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ENVY dv7-7243cl
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

The firmware update proceeded as expected.  All programs were shut down.  Power plugged in.  Blue bar went all the way across.  It informed me that it would now reboot.  Screen went to shut-down type background and then black as it usually does when booting.  Then it doesn't boot.  Nothing on the screen.  Fan is runnning. Power light and amber light on the f12 key are on.  Left it sit that way for 10 minutes, just in case.  Won't respond to ctrl-alt-del or power button.  Had to hold down the power button to turn off.  Won't respond to any function keys held down during boot.

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I had a similar problem. Turn off your laptop, unplug battery and ac power(cord).

Then hold the power button down for about 10 seconds. Then try and turn it back on

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Thank you for you post.  Unfortunately I already tried that.

 

Next, on another PC and from that same bios upgrade program (HP System BIOS Update Utility) I was trying to use the "Create Recovery USB flash drive" option, but it is grayed out (not selectable).   I tried on a couple different PC's.  I am unable to create it.  If I could, apparently you just have to plug it in to the laptop, and hold down Windows+B while you power it on.

 

So I found my original hard drive and put it back in the PC.  Then I booted up holding down Windows+b and it automatically flashed the bios to the older version and everything is working.  I'm going to try to flash the new bios again.   If it fails again, I'm wondering how to report to HP that it may be bad?

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Ok, tried it again.  Same result.   This bios file is no good.   HP, please help.

 

The kicker is that it's a relatively important security update.   Even HP thinks so as this is the text in the information for the upgrade: "NOTE: HP strongly recommends transitioning promptly to this updated BIOS version."

 

Also, it will run the option "Create Recovery USB flash drive" if I run it from my fixed PC (with the old bios installed).  But I checked the usb stick and there are no bios files on the usb stick.  They're supposed to be in the "Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current" folder.

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Try doing it on another USB and follow the steps here: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00042629

 

Cheers,

Jason

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Thanks for the suggestion.  I'm not one to ask for help before lots of research and attempts.  I've been through that page and the video on making the usb stick and booting with windows+b.  I've tried 3 different usb sticks, an 8 gig, a 2 gig, and an old 128 Mb stick.  The copy program doesn't copy all the files there, though it doesn't show any errors.  I've even tried preformatting them as fat32 and naming them HP_TOOLS.  Also, the BIOS Update Utility refuses to allow creation of a usb stick from any other PC than my HP laptop.

 

So now I'm stuck back on F.10 bios from 2012.

 

If anyone has actually gotten this particular bios file, sp68425, to work properly on a Dv7, please let me know.  If so it would be awesome if you could get me a listing of the files on the usb stick (showing hidden and system files too) and I'll copy them there manually. 

 

I'm wondering if there is a .net issue or some library issue with InsydeFlash.exe that is failing.  

 

Here's what's on my usb stick

 

Volume in drive E is HP_TOOLS
Volume Serial Number is 862F-32EA

Directory of E:\

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> Hewlett-Packard
07/09/2016 10:48 PM 0 files.txt
1 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of E:\System Volume Information

07/08/2016 06:05 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 06:05 PM <DIR> ..
07/08/2016 06:05 PM 76 IndexerVolumeGuid
07/08/2016 06:09 PM 12 WPSettings.dat
2 File(s) 88 bytes

Directory of E:\Hewlett-Packard

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> ..
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> BIOS
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> BIOSUpdate
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of E:\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> ..
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> Current
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> New
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> Previous
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of E:\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> ..
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of E:\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\New

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> ..
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of E:\Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Previous

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> ..
0 File(s) 0 bytes

Directory of E:\Hewlett-Packard\BIOSUpdate

07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> .
07/08/2016 07:58 PM <DIR> ..
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 443,904 CryptRSA.efi
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 259,072 CryptRSA32.efi
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 1,000,080 HpBiosMgmt.efi
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 256 HpBiosMgmt.s09
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 256 HpBiosMgmt.s12
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 256 HpBiosMgmt.s14
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 959,600 HpBiosMgmt32.efi
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 256 HpBiosMgmt32.s09
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 256 HpBiosMgmt32.s12
07/08/2016 11:47 PM 256 HpBiosMgmt32.s14
10 File(s) 2,664,192 bytes

Total Files Listed:
13 File(s) 2,664,280 bytes
20 Dir(s) 8,158,322,688 bytes free

 

 

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