[HOW TO] Update SPD

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  1. TURBODUDE!!!

    TURBODUDE!!! Notebook Guru

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    mardon,
    There is a risk of making your computer unbootable at very low SPD timings. As you probably aware, the memory controller of the processor uses SPD timing delays for self-configuring. If it is not capable of operating at low timing delays you will see a black screen when you turn on your computer. To recover the SPD firmware you need one good DIMM module to pass POST and to enter the BIOS Setup Utility for DIMM hot-plugging. Discard BIOS changes and run Windows. After that, run TBurner and restore SPD firmware from backup.
     
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    mardon Notebook Deity

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    So I should only try one stick at a time. I have been doing this currently.

    I'll report back my findings.
     
  3. TURBODUDE!!!

    TURBODUDE!!! Notebook Guru

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    Guys, is there any thread at forum.notebookreview.com dedicated to Thaiphoon Burner software discussion? Vitaliy Jungle is thinking of releasing a special edition of the utility for notebookreview.com. BTW, the new version 7.1.3.0 is coming June, 16th. The new version enables you to store any ASCII notes in the SPD firmware.

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    mardon Notebook Deity

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    I dont think there is a standalone thread that I have noticed.
     
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    kieroda Newbie

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    First post here but have been reading for a while.

    Bringing this thread back after a month.

    I could not get the trial of Thaiphoon burner 7.1.3 to work no matter what I did (still says kernel driver blocked even though booted with f8 and have UAC off). So yesterday I created a 5GB partition and installed windows xp 32 bit on it, using easyBCD to allow me to dual boot with my current windows 7 install. I then downloaded .net framework 2.0, thaiphoon burner 6.3 and CPU Z.

    Here is my problem. I used the timings megamilchmann posted and flashed one my sticks of ram. Now under the SPD tab of CPU Z the ram timing changed from 6 6 6 15 to 7 7 7 20, but under the memory tab it still says the ram is being run at CL 6. My overclock has not changed either, still cannot get past 172.

    Oh and thanks to everyone on here especially Davy GT and Unclewebb, I would have never known any of this was even possible without notebook review :) .
     
  6. M11x ftw

    M11x ftw Notebook Consultant

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    Wow I never thought of this. I havnt tried changing timings because I am not prepared to do a fresh install or use a different HDD to change timings. So does creating a partition and installing a 32 bit OS on it work?
    Also, once the ram timings are changed would it be possible to delete the partition and return it to the C drive? (not that I wouldnt mind if I lost 5 gig)
     
  7. kieroda

    kieroda Newbie

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    Yes it seams to work well but I still have not managed to get my ram flashed successfully. I think you would also be able to delete the partition afterwards and then extend your windows 7 partition to absorb the freed space.

    If you want to do the dual boot here is what I did:

    -Create a new partition big enough hold windows XP
    -Change hard drive operation from AHCI to ATA, XP will not recognize hard drive otherwise.
    -Install XP on the partition
    -install .net framework 2.0
    -Run EasyBCD (it is free and I used version 1.73 because 2.1 beta was not working for me) and add windows XP to the windows 7 boot loader and rewrite the 7 boot loader over the XP boot loader.
    -Then you are free to boot into either OS as long as you remember to switch between AHCI and ATA.

    I would also recomend downloading the programs you want to and putting them on a flash drive because i was not able to get windows XP to connect to the internet. Or just leaving them on your win 7 partition and retrieving them from their.

    After more testing I have discovered that it is simply not flashing my ram. It changes the JEDEC profiles but never seems to be writing the hex values to the ram. The hex editor values of my desired 7 7 20 timings and a read of my ram look totally different is this normal? I checked and rechecked that I was following the instructions at the beginning of this thread. Oh well, just running at stock timings for now, can OC to 172 so not too bad.
     
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    M11x ftw Notebook Consultant

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    OK, well post something back if you get it to work. Currently when I OC above 166 I get BSOD :(
     
  9. mardon

    mardon Notebook Deity

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    I can't comment on how you've done it because I purchased the program. But i'm guessing if it says your timings are 7-7-7-20 in thaiphoon and CPUz then thats what they are. Just try using set PLL to see if you can OC any higher.
     
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    I finally got around to this, and bought the full version of the burner.

    Moded the SPD with Megamilchmann's setting is the root post of this thread and all was good.

    Prior to modding the SPD the highest I could get was 164 in the BIOS. Now I can get 175 to work, but it fails some of the harder IntelBurn tests so I am running at 172. With just one RAM stick 175 was coming up stable.

    Anything higher than 175 is crashing though at this point aren't we jumping to the CL8 setting? So not sure if editing that would help.

    I boot at 134 then have a shortcuts for setpll to 170, 172, 175 on my desktop. After the reboot cycles I am now able to go straight to 175 (or 172 which I generally stick with).

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