11-10-2017 10:01 AM
I've been trying to resolve this issue for about two days now. HP Support Assistant on my notebook asked me to download some updates. Since it had faulted before, I only installed the two items with red exclamation marks next to them. One was a BIOS update (I think) and the other I can't remember. I let those install, restarted, and it went fine.
So, I tried again with the other updates. I let that install in the background. After about 10 minutes, everything froze and went to a black screen. I hadn't a clue what had happened, I didn't know if the updates had finished installing, but it went black. At this time, there were no dots and I could still move my cursor around.
I waited for around an hour before I gave up and restarted the laptop (held down power button + turned it back on). I started as normal, with the HP logo and spinning dots at the bottom, resembling loading. Afterwards, the HP logo disappeared, it went darker and the spinning dots continued to spin. I could also move my cursor around. I had seen this before. That time, I reinstalled windows. I'm not fully recovered from that yet, and this happens. I don't want to do that again.
First thing I did was unplug my wireless mouse receiver. I let it sit for a bit more and restarted again. Afterwards, I tried a few things, many of them I found on this long forum thread.
- Left ALT +Left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN to toggle High Contrast on and off. (A loud beep and nothing else)
- Fn + F11 to trigger brightness sensor (nothing)
- Hard Reset (laptop off, battery out, power button down for 15 seconds to drain any residual electrical charge from the capacitors, battery back in, ac plug in, on - nothing)
- Blind typing PIN into computer (ctrl, PIN, win+p, enter - nothing)
At this point, I was completely frustrated. I went to Microsoft's support page and had a live chat with an employee, not getting anywhere. By this time it was 12 midnight and I was exhausted. I shut down the laptop and went to bed.
Today, I immediately went and turned it on. This time, instead of the HP Logo, it went to a black screen, no dots and a cursor. Then, I heard a windows noise (I think it's an error, the noise you hear when clicking off of a screen that tells you to do something). I tried the blind typing again to no avail. I restarted again and the dots reappeared.
I'm so confused and frustrated. I went to HP's website to try and troubleshoot a little more.
- Hard Reset
- couldn't test the second monitor, don't have another
- Recovered the notebook's last good version of BIOS (it reinstalled it and restarted. came back to spinning dots
That's where I sit now. I have no clue of what to do. I really don't want to reinstall windows and lose all my data. I just want a fix. Thanks.
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11-11-2017 10:08 AM
It's been three days. I'd really like a fix for this soon, or a message that I absolutely have to reinstall windows. This is getting really frustrating. HP live chat is pretty useless too, they take about 5 minutes to respond to everything.
11-12-2017 11:53 AM
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11-12-2017 05:41 PM
Thanks for the reply!
I tried that to no avail. I eventually gave up, now I'm now resetting to factory settings. Ah well, if this happens again, within a month, I still have a warranty. If it happens after, I'm getting a different laptop.
I don't know if this is relevant, but my battery is in the laptop is kinda wonky looking. When it's locked in, It's not completely in there, and I can still kinda wobble it. Yeh, I have no idea what I just said either :/.
11-12-2017 06:16 PM
I recommend you contact HP phone support and they will assist you in this regard.
Here is how you can get in touch with the phone support.
Open link: www.hp.com/contacthp/
Enter Product number or select to autodetects
Scroll down to "Still need help? Complete the form to select your contact options"
Scroll down and click on HP contact options - click on Get phone number.
I am an HP Employee
01-16-2020 07:51 AM
I had this issue with four machines (Z4's).
Couldn't boot them up with the existing OS (Win 10).
Couldn't boot them to perform a Network boot either.
The Bios was on version 1.83.
I put the network cable in, went into the Bios (F12 from startup) and update the Bios,
Once I did this, I could then boot the machine without any further issues.
Hope this helps.
01-18-2020 12:25 PM
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