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Wrong BIOS installed?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
May 4, 2012 1:56:50 PM

So I happen to go into the BIOS because my temps are constantly awful and the fan is running loud even on idle, and I just wanted to see what the temps were. I am using a Vostro 1000. As the BIOS pops up, it lists this.

"Product: Inspiron 1501"

And as the computer boots up, it's also labeled Inspiron 1501. I never noticed it before. I'm assuming the Inspiron 1501 that my mother has had it's BIOS installed on this computer somehow. Is this normal?

We sent our computers to some guy who has Multiple Sclerosis like she does who fixes computers from his home. She insisted we send it to him since she felt bad for him and he gave her some sob story about his family life and not having any money. He DID fix the other hardware issues we had, but the computer has been hating weird since even before he got his hands on it.

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a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:08:36 PM

blacklabel67k said:
my temps are constantly awful and the fan is running loud even on idle
This is expected behavior. When the notebook is hot the fan is going to run faster/louder trying to cool things down.

What did the idle and load temps look like?

I'm not very concerned about the BIOS label.
May 4, 2012 2:32:08 PM

I know how fans work on computers, this is not the issue. My CPU usage was 100% while nothing was running. My CPU gets hot when I'm barely doing anything and when I say hot, every once and awhile I can smell a possible burnging smell. There was no way to view the temp at all in the BIOS. As I type everything, text takes about 15 seconds to pop up, and sentences get repeated all on their own somehow.

I'm concerned about the label because we sent this laptop in with an Inspiron 1501, so how did the BIOS for that laptop get on this laptop (vostro 1000).
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a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:42:54 PM

Dell might have put it there.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:44:28 PM

blacklabel67k said:
this is not the issue.
Of course it's the issue.
May 4, 2012 2:45:37 PM

So it's just a coincidence that it's the same BIOS as the other Dell laptop that I own?

Why wouldn't they install the Vostro 1000 BIOS?

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a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:47:40 PM

Vostro and Inspiron might be the same system, with different labels and a few different options, one marketed for businesses, one aimed at consumers.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:50:22 PM

Were the Vostro 1000 and Inspiron 1501 sold about the same time?
May 4, 2012 2:53:38 PM

WR2 said:
Of course it's the issue.

Uhh, no, my issue is with my BIOS labeled as an Inspiron 1501. All I need to know is if that is normal. Nothing more. If I want to know why my laptop is overheating I can probably figure that out myself. If not, I'll make a thread asking for help with that.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:53:53 PM

I saw a Dec 2006 review on the Inspiron 1501 and a May 2007 review on the Vostro 1000 so they could be using the same basic hardware.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 4, 2012 2:54:52 PM

Let us know what you find out.
May 4, 2012 2:55:25 PM

WR2 said:
Were the Vostro 1000 and Inspiron 1501 sold about the same time?

No they weren't purchased together. The Insprion was given to us about 2 years or so after we bought the Vostro 1000. The only relation they have, was that they were brought in to be repaired together.
May 4, 2012 2:58:56 PM

I have two Vostro laptops and an Inspiron. One Vostro has a Vostro BIOS (Vostro 1500), this one has an Inspirion 1501 BIOS. (Vostro 1000)

My guess is every type of Dell laptop has a different motherboard with a different BIOS therefore they need to be labeled as such. I would assume anyways.
a b D Laptop
May 4, 2012 4:48:05 PM

The Vostro 1000 and the Inspiron 1501 probably share the same motherboard, and the same basic BIOS with different labels. Wouldn't be unheard of. I have a relative with an Inspiron 4100 where the BIOS says "Latitude C610". The BIOS label won't cause your other problem.

As for the fan problem, was the laptop cleared of dust?

May 4, 2012 6:53:18 PM

I guess that's what it must be. Dell website has it listed as Vostro 1000 BIOS, you would think it would all be one name instead of making it confusing. But that's what Dell is best at. Thanks
May 4, 2012 6:54:12 PM

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