Hpbios.rom not found error

July 9, 2011 at 19:08:46
Specs: Macintosh
I have an old hp pavilion a350n that i am trying to fix for my daughter. long story short the hpbios.rom file can not be found. I went to hp web site to locate the driver, but the file is in an *.exe format. How can i get those exe files so this hp a350n machine can stop giving me that annoying messing. i have already tried going to another machine and following these steps did not work which i found on another site.

"Download the latest BIOS update file from the HP web site.
Run the .exe file on another PC up to the point that you see
a window that says "Windows Based BIOS Update - Please close
any applications and save your files before proceeding."


Bring up a Windows Explorer window and browse to the following:

C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temp

Sort the files/folders in this directory by date and look for
a directory that was just created. In my case it was:
pft3B9.tmp. Now go into that directory and copy all of the
files to a new directory or to the desktop. Be sure to cancel
the "Windows Based BIOS Update" window after the copy is complete
so that you don't accidentally try to update the BIOS on the
working PC. One of the files that you copied will be 512K bytes
in size and end in ".rom". Rename this file to "hpbios.rom"
and copy it to a diskette (or CD). Insert the diskette (or CD)
into the HP system with the corrupted BIOS. Once the PC
recognizes the file, it will automatically restore the BIOS."

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July 10, 2011 at 07:45:16
"Sort the files/folders in this directory by date and look for a directory that was just created"

pft3B9.tmp is NOT a directory, it's a file. Directory = FOLDER.

I just downloaded the BIOS for that system, the file name is sp26381.exe


When I unpacked it, the following files were inside the folder (aka "directory"):


Here are the contents of the SP26381.rtf word doc:

"Title: BIOS Update for P4SD-LA Motherboard

Version: 3.28 - 08/27/2004

This is a BIOS update for the P4SD-LA motherboard.

Purpose: Critical

Category: BIOS

Operating System:
Windows XP Home
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Media Center Edition

Global English

- Resolves Send/Don’t Send error message.
- Resolves incorrect display of hard disk transfer mode after Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation.
- Updates Intel Microprocessor micro-code.


How To Use:

1. Download the BIOS update.
2. Double-click the BIOS update icon and then click NEXT.
3. Accept the license terms and then click NEXT.
4. If an Overwrite Protection message appears, click YES TO ALL.
5. Click OK at the Windows Based BIOS Update window.
6. Click YES at the next Windows Based BIOS Update window and then wait for the update to complete.
7. At the Windows Based BIOS Update window, click YES to restart your PC.
8. If you see the following message during the restart of your PC, continue with the remaining steps; otherwise you are done with the update.

Default BIOS settings have been loaded due to BIOS update or checksum issue.
Press <F1> to enter Setup. Otherwise, allow the PC to continue.

9. Press and hold F1 for a few seconds to open the BIOS Setup.
10. Press F5, choose YES, and then press Enter to load the BIOS defaults. (Use the arrow keys to choose YES, if necessary.)
11. Press F10, choose YES, and then press Enter to exit the BIOS Setup and save your changes. (Use the arrow keys to choose YES, if necessary.)
12. Press Enter to confirm the save.
13. If you see a System Settings Change message prompting you to restart your PC, click YES to restart the PC again.

Copyright © 2004 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P."

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