02-01-2009 08:52 AM
03-27-2009 10:10 PM
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.
08-31-2009 03:22 PM
I wanted to pop this post up as recent, I also have a Pavillion, and had the same issue. I disconnected the memory card connector, my system booted up and ran the Startup Repair, though im not sure i really had to do that, as the outcome was it didnt know how to fix the problem.
But in the end, my PC is working again, and I thank you for your post because I was about to go postal. So thank you once again.
08-06-2010 12:22 PM
Just wanted to thank you for the post. Your solution worked perfectly for me. I took the computer apart, unhooked the card reader, started it, let it stay on for five minutes (or so), and turned it off, hooked everything back up and voila. Like a champ. Thanks again!!
08-25-2010 12:01 PM
This is the first solution I found for this specific problem. But before I try opening up the laptop I would like to know Does this solution also works with the Pavilion dv8 series??
10-06-2010 06:55 PM
I wanted to bump this, as i tried this solution on my pavilion a1420n, and as soon as I booted up with the cable detached, I get a "NTLDR is missing pres ctrl + alt + del" Can anyone help?
07-23-2011 10:48 PM
Thank you so much for your help, it is because of people like you that people like me (no idea what's inside a computer) can save money on these silly little hang ups. This solution did work but I had to leave the card reader disconnected as when I started it back up with the card reader connected, it was frozen again? Any thoughts?
Thanks so much.
01-07-2012 02:55 PM
my pc freezes at the hp start screen where you can select set up, boot menu, etc.. i cannot select any of the options with the keyboard. i unplugged the memory card reader at the reader like suggested and i still have the problem.
02-15-2012 10:42 PM
I have an HP G62 laptop I bought about nine months ago. Today in the mroning a few minutes after using and switching off, I turned it on only to see the HP logo then a blank screen. The computer just blinks the logo and refuses to boot. On the HP logo screen I have a brief second where I can hit ESC which pulls up a screen with different F# options all of which brings me to the same blinking HP logo screen.
04-14-2012 09:01 AM
I've got the same problem, computer powers up but freezes at the HP Logo screen with the slective information on the bottom (Esc, F1, F10, F12) to click for appropriate action. Hitting these buttons doesn't help at all, no response from the keyboard at all. The lights on the keyboard do light up at the PC power up. Disconnected the card reader with the same result, swapped the RAM cards to different slots with no results, left the RAM cards out and the motherboard produced constant beeps, so the motherboard seems to be OK. What else? Replaced the battery, that didn't help either, just can't seem to get into the BIOS. Any other suggestions? Thanks