|Usually you have only ONE opporotunity to get it right - when something goes wrong during the actual updating of the ROM, usually you can't start over - the ROM contents have been trashed. You can't interrupt that process when it's actually updating . The same goes for updating the firmware on an optical drive, or on a hard drive which is not normally done by the user but by the manufacturer, and most other things you can update the ROM contents of.|
If the hard drive led on the host PC was flashing, the ROM contents were probably being updated. Going by what happens when a computer's bios is updated on a floppy drive when one boots with a flash floppy, the led would probably not flash constantly but intermittantly. You don't assume there's nothing going on until at the very least 5 minutes after the last time the led flashed or lit up.
Normal desktop and laptop computer bioses are a little different - they have ROM content, and RAM content (the CMOS), at the very least the time and date and the settings for your particular ram and cpu. When you flash the bios you're only changing most but not all of the ROM contents om modern computers. Over the years a safety feature has been added - a Boot Block Bios portion of the bios ROM code. The Boot Block portion of the bios code is normally not flashed when you update the bios, because it does not change from what it was for the original bios version for the particular mboard. If something goes wrong during flashing the bios, the Boot Block code is still there - it has just enough code in it for you to attempt to flash the bios again, by doing a special procedure.
As far as I know, your device probably does not have that feature.
"I have checked several times and the USB cable from the IPAQ to my desktop is connected properly. When I plug the USB into my USB port on the front of my dektop computer, my IPA switches from serial at the top of the screen it is stuck on to USB at the top of this screen....."
It sounds like you're not getting a good enough connection to the front USB ports.
It's VERY important that there be nothing wrong with the connection - with the cable or with the reliability of the USB port.
USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix, or your power supply may be starting to fail.
See response 3 in this:
Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.
If you're sure there's nothing wrong with the cable, you could try connecting directly to a port built into the mboard - on the back of the computer - but I think it's likely the ROM contents are already trashed. However there may be a way that I'm not aware of geeting out of your situation - and it's not clear to me whether the ROM updating actually started from your description - you could try contacting HP, supplying as much info about your situation as you can.