In my case I found it was my smart phone. HP's support took the laptop into service and when it came back it would only run for 5 minutes and then lockup.
HP's support told me they had done all they could and nothing more was to be done. I'm out one laptop and have taken it out of their hide as I share my story when this comes up.
NO IT CAN NOT BE AVOIDED. Here's why. HP buys their bios from some company and the bug in that bios can't be fixed by HP. So while the machine does work without the smart phone, it seems HP has lost it when it comes to PCs by outsourcing it all.
Hope this helps.
I am in the first week of using my new hp laptop (Pavilion dv7-6187cl, Windows7) and yesterday my cursor "froze" and I finally had to turn off the machine. Once I turned it on, I got a message about a "Windows error" to remove any recently-added hardware or software, but if this is the first time the situation has happened, just to turn off and restart first. I did this, and it started and has been fine.
So I went online to see what the problem may have been and how to avoid it (or how to solve it) in the future. I found, on the hp site, many comments about this and the general tone of the conversations was that it's supposedly a common problem that hp is not acknowledging and that there really is no other way to get out of it than to do the control-alt-delete shutdown. A few commented that, since this happened on brand-new machines, they were going to return and purchase another brand.
Also, most of the comments were made a year or more ago, and I think that the last one was last year. And, before I bought this, I read very good reviews from several sites which did not mention this problem at all.
So, what should I do? Wait until it happens again, then take the laptop back? I've spent a lot of time getting it the way I want it (programs, etc.) and hate to start over. Does anyone know if this really is a recurring problem (currently) and how it may be avoided?
I would tremendously appreciate any help!