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Phoenix BIOS Recovery

This procedure should work for most laptops (and even desktops) with a conventional Phoenix BIOS. If you have an older system you should be able to follow the same procedure using a floppy drive.

  1. First, you need to get the Crisis Recovery Disk Tool (Wincrisis). Download it here. The version in our repository is 1.0.0.4 but your OEM might have a newer or older version if they provide their own recovery tools.
  2. Format your USB drive as FAT and do not put anything on the drive after formatting.
  3. Open up WINCRIS.EXE and run in XP SP3 compatibility. Select your USB drive and hit start. Do as the prompt instructs when it asks you to disconnect and reconnect your USB drive. Then click “yes” at the next prompt if it asks you to format another disk, and then re-select the start button. When this is done close the tool and disconnect the USB.
  4. Reconnect the USB and copy over MINIDOS.SYS, PHLASH16.EXE, and BIOS.WPH to the root directory of the USB drive. In some cases BIOS.WPH may not be the correct name. You can verify this by following the steps mentioned in this third paragraph. If the tool comes back with a different recovery name, then make a COPY of your BIOS image and rename it to what the recovery tool specifies. That way your drive has these contents: MINIDOS.SYS, PHLASH16.EXE, BIOS.WPH, and (returned recovery name).WPH. Make sure all these files are in the root and that you don’t have any folders or other files on the drive.
  5. If you are unsure how to get your .WPH BIOS image, chances are you need to download the latest BIOS update from the manufacturer and extract the EXE upgrade archive they provide (use 7-zip or similar). Then look for a .wph, .rom, or similar file that is typically a standard file size of 1024kb, 2048kb, etc. This will be the file you make copies of and rename to BIOS.WPH and the custom recovery name reported by the tool mentioned in step 4 (if any).
  6. Remove the battery from the laptop, and unplug the AC power cord. Then plug in your USB floppy drive (with the Crisis Recovery Disk in it and ready to go). Next, With the AC still unplugged, press and hold the Fn(Function) and B buttons. While still holding them, plug the AC power in, then press the power button.
  7. The system should power on, but there should be no LEDs lit up, and the fan should not slow down like it normally does. If that is not what happens, and you get LEDs that light up, and the fan slows like normal, unplug the AC power and try using the Win and B keys instead. Once the system has booted into the BIOS recovery mode, the floppy light will flash as it reads the BIOS file from the disk. You can then release the Fn+B keys (or Win+B ). After a minute or two, the floppy light will stop flashing.
  8. DO NOT shut the computer off, as the process is only half complete. The system is now flashing the BIOS.
  9. After the USB or floppy light goes off, leave the computer on for two or three minutes; more if you want to be sure, and if the system does not reboot itself (mine did not), unplug the AC power. I let mine go for five minutes or so and pulled the plug (the power button would not shut the system off no matter how long I held it; I suspect this is normal). Five minutes should be plenty; however long you wait, try to be patient. My five minutes of waiting seemed to take forever, but paid off. Better to be without the laptop an extra minute or two than two weeks while it’s back to wherever it came from having a new chip installed or the old chip re-flashed. Plug the AC power back into the laptop and fire it up.
  10. If all goes well, you’ll have made a very expensive paperweight into something useful again.
  11. It seems this works for most newer models of laptops with Phoenix BIOSes (from what I’ve seen). Forums I’ve read have said that it may be either Fn+B or Win+B to boot into BIOS recovery mode.
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19 Responses to “Phoenix BIOS Recovery”

  • Mave Rick:

    Hi,

    Im having a “105-Unsupported wireless broadband device detected. System Halted.” problem. i did some research and i think it will require a bios recovery like you explain.

    I bought the usb floppy drive and done all the step like you explain.I got it from other forum.Its the same step but very few people knows how to do things like this.

    The problem is after plug in the power cable, holding the win+b key with the floppy drive and the floppy all ready in, the notebook come out with a 1 second loud beep continuously. same thing happen with out the floppy drive in.

    It seams like nothing happening.Please help.

    The lappy is Compaq Presario V3000
    Phoenix Bios f.26
    Intel dual core processor

    Please help. im working on this for two weeks now.

    Your help is very much appreciated

    • Hi Mave,

      Normally this error message is a result of adding an unsupported wireless card, however the BIOS itself shouldn’t be corrupt. If this is the case, simply put the old wireless card back in and look for a custom modification in our forums to see if support for your custom wireless card can be added into your BIOS.

