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Startup or Bios Problem

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 ?

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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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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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