I was, for the record, trying to press the Insert button, so if yours has these separated-- as my Toshiba does-- then I'd start with that. After Windows installed, the laptop rebooted and stopped working. tried to install windows 7 RC1 on hp pavillion dv4 laptop.... So I removed the CMOS battery for about 5 minutes, put it back in, booted into the bios and reset the time and date. I checked the bios date and it was still the original bios.

WPH) file with your laptop most current bios file (Phoenix only).

Note that you should first extract from the BIOS updater exe tool the BIOS ROM, then rename your ROM as BIOS. Use crisdisk tool to create a bootable diskette and a bootable floppy with the files phlash.exe, and (your bios file) will be created for you Held Win B key (other report the key combination being Fn B) plug in AC adaptor Push the power button, with the two other buttons still down.

Is computer technology so tricky these days that it's impossible to ensure the quality of a simple laptop and trusted downloads?

While performing the HP Health Check, it was recommended that I upgrade the existing bios.

I assume the procedure I followed is correct as the 2GB RAM does work each and every time it is reseated. Here's the report of my older 2GB samsung RAM as generated by Speccy: Memory slots Total memory slots 2 Used memory slots 1 Free memory slots 1 Memory Type DDR3 Size 2048 MBytes Channels # Single DRAM Frequency 399.1 MHz CAS# Latency (CL) 6 clocks RAS# to CAS# Delay (t RCD) 6 clocks RAS# Precharge (t RP) 6 clocks Cycle Time (t RAS) 15 clocks Physical Memory Memory Usage 37 % Total Physical 1.93 GB Available Physical 1.21 GB Total Virtual 3.87 GB Available Virtual 3.11 GB SPD Number Of SPD Modules 1 Slot #1 Type DDR3 Size 2048 MBytes Manufacturer Samsung Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz) Part Number M471B5673EH1-CH9 Serial Number 95C555DB Week/year 12 / 10 SPD Ext.

EPP JEDEC #4 Frequency 685.7 MHz CAS# Latency 9.0 RAS# To CAS# 10 RAS# Precharge 10 t RAS 25 t RC 34 Voltage 1.500 V JEDEC #3 Frequency 609.5 MHz CAS# Latency 8.0 RAS# To CAS# 8 RAS# Precharge 8 t RAS 22 t RC 30 Voltage 1.500 V JEDEC #2 Frequency 533.3 MHz CAS# Latency 7.0 RAS# To CAS# 7 RAS# Precharge 7 t RAS 20 t RC 27 Voltage 1.500 V JEDEC #1 Frequency 457.1 MHz CAS# Latency 6.0 RAS# To CAS# 6 RAS# Precharge 6 t RAS 17 t RC 23 Voltage 1.500 VThe new RAM modules report cannot be generated by speccy, but on the pack it says: Name of Commodity: CRS 4GB LT_CMSO4GX3M1A1333C9.

When I released the power button (still holding the Insert/Scroll button depressed), the computer came up and Windows booted.

Could not, at that point, get ESC pressed; wouldn't let me into the BIOS. When I booted my PC, it was stuck at black screen, and I saw only a non-flickering cursor/underscore.

I tried doing the Windows and B keys, and got nothing. I also see in researching this problem that this is a common occurrence. My last laptop was stolen from my apartment two days before Christmas, I finally get the money to get this one and it's trashed by HP themselves!