Bricked HP HDX 9430 after BIOS update

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by leonyde, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. leonyde

    leonyde MDL Novice

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    Hi Everybody,


    This is my first post here - I might have read hundreds of page of this forum in those last days but I finally decided to post my problem directly, in case anybody could help me or point me in the right direction...


    Basically I bricked my HP HDX 9430EA during a bios update - nothing fancy, just the official bios update from HP (F41), the flashing utility indicated a successful update, but I restarted to a blank screen and the laptop now doesn't proceed to POST. (it was working perfectly fine before)


    I have purchased an external floppy drive and tried many different methods including:

    - renaming the bios file (Rom.bin) to 68DVD.bin (as indicated in ver.txt) and placing it on a floppy; then starting with WIN+B pressed ---> The floppy is accessed for around 1.5s and then stop (as if it doesn't find the file its looking for), the machine then reboot after around 10-20s.

    - Recreating the HP_TOOLS partition on a USB Stick formatted in FAT ---> Nothing happens (or I don't have the right files?)

    - And many others like HP bootable stick, Phoenix Crisis Tool etc...


    Nothing has worked so far. I don't think the unit is dead because it does react to the WIN+B combo and look for something on the floppy. My best guest would be that I don't have the right file name...


    My main confusion right now is to determine what type of bios I have, I have tried to load the .BIN into pretty much all the utilities I found but it always says "Not an AMI Bios", "Not an Award Bios", "Not a phoenix bios" etc etc

    Could anybody tell me what type of bios I have (by the look of it...???)? I believe it would help me in finding the best possible recovery procedure...


    The bios is located here: ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp51501-52000/sp51602.exe
    Direct link to the .bin: sendspace.com/file/cf2f3x


    The laptop is an HDX 9430EA purchased in the UK.
    Intel chipset / Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / Nvidia Gefore 8800M GTS


    Thanks in advance...

    PS:

    - I have read the Bios recovery threads
    - The HP Recovery partition is gone (re-partitioning)
    - I have used a win7 activator on that bios, but it WORKED - the problem occurred after updating to the new bios from HP
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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  3. leonyde

    leonyde MDL Novice

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    I have the Nvdia one, so I unpacked the file from NV.cab.

    I have tried with 68DVD.bin and 68DVD.sig both on the drive, but I don't remember if I tried Rom.bin + Rom.sig (I will try now...)
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    u can reflash it with spipgm from rayer cz site.. its SPI
     
  5. Yen

    Yen Admin
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    I guess the label of the media and the right path is important besides the name.

    Label of media: HP_TOOLS

    Path: \Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current

    In order to initiate this BIOS recovery, "Window Key + B" must be pressed during powering on the system. BIOS recovery can be manually forced by pressing and holding the 4 arrow keys and pressing the power button.

    Try this with USB stick FAT32:

    Download from HP your bios update Then extract file from ROM package, rename Rom.bin and .sig according to your number of bios - you can find them in ver.txt

    Put files like this on USB
    Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current\YOURNUMBER.BIN
    Hewlett-Packard\BIOS\Current\YOURNUMBER.SIG
    SMC.BIN
    Important a second copy of the .BIN file must be renamed to SMC.BIN and placed to root of the stick.

    Start Laptop and press Windows key + B (about 3-5sec)
    When you see that something read data from USB release keys
    (it's all about feeling when you need let off this keys, so probably you need to try several times)

    After 1-2 minute laptop will restart and you get error (press enter)
    From this step further is all easy (your OS is booting )

    ref:
    http://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-HP-Elitebook-8560p-WWAN-Whitelist-Removal?pid=32142#pid32142
     
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  6. leonyde

    leonyde MDL Novice

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    Thanks, did not know about the SMC.BIN! I just tried, it didn't work.
    BUT the stick is not accessed at all when I start with WIN+B, although it does check the floppy when it's here... strange...

    I was wondering if it would work from the hard drive directly, I could try to take out my HDD put in another laptop and re-create that partition...


    "In order to initiate this BIOS recovery, "Window Key + B" must be pressed during powering on the system. BIOS recovery can be manually forced by pressing and holding the 4 arrow keys and pressing the power button."

    Also, I am not sure to understand that four arrow keys things - everywhere it's mentioned with WIN+B... is it something to do after WIN+B? or is it just a possible method LIKE WIN+B?
     
  7. leonyde

    leonyde MDL Novice

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    Yes I was looking into that option, but I'd still prefer to avoid it - not to take any risk of damaging the motherboard...
     
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  9. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    from link i posted only floppy works
     
  10. leonyde

    leonyde MDL Novice

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    Well after trying many things I decided to try to flash the chip myself and un-solder it from the motherboard... This was an epic fail, I damaged the MB pins and the chip :weeping:

    I think there is still hope if I order a replacement BIOS, but I will try to find a specialist to do the soldering part and fix my mistakes...