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03-30-2012 08:30 PM - edited 03-30-2012 08:31 PM
The bin number needs to match the motherboard number, try naming the bin to some of the other platform names
03-30-2012 08:50 PM - edited 03-31-2012 04:00 AM
I tried the newest FD file and renamed it each one of the other iterations, one at a time. 3635.BIN, 3636.BIN and so on. All failed.
I checked the Motherboard part number under the RAM stick. It matches the motherboards that are for sale for this model. Just for kicks, I looked at another model that uses the motherboard, but it is the same BIOS file.
There is a sticker under the battery with 3635 on it.
And I ran the latest BIOS through with Andy's Tool (phoenixtool196.exe) 3635F13.fd. It said that the recovery filenames are: A.BIN No file directory like other BIN files that I unpacked and read. Just A.BIN.
I found another user talking about looking in the dump and using a hex editor to look at a specific ROM file in the DUMP directory. I did that and the name of the BIN files are the same as the ones that we've looked at.
03-31-2012 06:27 AM
try putting the bin file on the root of the flash drive.
I also saw this statement
"Assuming the Boot Block is not corrupted, the BIOS should automatically identifiy the key and re-flash the BIOS"
03-31-2012 02:18 PM
Alright, we've made some progress but didn't get anywhere.
Forget about the Hewlett-Packard directory. Just put the 3635.BIN file in the root of the USB flash drive. But here's the kicker. I was sleepy and I held down the Win+B key combo for about fifteen seconds. The laptop started to beep several times (5, actually). And then it started to use the flash drive. Every five seconds or so, it would beep again for a total of six times. Then the drive stopped. I let it run for about five minutes but there was no change in the laptop. So I rebooted.
And we are still where we started.
Now a couple of win+B cycles, I've had LOADS of files on this. All six different bin files, with versions named BIN ROM and FD. I had complete sets loaded in every directory and on the root. THAT time (and three times later) I got the screen to light up and show a blue box with the word Flashing and a percentage that climbed to 100% Then it said SHUTDOWN and the computer rebooted. It looked a lot like the BIOS password prompt in shape and color.
However in all of this, I have never had the BIOS come up on a normal boot. Just back to the flashing lights that I described in my first post in this thread.
I've also tried this with a CDROM. That was a total failure. It would power, spin up the CD and then die with the lights fading away like I've never seen.
Anyways, I'm going to say that I've flashed this pos laptop about fifteen times and I've never got a good boot. It's parts.
The ONLY thing that gives me a wonder is that pheonixtools196.exe doesn't give a FULL PATH to the recovery name. Just "A.BIN". Which does not work. And all four BIOS that are on the HP website give the same result. Other BIOS files give a correct path. Huh.
Hopefully someone else will get this hold-the-win+b-buttons-down-for-a-while hint. Good luck all.
04-13-2012 12:57 PM
I have the same problem with my laptop. Mine is a g6-1180sa. I bought it in Dublin Ireland.
Today I restarted the pc and when booting became crazy and woulnt recognize anything.
I found the bios files in the websige but there no signature file. COul you please help me?
04-14-2012 03:29 PM - edited 04-14-2012 04:08 PM
Hello, I own a HP Pavilion dv6-6135dx, and can't find this particular model in the HP Sofpaq Download Manager...is the sofpaq download manager the only place to find the sofpaq in order to retrieve the respective .bin, .sig files and softpaq number?
I am slightly familar with the subtle diffrences between the HP System Diagnostics UEFI , and the HP UEFI SE's roles in restoreing BIOS, just going via the "BIOS management using system diagnostics" walkthrough.
edit: ^the SP's or sofpaqs were already available on HP's drivers and support page... I had these since the beginning, never knew the vocab: SP=sofpaq, as in sp52999999999etc...
05-02-2012 04:43 PM
Just a quick followup, yeah, you were right. The motherboard is JACKED. It has been parted out and now lives on in others' laptops. :-) Still, it was very cool to learn this. Thanks!
05-17-2012 02:56 PM
Just 2 month out of warranty, my 6135dx cant boot with CAPS lock blinking. I sent it in for BSODs during warranty and the HP representive indicate it was a CPU related problem but ultimately they only change the harddrive. It come back fine but didn't know the machine just not working in 3 months after repair.
Tried every method with USB and cant seem to help, I actually backup'd the HP_TOOLS to a USB thumbdrive think I may need it one day.
05-17-2012 03:36 PM
I am sorry to hear about your product not functioning. Please contact HP to have it repaired again. If it is not repaired correclty, send me a private message.
Copying HP_TOOLS is not a bad idea. We also provide an option to create a USB key from the HP Support Environment download. This enables you to access the HP tools by using the ESC-F2 System Diagnostics option in your startup menu. Just plug in the USB key before booting and pressing ESC.
When backing up HP_TOOLS, name the USB key "HP_TOOLS" and copy the Hewlett-Packard folder to the key. This is enable the BIOS to automatically recognize the key and launch the tools from the key.
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