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I have a big problem since last year. My problem is I accidentally updated my BIOS (or what they called Flash BIOS) and in the middle of completing the process my laptop was not responding. Without knowing I restarted the laptop and what happened is the screen just go blank after that not even BIOS menu appeared. Only the fan sound I can heard and saw some blinking light from the power LED.

Product: Compaq Presario V3500 (V3828AU)
Chipset: AMD Turion X2
Warranty: Expired

Do you know how to restore the default BIOS to my laptop? Personally I'm a student and I need to save budget as much as I can. I have bought external floppy disk and a diskette. Please help me..anybody..tell me how to do it
 
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That does not sound too promissing.
How does one accidently do a Flash Bios (just curious)
Was your Laptop Pluged-In when you did this? (This is a must with a Laptop = Plugged in and preferrably with your Battery Fully charged)
And when one does a Flash Bios, You Do absolutely Nothing Else and you make sure all your apps. are closed.
Of course this dosen't help with your present situation and I hope for your sake that someone with more experience than me with Bios and the Flashing of, can give you a workaround.

Best of luck
Ray
 

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These are the only model numbers that are listed at the HP/Compaq site for the Compaq Presario V3500 series laptop. V3828AU isn't in the list. Check the product number or service tag number on the sticker, then advise what it is.

You cannot "accidentally" update a BIOS. You have to go to the support site for your laptop, then locate and download it, then install it.

Updating a BIOS isn't the same as updating a program or updating Windows. The BIOS chip and software is built into the motherboard and is completely independent of Windows. When a BIOS update goes bad, you're left with a non-working computer and expensive doorstop. You'll likely need to send that laptop to HP/Compaq to fix the problem.

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FoxHound

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That does not sound too promising.
How does one accidentally do a Flash Bios (just curious)
Was your Laptop Plugged-In when you did this? (This is a must with a Laptop = Plugged in and preferably with your Battery Fully charged)
And when one does a Flash Bios, You Do absolutely Nothing Else and you make sure all your apps. are closed.
Of course this doesn't help with your present situation and I hope for your sake that someone with more experience than me with Bios and the Flashing of, can give you a workaround.

Best of luck
Ray
accidentally means I don't know I need to update it or not..I just click update from what I've seen in the HP list :(

Yes, I updated the BIOS as the laptop is plugged-in but without battery on that time.
 

FoxHound

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These are the only model numbers that are listed at the HP/Compaq site for the Compaq Presario V3500 series laptop. V3828AU isn't in the list. Check the product number or service tag number on the sticker, then advise what it is.

You cannot "accidentally" update a BIOS. You have to go to the support site for your laptop, then locate and download it, then install it.

Updating a BIOS isn't the same as updating a program or updating Windows. The BIOS chip and software is built into the motherboard and is completely independent of Windows. When a BIOS update goes bad, you're left with a non-working computer and expensive doorstop. You'll likely need to send that laptop to HP/Compaq to fix the problem.

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I know. It's supposed to list this laptop in V3800 category. But that's what is printed below the laptop. I'll show you later. And this is the website HP I found for the V3828AU (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...sId=3674885&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=2093)

I have referred this problem to the HP service center but they have told me they can't do anything except replace it with a new motherboard. I don't have enough money since I'm still a student. I can't afford for that price of replacement. They also told me they've heard before the local repair shop out there can do the 'diskette' solution for this problem.

I admitted I clicked the update button but I did it because I just want to update whatever can be updated without knowing the risk behind it if the process is not responding in the middle of it.

I'll rather to try any of your solution, gentlemen. Please show me some 'might-working' solution to me :(
 

flavallee

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This is the purpose of the latest BIOS update for the Compaq Presario V3800 series laptop. It wasn't a BIOS update that you had to do.

Version: F.27 (22 Dec 2008)
Fixes: Resolves an issue where the data transfer rate is low for some memory cards.

Because the BIOS chip and software is in the motherboard and isn't controlled by the Windows operating system, it can't be fixed by you. If you have a local shop that can fix it, that's your best option. Otherwise, you'll need to ship it to HP.

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