Question about Compaq Armada E500 Notebook
Hi all ! I have a serious problem with my E500 PIII 600Mhz notebook: I tried to make a bios upgrade (new bios downloaded from HP), when I got an error like "can't write to bios - retry?". I retried several times without any result. I choosed at least to restore the old version. After shutdown the laptop never would restart. Only the tree LEDs are light, no sound, no drive, nothing. Has anyone an idea how to resolve this problem ?
I think as a home user you will do best to replace the bios chip with an identical one. i dont thimk its really worth you trying to pay and have it fixed because of the age of the laptop. the bios youve got there now and consequently the board are bothj dead without replacing the bios or just the board. Motherboard for laptops are hard to find and very expensive so i suggest you check out ebay and see if you can get hold of a similar or same laptop with maybe a broken screen or something and salvage one from two.
Posted on Apr 18, 2007
Send it to service. You've probably tried to install an inconvenient version of BIOS in your computer, or the version was OK but broken or damaged. There's nothing you can do at least for now to retrieve your system because BIOS is a built-in operating system, and it has to be fixed by experts.
Posted on Apr 17, 2007
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Nov 17, 2011 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook
To resolve this issue, create a BIOS administrator password and delete previous ProtectTools user logs by following this procedure:
Navigate to c:\Program Files\Hewlett Packard\SSM .
Access biosconfigutility.exe to reset the BIOS administrator password.
a. From a command prompt, navigate to the SSM folder.
b. Type biosconfigutility.exe to start the utility. A list of commands displays.
c. Type /newsetuppassword:"password" to create a new BIOS administrator password.
d. Close the command window.
Restart the notebook PC and press F10 at startup.
Log in using the new BIOS administrator password.
Choose User Management and delete any previous ProtectTools users.
Save the new settings and exit startup.
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