The First M17x R2 BIOS mod. Need suggestions for future mods.

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  1. goodstone

    goodstone Notebook Consultant

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    M17x R2 A10 BIOS MOD VF1 RELEASED

    CREDIT GOES TO THEWIZ AND TEAM AT BIOS-MODS for this.

    And big thank you to "kizwan" a member at BIOS-MODS and on NBR whose help and knowledge made this a success


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    Note from NBR Moderation Team -

    As with all system level mods, NBR feels its prudent to include a warning message for users who may be new to system tweaking.

    Flashing a non-Dell/AW BIOS can result in serious complications if flashed improperly or if the BIOS coding is faulty.

    This will kill your warranty - know what you are doing and be sure you are willing to risk losing warranty support if something should go wrong. If you brick your system, you have only yourself to blame.

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    Attached is the 1st release of the A10 BIOS from Dell which has been edited by TheWiz and Kizwan

    M17x-R2_A10_V1F BIOS DOWNLOAD LINK

    Instructions for flashing:
    1. Unzip "M17x-R2_A10_V1F" folder
    2. Open M17x-R2_A10_V1F once unzipped.
    3. Open WinPhlash64 Application
    4. Under "Specify new BIOS file:" be sure to select M17x-R2_A10_V1F.ROM if it is not already selected.
    5. Click the "Flash BIOS" button

    [​IMG]

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    CRISIS Recovery Instructions:

    To Create a Crisis Recovery USB you must use a Windows XP system only
    Note: Running XP through compatability mode in Win 7 will not work.

    XP mode in windows 7 will work

    1. Insert USB Drive, any capacity will do.
    2. Open "CRISDISK" folder
    3. Open "WINCRIS" application
    4. It should detect the USB Drive
    5. Click "Start" Button
    WINCRIS should create the USB recovery drive
    6. For Crisis recover, be sure to Power drain system.
    A. Remove Battery
    B. Depress power button for 10-15 sec.
    7. Insert USB drive into eSata port.
    8. Hold FN+B while plugging in power cord in system
    9. Continue to hold FN+B and depress system power button.
    10. Continue holding FN+B until USB drive begins to flash.
    11. System may remain blank as it enters recovery mode
    12. System should complete recovery in 5-10 min. If system has not powered down in 15 min, power down by pressing the power button.

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    Included are the following features, with screen shots to show the BIOS menues.

    Advanced Option Menu
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    Platform Thermal Config
    [​IMG]

    Thermal Config 1
    [​IMG]]

    Thermal Config 2
    [​IMG]

    Thermal Config 3
    [​IMG]

    IGD-LCD
    [​IMG]

    IGD-LCD 2
    [​IMG]

    Memory Submenu
    [​IMG]

    PCI-E Menu
    [​IMG]

    Sata Control Menu
    [​IMG]

    Performance options
    [​IMG]

    Intelligent Power Sharing
    [​IMG]

    Intel Power Sharing Enabled
    [​IMG]

    IPS Platform Policy
    [​IMG]

    CPU Temp Limit
    [​IMG]

    MCH Power Limit
    [​IMG]

    Processor Power Limit
    [​IMG]

    Core Power Limit
    [​IMG]

    Run Time Interface
    [​IMG]

    Core Power Limit
    [​IMG]

    Run Time Interface
    [​IMG]

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    BELOW ARE SHOTS OF A NON XM CPU.BEING OVERCLOCKED THROUGH THE BIOS.

    BIOS i5 540M CPU
    [​IMG]

    BIOS OC Menu unlocked
    [​IMG]

    CPU-Z Verification
    [​IMG]

    Because Dell appears to have stripped values higher than 5% from the BIOS, adding higher values is on the to do list. Also on the to do list are adding memory freq options, which are currently in the works, and should be added shortly in the next release.

    NOTE: TheWiz and Kizwan are aware of the increased demand for added GPU support. Keep in mind that this is only the first release, and those features are being looked into.

    Prior to flashing it is recommended that you create a recovery USB drive just in case. DR650SE has successfully flashed the test BIOS 10-15 times and has not had a a single error in doing so, so the flash is safe. None the less, proceed with caution as you would with any other BIOS flash.

    Many thanks to those who have helped in this project, TheWiz and Kizwan for the BIOS modding, goodstone and DR650SE for testing.

    Any questions or comments, or even suggestions concerning this BIOS should be addressed in this thread to consolidate the discussion. Please, test, enjoy, and give feedback! Thanks!!
     
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  2. ichime

    ichime Notebook Elder

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    Memory tweaking (i.e. Intel XMP), fan control and more graphics card support (i.e. GTX 460M to GTX 485M) would be nice. BTW, was this modded from the guys at bios-mods.com?
     
  3. goodstone

    goodstone Notebook Consultant

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    yes,

    Credit goes to THE WIZ and team at bios-mods for cracking this.

    I WILL REPEAT DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WARRENTY CAN AND PROBERLY WILL BE LOST IF YOU CANNOT RECOVER FROM BAD FLASH.
     
  4. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    Maybe an additional bit of CPU voltage. Also, what is QPI Freq? Never read much about it.
     
  5. Villosa

    Villosa Notebook Deity

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    Wow this is cool! Great job to those guys! Incredible...

    Perhaps multiplier manipulation for xm CPUs + Vcore adjustments (as DR650SE suggested), RAM freq increases etc.
     
  6. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    Yea, let us know, and I'll definately test out the new bios with the i5 520M, i5 540M, i7 Q720M, i7 920XM and i7 940XM. I'd also be willing to put forth a donation.
     
  7. Villosa

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    Same here!
     
  8. ichime

    ichime Notebook Elder

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    Its supposed to be the bandwidth between the CPU and the chipset since the FSB for i7 systems is in the CPU. The only benefit I've heard it has is for increasing the amount of bandwidth for information if you have multiple CPUs and/or GPUs. As a matter of fact, a lower QPI should make a FSB/BCLK (base clock) overclock more stable.
     
  9. cleverpseudonym

    cleverpseudonym PG RATED

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    im definitely game for testing. Is there a way to add the ability for the fans to be used with the GTX460m? i have a card we can test as well. i have a 2nd MB so if i brick it i can replace it.
     
  10. cookinwitdiesel

    cookinwitdiesel Retired Bencher

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    Man...I am out of town a few days and can't test all the stuff he did for my R1 yet :(

    Mad props to TheWiz though! If you are happy with his work please make a paypal donation to him.
     
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