i7 / 16G / 1T. Super cool machine. The catch: It was a troublemaker from day one.
Apparently the machine had intermittent problems recognizing it's SSD. But what was more: It appeared very dead when I got it.
Sometimes the screen would cycle RGB colours, and the little light bar at the front would signal 3 amber and 6 white flashes.
Here's what I did to get it back:
- Downloaded BIOS_IMG.rcv version of the 3.18.0 Bios (use the service tag to find the right version)
- Copied that to a FAT32 formatted USB-Drive
- Plugged the drive in (in my case via a USB-C mobile adapter, but that is irrelevant)
- While holding down CTRL and ESC, plugged in the power cable
I was toally amazed when the Bios recovery dialog came up! It apparently updated quite a few ROMs and left me with a responsive system.
If anyone knows a solution to the SSD-problem, please let me know.