Originally Posted by [NFO]N0S
That is a horrible thing to say.
Updating the BIOS is not useless.
The new instruction for the fans are needed.
Actually the always ON fan doesn' help. I only address this issue as the failing GPU chip is still the problem regardless the continuos running fan. If you do a search, this problem is not only with HP, but Dell also.http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/22...suit-defective
The problem is in the thermal stress caused when the chip powers up and then powers down. The difference in temperature caused the solder attaching the chips to crack and fail.NVidia released a patch to cause cooling fans to run more often, although this caused other problems such as reduced battery life on laptops and increasing fan noise.http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/08/02...r-type-of-fix/
The thermal based problem reveals itself after going through so many heat cycles. The components literally aren’t standing up to the heat. HP and Dell have offered upgrades, but these are more designed to stall the problem. HP recommends to flash the BIOS, which in effect, just keeps the fan always running. In other words, it’s a band-aid, and from their perspective maybe the problem will stay away until your device is out of warranty.
You probably shouldn’t listen to them.
By “upgrading” to a constantly running fan, you are getting less that what you paid for. Power consumption goes up, battery life goes down. Wear and tear goes up, and the faulty GPU is still there anyway. Good for them, bad for you. In a rather revealing move, HP doesn’t even have previous BIOS versions available. Once you do it, it’s done. (Dell does have older versions on another page).