Sony Vaio SA/SB/SC/SE Advanced Menu BIOS Hack

Discussion in 'VAIO / Sony' started by pyr0, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    Compared and analyzed them already, thanks. Found some traces and starting points. Will dig into that deeper next week.
     
  2. redmimic

    redmimic Notebook Consultant

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    Any chance this can unlock the Rotate Screen function?

    Sony seems to have banned it from the SE and despite editing the registry, I cannot use the option that existed in my 4 year old Toshiba.
     
  3. unney

    unney Newbie

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    Thank you pyr0.

    I installed it in my VPCSB and it worked well... The installation was easier and quicker than original sony vaio updater program... :). I gone thru the options in the BIOS quickly, and its really an impressive work. Hats off you.

    One doubt, does the patched BIOS support SATA 3 ?


    Also a feature request - Option to set ATA HDD password
     
  4. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    Thanks, it was fun to do the hack.

    No SATA3 support yet. Sony removed it from the newer BIOSes and I did not find time yet to approach reintegration - but I will.

    There is an option for ATA HDD password but it is critical to use at least for those owners that utilize RAID. You can use hdparm in a linux live cd for setting your passwords and doing fancy stuff like secure erase and drive lock.
     
  5. Strider22

    Strider22 Newbie

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    Thanks a lot pyr0. Related to this thread, I just want to ask a question. At the bottom of every Sandy Bridge Processor Spec sheet on ark.intel the following information is given:

    "Some products can support AES New Instructions with a Processor Configuration update, in particular, i7-2630QM/i7-2635QM, i7-2670QM/i7-2675QM, i5-2430M/i5-2435M, i5-2410M/i5-2415M. Please contact OEM for the BIOS that includes the latest Processor configuration update."

    I have a SB laptop with Core i5 2410M and AES-NI is not enabled. Do you think it is possible to enable this feature via your update?
     
  6. CyberWalrus

    CyberWalrus Notebook Enthusiast

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    For the safety of others, I would also recommend you disable/provide a big warning regarding the graphics options. In particular, setting "PEG" as the graphics card to use on boot will result in an unrecoverable brick. It would be helpful to remove this option entirely, to prevent this from happening to anyone else.
    The "enable switchable graphics" option is safe to use, however the machine will default to the intel graphics if graphics switching is disabled.
     
  7. AKZam

    AKZam Newbie

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    Hi all

    Thanks for the work you have done so far pyr0, much obliged.

    I have just installed the bios and it installs fine (on Sony VPCSA-290X), however when I try to change my IDE mode from RAID to AHCI, upon reboot it gives me a cyclical BSOD.

    I want to change to AHCI as I want to have another go at installing OSX on my laptop - hit a brick wall months ago when I tried as nothing I could do would get the OSX installation process to recognise my HD (as it is wasn't in AHCI mode).

    Any idea why I am getting a BSOD? I have not touched anything else in the BIOS.
     
  8. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    CyberWalrus Notebook Enthusiast

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    First a warning - Discussion of installing mac OS on PC's isn't allowed on this forum.
    that said, this link
    Have fun!
     
  10. mtroyan

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    Any progres on unlocking sata3?
     
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