BIOS Update issue...

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Steve Thompson, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Hello all,

    I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G HD
    etc... Pretty new machine.

    HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded to
    XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then went to
    full XP Pro x64.

    When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from my
    desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through a
    couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base to
    no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their tech
    support I stand to void my warranty.

    I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    upgrade my BIOS?

    Thanks,

    Steve
    Steve Thompson, Jun 10, 2005
    #1
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  2. I don't have answer for you, but this is what I have to say about BIOS
    updates. Don't apply them unless you really, really have to. Does XP Pro x64
    require a BIOS update to install on your computer?
    --
    Andre
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    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    > HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    > to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    > went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    > my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    > a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base
    > to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their
    > tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jun 10, 2005
    #2
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  3. "Andre Da Costa [Extended64]" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I don't have answer for you, but this is what I have to say about BIOS
    >updates. Don't apply them unless you really, really have to. Does XP Pro
    >x64 require a BIOS update to install on your computer?
    > --
    > Andre
    > Extended64 | http://www.extended64.com
    > Blog | http://www.extended64.com/blogs/andre
    > http://spaces.msn.com/members/adacosta
    > FAQ for MS AntiSpy http://www.geocities.com/marfer_mvp/FAQ_MSantispy.htm
    >


    No, XP Pro x64 does not require a BIOS update in able for me to install it
    but this BIOS update resolves an issue with USB mass storage devices being
    plugged in when the system boots (This is a problem that I have) and it also
    adds support for newer AMD processors. Any suggestions?

    Steve


    > "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    > news:%...
    >> Hello all,
    >>
    >> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    >> HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>
    >> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    >> update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    >> Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    >> to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    >> went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>
    >> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    >> my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    >> a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    >> setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried
    >> booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their
    >> knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if
    >> I email their tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >>
    >> I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    >> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit
    >> just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Steve
    >>

    >
    >
    Steve Thompson, Jun 10, 2005
    #3
  4. Steve Thompson

    John Barnes Guest

    Do you have more detail on the message. Is the folder unzipped? Are both
    the executable and the .bin file in the same folder (if this is the method
    for your updates). Can you download a file you can run from a floppy or
    bootable CD? before windows installs.


    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    > HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    > to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    > went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    > my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    > a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base
    > to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their
    > tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    John Barnes, Jun 10, 2005
    #4
  5. Steve Thompson

    M. Murcek Guest

    Too bad you didn't keep the x32 / x64 dual boot. I also like the idea of a
    x64 only machine, but here's a situation that argues for keeping x32 around
    for a while. Alternately, you might try BartPE if you still have your XP
    Pro 32 bit CD laying around. You can make a bootable version of XP x32 on a
    CD, boot into that, do your BIOS upgrade, then take out the CD and re-boot
    into XP x64. This saga is making me think I'm adding a BartPE disk to my
    bag'o'tricks for when "only a 32-bit OS will do." Heh...

    http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/


    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    > HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    > to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    > went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    > my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    > a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base
    > to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their
    > tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    M. Murcek, Jun 10, 2005
    #5
  6. "John Barnes" <> wrote in message
    news:e0$...
    > Do you have more detail on the message. Is the folder unzipped? Are both
    > the executable and the .bin file in the same folder (if this is the method
    > for your updates). Can you download a file you can run from a floppy or
    > bootable CD? before windows installs.
    >



    It's a Windows executable file only - no bin file. No floppy drive but I do
    have a regular Windows XP / Home and Pro bootable CD but how would that help
    me? I need to run the file from Windows. The only OS I'm running right now
    is XP Pro x64.

    Here is a link to the update along with the installation instructions...
    Watch out for line wrap

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...product=443069&dlc=en&softwareitem=pv-28445-2

    Steve

    >
    > "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    > news:%...
    >> Hello all,
    >>
    >> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    >> HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>
    >> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    >> update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    >> Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    >> to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    >> went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>
    >> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    >> my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    >> a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    >> setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried
    >> booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their
    >> knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if
    >> I email their tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >>
    >> I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    >> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit
    >> just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Steve
    >>

    >
    >
    Steve Thompson, Jun 10, 2005
    #6
  7. "M. Murcek" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Too bad you didn't keep the x32 / x64 dual boot. I also like the idea of
    > a x64 only machine, but here's a situation that argues for keeping x32
    > around for a while. Alternately, you might try BartPE if you still have
    > your XP Pro 32 bit CD laying around. You can make a bootable version of
    > XP x32 on a CD, boot into that, do your BIOS upgrade, then take out the CD
    > and re-boot into XP x64. This saga is making me think I'm adding a BartPE
    > disk to my bag'o'tricks for when "only a 32-bit OS will do." Heh...
    >
    > http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
    >


    Thanks M. Murcek. This looks very promising. I will give this a shot.

