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08-07-2012 11:31 AM
Recently purchased HP Pavilion h8-1380t Intel Core i7-3280 @ 3.6GHz - 14GB DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM - Wind 7 Pro 64-bit.
Really wanted to install & run Win XP Mode, install says hardware-assisted virtualization not turned on in BIOS. Let me tell you the BIOS on this machine is as lame as I have seen in 30 years of doing this stuff. It has no menu item for turning on Hardware-Assisted Virtualization and no revision number or date. If I remember it is American Megatrends(?). Two sessions with HP Tech Support resulted in "maybe" updting the BIOS would provide the H-A Virtualization menu item. I have downloaded the available update sp56214.exe. Does anyone think its a good idea to update the BIOS? Does anyone have Win XP Mode running on a similar HP Desktop? And what is the CTRL-I to enter setup flash when booting up? Is that a different BIOS setup? I haven't tried, but I wil shortly.
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08-07-2012 12:53 PM
08-07-2012 02:42 PM
You're very welcome.
Yes, that is my opinon (if it's not broke, don't fix it) unless after you read the BIOS release notes there is something you just have to have.
If there was a way you could flash the BIOS in DOS, then I would be more liberal in my thoughts, but those Windows based flashes...I read too many horror stories on this forum about failed BIOS flashes.
Just for kicks, do a search on "Failed BIOS flash" and see many threads pop up.
08-07-2012 03:50 PM
Something to think about:
The term "If ain't broke don't fix it" doesn't apply to PC updates. Many $$ were spent to create fixes and updates to not only solve problems but prevent problems. The cost of rediscovery was found to be more than the cost to apply the updates.
08-07-2012 04:24 PM
Tell that to these guys...and that is a BIOS update to an HP business PC!
Then you have to wait for a fix to the fix. In the corporate environment that could spell big trouble.
Nope...read the release notes first, and make your own decision whether or not it is worth the risk to flash.
Some BIOS updates do nothing but update processor microcodes which is meaningless if you have no intention of upgrading the processor.
Others do this:
08-07-2012 04:53 PM
My advice comes from the corporate environment! If the updates are worthless then can you explain why from a financial viewpoint why all of the software and hardware manufacturers continue to produce updates?
08-07-2012 05:19 PM
@ Big Dave.
I'm not going to bicker with you.
Where did I state that BIOS updates were worthless?
Have you not read all of the tales of woe from folks that have had failed flashes when they had no real need to flash the BIOS?
Well, here's just a few!
You have your opinion, and I have mine.
I'm not saying don't flash the BIOS, or never flash the BIOS.
All I am saying is to read the release notes first.
Then decide if flashing the BIOS is worth the risk.