DELl Vostro

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Brandypuff, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Brandypuff

    Brandypuff MDL Novice

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    I bought a Dell Vostro back in April and installed Vista64 which is activated. I think i activated via a loader but can't remember. Since this is a Dell, using DAZ loader, can i just do the "Install Certificate and serial" or should i use the Software mod if i want to install Windows 7?

    The BIOS SLIC show version2.0 via the SLIC Dump toolkit, but i thiuk this is coming from memory since i am checking it while booted into Vista which is activated via a loader.
     
  2. wyrman

    wyrman MDL Member

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    You would need Slic 2.1 bud. So A modded bios would be in order. You could use a loader like Dazs' 1.72 which works well.
     
  3. gti-guy

    gti-guy MDL Novice

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    if you bought a Dell back in april, which had a bios with slic2.0, you never needed to use a Loader with Vista.

    what kind of Vostro/model is it? most likely you'll be able to update the bios to include slic2.1 which will allow you to simple install certificate file and OEM SLP product key for activation and not worry about a loader
     
  4. Brandypuff

    Brandypuff MDL Novice

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    I see...

    It's a Vostro Mini Tower 220, 4GB, E8600...nice machine

    So Win7 is looking for a OEM BIOS what has the 2.1 SLIC (what ever that stands for) which wasn't available before Win7 was? So after Oct 22, all OEM vendor's BIOSes have to have SLIC2.1 in them in order to run Win7 with an OEM key?
     
  5. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    Get a modded BIOS for ur model from dell sticky, flash it and install win7..

    after that install certificate and key.. volla..

    BIOS mod is dangerous, use it at ur own risk.. if u dunno what u r doin, don't flash it..
     
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  6. nefarious

    nefarious MDL Novice

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    I've flashed 2 vostro's with the modded bios in the sticky and it worked like a charm.
     
  7. kravena

    kravena MDL Novice

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    #7 kravena, Oct 29, 2009
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    Vostro 220 / 220s / 420 PC's don't contain a SLIC and they are based on Award Bioses and not Phoenix.

    Hence we can't log a request in the Dell Phoenix sticky.

    There was a bios for these machines at ver 1.1.4 which had a SLIC 2.1 inserted and that worked, but no update for the current version 1.2.0 .

    There has been requests for an updated bios in the Award AMI Bios Requests Thread , but no one has been able to assist yet.

    Note: The bios for the 220 / 220s / 420 are all the same....... apparantly.

    K.
     
  8. urie

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    #8 urie, Oct 29, 2009
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    you can use andyp's awardtool to mod it just use defaults settings just add slic2.1 don't add slp for xp it already has it in it.
    To avoid MAC address changing to FF-FF-FF... flash with these switches: awdflash bios.bin /cc/cd/cp/py/wb/sn/E

    or just request bios mod i know its not correct section but rerquest in dell bios mods.
     
  9. Rytiss

    Rytiss MDL Novice

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    vostro 410

    i allready modified my vostro410 bios sucsessful from slic 2.0 to slic 2.1
     
  10. Fractal

    Fractal MDL Novice

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    Which BIOS did you use?

    Dell Vostro 200 (Foxconn G33 M02) ver. 1.0.1.5 : Award?

    Will it work for the 420?
     
  11. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    If this is the same model as your Vostro you can simply update your BIOS by using the Dell official update tool. They issue updated BIOS's for those people who bought Vista machines that qualified for a Windows 7 upgrade.

    This would be the preferred way to do it if Wonder Woman is right.

    If yours didn't qualify it will not matter if you update your BIOS as long as it is the right BIOS. The way they determine a "legal" upgrade from Vista to 7 is that a different key is required. Of course the BIOS must have a 2.1 SLIC table which is different to 2.o.
     
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  12. urie

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    Only for some machine not all my M8 got a DELL Studio XPS_Desktop 435MT it qualified and he got his Windows 7 upgrade dvd and even though they have updated bios twice since he got it still no SLIC 2.0 I have done bios mod for him but he don't want to risk it yet is still hoping dell will upgrade bios.
     
  13. Superfly

    Superfly MDL Expert

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    Don't make sense for Dell or any other OEM to update "older" bios's with SLIC2.1 if they can get away with retail upgrades...sorry to be negative - that just logic...
     
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  14. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    V 200 only had SLIC 2.0 originally, mod is available on MDL ofcourse, 220s came as said with SLIC 2.1 (as of 1.2.2 & later)
    Just get latest BIOS from Dell site

    sebus
     
  15. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Yes i agree they won't do that but we are talking about machines that were sold with vista and qualified for windows 7 upgrade dvd.
     
  16. greenfoo

    greenfoo MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the comments. :)

    For the record, my Vostro 220 was purchased before Windows 7 was available or offered as an upgrade.

    So, I got curious enough upgraded the BIOS to 1.2.3, remove my current HD, installed Windows 7 on a spare HD to test it, and did that slmgr thing -- it worked -- activated. :D
     
  17. Superfly

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    Well done.. U proved me wrong... consider my hat eaten...:eek:
     
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  18. jimbo1

    jimbo1 MDL Novice

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    I have a vostro 420 with 1.2.3 and it shows SLIC 2.1 using Everest Ultimate - W7 reinstall should work fine.

    Now I updated my bios on a 2nd Vostro 420 with bios 1.2.4 and doesn't show any SLIC at all
    I couldn't get 1.2.3 on my other Vostro as Dell has taken down that version.

    So anyone have 1.2.3 they can share with me or is there a way to backup my bios and put it on another 420?