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HP Pavillion freezes up on the HP Invent splash screen

When I boot the pc up I get the HP Invent splash screen and the pc
immediately freezes up, I can't hit f10 to get into the bios, I can't even
boot up off of cd, I've changed the hard drive, reset the CMOS to no
avail.

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  • carol_comeau Feb 13, 2009

    I reset the cmos by removing the battery then I tried replacing the battery, I can disconnect the hard drive and the system still never gets past the hp splash screen, I can reinstall the os because it never gets past the hp splash screen. I can't boot off of cd because it never gets past the spash screen. I have reseted the memory it made no difference, there are no beeps heard when booting up.

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    had the same issue I did what jonnyzero sugeested and that worked.

    Before that I pulled the battry to clear the CMOS, I tried diffrent hard drives, booting from cds, from a usb, nothing worked... then I opened up the computer and disconnected EVERYTHING, booted up, reconnected everything and presto it works..... was a fun day for me =/

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    Bob May 11, 2010

    Could be a lot of things, so let's try to eliminate some. Did you hear any beeps when booting, and if so, how many? Did you have this problem before you changed the hard drive? If not, remove the hard drive and try to boot. It should take you past the splash screen and say something like "unable to find boot device" or similar words. If the computer lets you do that, you may have configured the hard drive incorrectly. Is the new drive an IDE (PATA) or a SATA drive? If a PATA drive, did you remember to use the correct the jumper setting on the drive? Also, how did you reset the CMOS if you couldn't get into the BIOS setup? Did you pull the CMOS battery? Try replacing the CMOS battery with a new one (use exact replacement) .

    Also, re-install the old hard drive to see if that lets you boot.

    Additionally, you may have jarred the memory sticks loose when you changed the hard drive. Check all of your other connections too, as you may have accidentally pulled something loose.

    There are a lot of other steps in troubleshooting this problem, but try these first.

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    Bob May 11, 2010

    When did the computer last work OK? What led you to replace the hard drive? Is the new hard drive IDE or SATA? Was the old hard drive IDE or SATA? Do you still have the old hard drive, if so, can you re-install it and try to boot? Do you have a floppy drive? If so, have you tried to use a boot disk? Is _anything_ displayed besides the splash screen? A blinking cursor? Any numbers or letters? Are you using Windows Vista?



    Remove everything from the computer except the mouse, keyboard, and monitor including any media in the media card reader if you have one. Also, any cd's in the cd/dvd drive or floppies in the floppy drive if applicable. Then start the computer and hit F10 repeatedly. Does it let you go into BIOS after that? If no, re-boot and hit the F8 key repeatedly when it starts. Did it give you an option to enter safe mode?

    If none of that works, unplug the monitor (is it a flat panel?), let it set for a few minutes, then plug it back in, turn it on and start the computer.

    Are you using the onboard video connection, or do you have a separate video card? If so, remove it and re-seat it. Do you have access to a known to be good monitor? If so, try it.

    I know it's a lot of questions and things to do, but we have to try to eliminate all the possible problems. The next step is to start unplugging everything inside the computer but what's needed to start it...expansion cards, media reader, floppy,(if applicable) etc.

    If none of that works, we'll need to explore the possibility that the motherboard may have been zapped by static electricity.

    Also, if all else fails, try taking the computer apart and re-assemble it. Sometimes doing that makes things work.



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Don't throw out that computer or replace any components just yet.

After much trial-and-error, I finally figured out the solution for this common issue with certain HP Pavillion models. It turns out to be a design flaw with the front-panel memory card reader. Somehow the card reader's firmware gets scrambled, and it prevents the computer from booting. You can test this on your machine by temporarily disconnecting the card reader cable at the motherboard header. Voila - I'll bet you $1 that your computer will now boot!

The solution is buried deep inside this HP tech support document. The card reader firmware needs to be reset.

Here\'s how to fix it once and for all:

1) With the computer power unplugged (duh), open up the case & disconnect the card reader cable at the card reader itself - NOT the end that connects to the motherboard header. Make sure the cable end is not touching any metal components before proceeding to step 2 (another duh).

2) With the cable still disconnected, fire up the computer. The tech support doc says to let it boot into Windows and stay there for about 5 minutes.

3) Shut the computer down and reconnect the cable to the card reader.

4) Turn your computer back on - your memory card reader will work and, most importantly, the computer will no longer hang at POST!

I suspect that when you fire up the computer without the cable connected, the card reader is designed to reset its firmware by grounding out through the case - sort of like a CMOS Reset jumper on a motherboard.

I hope this solution is helpful to others.

best,
JohnB

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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  • ridesahd Feb 04, 2011

    Thanks!!! Solved my problem!!!

