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Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 7:36 pm:   

Trying to get into the CMOS setup on an HP Pavilion 9680C.

Tried every keyboard chord I could think of on boot up, tried pulling drive cables to force it into setup on error, even read the darn manual.

Anyone know how to access the CMOS setup on this thing?
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 8:21 pm:   

Entering setup
Start the BIOS Setup program by pressing the F1 key after the blue HP logo screen appears during startup, but before the Windows desktop loads. There are only a few seconds to press the F1 key before the startup process continues.

CAUTION: Caution should be used when making changes in the BIOS. A mistake could cause the PC to not perform as expected.
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 8:39 pm:   

Cool, thank you very much.

I am trying to diagnose a problem that might be a hardware memory problem. Just trying to enable a memory test.

Thanks again, I know this is a "stupid" question that should be answerable in the docs or on the web, but several hours of looking have been futile up till now.
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 10:14 pm:   

No problem, heres a link to Drivers and BIOS
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 10:20 pm:   

What problems are you having exactly?
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 10:21 pm:   

What problems are you having?
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 10:22 pm:   

Cancel didn't cancel I guess.
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2002 - 11:03 pm:   

When the computer boots, it almost makes it, but it will frequently give a X caused a problem with Kernel32. The X can be wide variety of things. The end result is always the same, a lock up. I have tried a number of permutations of disableing stuff in startup, however, going through everything could take weeks. I ran accross some information that indicated that when many different things are causing this problem, that it could be bad memory. Figured I ought to check that.
Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2002 - 1:23 pm:   

A damaged VMM or JVM can also cause Kernel32 errors and page faults if the memory checks out O.K.
Al Z.
Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2002 - 9:07 am:   

I already installed Win 2000 on my HP Pavilion 6470z. But now I want to update the BIOS in order to get my sound back. I downloaded the latest BIOS driver from HP. But their instructions is setup for Win 98. For win 98, it gives you a prompt to install the Bios Flash Utility from the floppy at startup. In Win 2000, it doesnt give you that prompt..therefore I cant install it. Is there any work around this problem without going back to Win 98 just to update the BIOS.
Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2002 - 9:46 am:   

Copy the utility program to a win98 boot disk, then bootup on the win98 boot disk.
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2002 - 3:21 pm:   

Cecil.. i went to a Compaq system at work with a win98 os, then went to format floppy-copy system files only. If i copy the bios flash utility in the same floppy and then go to my HP Win2K system at home, will it read it as a boot disk? Will there be a system conflict since the system files that I copied was from a Compaq PC and my computer is HP? I guess i'm not sure how to create a boot disk.
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2002 - 5:33 pm:   

No system conflict. The files that are copied to the floppy is a dos function that's common to all computers. Your system starts up on the floppy disk and not your hard drive. So there isn't any conflicts between the floppy and your operating system.
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2002 - 5:41 pm:   

On another note. To create a bootup disk from win98, brand of computer doesn't matter, go to control panel and open ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS icon. When the new window opens click on the tab at the top right that reads STARTUP DISK and read the short instructions.
Al Z.
Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 3:26 pm:   

thanks very much Cecil. it worked.
Al Z.
Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 4:10 pm:   

My new problem is no sound after i upgraded to Win 2k. I upgraded the bios hoping that would fix it. I downloaded the driver from HP hoping that would fix it. Still no sound. Any ideas to get the sound back?
Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 5:19 pm:   

I would remove anything in device manager under SOUND,VIDEO AND GAME CONTROLLERS. Then reboot the computer and keep your disk handy.
Al Z
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 3:39 am:   

i cant connect my kodak dc215 to the serial port after i upgraded the bios. i went to the bios to see if enabled and it is. it says com3 for a serial port but doesnt connect. the drop down box doesnt give other choices for com ports. please advise. thanks.
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 1:23 pm:   

The serial ports should be com1 and com2 not com3. I would suggest going to cmos and make sure the serial ports are set on auto. Then check device manager and see if their set right. If not, remove all com ports in device manager and reboot.
By the way you're more than welcome on the help.
Al Z
Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2002 - 6:54 am:   

I'm having problems with my HP Deskjet 722C(inkjet) printer printing only the shades of majenta. I changed the ink, played with the color management and used the recommended color profile for windows 2000 - sRGB Color SPace Profile but still its all coming out majenta. I also deleted and then added the printer, hoping it would configure correctly as a new install and its still the same. Is there a fix for this??? Please advise.
Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2002 - 8:09 am:   

Does the printer work on another computer? Have you updated the printer drivers?
Al Z
Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2002 - 9:44 pm:   

I went to HP for any updated driver. It said that Windows 2K already is configured with the updated driver for the 722C printer, therefore it didnt give any drivers for 2K. I will try it hooking it up to a different computer to see if it will print different colors, not just majenta. Thanks.
Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2002 - 10:25 pm:   

The avi video format is not working in my HP 6470z. The mpeg is working though. any suggestions how to fix it? I even upgraded to the mediaplayer 7.0 and still not showing any video but I can hear the sound.
Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 - 4:26 pm:   

You most likely need the DIVX codec. You can download it from here.
Posted on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 7:08 pm:   

Thanks Cecil. I got it working
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 9:08 pm:   

I need to have mscoree.dll. I went to and when i clicked on the download link - the window opened but nothing happened. Can somebody send me the file. Thanks.

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