Well.....I attempted to halt the operation, with no luck. The BIOS update process froze everything, including the mouse and keyboard, and the power button. So, to turn off the system I was forced to remove the battery. Once I replaced the battery and had the laptop hooked to external power I attempted to turn the computer back on. Seems everything is dead, no power button input at all. The laptop just sits and looks at me like I am stupid...which my wife just told me I am.
Any suggestions, other than taking it back to Best Buy?