*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 2*

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by Aikimox, Sep 7, 2010.

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What is your EliteBook 8740w config (select one from each category)?

  1. Non-DreamColor2 screen

    95 vote(s)
    34.9%
  2. DreamColor 2 Screen

    114 vote(s)
    41.9%
  3. Dual-core Processor

    63 vote(s)
    23.2%
  4. Quad-core Processor

    137 vote(s)
    50.4%
  5. ATI M7820 Graphics

    121 vote(s)
    44.5%
  6. Nvidia FX 2800M

    43 vote(s)
    15.8%
  7. Nvidia FX 3800M

    47 vote(s)
    17.3%
  8. Nvidia FX 5000M

    27 vote(s)
    9.9%
  1. VisionLight

    VisionLight Notebook Consultant

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    Well, it looks like the F20 BIOS wasn't an EOL version after all, as F21 is out this morning (same as on my 6550b where I first noticed it, but not yet on my 8540w). Just a heads up, though, as I don't plan on playing with them until after the holidays.
     
  2. ProdTog

    ProdTog Notebook Consultant

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    According to the release notes, the changes for this version are as follows:

    ENHANCEMENTS:
    - Provides an end of service life warning which is displayed during POST.

    FIXES:
    - Fixes an issue where the system continues to restart after using the BIOS Configuration Utility to change Virtual Technology settings.
    - Fixes an issue with the performance of the notebook battery at the end of service life.

    I think I'll let someone else beta test this before I move forward with it.
     
  3. sheltem

    sheltem Notebook Consultant

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    I am definitely having GPU throttling issues. I am having performance issues with Old Republic where the game runs dog slow and then the system shuts off entirely. Can't I get HP warranty to clean my machine?
     
  4. HiddenUser

    HiddenUser Notebook Evangelist

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    What's the meaning of this? Does POST print a warning with the deadline for support?
     
  5. ProdTog

    ProdTog Notebook Consultant

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    I'm not sure -- I just did a copy/paste from the HP release notes. When I read that particular item, I wondered if it was related to battery, since there was also a "fix" item for that. I've never seen any kind of service notification during post. It's purely a guess on my part.

    Anyone else know?
     
  6. Siorah

    Siorah Beware of Squirrels!

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    its usually to do with parts that have a limited time or warranty before fail.

    in our machines... i can only shout that it's the battery, because it's meant to only have a 2-3 year life before needing replacing. There isn't anything else that i know of with a set time before it needs replacing.

    I'm going to be running f21 shortly, will let you know the results.

    update:

    Well on F.21, no new messages for me, but it did ask me to do a usb backup before the flash, which is odd.

    NOTE: F.21 is like F.20, once you flash, there is no going back.

    Second note, if anyone does have a bios failiure, the path for recovery is simple enough

    USB Drive

    Code:
    
    F:/Hewlett-Packard/BIOS/Current/68CAD.BIN
    F:/Hewlett-Packard/BIOS/Current/68CAD.SIG
    
    
    You just have that on your usb drive and the machine will recover itself. interesting little tidbit for those that have bios failiures on our machines

    I also didn't get any new messages on POST, so i think it's purely for the battery end of life service.

    Sio
     
  7. ProdTog

    ProdTog Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for the update, Sio. If you get the chance, I'd be curious to know if there are any differences in reading SDHC cards from the internal reader after your update. The F.20 release appeared to muck with that for some systems (mine included), and I'm wondering if they made any undocumented changes for that.
     
  8. oltsa555

    oltsa555 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Has any of u guys experienced charging issues w ur 8740W?

    My battery is stuck @ 13% no matter what i.e now I have to keep power brick plugged in at all times.
    It doesn't matter if the lappy is on or off, it just won't charge.
    The orange lightning led is on and notification icon at taskbar says "plugged in, charging"??

    Help?
     
  9. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Haven't heard of that issue before.

    Turn the notebook off, unplug it and take the battery out, then press the power button repeatedly about 20-30 times. Reinstall the battery and plug the notebook in again, start it up and see if you have the same problem.
     
  10. oltsa555

    oltsa555 Notebook Enthusiast

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    ^Thx.

    Yup, tried doing power drain already -> no luck.
    Also I've tried charging w both of my power bricks (200W and 230W) and thru docking station -> no luck

    I assume it's either
    1.) some weird malfunction of the system - any ideas what/why?
    or
    2.) faulty battery

    I have a HP elitebook at work too (different model though) so I guess I could test my battery there (if it fits).
     
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