Acer Laptop with Phoenix BIOS: BIOS MOD Request

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  1. kjbnq

    kjbnq Newbie

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    Hi! This is an awesome mod, but it is not turning on the RAID option for me. Everything else is OK, but this option is missing :(
    I've the original 320GB HDD and now a new one in my laptop...

    Thank you very much for your work!

    Regards,
    John

     
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    kjbnq Newbie

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    it seems that the Intel PM965 Express Chipset can have two different ICH8 IO controllers: Compare Intel® Products,
    maybe mine has the lower one without RAID ? OMG I just bought 2 WS scorpion black HDDs... :(
     
  3. kizwan

    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    Too bad. I hope other sub-menu are useful for you. :)
     
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    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    (Update 11 April 2011)
    This is modified BIOS image for Alienware M17 & Arima W840DI. It is based on original BIOS 840.029. Use at your own risk!
    1. Unlocked hidden options: Alienware M17 Arima W840DI 840.029 MOD.rar
      (MD5: 35820E045CFC45446BC67E3F1994A332)
    2. <strike>Unlocked hidden options & Alienware BIOS splash logo: Alienware M17 Arima W840DI 840.029 LOGO MOD.rar</strike> (deleted)
      <strike>(MD5: 9302DB8674D7F5AD2571315BE2CFE3FE)</strike>
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    UPDATE (R2): I have revised the modified BIOS image for Alienware M17. It is still based on zfactor's 029 BIOS. I have created two modified BIOS image:-
    1) Alienware M17 W840_029 zfactor VT MOD R2.rar
    - Unlocked "Workaround Control Sub-Menu" which housed several sub-menu such as VT, EIST, etc.
    - Original Alienware BIOS splash screen.
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    - Rebuild using PBE (Phoenix BIOS Editor).
    2) Alienware M17 W840_029 zfactor VT MOD R2_PST.rar
    - Unlocked "Workaround Control Sub-Menu" which housed several sub-menu such as VT, EIST, etc.
    - Rebuild using Phoenix SLIC Mod tool.
    - Only one module (BIOS setup menu) is different compared to the zfactor's 029 BIOS.
    - This modified BIOS image rebuild with all modules still linked to it's original offsets (based on zfactor's 029 BIOS). A couple of unimportant menu was removed to allow BIOS setup menu module fit in it's original offset. You can see the different on pictures below. This method so far is most safest way to rebuild BIOS image. Also the BIOS image is more "authentic" because it retain the original offsets.
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    Picture on left is the screenshot taken from the modified BIOS image no. 1. Picture on right is the screenshot taken from the modified BIOS image no. 2.
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    phlash16.exe parameters:-
    When I extract the 029_zfactor.rar file (zfactor's 029 BIOS), I found several files including the zfactor's 029 BIOS image. The one file which got my attention is UPDATE.BAT. It is a DOS batch file which contain this:-
    Code:
    phlash16 W840_029.ROM /c /s /x /mode=3 /force
    This file is use to flash the zfactor's 029 BIOS image into BIOS chip. I already include this file (UPDATE.BAT) in both modified BIOS image packages.
    Please make sure your notebook can recover corrupted BIOS with CRISIS disk before flashing BIOS with this modified BIOS image. I will not responsible for any problem. Good luck. :)

    EDIT: This is original BIOS image (M17_B14) extracted from the ISO image:-
    Alienware M17 Original M17_B14_Bios.rar
     
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    freud666 Newbie

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    Hello to every one in the forum.
    First of all, I've been reading about the nvram and the alloc positions and tokens thing posted before, but i reach a point where i can't get to unhidde or add more option to the bios, to get all features my chipset datasheets has.

    Trying and trying, reading and reading has taken me lot of time, till i got to stack point, but learning now on assembly languaje so.

    My notebook is acer Aspire 1694Lmi with DDR2 mem., an intel pentium M 760 codenamed DOTHAN 133fsbx15multiplier=1995Mhz Speed, on a Chipset intel Alviso i915PM/GM, and an ATI Mobility Radeon x700 256Mb DDR.

    On the original bios, 3A45(M26) there are hidden option i have seen on String0.rom and with RW software.

    RW sofware describes the options of 2.9v, 3.3v., and 5v, but the bit is set to 3.3.

    Well in resume, ¿Is it possible to 1st, unhide all options my crane II supports, and 2nd, to add all features i915pm datasheets has?

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Here is the link to the bios: RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting

    Any questions please let me know.
     
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    I can't add features which the original BIOS doesn't support. As for unhidden menu request, you need to have specific request. It will difficult for me to work on your BIOS if I don't know where to start. That is why you need to have specific request.

    If you like to learn:-
    - copy STRINGS0.ROM & TEMPLAT0.ROM file to new folder
    - open STRINGS0.ROM file with HEX editor & remove first 0x1C length of bytes. Save As to STRINGS.ROM
    - start tracing the offset from the STRINGS.ROM file (not STRINGS0.ROM)
    Try to continue by yourself. Please ask me if you have any question.
     
  9. freud666

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    Hello @Kizwan,

    Thanks for replying.
    I've done everything about the templates and searching for the offsets. Now i have already identified all the info. Main.Advanced, boot and exit offsets and cpu type and more. The problem i found in whre i get the offset, lets say:
    11 0c.... bla bla, i dont know which bite shoul i change and how do i change it. ove been reading abou the tokens and nvram, but all ican do is jumping offset to find de strings and the allocs.

    By the way, to be specific, i would like you unhide the speed step option as the AHCI option than this chipset can handle with.

    Other thing tha i'd apreciate is an Advanced chipset features menu or this features:
    Cpu multiplier: x6,x7,x8,x9,x10,x11,x12,x13,x14,x15 an their correlative voltage, like : 0,988 till 1,35v.

    If kind, setting a fsb menu. from auto, 133, to open for inputting the desired fsb clock like setfsb software.

    thankyou

    PD: i'd love you teachme how to unlock,unhidde and add options, like you posted in nvram to unhidde vt, to work with the free space the bios has, so i can do all my goals.
     
  10. xas1000

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    ok! thanks kizwan
     
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