A while back, Catweazle posted:
"That HP Pavilion has an Asus motherboard which is specially made for HP. There is a BIOS update available here.
I'm unsure if the update adresses the problem you are having. It will contain previous updates, but the only item mentioned is a logo problem. I was unable to determine from the Asus website if earlier revisions addressed a graphics card problem. In any case, as the BIOS for the HP system is proprietary, you can only use a BIOS update downloaded from HP.
Can't hurt to try it, but be sure to print out the instructions and follow them TO THE LETTER! A failed BIOS update could render your system inoperable.
Before you install the BIOS update, reset CMOS. Power down and remove the power cord. Open the case and locate the CLRTC jumper which is near the corner of the motherboard beside the CMOS battery. It will have 3 pins and a jumper cap attached to two of them. With the power off, use needle-nose pliers to remove the cap, and refit it to 'short' the other two pins. (e.g. if it's bridging pins 2 and 3, fit it to pins 1 and 2).
Wait several seconds, then replace it as it was before.
That process physically resets BIOS settings to factory defaults."
I own such a machine, and have downloaded the BIOS update, but tweaking jumpers makes me nervous - what will resetting the BIOS settings actually do to my machine? If your supposed to reset the CMOS, why doesn't HP tell me that on the web site where I downloaded the update? Also: it looks like, after doing the CMOS reset, I'm supposed to reboot the computer to install the update, at which point I follow HP's instructions. Will the computer ask me to make changes to the system after I've reset the CMOS, and if so, what should I do? (If it were just my own computer, I'd be less freaked, but I share it with my wife, who needs it for school...you see my dilemma! :rolleyes: )