      • Mave Rick:

        Hi TheWiz,

        Thank you for your reply.I think the problem caused by a 3g mobile broadband modem.It got something to do with the compaq whitelist i think.However the bios is not corrupted because i still can enter the bios setup page.

        It’s just that it wont boot any media at all.The 105 error comes up just after the compaq logo.

        Is there any way that i can get rid of the old bios and install a new one coz the current bios wont boot anything at all.Just like the method mentioned in this thread.I’ve tried doing it with floppy drive,flash drive, hdd drive, but all wont work. It give me a loud one long beep + two short beep after i hit the win + B key.still nothing,also it wont read the floppy.

        Please help me.I’ve been stuck with this problem for quite sometimes now.

        Your Kind help and guidance are very much appreciated.

        Thank you

  • Guillermo Ojea Quintana:

    Hello,

    I have an Ultra 40M2 Workstation from Sun and the Phoenix BIOS was corrupted.

    Do you think that this procedure will work also for this system?

    I will need to look for a windows keyboard because Sun’s do not have the win key :-)

    Thanks.

  • mi2zi:

    hi,i’m facing similar prob i have Satellite A500 and i do the bios update thing and it seems to be corrupted now (black screen) nothing work.
    i read the upper issue but i still don’t know to replace the BIOS.WPH (with what file) , reply plz

  • wexler:

    Hi
    I’m having a Toshiba Satellite U400 laptop with a BIOS Phoenix crashed after a failed update. Now, after I tried to start it I’ve got only the black screen and a long and two short beeps (from time to time).
    I followed the steps you showed above, but nothing. I tried even without the hard disk and the same result – nothing.
    Have you got any clue what I can do to rewrite the BIOS on chip ( I have the original BIOS.wph)
    Thanx

    • There might be a different recovery name associated with your BIOS. Please try Andy’s Phoenix SLIC tool to see if it provides an alternative recovery name.

  • skavee:

    hello, I just wanted to ask if this also works with a bootable USB.

    • It is recommended the USB be completely formatted and empty except for the files – but it “should” be alright if it is bootable.

  • Ryan:

    The crisis tool download link is broken. Please update.

  • Kajikoffo:

    Hey guys,

    having trouble with Samsung R519, dead BIOS (can’t get in, can’t boot). Although it reacts on F2 to enter (by writing Please wait..), all I get is black screen. I got myself a crisis disk mentioned before, but the problem is the original BIOS file is ~1,56MB and won’t fit into FDD. I can’t find smaller file (like older BIOS) anywhere, spent almost 1 whole day searching.. No matter what BIOS, any BIOS is better than this dead one.

    Any suggestions?? Thanks anyone with some idea :)..

  • Ben:

    So I have a Dell Studio 1535 (model number PP33L) that I accidentally flashed with the 1555′s BIOS. :-[ Now I’m stuck on an error screen that doesn’t even go into BIOS. Is there a way I can save this laptop short of replacing the mobo? I don’t think my mobo has a removable BIOS chip as far as I can tell and I’ve searched the internet without luck of fixing the BIOS. I’ve tried the Crisis Recovery but the laptop doesn’t display anything pass the error screen

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/18588361/2013-08-29%2012.02.35.jpg

  • nic:

    Hi,
    I have an Acer 7551 that suddenly would not turn on, all I get is a blank screen and a spinning HDD, but no seeking. I tried the recovery procedure; Wincris gets the flash drive created and I replace the BIOS file with the correct one. Plug the drive in the unpowered laptop, push & hold Fn+ESC (tried all the other combos too), plug the power cord in and push the power button, but nothing different happens.

    I’m thinking the motherboard is dead, fair enough I can get one on ebay for a decent price, but it’s for a Gateway. The problem with that is that the current Windows won’t work anymore (VLK thing linked to the mfg BIOS string).

    I should be able to flash an Acer BIOS onto it and have it working, I’m just not sure what tools to use for that. Would the Wincris disc allow flashing the “wrong” BIOS?

  • Frenchdavy83:

    Hya, i just bricked my daughter satellite C600 i updated from the Toshiba support center the bios and while doing it, the machine stopped and impossible to restart nothing at all black screen just the fan are turning but after 2 minutes of doing it goes off again. Please i cant afford a new one and if someone could show me the way, i would be so greatfull.
    I just made a bootable usb drive but after that its all a bit confusing.
    Thanks for helping me!!
    Frenchdavy83

  • Jeff:

    Hi! I’m new one here and i have a question to you guys. I change my wi-fi card in laptop HP dv6000 and i have a problem with it. When i want to turn on the computer it says me that: 104 – unsaported wi-fi dewice detected. what can i do with that .

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