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Compaq BIOS update F.37 bricks Presario?

I downloaded the Compaq ROMPaq F.37 to update my BIOS on my Compaq Presario 3015US. After it completed the update, my laptop will not boot. No error messages, nothing on screen, laptop powers up when plugged in, power switch does nothing. No disc activity. BIOS is corrupt.

Replaced motherboard, worked fine. Stupidly downloaded the BIOS update, it bricked the new motherboard - same symptoms. Compaq says to bring it to an authorized repair center, who says to change the motherboard...is there any way to downgrade the BIOS when the BIOS is corrupt? Compaq will not admit an error in their BIOS...

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  • Don Oct 18, 2008

    Motherboard is Compaq # 320041-001

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I had a similar problem with my compaq laptop just cut it off and turn it back on as soon as it comes on hold fln and f11it should beep and the bios should reset i hope this helps with your problem. i just hope you learned something from all that. i hope that solves your problem. if that doesn't work i hear you can use a simialr computer i mean same brand and connect the com port ( also know a the computer connect link you might have to find the file deep in windows or it might auto start) and turn the computer on together and the working one's bios will flash the other bios and boot it. well i hope this give you some ideas without adding more the garbage dump computer graveyard hey if your fed up with it give it someone who want to waste time trying to fix it its better than more techno junk going to total waste. i hope any of this helps you have a nice day. (compaqsiget over and out)

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BIOS is not corrupted. yo download the wrong BIOS. either for the worng machine (I do think so-twice?). or you download the earlier version.
nothing you can do.
go to ebay or criglist see if any body is selling the same motherboard that works.
get it and replace the BIOS chip, you don't nee to replace the whole motherboard. just the BIOS chip.

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