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.
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Re: Startup or Bios Problem
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.
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BIOS are written by the maker of the device and not the CPU manufacturer. If its an HP, go there to download updated BIOS. If you make a mistake in updating the BIOS you could kill the startup instruction sets and toss out the computer.
It has been a while but I think it isn't a zif but a standard low profile socket. You need a good light and check the edges to see if you can see the layers or where the cpu edges are. You should see the color differences between the plastic or the socket and the cpu. From above it will look like just a cpu but from the sides you should see the cpu overhand the socket a small bit or be flush with the edges.
The cpu has to be a M series P3 and you may need to adjust bus speeds and/or ram speed to make it work. May also have to upgrade bios as well.
To find your BIOS upgrade you can do one of the following options:
1.Identify your Intel motherboard model via our Award BIOS or AMI BIOS id's tabs 2.Find a(n) Intel BIOS upgrade via the Links tab on the official site. 3.Run the BIOS Agent scan browser plugin
This is something that I really would not recommend doing unless you are sure what you are doing as this can seriously harm the computer. The best suggestion is to contact the sony help online and send them your product number and serial number then they know what flash bios you have and can send you a link to the correct download. Through experience when I tried to do a flash bios upgrade my computer went dead until I opened the back and had to shock the dumb thing.