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    The worst thing possible.

    I was sitting in my car, flashing a new tune variation onto the PCM with the laptop power supply plugged into the power inverter just in case when all of a sudden, about 2/3 the way through the 'write entire' hptuners process I completely lost power to the laptop - which promptly died. The battery icon was FULL! it should definitely not have died, but I don't have the balls to start the car. The idiot lights are all still on. The laptop's acting fried, showing a STOP error screen and not booting up! HELP!!!

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    Try rebooting the laptop and re flash the tune, it should recover. Good luck.
    I had a similar thing happen to me but my usb port went intermittent on me and killed the pcm. After I got the usb issue settled, I just reflashed the pcm and all was ok. I was using EFILive though.
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    problem is that the laptop won't reboot

    it won't boot at all

    and i can't get this fucking interface bullshit to work on the gf's computer... :Pissed:

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    That sucks ass. I just recently fried my PCM with HyperCraper. My battery died in the middle of the flash. I had to have my car towed to the dealer. They charged me 80 Bucks to flash it to the newest version.

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    got it fixed. jsut had to use the gf's laptop and redo the whole tune but i had messed with it so much i pretty much had it memorized and was able to do it in a snap.

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    why are you doing a "write entire"? You should just be writing the calibration. Lucky you were able to recover it.

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    Glad this story had a happy ending.

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    for future refernece, you only need to do a write recalibration when making changes to the file. a write entire is when you want to completely rewrite a PCM. ie you buy another PCM and want to match yours.

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