    Steve

    >
    > "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    > news:%...
    >> Hello all,
    >>
    >> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    >> HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>
    >> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    >> update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    >> Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    >> to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    >> went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>
    >> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    >> my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    >> a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    >> setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried
    >> booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their
    >> knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if
    >> I email their tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >>
    >> I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    >> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit
    >> just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Steve
    >>

    >
    >
    Steve Thompson, Jun 10, 2005
    #7
  8. Steve Thompson

    John Barnes Guest

    Maybe the ideas from M Murcek will work for you. My MB has multiple update
    methods including a dos disk. You can always try HP support :)


    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "John Barnes" <> wrote in message
    > news:e0$...
    >> Do you have more detail on the message. Is the folder unzipped? Are both
    >> the executable and the .bin file in the same folder (if this is the
    >> method for your updates). Can you download a file you can run from a
    >> floppy or bootable CD? before windows installs.
    >>

    >
    >
    > It's a Windows executable file only - no bin file. No floppy drive but I
    > do have a regular Windows XP / Home and Pro bootable CD but how would that
    > help me? I need to run the file from Windows. The only OS I'm running
    > right now is XP Pro x64.
    >
    > Here is a link to the update along with the installation instructions...
    > Watch out for line wrap
    >
    > http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...product=443069&dlc=en&softwareitem=pv-28445-2
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >>
    >> "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:%...
    >>> Hello all,
    >>>
    >>> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    >>> HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>>
    >>> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    >>> update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    >>> Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later
    >>> upgraded to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro
    >>> x64 then went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>>
    >>> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or
    >>> from my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click
    >>> through a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the
    >>> BIOS. I tried setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I
    >>> also tried booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through
    >>> their knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine
    >>> so if I email their tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >>>
    >>> I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    >>> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit
    >>> just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> Steve
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    John Barnes, Jun 10, 2005
    #8
  9. Steve Thompson

    M. Murcek Guest

    Just make sure you have a fall-back plan in case the BIOS upgrade does not
    work. That's always a must-have!

    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "M. Murcek" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Too bad you didn't keep the x32 / x64 dual boot. I also like the idea of
    >> a x64 only machine, but here's a situation that argues for keeping x32
    >> around for a while. Alternately, you might try BartPE if you still have
    >> your XP Pro 32 bit CD laying around. You can make a bootable version of
    >> XP x32 on a CD, boot into that, do your BIOS upgrade, then take out the
    >> CD and re-boot into XP x64. This saga is making me think I'm adding a
    >> BartPE disk to my bag'o'tricks for when "only a 32-bit OS will do."
    >> Heh...
    >>
    >> http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
    >>

    >
    > Thanks M. Murcek. This looks very promising. I will give this a shot.
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >>
    >> "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:%...
    >>> Hello all,
    >>>
    >>> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    >>> HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>>
    >>> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    >>> update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    >>> Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later
    >>> upgraded to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro
    >>> x64 then went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>>
    >>> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or
    >>> from my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click
    >>> through a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the
    >>> BIOS. I tried setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I
    >>> also tried booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through
    >>> their knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine
    >>> so if I email their tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >>>
    >>> I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    >>> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit
    >>> just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> Steve
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    M. Murcek, Jun 10, 2005
    #9
  10. Steve Thompson

    John Barnes Guest

    It is a long shot but you might try to execute it from the program files
    (x86) file. I don't know what the internals are but other systems I have
    worked in had dependencies and yours is an x86 executable.

    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    > HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    > to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    > went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    > my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    > a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base
    > to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their
    > tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    John Barnes, Jun 10, 2005
    #10
  11. You might try something like Bart's PE (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/) -- this
    will give you a CD bootable media that should be able to run your BIOS
    update. I haven't got HP boxes here, so can't test theirs. But I've been able
    to run other BIOS updaters in it.

    --
    Charlie.

