10-25-2003 12:24 AM - last edited on 03-17-2013 10:16 PM by maikoro
I installed the latest BIOS version from the Compaq website on my PIII 600 based Armada E500 laptop, and now my computer will not even power on. Is there something that can be done about this short of buying a new motherboard? I am very distressed at this point that the update was corrupt, and so therefore my laptop was made unusable. THANKS for your help!!
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10-25-2003 04:56 AM
There are two BIOS versions at:
for an E500. Get the System ROMPaq.
04-03-2004 07:49 PM
05-05-2004 05:53 PM
07-11-2004 07:42 PM
My laptop is Compaq e500 and I had the same problem. Due to the fact that my laptop was already more than 3years old I couldn't get it repared for free. The service people suggested to replace the system board for which they wanted to charge me $400. I didn't go for that as my whole laptop wouldn't cost so much. The ONLY way to do fix is:
Keep in mind that if the people who will be doing this are not professional and carefull - they can well kill your laptop !!!!
1. Find the name of the flash bios chip - for this you will have to open (best if this is done by proffesionals) your laptop - it is located right bellow the mouse - should be Intel flash chip.
2. Find the radio store who has a flash chip programmer cappable to re-programm this kind of chips - just give them a name you found. Also if they can take it off and put it back to system board.
3. Download the latest BIOS of the HP site and pass it to the radio store - the largest file is the one they need.
In Kiev,Ukraine it took them about 14 min. to take the chip off - re-programm and put it back... They have charged me for all of this only $6 ... And it WORKS !!
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO FIX YOUR PROBLEM
Hope this helps...