Acer Laptop with Phoenix BIOS: BIOS MOD Request

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  1. kizwan

    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    What did you change in BIOS Setup Menu? I already put necessary reminder/warning note. Anyone want the modified BIOS image have to accept the risk. If not, they should prevent themselves from using it. I think the reminder/warning note is more than enough to remind people about the risk. :) The warning note can be easily interpreted:-
    1) Do not proceed if your notebook unable to use CRISIS disk
    2) Do not proceed if you're uncomfortable to open the notebook casing (to reset CMOS)

    I was hoping you to take a picture when opening the notebook casing. :D Even though the CMOS/RTC battery is soldered to motherboard, usually there is a cable connected the battery with motherboard. Can you confirmed it is not on your notebook?
     
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    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    Please compare the original BIOS image for Extensa 5630G with Extensa 5630Z. If I'm not mistaken it use identical BIOS version, HMA136.ROM & HMA136.WPH.

    The modified BIOS image for Extensa 5630G did brick MZWiZard's notebook (failed during BIOS flash). Please visit post #88 & read the rest of the posts. The download link is disabled. The modified BIOS image was successfully build though.

    If you want me to re-build another modified BIOS image for Extensa 5630Z, please let me know. Please specify what do you want, Virtualization menu, modified DSDT, etc. If you already tried OSX & already have working DSDT, please give it to me. This will speed up the process. If not I will have to patch the DSDT for you. Also I need to know your computer specification. Please make sure your notebook can recover corrupted BIOS with CRISIS disk.
     
  3. kizwan

    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    Guys,

    Other BIOS mod still in progress. It will available soon (before or early next week).

    The tutorial doc is still in progress, about 80% done. As I promise, it will available soon. I'm busy with a lot of things, so it will take sometime to finish. I hope it will done by next week.

    Frequency Ratio menu has been known to caused the computer unbootable. But it is easy to fix, reset the CMOS. To do so, you will need open the notebook casing & disconnect the CMOS/RTC battery. Frequency Ratio only useful if the CPU have unlocked multiplier. Not many CPU have unlocked multiplier, so, it is best to not change the Frequency Ratio value. I will not unlock this menu in the future unless requested.

    kizwan
     
  4. adolfotregosa

    adolfotregosa Notebook Evangelist

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    Kizwan, well the idea of asking you for the modded bios came exactly because I have a qx9300 CPU (unlocked) and no way of messing with the multipliers. The unlocked menus did not show what I wanted to see. I only had multiplier 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x, did not have halfs and other values and fsb I only had fixed values 667 800 1066 and 1333. Toshiba did not prepare the bios for overclocking unfortunately. Opening this laptop requires knowledge and also on this motherboard the CMOS battery is soldered. I strongly recomend removing the bios file, really, you win nothing useful and it will create bricked laptops :( I thank you for your time spent on this but Lol did not go one bit how I imagine it :)

    Ps: I changed multiplier value, bricked, reset CMOS, retried other value and it bricked again.
     
  5. kizwan

    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    This is why I need people to have specific request. :) Your notebook unbootable when changing the Frequency Ratio value, right? What about the Advanced Path? I heard it significantly improve memory performance on nvidia platform. My mod is depend on the original BIOS. If the requested feature is not supported, I can't do anything.

    Most of the modified BIOS images I build have unlocked menu which can make the computer unbootable. For this I already put a reminder/note about it. The worst case scenario is the owner need to reset CMOS back to default. To do this, they will require to open the notebook casing. I have operate different brand of notebook computer, e.g. Acer, Dell, BenQ. The CMOS/RTC battery on all of them is not soldered to the motherboard. I found Toshiba approached is unexpected. This is the risk people need to accept if they intend to use modified BIOS image. Since this is special case (battery soldered to motherboard), so I already disabled the download link. :)

    When modifying the BIOS image for your Toshiba, I found the hidden menu scattered. So it is difficult for me to choose which ones to unlocked since the empty space is limited. This is the list some of it:-
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    03EA: Loc of text 0F 32
    
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  6. computerrob

    computerrob Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks Kizwan I am anxious for TM8210 with 4Gb of ram just for Intel VT.
     
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    iJo09 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi! This is my first post in this forum! :)
    I have a request: Can anyone re-build the Acer Aspire 5920G Modded BIOS ( Here is the BIOS ) and, if possible, unhide the Enable/Disable EIST feature, change the Splash Screen to this ( Imageshack - scn100.png - Uploaded by dewadugong ) and if it is available, update Video BIOS of the GeForce 8600M GT 512MB DDR2!

    Thanks at everyone!
     
  8. kizwan

    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    According to my search, your notebook have graphic card in MXM II form factor (upgradeable). VBIOS is not "integrated" in system BIOS. I already confirmed it by looking in BIOS image. The VBIOS can be updated independently. Also, there is no EIST control in the BIOS. Meaning you will unable to control EIST via BIOS menu. This leave only splash screen. Do you still want me to proceed with the mod?
     
  9. iJo09

    iJo09 Notebook Enthusiast

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    OK. Proceed with the mod! ;-)
    But I have two another request and two questions:
    Can you adjust the Model name in the BIOS? Because when I install Vista with the original recovery DVD and modded BIOS, in the System Information section I found: Model: Aspire 5920G ŷŷŷŷŷŷŷŷŷŷ
    I don't know why is showing that special character!
    Here is a photo: http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/4166/catturaam.png
    Can you unhide/enable ALL the features that are in that BIOS?

    Two questions:
    Why with modded BIOS, after reinstalling Vista with the original recovery DVD from Acer, It says that it's not activated? With the Original 1.3813 BIOS it was activated! I think that this problem is caused by Model Name not showing correctly.
    Where can I find updates (if any) for my GeForce 8600M GT's VBIOS?

    Thank you very very very much! :)
    And excuse me if my english is not perfect ;-) I'm italian!
     
  10. kizwan

    kizwan Lord Pringles

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    Sorry, you need to have specific request.
    The BIOS image you gave to me already modified with SLIC 2.1. The original BIOS image came with SLIC 2.0. I'm not sure why it happen. Perhaps it failed to detect the computer brand (Acer) properly.
    I don't know. Maybe over here.
    The BIOS image already modified by Bob12x, right? I don't want to modify other people work. I much prefer to start from original BIOS image.
     
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