    Steve Thompson wrote:
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM,
    > 160G HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded
    > the update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be
    > run in Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I
    > later upgraded to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32
    > and XP Pro x64 then went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or
    > from my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I
    > click through a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update
    > the BIOS. I tried setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update
    > and I also tried booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked
    > through their knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on
    > this machine so if I email their tech support I stand to void my
    > warranty.
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    > anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32
    > bit just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jun 10, 2005
    #11
  12. Try Bart's PE as a bootable CD image that should be able to run their update
    program.

    --
    Charlie.

    Steve Thompson wrote:
    > "John Barnes" <> wrote in message
    > news:e0$...
    >> Do you have more detail on the message. Is the folder unzipped? Are
    >> both the executable and the .bin file in the same folder (if this is
    >> the method for your updates). Can you download a file you can run
    >> from a floppy or bootable CD? before windows installs.
    >>

    >
    >
    > It's a Windows executable file only - no bin file. No floppy drive
    > but I do have a regular Windows XP / Home and Pro bootable CD but how
    > would that help me? I need to run the file from Windows. The only OS
    > I'm running right now is XP Pro x64.
    >
    > Here is a link to the update along with the installation
    > instructions... Watch out for line wrap
    >
    > http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...product=443069&dlc=en&softwareitem=pv-28445-2
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >>
    >> "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:%...
    >>> Hello all,
    >>>
    >>> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM,
    >>> 160G HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>>
    >>> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I
    >>> downloaded the update from HP's Website and its an executable that
    >>> needs to be run in Windows. The OS that came with this machine was
    >>> XP Home. I later upgraded to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between
    >>> XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>>
    >>> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive
    >>> or from my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I
    >>> click through a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't
    >>> update the BIOS. I tried setting compatibility to Windows XP on the
    >>> update and I also tried booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I
    >>> also looked through their knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't
    >>> support x64 on this machine so if I email their tech support I
    >>> stand to void my warranty. I have no floppy drive but don't think it
    >>> would help if I did. Does
    >>> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32
    >>> bit just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> Steve
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jun 10, 2005
    #12
  13. "Charlie Russel - MVP" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Try Bart's PE as a bootable CD image that should be able to run their
    > update program.
    >
    > --
    > Charlie.
    >


    OK, I tried Bart's PE with Windows XP Pro and SP1 slipstreamed. It booted up
    just fine so I went and selected Run and then searched for the BIOS
    executable. It started to run OK and then I got 2 errors.

    1.
    In the titlebar of the msgbox I get...
    "WBT - Installer.exe:Installer.exe - Unable to Locate Component"

    and the error is...
    "This application has failed to start because MSVFW32.DLL was not found.
    Reinstalling the application may fix the problem."

    I select OK then

    2.
    In the titlebar of the msgbox I get...
    "Batch DLL initilization error."

    and the error is...
    "WBDDA34I.DLL not found"

    And that's it. I think I'm beat. Thanks for everyone's help anyway. I
    appreciate it.

    Steve

    [Snip]
    Steve Thompson, Jun 10, 2005
    #13
  14. Murcek recommended that too?
    --
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    "Charlie Russel - MVP" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Try Bart's PE as a bootable CD image that should be able to run their
    > update program.
    >
    > --
    > Charlie.
    >
    > Steve Thompson wrote:
    >> "John Barnes" <> wrote in message
    >> news:e0$...
    >>> Do you have more detail on the message. Is the folder unzipped? Are
    >>> both the executable and the .bin file in the same folder (if this is
    >>> the method for your updates). Can you download a file you can run
    >>> from a floppy or bootable CD? before windows installs.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> It's a Windows executable file only - no bin file. No floppy drive
    >> but I do have a regular Windows XP / Home and Pro bootable CD but how
    >> would that help me? I need to run the file from Windows. The only OS
    >> I'm running right now is XP Pro x64.
    >>
    >> Here is a link to the update along with the installation
    >> instructions... Watch out for line wrap
    >>
    >> http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...product=443069&dlc=en&softwareitem=pv-28445-2
    >>
    >> Steve
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:%...
    >>>> Hello all,
    >>>>
    >>>> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM,
    >>>> 160G HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>>>
    >>>> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I
    >>>> downloaded the update from HP's Website and its an executable that
    >>>> needs to be run in Windows. The OS that came with this machine was
    >>>> XP Home. I later upgraded to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between
    >>>> XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>>>
    >>>> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive
    >>>> or from my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I
    >>>> click through a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't
    >>>> update the BIOS. I tried setting compatibility to Windows XP on the
    >>>> update and I also tried booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I
    >>>> also looked through their knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't
    >>>> support x64 on this machine so if I email their tech support I
    >>>> stand to void my warranty. I have no floppy drive but don't think it
    >>>> would help if I did. Does
    >>>> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32
    >>>> bit just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>>
    >>>> Steve

    >
    >
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jun 10, 2005
    #14
  15. Darn. Well, I was hopeful that would fool it.

