How to Upgrade the BIOS for the NC6000

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How to Upgrade the BIOS for the NC6000
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The HP Compaq NC6000 is a notebook manufactured by Hewlett-Packard. It was designed to serve as a business PC for on-the-go employees whose jobs require frequent travel. Like most notebooks, the NC6000's internal hardware is controlled by BIOS firmware, which is the first code that runs when the computer boots. Due to a minor error in the original BIOS, HP announced a mandatory BIOS update. This update is available at no cost on the HP website and is easy to install.

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    Restart your computer and access the BIOS menu by pressing the "F1" key as soon as the Hewlett-Packard splash screen appears. The BIOS menu opens.

  2. 2

    Locate the "BIOS Revision" and write down your current BIOS and the version date. This will assist in determining the correct BIOS update that you should download.

  3. 3

    Download the latest BIOS for the HP Compaq NC6000 from the software download page on the HP website. To find your BIOS, enter your computer's model number or if you don't know your specific model, type in "HP Compaq NC6000."

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    Install the BIOS by double-clicking the installer file and following the on-screen prompts. When the BIOS update is complete, restart your computer so that the new BIOS will be properly initialised.

Tips and warnings

  • If you experience a "CMOS Checksum" error, reset your BIOS by accessing the BIOS menu and pressing the "F5" key to restore the factory default settings. Press "Y" if you are prompted to confirm that you want to revert to the default settings. Allow your laptop to reboot.

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