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...
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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Re: Compaq BIOS update F.37 bricks Presario?
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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This will depend on what options you have in the Bios. Some systems will give you a fixed option and some base it off how much memory you have in the system. You Notebook will support 4GB of ram in two 2GG sticks. The link below will show you how to install them.
Also to be able to check the setting you may need to install a Bios update. The link below will take you to the download pages where you can download the Bios update from. Note if you have not ever done a Bios update before you might want to ask a friend to help you that has down one before because if you mess up the Bios update you can brick the computer.
I don't think that this will work! I think 512 is the maximum for it. May be it'll just improve speed a little but it's always risky to update BIOS on older PCs. And this 512 sticks will cost you a lot. I think you better think to buy a new PC. Good Luck!
Click the link for the PC Operating System (like Windows XP).
Try to find the BIOS update listed under the heading, BIOS , BIOS- System , or RomPaq. NOTE: The term "Rompaq" refers to BIOS updates for Compaq Presario PCs prior to 2002.
If a BIOS update is not listed, HP does not have a BIOS update posted for your PC at this time.
If there are several BIOS updates available for different motherboard names, you need to find out what motherboard is installed in your PC. This can be done by turning off the power to the PC, removing the side panel, and reading the name that is printed on the motherboard. The name of your motherboard should match or be similar to the name of the download link.
If a BIOS update is listed, proceed to the next step to download and install the BIOS update.
Step 3: Download and install the BIOS update
Click the download link. The instructions for downloading and installing BIOS updates vary.
For most PCs with Windows XP, download the file, open it and follow the on-screen instructions.
For many PCs before Windows XP, save the downloaded file to the hard drive, insert a formatted disk, open the downloaded file to copy the BIOS files to the disk, and then restart the computer with the disk still in the drive.
The instructions on the download page may be different so carefully read and follow the instructions on the download page and in the installation setup screens.
If a 251 or CMOS Checksum error occurs after installing the BIOS update, perform the following steps:
Restart the PC and enter the BIOS screen by pressing the F1 or F10 key at the first screen.
Press the F5 key to load the default BIOS configuration.
Select YES by using the arrow keys, and then press Enter .
Press the F10 key to save the settings and exit.
Select YES by using the arrow keys, and then press Enter . When the BIOS update is complete, the new BIOS revision number is updated on the Main BIOS screen.
Yes you can upgrade to windows xp service pack 2/3 without problem. I recommend you update the bios (rompaq) from the revision on the compaq site, and install at least a second
SDRAM 256mb memory module in it first or it will run slow and hang up frequently. I've been running mine on XP for years, still using it now;) (with 384 memory-one 128chip and one 256 chip)
Compaq somewhere on their website has legacy updates and archive products that will allow you to download legacy updates to very older machines. Its not guaranteed but you might be able to download a BIOS upgrade from that site and boot from the floppy drive and reflash the BIOS.
You can also try resetting the BIOS by changing the bios jumper pin on your motherboard. Instructions on how to do this must be googled by you (Make sure you have the right model and make before you search and print out the directions.) A majority of BIOS chips are fixed onto the motherboard with very few where I have seen removable if a flash or corruption occurs.