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    sbrocali365 Mar 01, 2012

    who would have ever thought a front usb & or controller card that isn't even being used, could cause such a big problem... Thanks JohnB!

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    p_ausserdorf Jul 25, 2012

    planned obsolescence!

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    p_ausserdorf Jul 25, 2012

    planned obsolescence!

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Ok here is a stuoid solution that worked for me, after taking the desktop apart, peice by bleedin peice.....nothing was working..take out out then try..no good, pulled the 2 dvd drives, two hdd's, card reader floppy, ram etc etc...the last thing that was plugged in the back i tried was get this...the damn external hdd that i had plugged in last night and forgot to turn off..it was on and freezing the machine on the splash screen as described above...my advice is this...look for silly little things in the back plugged in before rippin apart your pc...lol
wow this one caught me off guard...lol

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  • kdeez Sep 21, 2010

    Thanks myzermod - this worked for me!

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JonnyZero fixed my problem. I owe this man a dollar. Many thanks to you, sir.

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Thank you Jonnyzero the Master, it work 100% by disconnect the card reader cable

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

  • Cooperbiker7 Oct 17, 2010

    i tried all this and am still getting the blue screen on startup. Any other suggestions?

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I had this same issue. It turns out all I had to do was remove the microSD card/adapter and restart the computer. For some reason it doesn't boot when there is something in the card reader :S

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  • Richard A Jan 23, 2013

    I'm glad I found your post. I've had an SD card in my reader for a couple of months with no problem. Yesterday when I rebooted, it locked up at the HP splash screen. I've torn the entire computer down with no sucess, and then I found your post. Thanks!

  • Richard A Jan 23, 2013

    I'm glad I found your post. I've had an SD card in my reader for a couple of months with no problem. Yesterday when I rebooted, it locked up at the HP splash screen. I've torn the entire computer down with no sucess, and then I found your post. Thanks!

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Did you try to reinstall the os either xp or vista? cus after the hp splash screen comes on thatswhen it starts to load the os.
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  • Jason Suprenant Feb 13, 2009

    you can reinstall the os xp/ or vista by cd. you have to go into the bios and change the boot sequince to cr drive before hard drive and have the cd in there you can get into the bios by restarting and pressing either F1 F8 F10 all pcs are different some will tell you look on the screen when starting it might say bois F something and you only have about 2 seconds to hit it so you might have to restart it a few times to get into it. then when your in the bois you go to boot setup and change that once you do that look at bottom of the screen and it will tell you how to exit with saving then you system should start from the restore cd just when finished doing the install make sure you set the boot seq back to hdd first

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Found this fix and tried it. Awesome! My computer is back up and running!

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I have problem with hp computer.when i start up my computer it appear difference screen that i shutdown last day i used it. so how can solve this problem .plz someone help me .

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Open side panel remove cable from usb reader and others cd too i have not pulled all back in just in install new mother board same thing stuck no key board 1 blink/ f10 got setup ..... stuck . This may be a chip set driver not installed. or a bad hardware pulling to mush power. I change CPU, MEM sticks. Power supply all the same thing. Just pull these cable to hadrware not hdd. boot right up . BINGO> down 1yr.

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    What if I just remove my USB thumb drives which I permanently leave in the USB ports for backing up my files? Will this have the same effect as disconnecting the cables as previously described?

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This is the Bios start screen. Bios System can not Tell it what to do next. Lock up . ( Call hp you can ship it and we fix it. A new board. (NOT) I order a Bios chip about $10-15 us dollars Ebay. BINGO IT BACK UP AND RUNNING. Try a new chip beat it will fix it. Now that i up I going to pull ever thing OFF it place on 2nd hdd. So if i need to pull it i can use in any pc. Plus i going to get a smaller hdd to move the image to it (c) only will have window and reg. Place all install program to other hdd. I hit not be able to read disk from other pc. If fails hdd matches pc system. my system motherboard not listed . Bios Chip HP Pavilion A6500F NAPA-GL8E MCP73M02H1 but had this openBios Chip HP Pavilion A6500F NAPA-GL8E MCP73M01H1 same chip

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That is the BIOS boot screen, it doesn't go beyond that because it can't load the OS. You can disable it if you don't want it but it won't fix your problem - you can't just attach a hard drive with an OS and it will work, it never does and Network Service Boot means that you already have a network server with the appropriate OS for your motherboard. You will have to install the OS on that motherboard on your local disk or, if you still wanna use the Network Service Boot, have an appropriate server on your network that when the PC boots, it sends an extended DHCP request, and your server responds by sending a bootable image to the PC via the network and the PC then boots from this image.

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