Please tell me how to flash Prema vBIOS 1.1.1

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  1. Smerdjakov

    Smerdjakov Notebook Geek

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    Hi there. As you might know, I am a complete noob to the modding community. Therefore, I am a little scared that I might brick my laptop if I try anything sketchy. You might ask "Why in the hell did this guy post an issue about a BIOS in the Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades section?" Well, when I tell you my end-goal, things will become a little more clear.

    I am intending on upgrading my HP EliteBook 8760w from NVIDIA Quadro 3000M to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M. In two brilliant threads (here and here) a user by the name of artpra showed how the upgrade itself can be done. The problem is that I don't understand the half of the first section. I don't know how to flash a BIOS etc. etc. From those of you who understand his procedure in depth, I ask from you a kind of "parental guidance" (this name is on the spot, as I really don't know ANYTHING about the kinds of techniques artpra used in his solution) so that I too can enjoy the fast performance of GTX 980M. I decided that the first step towards victory is learning how the BIOS operates (and overcoming its whitelisting of some MXM GPUs), hence the title.

    P.S.: If the guru himself, artpra is still active on this forum, please redirect his attention towards my humble thread. I think he's the one who knows best how and where to help. Also, if this thread grows in popularity, I'll edit the title to get rid of the unfortunate misleading vibe. Cheers!
     
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    @artpra was last active here Jun 12, 2017, so there is a good chance he may respond to being tagged and offer some advice.

    I am not familiar with the machine you are upgrading, so I cannot provide any advice that is platform specific.

    The @Prema vBIOS for 980M is to enhance GPU performance. It will not likely have a direct effect on compatibility or bypassing restrictions of a whitelist. That would be a system BIOS mod. If @artpra did the same upgrade without a system BIOS mod and found it to be a smashing success, you should be fine as well.

    This is a significant undertaking for someone with no prior experience, but it's awesome that you are willing to take a run at it. That is how we learn, and we are all noobs in the beginning. Kudos for not being paralyzed with fear and deciding to do nothing. That is awesome. If you are careful and gather all of the information possible at the beginning, including how to dismantle the machine without breaking things, there is every reason to be confident you will be successful. Your first step here is a good one. Good luck to you.

    It is also awesome that you have a laptop with a replaceable GPU. Those are (sadly) becoming rare. The ODMs/OEMs have since figured out they can milk more cash from customers by selling only disposable BGA trashbooks that are neither repairable nor upgradeable. You will be able to make that one great for a fraction of the cost of purchasing an equivalent quality machine that is new.

    You probably fit the first option at the top of this poll: How do you want your next laptop to be built?
     
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    @Mr.Fox Thank you for your response! I am really invested into doing this and doing it right, as I want solid gaming performance. To put in a little bonus: I made a bet with my roommate - if I can get my Workstation to better framerate, he'll buy me a pizza. So that's one thing (also he would shut up about how I screwed myself over by buying an EliteBook ;) ). I know that flashing a new BIOS is sketchy, moreover it can downright brick your device, and that's why I want to check on every forum possible and find an optimal solution. Despite lacking technical computational knowledge, I am very fond of HP EliteBook's design. I successfully dismantled it two times now, cleaned the interior, added new thermal paste etc. I also removed my old Quadro 3000M (getting sentimental now *snif*; we've been through some high temperatures together, I'll miss him *snif*) and compared it to GTX 980M to make sure it fits (BTW, it is the EXACT SAME design - there's no way it will not fit). I hope that once I get my new MXM GPU in, it will only be a matter of optimizing drivers posted by @artpra (I always feared Chinese drivers as they are often very sketchy, but this one looks legit, no viruses, just authentic content). I of course have to thank you for big information you gave me: before your response, I though Prema vBIOS was a necessity, but now I don't have to worry about potentially bricking my device. It would be cool though if I could get a "gaming" BIOS running, I DO love optimisation after all.

    One last thing: I am really grateful for your kind and friendly approach. These kinds of forums are the best. In contrast, Stack Exchange for example is often cold, rude and only cares about reputation. People there are elitists, they fight each other for reputation points, camp for multiple hours just to be the first to answer the question etc. What I'm trying to say is that because of people like you this forum is welcoming and warm, no competition, just buds helping each other out. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!
     
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    Thank you for the kind words, brother. Based on what you have posted, I am very confident you can do this now. Awesome.

    The driver modding is very easy. In fact, @j95 GeForce driver mods might even work for you without any additional tweaking. If not, we have plenty of talent here to help you with that.

    Here is @j95 most recently posted driver mod [LINK]
     
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    Thanks man. I'll order my shipping on eBay in near future, and then we'll see how it goes. Just a quick side note: during my research of compatibility, I encountered a lot of naysayers that though this was impossible, but I disagree! Thank you for the drivers, this will be my first attempt of choice. Have a wonderful day!
     
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    You're welcome. The ignorance of the masses is truly amazing. There are conditions where you cannot do it, but most erroneously assume it is not possible and are critical of the things that have no knowledge or understanding about. You already possess hard and irrefutable evidence to the contrary, based on the example of one that went before you, so you are wise to ignore those ignorant trolls.
     
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    And more shockingly, this didn't come from some random thread, no I went on professional forums and asked the exact same question: "How do I upgrade from Quadro 3000M to GTX 980M". The so called "experts" said that there is no possible way. Hell, I'll even give you a concrete example. In this link, you can find my question posted on Quora.
     
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    LOL. You have already learned what some people never find out. NEVER, EVER, trust trust people that present themselves as experts that know everything. In fact, the MCSE and M$ MVP types (those with credentials) are among the most uninformed and ignorant "experts" you can find out there. Most are talking heads that repeat what they saw or heard another "expert" say. This clown exposed his ignorance by making such a "matter of fact" statement about something he is clearly misinformed about.

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    Furthermore, check my reply to him. He is claiming that my MXM GPU is unremovable (in spite of removability being the sole purpose of a MXM GPU). At this time I said to myself: "Ah, I see nothing good will come out of sticking here and wasting my time." In all fairness though, he DID apologise and admit he is wrong in comments, so that's good. In the end I was giving advice to him.
     
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    the GTX 780m has been put into the 8760W



    the GTX 980m has been done in the 8770W.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...w-and-970m-6gb-and-980m-8gb-they-work.786791/
     
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