Re: Action Keys Mode - A Warning to Those Buying Certain New Laptops


On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 09:44 am, Soronel Haetir <soronel.haetir@...> wrote:
Unfortunately this is only a temporary fix, at least for HP laptops.
HP laptops revert whenever the bios is updated and that has happened
several times with the one I have now.

This is pretty much true for all features and all manufacturers.  Flashing BIOS during an update replaces whatever you have with whatever settings are shipped in that BIOS update file.  In virtually all cases what's in that BIOS update file matches the manufacturer default.  'Tis the nature of the beast that BIOS updates are an all or nothing affair.

That being said, even though your machine may have BIOS updates available from the manufacturer, don't be in a big hurry to apply them if the machine is behaving the way you want it to and the way it always has.  Patches to BIOS tend to occur as the interaction between it and the OS or some application program uncovers a bug.  If you're not doing the thing that causes that bug, and your computer use routine follows a pretty consistent pattern, you're not likely to run into an issue unless you start doing something different than usual with software you've not used before.


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