BIOS mods for SLIC 2.1 - Is it dependant on age of MOBO or can any be done ?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by tnx, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

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    Hi all mi old DL members.. Hows things ?

    My mate ( honest i do have one ) has asked me to put a PC tower together for him,£100 to spend. Not too challenging,second hand bits off ebay will do the job but he has one stiplulation. He wants Windows 7 on it.

    mmmmmmmmm me thinks.

    From here i have two mobo's both with their BIOS flashed with SCLIC 2.1. So all i have to do is track down either of my two mobo's then flash em with the files i already have. Easy.
    Well harder than it sounds. Only found one second hand board. 8 day auction and no buy it now price. keeping my eye on that one.

    Next i thought,look through the list on here of the Motherboards which have already been modded and see if i can track down a cheep on of those.mmmmm
    Found new ones but need to keep costs down.

    Another mate is bringing me a older tower he dont want. NICE !!
    Whats inside i dont know.

    So,finally onto my question...

    Can any motherboard be flashed to hold SLIC 2.1 so i can install Windows 7.
    Or do they have to be fairly moddern.
    Not talking ancient ones though..

    Thinking i would like to be able to learn how to make my own flash's up.
    Is it hard to learn how to do ?
    Any tips ...

    Cheers...
     
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  3. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

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    Cheers for the link.

    Will give that a god read..

    Cheers..
     
  4. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    I can say that most will work. most any retail board you purchase will have Award or AMI bios.
     
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  5. tnx

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    My mate wanted a cheep PC tower. I looked on ebay and wins the auction,£50. Nowt special but is advertised with having an activated Windows 7....I had to.
    Luckily the seller only lived under ten miles away and i just popped round and picked it up.
    The first thing i did when i got it home and hooked up was to test the BIOS. To my surprise there it is SLIC 2.1 table already there.
    A fully working Windows 7 already done for me. Nowt for me to do.
    My mate says he has £100 to spend, to be fair it aint worth that but i recon i will ask £70 just to cover petrol and my time...Cheaky heyyyyyy...
    I even saved the cert and key.
    Might make my own W7 OEM disc though and do a fresh install.....I dont know owt of the seller,there might be errrrr "extras" on there nobody wants. If you know what i mean.

    Cheers for the replys though....
     
  6. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    How did you check the bios, and are you sure it is not a loader you are seeing??

    What type of board is it??
     
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  7. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

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    Thanks for the reply...
    After further probing and a fresh install of W7 on a different HDD i do NOT see and SLIC table.....He did indeed use a LOADER...yak.

    So i decided to flash,well have a go at flashing my own BIOS. First time for everything.

    The board is "SiS 755" yes who's ever heard of that then.
    A google for a BIOS comes up with nowt.
    So i dedided to use the BIOS Backup tool. Got my self a .ROM file.

    I thought i need a .BIN file.

    The Award BIOS tool does not like this .ROM file..

    any tips ?

    Cheers
     
  8. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

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    Just ran the BIOS backup tool and changed the file from .ROM to .bin

    lets see what happens now
     
  9. tnx

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    Well i recon where i am going wrong is the type of BIOS. I saw the word "award" somewwere on that PC but looking properly at the file it says
    "PhoenixTechnologies,LTD-6.00PG"

    So seing the Award tool does nowt it must be a Phoenix BIOS.

    Running CPUZ it says BIOS : Brand = Phoenix Technologies
    : Version = 6.00 PG
    : Date = 09/16/2005

    Does this mean i have to request in the Phoenix thread....

    cheers..
     
  10. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

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    Well I am making hard work of this.

    Just rebooted the PC and it does say Phoenix Award BIOS v 6.00.

    It must be how i backed up the BIOS file.

    My next thing to try will be to use the awardflash tool. I think this can save the BIOS to file,while in DOS. Should hopefully get a better result this way.
     
  11. mightyEx

    mightyEx MDL Novice

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    #11 mightyEx, Mar 21, 2010
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    No, Phoenix and Award are one corporation. Award BIOS for desktops and Phoenix for notebooks. You should be able to backup your current BIOS with recent Award flash tool.
     
  12. tnx

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    Well here goes...

    I made a Bootable USB Stcik.
    Saved my BIOS using the awdflash tool under DOS.

    This file i used in the Award SLIC tool. It like it and everything seemes to have gone well.

    Off to flash the BIOS...

    Fingers crossed...
     
  13. tnx

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    Once again i have to make hard work of it...
    My USB stick did not seem to wrok ,would not let me flash the BIOS. ? ( maybe an older awdFlash )

    So i took a working floppy from another PC aand slung it in the ebay PC and then made a DOS disk,coppied a new awdFlash plus my freshly made SLIC BIOS and did indeed flash the BIOS....

    PHEW..

    It sprang back into life.
    W7 started,i ran the SLIC Toolkit v3.2 and now the Dell SLIC table is there.
    Plus XP SLP1.0 just for good measure.

    This BIOS modding lark feels good...LOL

    Cheers guys....