HP Envy M6 1178SA BIOS Recovery via USB / Assistance Required

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  1. stickman89

    stickman89 MDL Novice

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    #1 stickman89, Jun 3, 2013
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    Hello MDL,

    I'm having a rather frustrating time trying to recover my HP Envy m6 1178SA.

    Phoenix Tools persistently tells me upon opening bios (tried all available HP official bios for this board) that it is "Not Phoenix/Dell/Insyde/EFI BIOS" which completely boggles me because it certainly is a Insydeh2o bios.

    I'm trying to obtain the RSA.SIG and *.Dec file in order to restore bios via USB and also confirm the name required for the recovery to initialize.

    I've tried now with all 3 available bios's:

    h ttp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp60501-61000/sp60874.exe

    h ttp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp60001-60500/sp60241.exe

    h ttp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp58501-59000/sp58974.exe

    (I've extracted them all individually and tested as they are along with many various filenames but no go)

    Phoenix tools returns the same above message each time ("Not Phoenix/Dell/Insyde/EFI BIOS").

    Calling out anyone who has experience with opening bios's in Phoenix Tools for some help. Kinda concerning me now. Computer boots but with black screen, Win + B initializes the Recovery but fails to init the restore (may well be because of incorrect naming but I need Phoenix tools to confirm). Definitely believe that getting the correct data and RSA sig is required for me to succeed. Unfortunately I formatted the HDD on arrival since Windows 8 was a massive no go for me which is why I believe I need the RSA data for said bios.

    If anyone can assist, I'd more then appreciate it. Beginning to become a rather frustrating issue.

    I've tested using Phoenix Tools 1.90 and 2.14, both result in the same error. Could someone please try and extract the information I need.

    Best Regards,

    s89
     
  2. stickman89

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    #2 stickman89, Jun 3, 2013
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    Ok so I'm glad I made this backup of my bios before it went bye bye: h ttp://mediafire.com/download/31nyec87r9a9ir2

    I can open the above in Phoenix Tools, but it output's BIOS0.BIOS and BIOS9.BIOS. Checking through 'Dump' folder now, need to confirm which file to open in hex to check required bios name for recovery to init. Does Universal BIOS Backup 2.0 remove RSA Signatures? Also would that mean I can't use that BIOS to restore from i.e. has to be official? I was under the impression if you had formatted the original HDD partition and it's EFI partition that you couldn't restore without RSA.
     
  3. stickman89

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    #3 stickman89, Jun 3, 2013
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    Recovery filenames are:

    EFI\HP\BIOS\Current\018A4.BIN
    HP_TOOLS\HEWLETT-PACKARD\BIOS\Current\018A4.bin

    Got the recovery name, still no dice because I believe I need RSA and *.DEC decrypted from Official BIOS, problem is... Phoenix Tools can't load original bios.

    Is there anyone who is able to help?

    Failing that I send it in for repair since I am covered still by warranty. I didn't flash a modified bios to cause this issue, however I did modify a settings via EFI shell to toggle a setup_var namely integrated GPU. Pulling CMOS didn't resolve my black screen/semi brick issue though :(

    Since I'm not using the HP Provided OS and it's EFI Partitioning I'm not sure what other options I have available for restore.
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    try find and mount to find deleted HP_Tools partition
     
  5. stickman89

    stickman89 MDL Novice

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    Hi LatinMCG,

    Not sure if that'll work, the HDD was formatted for installation of Windows 7 in Legacy Mode not long after I purchased it (Rather then standard UEFI Windows 8 that it arrived with). I did however use the HP Provided tools to create a recovery disk but obviously that only handles restoring HDD/Partitioning on a working machine, no good for me when I can't see anything on screen and I can't kick start the restore on a machine that isn't of the same.

    So my HP Official BIOS's are Encrypted, why oh why HP would you cripple the machines for People who do not wish to run the god awful os 'Windows 8'.

    Best Regards,

    Jason
     
  6. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #6 LatinMcG, Jun 3, 2013
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  7. stickman89

    stickman89 MDL Novice

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    #7 stickman89, Jun 3, 2013
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    You sir are an actual life saver, however listing my Envy M6 1178sa on Hp/uk support & drivers this bios isn't in 'Previous versions available'. Can only see F.25, F.24 & F.12. Would this still be compatible because their are a few different Envy M6 models?

    Would I still need to obtain the *.BIN.DEC file from your provided link?

    Many thanks...
     
  8. LatinMcG

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    #8 LatinMcG, Jun 4, 2013
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    u can use mine or yours.. its same file .. the .bin.dec needs to be named .bin

    yes its compatible with similar board.. same id.. different slic 2.1 for 7.
    then update to latest and slic 2.2 is not lost if im correct.

    (they are not going to list an older bios with slic 2.1 for 7 on a windows 8 only model)
     
  9. stickman89

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    #9 stickman89, Jun 4, 2013
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    It didn't work unfortunately, caps lock key flashed to indicate in recovery mode but just sits idle in recovery continuously flashing.

    Feel free to flick through my guide I wrote to see if there's anything I've missed.

    Attempt2.zip contained the two files you had provided. The initial Attempt1.zip was self extracted from your given update and opened via Phoenix Tools to obtain RSA and DEC file against opened bios. Neither Attempts worked however.

    Guide was intended for PC World since it's in for repair, but instead I ended up going down there to try it before it gets sent off tomorrow.

    h ttp://mediafire.com/download/x90vkvwol7nf8xg/1178SA-RESTORE-VIA-USBSTICK.zip
     
  10. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    it should work as its same board id.

    make sure its not ram or take out HDD.

    some HP boards loose video due to chip coming unsoldered.. reflow if needed.. how many LED capslock blinks ? 1 .. 2 or 4 ?
    1= cpu or the socket on cpu is partially loose
    2 = bios
    4= chipset loose from board.

    i have recovered a similar model with a diferent id but same scenario.. they had win8 and no .dec.bin or .sig .. found older bios for win7 model and it worked for them. they had to update after.
     
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    Caps light would cycle it's flashing every 5 seconds only if booted via "Win+B", indicating in recovery mode. If booted normally there is no flashing of Caps lock key at all, motherboard powers on, wifi light comes on but nothing on screen and no system beeps. HDD was removed upon attempting recovery, also RAM was tested individually using the same procedure.
     
  12. motorrabi

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    Hi stickman89,

    did you solve this?