HP G61-408CA Insyde BIOS Recovery

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  1. mattyg

    mattyg MDL Novice

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    #1 mattyg, Dec 12, 2013
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    I am trying to help a friend with their laptop which seemingly out of the blue has suffered from a BIOS corruption.


    I've done so many different steps in trying to repair the laptop without success.


    Most importantly I've followed the steps listed here bios-mods .com/bios-recovery/insyde-bios-recovery/ where I've downloaded all three BIOS versions from HP's site (sp48895, sp47530 and sp46806). I've tried both FAT and FAT32 formatted partitions with the disk named HP_TOOLS. When I boot the laptop into the BIOS recovery it beeps intermittently as if it is reading the drive for files and will beep for a few moments then continues to flash the caps/num. I am kind of at my wits end as I am not sure what else to do. I've also tried making the file name based on the INI file:


    Code:
    [Platform_Check]
    flag=2
    PlatformName=363F
    PlatformName2=3652

    Thoughts or suggestions?


    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #2 LatinMcG, Dec 13, 2013
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    this is the proper method
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/35272-HP-Insyde-BIOS-recovery-steps

    u seem to not have made the EFI usb from the diagnostics dload from hp for your model.

    also u need .sig file if its RSA encrypted.

    dont forget to check under battery which REV 363F or 3652
    that is the name for the files... USUALLY

    on some cases its the GPU video chip loose and needs reflow (youtube) and not the bios.
     
  3. mattyg

    mattyg MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    I've used sp45774 to create the USB recovery flash drive. When I run the BIOS update through Phoenix Tool it (as you've outlined in the other thread) says F.BI? and it creates the two BIOS files and no .SIG or no .bin.DEC file which I am going to say means the BIOS is not encrypted and that I could simply rename the BIOS based on the platform.ini file and put them either on the root or in the Current/Previous folders. When I did this it beeped 1 time per each file on the USB key and then beeped a few other times and then stopped reading the USB key (no blinking LED). HDD is also out of the laptop.

    Aside from reflow any other thoughts?
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    add a 0 in front of the 363f or 3652
    0363F.bin 03652.bin
    just a wild test.
     
  5. mattyg

    mattyg MDL Novice

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    #5 mattyg, Dec 20, 2013
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    This is what my USB key looks like as far as what files are where. 4GB formatted as FAT32.

    Folder PATH listing for volume HP_TOOLS
    Volume serial number is 00000200 544C:AE08
    E:.
    | BIOS.rom
    | 0363F.bin
    | 0363F.fd
    | 363F.bin
    | 363F.fd
    | 363FF15.bin
    | 363FF15.fd
    | 03652.bin
    | 03652.fd
    | 3652.bin
    | 3652.fd
    | BIOS.bin
    | BIOS.fd
    |
    \---Hewlett-Packard
    \---BIOS
    +---Current
    | BIOS.rom
    | 0363F.bin
    | 0363F.fd
    | 363F.bin
    | 363F.fd
    | 363FF15.bin
    | 363FF15.fd
    | 03652.bin
    | 03652.fd
    | 3652.bin
    | 3652.fd
    | BIOS.bin
    | BIOS.fd
    |
    \---Previous
    BIOS.rom
    0363F.bin
    0363F.fd
    363F.bin
    363F.fd
    363FF15.bin
    363FF15.fd
    03652.bin
    03652.fd
    3652.bin
    3652.fd
    BIOS.bin
    BIOS.fd


    Also added F.BIN and F.BI but that didn't work either. When these files are on the root the laptop beeps a few times then shuts down and boots back up but doesn't do anything.
     
  6. awcrap

    awcrap MDL Novice

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    Hi

    Just looking through old posts (yours was from 2013) on fixing a corrupt G61 bios

    Did you ever get your issue solved and if so, do you remember how?

    Thanks

    Paul
     
  7. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    if its not bios or ram (bios recovery likely needs the 4 arrows pressed)
    its cpu socket or chipset reflow.
    try 1 ram, try different usb ports and usb flash sticks.