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Support Assistant Indicating a BIOS Update That is NOT Compatible?

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The Assistant alerted me to a "new" BIOS update, F.43.  When I tried to install it, the install app indicates that it's not compatible with my laptop.  On the HP Laptop Support page for my laptop, it also indicates that F.43 is the current BIOS.

 

I don't want to brick my laptop with the wrong BIOS.

What do you suggest?

Thanks!'

-bjk

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@billyjk 

 

Edits - Update Content

 

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The Update may not be needed or the Update might have other issues.

 

Suggestion / Solution

 

  • Delete (or at least Delay) BIOS updates that appear in the HP Support Assistant Action List.

 

  • Manage BIOS updates manually, only when connected to AC power, and only on your schedule.

 

Notes

 

In particular, BIOS Updates might best be installed manually, only when necessary (you are trying to fix a problem), and only when you are ready to complete the task.  

 

References - BIOS Updates

Need Help?  HP Documents – How to Update the BIOS

   HP Notebook PCs - Updating the BIOS (Basic Input Output System)

   HP Desktop PCs - Updating the BIOS (Basic Input Output System)

 

>>>   Select the option to manually install the BIOS update.

 

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Control HP Support Assistant behavior

  • Set HP Support Assistant to notify you before updating.
  • Select your Updates based on Action list results

 

For example, Modify the HPSA Action List when

  • Update is unwanted,
  • Update won't install,
  • Update would be better delayed for another time.

 

HP Support Assistant - Settings - Version 8.8.x

You may change the way HPSA updates your device.

 

Example - HPSA set to Notify as opposed to "Automatic Updates"

Open HPSA 

If you have not done so, Sign in

Click Settings

HPSA_Settings_V8.8.X_1HPSA_Settings_V8.8.X_1

 

 

 HP Support Assistant Update List

 

After having adjusted the Settings to Check / Notify but NOT automatically update, 

Open HPSA

If you have not done so, Sign in

Select your Device

Check for Updates 

View / Modify the Action List

 

Action List Options

 

Select item(s) in the list (left column) for "group" / batch actions

 

Delete (Trash) any item in the list that

  • You know to be wrong
  • The computer refuses to install 
  • You do not want / need 

 

Delay any item in the list that you might want, but "not today"

 

Download / Install any Update you want to install

 

Example - HPSA - Action List

HPSA_My_Devices_Updates_1HPSA_My_Devices_Updates_1

 

 

 

Device Home Page - References and Resources – Learn about your Device - Solve Problems

NOTE:  Content depends on device type and Operating System

Categories:  Alerts, Warranty Check, HP Drivers / Software and BIOS, How-to Videos, Bulletins/Notices, How-to Documents, Troubleshooting, Manuals > User Guide, Service and Maintenance Guide (Replacement Parts and Procedures), Product Information (Specifications), more

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HP Spectre 15-bl000 x360 Convertible PC 

 

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Thanks for that quick reply!

 

So, I should ignore the HP Assistant.  No problem!

 

I should also ignore the HP Laptop Support site that provides firmware updates too?  When I went to the HP site (which should be the bible for the laptop), it also lists the the same BIOS version my Spectre does not want to install.

 

 

 

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@billyjk 

 

I've just installed HPSA version 8.8.x to take a new look at the setup.

There is no "Ignore" option for Action list.  Apologies for misleading you.

 

I've updated my first post to include updated content, including the proposed solution, and a couple of examples.

 

Essentially - the answer / solution to this question:

  1. Set HPSA to notify as opposed to automatic updates
  2. Check for Updates
  3. Open / Check the Action List 
  4. Remove / Delete / Trash an update from the Action List based on criteria.

 

What's Next?

 

Open your Software / Drivers website support

Open the BIOS Update Details

Read the Description and other section(s)

Decide how to proceed

 

BIOS Updates are fussy, can be problematic, are sometimes necessary, provide vital functionality, can destroy your computer.

 

BIOS Updates may not be able to "jump versions" - If the BIOS on your computer is older, it might be necessary to update the BIOS incrementally to get to the latest (newest) version of the BIOS.

 


@billyjk wrote:

 

I should also ignore the HP Laptop Support site that provides firmware updates too?  When I went to the HP site (which should be the bible for the laptop), it also lists the the same BIOS version my Spectre does not want to install.


 

Do not ignore BIOS, Firmware, or other updates but do treat Updates with the respect they deserve.

 

Only update the BIOS when it is needful to do so.

For example, if your computer is in need of the update to solve a problem or to provide new / updated functionality.

 

NEVER force a BIOS update with repeated attempts.

 

If a BIOS update does not work, there is always a reason.  

 

Stop and think.

Do something else.

 

 

Once you have an idea of If and how you want to proceed,

Open a new thread on the subject of updating the BIOS.

 

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Got it.

Thanks!

-bjk

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@billyjk 

 

You are welcome.

 

Apologies for the first go 'round - just too much of a hurry, I think...

 

One more check ...

What is installed BIOS version?

 

Check Current BIOS version

Control Panel > icon view > Administrative Tools > System Information

System Summary - Check the information: BIOS Version / Date 

 

 

Command line fan?

 

Open a command prompt window with Admin privileges:

Windows key + X +

 

wmic bios get biosversion

 

 

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Thanks a million for your on-going interest in this issue!

 

I have BIOS F.42, dated 6/22/2020.

Both the Assistant and the HP Support site list F.43, dated 12/2019 as the version I should be using.

Weird!

The higher version number recommended is actually older than the lower version number I have installed.

 

I have already deleted the item from the Updates list in the Assistant, and the update alert has gone away.

I'll just abide by why my system says is compatible.

-bjk

 

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@billyjk 

 

No idea, really.

 

If you start a new thread and ask the question, you might get an answer from one of our Experts who has experience with the phenomenon.

 

I have seen a number of odd things in the BIOS - editing, changing, or making sense of some of them is not my area of expertise.

 

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