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02-06-2010 02:54 AM
Same for me - F15E turned my all but silent DV8-1080ea into something that was almost too noisy to use - resetting defaults returns the fan to normal usage. Thank you to the person who found this....saved me a whole load of aggravation!
02-18-2010 04:54 PM
Hello to All DV8 Owners,
Same issue is running here in Europe. Unfortunately you are not alone. I am now owning my 2nd DV8 a DV8-1190ef (i7-720QM + GT230M + RAM 4GB + HDD 2 x 500 GB + Blu-Ray player - DVD R/W) delivered 2 weeks ago with Bios F.13 and hopefully still alive with same Bios version. I kept my 1st DV8-1090ef ( with HDD 2 x 320 GB - Bios F.04 updated to F.12 for solving iPhone synch. and Virtual thermal issues) for less than 2 weeks and back to HP due DV8 total freeze under W7. I also have W7 64 bits / Ubuntu 9.10 64 bits dual boot in place with GRUB2 on Disk 0 (the W7's one).
So back to the Bios update and fan running all time full speed issue. This is very well known by HP and Quanta (ODM and OEM for at least DV7 and DV8 series) but HP doesn't want to communicate on that. So we their customers are left on the side of the road like poor idiots. No thanks at all to HP! How HP can put known bugged Bios on its web sites for customers download and update?!
1- After a successful Bios update if the CPU+ fan is running all time full speed I had like others:
- Reset the Bios to factory defaults, save and reboot.
- If necessary go again into Bios to tailor it to our taste, save and reboot.
- Now logging into W7 the fan should behave correctly as when we got first our DV8.
It's like miracle but what a **bleep**ty and not documented Bios update procedure (InsydeFlash) from HP!
2- Since almost 10 days all DV8-xxxx Bios have just disappeared from the Web Support pages of HP all across the world and with no explanation at all!
What is happening? Googling the Web you can discover (at least NA and EUR) that a lot of DV8 owners have just bricked their DV8 (not able even to go further than the 1st step of the Bios's load with blank screen and no response from the keyboard) after having tried to update their Bios to the latest in line i.e.. the F.15E!
When you contact the bloody HP's (so called) Hotline (outsourced for NA awa for EUR in exotic countries and not really talking your local language but much more not being able to handle your culture so communication is almost impossible) you are just loosing your time and your money because you know much more about your DV8 than the supposed HP's specialists!
3- For limiting DV8 thermal shock and stress leading best case to CPU+ fan running all time full speed (in this case nothing to do with Bios update) and worst case to your DV8 total freeze, I would strongly recommend to let into the Bios FAN ALWAYS ON = YES. Even best add also an USB support with integrated 2 fans under the DV8. Little bit more noisy but the reliability of your DV8 will improve a lot of... with the life time life of PC...
02-20-2010 01:01 PM
Thanks for the info. My fan is now working normally again. When the CPU temp goes up the fan speed kicks up and appears to regulate the temp properly. My laptop is a HP Pavilion dv7-1451nr. The fan noise was only at cold boot up. Some genius at HP must have screwed up in one of the updates because things just changed all of a sudden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03-26-2010 08:27 AM
New BIOS F.17 as of 03/05/2010 for all HP Pavilion DV8-1xxx put online today 03/26/2010 !
But no information about its content from HP ! ?
=> SO: reality or intox ? !
After further investigations (don't ask me from where) I have found the following clear information from HP:
TITLE: WinFlash for HP Notebook System BIOS - Microsoft Windows-Based
SoftPaq NUMBER: sp47691
EFFECTIVE DATE: March 05, 2010
SSM SUPPORTED: YES
PRODUCT TYPE(S): Notebooks
HARDWARE PRODUCT MODEL(S): HP Pavilion dv8 Notebook PC Series
=> FIXES: - Fixes an intermittent issue where the system displays the error “IHISI:flash read error in SMI!” while upgrading the BIOS from F.12 to F.15.
=> SO HP confirms (internally) that its F.15 was bugged but still doesn't want to communicate about this hot very subject ! ! !
Who will have the courage for updating his/her Bios ? And for which result ? Suicide or not suicide ?
04-05-2010 04:40 AM - edited 04-05-2010 02:32 PM
My machine has been in for repair for 7WEEKS !!! and its returned with F20 Bios!! dv8-1080ea btw
Also I can't seem to get the finger print reader to work, its not being recognised by the system, so its not in the device manager.. Any ideas?
04-05-2010 08:58 AM
I purchased a DV8 1xxx in late Mar. The runaway fan thing was driving me NUTS! I had the F.11 version of BIOS. I did find a bandaid solution posted online. Put the laptop into "Sleep" and then turn it back on - voila! The fan was no longer on full blast.
This solution stopped working today (05Apr) which forced me back to the web looking for answers. That is when I found the updated BIOS F.17. I just went through the upgrade and fortunately ...NO MORE RUNAWAY FAN!
Perhaps I should be waiting for a day or two to post this to see if the problem reoccurs but I figured there are probably more of you that have had enough of this annoying problem