Unbricking the HP Envy 17 Laptop

My dad is a thrifty man. For a decade he’s used the PC I assembled from scavenged components in highschool. But last year he finally made the leap to a modern workstation and bought an HP Envy 17-inch laptop.

After a few months the new laptop developed a fickle touchpad and dad was told by HP support to update the BIOS. He did and the laptop never worked again. Or at least it didn’t until we ripped the BIOS flash chip out and manually reprogrammed it.

Details in the links below.