    Well, short of having a full install of 32-bit XP alongside your x64 Edition
    (and the x64 Edition has to be installed last), I think your options are
    "limited". OTOH, if you have a small HD hanging around that isn't being used,
    you could make that into a burn HD -- swap it out with the existing HD, load
    a preview or other free version of 32-bit XP on it, and whenever you need to
    update the BIOS or do something that requires 32-bit XP, swap it in
    temporarily. The HD could easily be as small as 4GB for this, since you're
    not installing any programs on it, so if you've got anything at all lying
    around, that's what I'd do. And that way you won't mess up your existing
    installation.


    --
    Charlie.

    Steve Thompson wrote:
    > "Charlie Russel - MVP" <> wrote in
    > message news:...
    >> Try Bart's PE as a bootable CD image that should be able to run their
    >> update program.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Charlie.
    >>

    >
    > OK, I tried Bart's PE with Windows XP Pro and SP1 slipstreamed. It
    > booted up just fine so I went and selected Run and then searched for
    > the BIOS executable. It started to run OK and then I got 2 errors.
    >
    > 1.
    > In the titlebar of the msgbox I get...
    > "WBT - Installer.exe:Installer.exe - Unable to Locate Component"
    >
    > and the error is...
    > "This application has failed to start because MSVFW32.DLL was not
    > found. Reinstalling the application may fix the problem."
    >
    > I select OK then
    >
    > 2.
    > In the titlebar of the msgbox I get...
    > "Batch DLL initilization error."
    >
    > and the error is...
    > "WBDDA34I.DLL not found"
    >
    > And that's it. I think I'm beat. Thanks for everyone's help anyway. I
    > appreciate it.
    >
    > Steve
    >
    > [Snip]
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jun 10, 2005
    #15
  16. "Charlie Russel - MVP" <> wrote in message
    news:O$...
    > Darn. Well, I was hopeful that would fool it.
    >
    > Well, short of having a full install of 32-bit XP alongside your x64
    > Edition (and the x64 Edition has to be installed last), I think your
    > options are "limited". OTOH, if you have a small HD hanging around that
    > isn't being used, you could make that into a burn HD -- swap it out with
    > the existing HD, load a preview or other free version of 32-bit XP on it,
    > and whenever you need to update the BIOS or do something that requires
    > 32-bit XP, swap it in temporarily. The HD could easily be as small as 4GB
    > for this, since you're not installing any programs on it, so if you've got
    > anything at all lying around, that's what I'd do. And that way you won't
    > mess up your existing installation.
    >


    Thanks Charlie.

    Unfortunatly I don't have a spare drive at the moment. Maybe I'll just
    allocate alot of time to it this weekend and reinstall 32 bit and update the
    BIOS. I could think of better ways to spend my time but it has to be done
    sometime.

    Thanks again,

    Steve

    >
    > --
    > Charlie.
    >
    > Steve Thompson wrote:
    >> "Charlie Russel - MVP" <> wrote in
    >> message news:...
    >>> Try Bart's PE as a bootable CD image that should be able to run their
    >>> update program.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Charlie.
    >>>

    >>
    >> OK, I tried Bart's PE with Windows XP Pro and SP1 slipstreamed. It
    >> booted up just fine so I went and selected Run and then searched for
    >> the BIOS executable. It started to run OK and then I got 2 errors.
    >>
    >> 1.
    >> In the titlebar of the msgbox I get...
    >> "WBT - Installer.exe:Installer.exe - Unable to Locate Component"
    >>
    >> and the error is...
    >> "This application has failed to start because MSVFW32.DLL was not
    >> found. Reinstalling the application may fix the problem."
    >>
    >> I select OK then
    >>
    >> 2.
    >> In the titlebar of the msgbox I get...
    >> "Batch DLL initilization error."
    >>
    >> and the error is...
    >> "WBDDA34I.DLL not found"
    >>
    >> And that's it. I think I'm beat. Thanks for everyone's help anyway. I
    >> appreciate it.
    >>
    >> Steve
    >>
    >> [Snip]

    >
    >
    Steve Thompson, Jun 11, 2005
    #16
  17. Steve Thompson

    Dennis Pack Guest

    I had the same problem on my Presario R3000Z. The bios loader must be 32 bit
    because the only way that I could do the update was using a spare drive with
    XP Pro 32 bit installed. I know that I've just repeated other suggestions
    but I'm saying that it must a HP lapse of proper support on multiple
    systems.


