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11-30-2018 01:55 PM - edited 12-08-2018 05:17 PM
The BIOS in the HP H8-1234 desktop got corrupted when another IT repair company was trying to upgrade BIOS. Turning on the computer results in 8 beeps at boot with no display.
I read other comments on having a corrupt BIOS. Attempted to get into BIOS recovery mode by holding down the Windows + B keys at boot. Also tried Windows+V.
Is there a way to recover the BIOS with a USB flash drive? I downloaded the BIOS for this computer. When I ran the setup for BIOS exe, there was no option to create a usb flash drive. It just went through the steps of updating BIOS only.
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12-01-2018 08:53 AM - edited 12-03-2018 01:00 PM
Ok thanks. I had tried the instructions for step 1 before but didn't work. Step 2 I can't complete. The BIOS download for the system doesn't have a 'create recovery usb flash drive' option. It only updates BIOS that's it. I think that's my only hope with recovering from a usb flash drive. Let me know if there is an alternate way to create a usb recovery flash drive since wasn't possible with BIOS download.
12-12-2018 03:53 PM
SO it's a
M3970CMNR-HP Motherboard BIOS Update
|8.10 Rev. A||3.5 MB||Jan 24, 2013|
AND you tried the 5 year old BIOS update, which failed? It is W7 / 8 os version only.
12-12-2018 04:05 PM
downloaded and extracted with 7zip
So this the RTF that is within the SP bios update...
Title: M3970CMNR-HP Motherboard BIOS Update
Description: This package provides an update to the M3970CMNR-HP Motherboard BIOS for the supported desktop models and supported operating systems.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
- Resolves issue with TV Tuner still appearing in Device Manager when disabled in "PCI Express X1 Slot2" in BIOS Setup.
- Resolves "Secure Boot Manual Logo" test failure.
- You must be logged on as an administrator to install this update.
- You must have a Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 operating system.
1. Click the Download Only button.
2. At the File Download screen, click the Save button.
3. At the Save As screen, save the file to your Desktop.
4. If a message appears stating that the file already exists, click YES to overwrite file.
5. Double-click the icon for the update downloaded to your desktop, and then click NEXT.
6. Follow on-screen instructions.
7. If prompted to restart the system upon completion of the update, click YES and allow system to restart.
Copyright © 2013 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
With these files within...
Directory of S:\Downloads\H8_1234_Bios
12/12/2018 22:58 <DIR> .
12/12/2018 22:58 <DIR> ..
03/12/2012 17:04 4,194,304 An2_810.rom
05/02/2010 10:10 95,232 hpprobar3.exe
02/08/2010 10:58 1,260,600 Installer.exe
26/06/2012 17:49 302,352 safuwin.exe
23/01/2013 19:50 2,223 SP60605.rtf
5 File(s) 5,854,711 bytes
2 Dir(s) 131,024,662,528 bytes free
Whether you can create a bootable iso or usb or whatever and then try the .exe in dos rather than win.
If in doubt please ask.
12-12-2018 05:49 PM - edited 12-12-2018 05:51 PM
Thanks for the info. Another repair place yes tried to update BIOS in Windows 10 I think and it failed while doing so. They also reinstalled Windows 10 without her permission. It was a fresh install on drive.
Customer and I got a HP Compaq 8200 Elite MiniTower I7 for $200. Maxed out the memory at 16gb. The H8-1234 was 10gb. I'll play around with your tips though and try creating a bootable USB recovery BIOS drive to try getting the H8-1234 going. It doesn't boot up just 8 beeps.
12-13-2018 01:43 AM
So if you make a W10 USB bootable media (or W7 / W8) there is a command line option.
It is usually X:, and onto that USB you may be able to copy the BIOS files and try them as a dos command.