HP ENVY 4t (Sleekbook 14") Review

Discussion in 'HP' started by T2050, May 26, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. runtohell121

    runtohell121 Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    79
    Messages:
    918
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    So I received a HP Envy 4t-1000 from Engadget giveaway and was messing with the Intel RAID settings and then the laptop was unable to detect the hard drive. Tried to remove the SSD, boot, doesn't work even after disabling all the RAID. My result was to use the HP System Recovery that I created via HP Media Recreation software. The bad thing was, the System Recovery USB was missing the MBR which I fixed it using testdisk. The laptop then restores, but unable to restore completely with errors

    ChkErrBB.CMD : Detect some error during PININST_BBV
    ChkErrBB.CMD : Check c:\system.sav\logs\BurnBootWarn.log
    ChkErrBB.CMD : or, check c:\system.sav\logs\BurnBootMerge.log

    Tried to restore it about 2 times already and same result.

    Specs:
    HP Envy 4t
    Intel Core i3-2377M
    Intel HD 3000
    4gb RAM
    500gb HDD
    32gb Samsung Cache SSD

    My other option was thinking about using the 32gb SSD as the main boot drive and then 500gb for storage/programs but not sure how that will work. I do have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit so I can do a fresh install if I need to.
     
  2. ibanezbass

    ibanezbass Notebook Guru

    Reputations:
    9
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    I disabled my raid just fine on my 6t-1000 with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology program. Just go in and disable acceleration and it will return the SSD to a regular drive. Then just go partition the drive how you want it. I was able to dual boot Win 8 RP / Win 7 this way with no problem. The bootloader will load whichever drive has the active partition. So Windows 8 had the active bootloader because it was the last installed. No need to disassemble for me.
     
  3. runtohell121

    runtohell121 Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    79
    Messages:
    918
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    So after swapping a SSD to replace the HDD, the 32gb SSD is useless? Can't raid/cache it with another SSD? I have a Samsung 830 128gb SSD installed and left the 32gb mSATA SSD installed inside.
     
  4. T2050

    T2050 Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    280
    Messages:
    1,699
    Likes Received:
    93
    Trophy Points:
    66
  5. laptoptech

    laptoptech Newbie

    Reputations:
    0
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    Hi

    i would like to know if i get lower FPS with the i3 version? can i upgrade ram? thanks a lot
     
  6. fatalis26

    fatalis26 Newbie

    Reputations:
    0
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    5
    Hi there!
    I have envy 4 with i5 ivy bridge and amd 7670M..
    I experienced a severe throttling issue when playing games..
    For example, playing sleeping dogs in native resolution at medium details after 30 minutes cpu stuck at 1.7 Ghz, and after an hour, it started to fluctuate between 798 Mhz and 1.7 Ghz..
    I used my laptop on a wooden desk, so the vents are clear enough..
    Now, i'm planning to buy cooling pad for the envy 4.. Is there any suggestion for which the cooling pad i should buy?
    Since the heat mostly at the top left, i think that using a common cooling pad ( big fan in the middle) is pointless since there's nothing on the middle of the laptop.. Thanks!
     
  7. regietan105

    regietan105 Newbie

    Reputations:
    0
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    i am also interested in your question, i wonder why the internal fan was located at the upper right but it seems the warm part of the laptop is on the upper left.. i confirm this when i open the back and install additional ram. just a small fan located at the right side. did you buy a cooling pad already?
     
  8. Chutsman

    Chutsman Notebook Evangelist

    Reputations:
    6
    Messages:
    609
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Got the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 with Win8 and am looking for a reliable way to backup AND recover the system. For years I've been using Acronis True Image on my older systems (two other laptops and two desktops running a mix of XP, Win7 and Win8) and the recovery process has always been viable. But on this Ultrabook 4, even though Acronis says the recovery is successful when I reboot, Win 8 puts up a message that there are problems and then tries without success to effect repairs. So then I have to invoke the Factory Recovery and reconfigure the entire system to my liking.

    Has anyone been successful in backing up AND restoring one of these or similar ultrabooks? Thanks.
     
  9. MickyMax

    MickyMax Notebook Geek

    Reputations:
    57
    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    15
    Just upgraded my fresh bought HP Envy 4 1170sf with a Samsung SSD 840 Pro and 2 x 8 Gb of Crucial memory. All is working as expected.:D

    Two pictures from the Envy disassembled:
    uploadfromtaptalk1357247831835.jpg
    uploadfromtaptalk1357247851827.jpg
    The stock ram on right and the new on left:
    uploadfromtaptalk1357247870391.jpg
     
  10. emd2009

    emd2009 Newbie

    Reputations:
    0
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    5
    Guide on on how to do this please?
     
Loading...
Similar Threads - ENVY (Sleekbook Review
  1. chris89
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    244
  2. braveally
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    402
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page