Where does it go?

Wow! I have just looked up from my work desk and I am a year older and it is already the middle of December. Where has time gone!?

I just wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking. My family and I have been extremely busy as of late. As the holidays and the end of the year approaches I am grateful that things are going to slow down a bit and allow us to spend more time together as a family.

I hope to make some good use of free-time that has been afforded me if at all possible. Please keep an eye out. 😉

Laptop/Desktop BIOS Woes

I have not been having a real good run on computers lately it seems. I have a four-year old HP laptop that was running along just fine. Then one day recently it suddenly would not come on. I was trying to get some needed files to move to another computer I had just purchased. Whenever I would turn it on nothing would happen except for the “caps lock” light would flash in a specific pattern. I looked it up and discovered that my BIOS was corrupt. Nice! Not real sure how that happened.

So I went through all the procedures I could find on HP’s website and other locations to no avail. I simply could not get it to work. So here I am with a $299 laptop I purchased four years ago, that is still a great computer, collecting dust. Do I send it in for repair or let it go?

As fate would have it.. Something similar happened to my HP desktop. It is a little bit older than the laptop. It happened about three days later. I done a little bit more research and found something on HP’s site for it. It kind of made me laugh a little bit when I read what I was supposed to do. (It reminded me of the button/controller pad combinations you would have to do in order to enter cheat codes into a video game.)

  1. Turn on the computer and repeatedly press the F10 key for eight seconds.
  2. Press the Down arrow three times.
  3. Press the Enter key twice.
  4. Restart the computer.

I tried this and it WORKED!!  I am amazed. My desktop is back and running. Turns out that series of key presses was designed to reset and update the BIOS in the event your display was not working.

Would it work on the laptop too? I don’t know. I have not tried it yet. But I might in the next few days.. 🙂