A few questions

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    stuff MDL Novice

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    Hey there all, it is nice to have come across this site. I have a few questions after a lot of reading.

    I found this site after reading somewhere that if your bios has a slic table you can use an oem key to install Vista. However, I noticed here that people are adding the slic table to the bios they need. Don't the bioses already have the table if the boards are used in making computers for the market?

    I understand that a bios can error when flashed, but I am concerned that I won't be able to revert back to the old bios if there is an issue. Will I be able to? Moreover if I do a future bios update, will I need to have the bios modded again?

    If I am using the bios located here

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/15048?highlight=P5K-E/WiFi-AP+BIOS+0906#post15048


    how well will it potentially hold up against sp1? As I have noticed that different methods of inserting the table may lead to different results when M$ attempts to eliminate this crack.

    Sorry for the newbish questions. I am a pseudo-techy
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    Isn't anyone able to answer my questions
     
  3. urie

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    Not all bioses have slic table thats why they have to be modded, also the link you posted points to more than one bios mod.
     
  4. Yen

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    Hi,

    about your questions:

    Some bios (mainly those of Notebooks) contain SLIC already, cause they are often sold together with a license of Vista. The most of the bios don't have one.

    To reflash with original bios is no problem. It's the usual risk to flash a bios.

    If you want to update your bios you usually have it to do with a modded one to remain activation. At some bios with FC module it is not necessary, because the FC area will persist after you have upgraded the bios. (Older ones, but not yours, even though it contains a FC module, there is a byte at 1b module which prevents the activation, it's cause of ASUS' revision of SLP2 rule;) )

    Unfortunately I'm not able to DL the bios mod of China4Ever. (file temporarily unavailable:confused:)

    But it is possible to make a FC-10 mod, which is almost impossible to detect as a mod. At this the chance to survive SP1 final is the highest ever you can get.;)
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    Are you there, Yen?


    Cheers.. .
     
  6. Yen

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    I'm not able to DL. Please try rapidshare.
    A FC-mod is only possible with a bios which contains FC module already.(This time)

    The SLIC and only the SLIC is at FC module, a special reserved area at bios. It was thought to remain after using Asusupdate. But ASUS was forced to revise the rule of SLP2.0

    IMO at newer FC-modded bios you will loose activation by updating it. Second: Asusupdate isn't that safe.
    You have to go for another mod if you want to upgrade your bios.
     
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    There is also an upload function in this forum which you could use for smaller files...
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    I tried the modded bios and I got an error saying that the boot block was invalid.
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    Thank you Yen.

    However, after flashing the bios, and installing 64 bit Ultimate, and doing the following, I think that I was sent into reduced functionality mode because I cannot open games or control panel. However, there is no warning message being displayed about activation.

    What I did:

    1. disabled uac
    2. run as administrator cmd (to do this I have to use shift, ctrl enter. Is this right? Also do I have to do this if I am the administrator?)
    3. copied asus.xrm-ms to C:\
    4. typed slmgr.vbs -ilc c:\asus.xrm-ms
    5. waited for okay screen
    6. typed slmgr.vbs -ipk xxx-xxx-xxx-932cc
    7. waited for okay screen

    There after I right clicked computer and went to properties, but it wouldn't open.

    Is it possible that this is becasue I didn't install an oem copy of vista 64? If so should I do this:


    Must I reinstall or is there something else I can do?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    #14 stuff, Jan 17, 2008
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    I checked the with everest and the slic is there, so the bios flash worked.

    Edit: Does the computer need to be connected to the net for activation?
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    This is starting to get stressing. I am thinking about giving up.

    I restarted my computer and the 30 day activation is back but the key being used is the asus one.

    Does pkeyconfig.xrm-ms have anything to do with this?
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    Okay, I have been reading for days. I think I have read nearly every post here and everywhere else on the net. I have tried hot fixes and all. Nothing has worked, but the funny thing is that I have returned to the 30 day time period.

    I know that a lot of people just expect to be spoon fed, but for the amount of man hours I put into this, I should have just bought an oem version.

    If anyone can give me some input, that would be great!
     
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    #17 jroc, Jan 18, 2008
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    maybe your modded bio's isn't correctly mapped into memory...you might post the information that everest shows so people can have a better understanding of your sitution...also it doens't make a differance rather your using a Retail or OEM install..because the 'certificate and key' works on both...just make sure your not using a 'trial' version of Vista. You also mention pkeyconfig.xrm-ms and give no explanation of where or what that is and where you came up with it.

    just to clarify...you said you also ran this command:
    6. typed slmgr.vbs -ipk xxx-xxx-xxx-932cc

    but you actually used the complete and proper key right?...not the xxx-xxx-xxx-932cc as is?
     
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    ok..maybe Yen will take a look at this post and the Everest Information..I don't understand why your showing 2 ACPI tables..unless you have both the SPL 1.0 and SPL 2.0 inserted...as for your copy of Vista 64....its the RTM version but there is also the BIE version (intergrated) that is available online and from torrent...that incorporates the Bio Emulation..and if you got that copy then it could cause issues with activation...you can tell, if you still have that copy to explore the folders and see if it has a PID.txt (Key Version) in the \Sources and a dell.xrm-ms in the SOURCES\$OEM$\$$\SYSTEM32\OEM...other than that I have no other help or suggestions.
     
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    stuff MDL Novice

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    I already looked into that, but thanks for the advice.

    I am going to format and try with a different copy.. .