    "Charlie Russel - MVP" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > You might try something like Bart's PE (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/) --
    > this will give you a CD bootable media that should be able to run your
    > BIOS update. I haven't got HP boxes here, so can't test theirs. But I've
    > been able to run other BIOS updaters in it.
    >
    > --
    > Charlie.
    >
    > Steve Thompson wrote:
    >> Hello all,
    >>
    >> I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM,
    >> 160G HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >>
    >> HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded
    >> the update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be
    >> run in Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I
    >> later upgraded to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32
    >> and XP Pro x64 then went to full XP Pro x64.
    >>
    >> When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or
    >> from my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I
    >> click through a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update
    >> the BIOS. I tried setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update
    >> and I also tried booting in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked
    >> through their knowledge base to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on
    >> this machine so if I email their tech support I stand to void my
    >> warranty.
    >> I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does
    >> anyone have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32
    >> bit just to upgrade my BIOS?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Steve

    >
    >
    Dennis Pack, Jun 11, 2005
    #17
  18. Steve Thompson

    John Barnes Guest

    Just curious, did you try to run it from the system (x86) folder.


    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    > HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    > to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    > went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    > my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    > a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base
    > to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their
    > tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    John Barnes, Jun 11, 2005
    #18
  19. Steve Thompson

    Bob Knowlden Guest

    A suggestion that I don't have the means to test:

    The download from HP can be run as a self-extracting archive (right click on
    it), and extracted into a folder.

    One of the files extracted will be the Phoenix BIOS .bin file (about 512
    kB).

    Download a suitable DOS flash utility. I don't know what would work for you,
    but see:

    http://www.wimsbios.com/HTML1/biosutil.html

    which suggests a universal utility:

    http://www.uniflash.org/

    Or, you may be able to use a recent version of the Award flasher (Phoenix
    owns Award):

    http://www.ecsusa.com/downloads/flashAward.html

    I'd do it from a floppy myself, but as you don't have a floppy drive, you
    may have to be a bit more sophisticated.

    Again, I repeat that I don't have the means to test this.

    Good luck.

    Address scrambled. Replace nkbob with bobkn.

    "Steve Thompson" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G
    > HD etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded
    > to XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then
    > went to full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from
    > my desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through
    > a couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base
    > to no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their
    > tech support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    Bob Knowlden, Jun 11, 2005
    #19
  20. You can reinstall 32 Bit Windows XP by performing a clean install of the
    Operating System. P.S. My Dell 8400 Desktop BIOS updates won't install on
    Windows XP X64 Edition, either (It gives me an error message that I am not
    logged in as an Administrator, I am always using the built in Administrator
    Account, however). Therefore, I reccomend a Duel Boot Scenario (Unless you
    don't mind performing lots of Clean Install's).

    "Steve Thompson" wrote:

    > Hello all,
    >
    > I have an HP Pavilion a810n with an AMD 64 Athlon 2.41 GHz, 1G RAM, 160G HD
    > etc... Pretty new machine.
    >
    > HP has a new BIOS update which I would like to install. I downloaded the
    > update from HP's Website and its an executable that needs to be run in
    > Windows. The OS that came with this machine was XP Home. I later upgraded to
    > XP pro. Then went to dual boot between XP Pro 32 and XP Pro x64 then went to
    > full XP Pro x64.
    >
    > When I run the executable from the root directory of my c:\ drive or from my
    > desktop under the Administrator account, it starts up, I click through a
    > couple of OK's, and then it says that it can't update the BIOS. I tried
    > setting compatibility to Windows XP on the update and I also tried booting
    > in safe mode. Neither worked. I also looked through their knowledge base to
    > no avail. HP doesn't support x64 on this machine so if I email their tech
    > support I stand to void my warranty.
    >
    > I have no floppy drive but don't think it would help if I did. Does anyone
    > have any suggestions aside from reloading XP Professional 32 bit just to
    > upgrade my BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >
    >
    =?Utf-8?B?S2V2aW4gUGFuemtl?=, Jun 11, 2005
    #20
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