Dual Boot Vista x32 - Seven x64 Bios Confusion

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by Threshold, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Threshold

    Threshold MDL Novice

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    Hiya Guys,

    Newbie from Italy here! :D

    I have tried to first search the forum to get my answers and the Seven repository (kudos to all who put it together it's fantastic!).

    I still have few doubts I hope you can help me with

    I have an ACER ASPIRE 5920G 4 GB RAM and a legit Vista SP2.
    The bios is Phoenix 1.3813 SLIC 2.0 latest official release from Acer

    The disk has 4 partitions
    1) Manufacturer o.s. back-up
    2) Vista x32 SP2 Italian language
    3) Data for Vista
    4) Seven x64 English language

    I installed the following version:
    Ultimate (Retail): w w w. ex.ua/get/229368
    (MD5: f43d22e4fb07bf617d573acd8785c028, SHA-1: 326327cc2ff9f05379f5058c41be6bc5e004baa7)
    Although I had previously got off Rapids and not your direct link.
    Anyway the checksum matches yours and MS.

    I have seen in your list that there are a Seven Ultimate x64 OEM and
    Ultimate N (OEM) x64 but it's impossible to download them at present.

    Is any of these 2 any better than the one I have installed and to perform a bios update?
    I have read in the Seven Guide that there are no difference between Retail and Oem and that it is possible to convert Retail to OEM by simply using an OEM product key (and vice-versa).
    Yet I don't understand the difference between these 2 OEMs (Seven Ultimate x64 OEM-Ultimate N (OEM) x64).
    The N anyway is still impossible to activate correct?

    So now I have a dual boot Vista-Seven with the latter in it's 30 days of trial period.
    I would prefer to flash the bios to forget about activation and since from the comments it seems it's considered the best method.

    I have previously flashed bios for my laptop but I am now unsure on how to proceed.
    Was I supposed to flash the modded bios before istalling Seven and if so should I than remove it and install the bios or can i flash it with both os installed?

    Also I am a bit lost at what bios to download (I found at least 2 for my laptop model) and if 2.0 or 2.1 and mostly how to flash it.
    When I flashed the Acer's bios there was a software that helped me do it.
    Shall I download that to flash the modded bios?

    Many thanks for whomever can help :)
     
  2. WeAreNotAlone

    WeAreNotAlone MDL Member

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    #2 WeAreNotAlone, Nov 21, 2009
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    If checksum matches to known good hashes, Good.

    "E" version of Windows 7 (along with the N version*) will not include a browser (for example: it will not come with Internet Explorer 8).
    "N" version will be available in some retailers and this is a version of Windows 7 which includes the same functionality as Windows 7 E, except that it does not include Windows Media Player and related technologies. Like Windows 7 E it does not include a browser (e.g Internet Explorer 8).

    Install without key, then import product key /certificate. Key determines version.
    Note that OEM custom logos won't be there... for info on that check:
    7 Oem Sources Folder Project
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/12785
    "E" version of Windows 7 (along with the N version*) will not include a browser (for example: it will not come with Internet Explorer 8).
    "N" version will be available in some retailers and this is a version of Windows 7 which includes the same functionality as Windows 7 E, except that it does not include Windows Media Player and related technologies. Like Windows 7 E it does not include a browser (e.g Internet Explorer 8).

    I would worry more about adding OEM branding info if that is important to you.

    Correct

    Process briefly is install without key, import the product key, certificate.

    I would think it doesn't matter.
    As a suggestion run SLIC_Dump_ToolKit_V2.3F. It will tell you if bios is 2.1. If it is import product key /certificate.. reboot and you should be activated.

    1: Found 2 modded bioses for your model? See how many people have verified package /read the posts, look at the modders rep. PM the person who requested the mod /has said it worked for them and see if it's working ok.
    2: For Win7 2.1 is required.
    3: How to flash it? Best method is via a COLD boot, booting from a USB stick, and flashing it in DOS.

    Don't flash from within the OS with a WIN based flasher, flash with dos-based flasher.

    So far as finding the correct flasher- Phoenix bios=Phoenix flasher. PH1700?
    I'd look /post in the Phoenix thread /and or look in the SLIC thread listing already modded bios for Acer's....
    Wish I could help more...
     
  3. Threshold

    Threshold MDL Novice

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    #3 Threshold, Nov 21, 2009
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
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    All clear, many thanks.
    I think my version should be fine.

    Don't care much about custom logos for now but thanks for the link, might explore it later on :)


    Why would this be important?
    Is it "system won't work correctly" important or "it won't look nice" important?


    No both Dump Toolkit and Everest report my bios as 2.0


    I think I found a good modded bios (waiting for pm replies) but I am still stuck at how to flash it.

    The package from Buzykid includes the Swinflash utility to flash from the o.s. but since everyone suggests to flash from dos I am stuck cause I don't have a free usb stick to do that (I have one but I use it to run Acronis True Image in case of emergency).

    Is it possible to create a bootable dvd with Phlash 16?
    If so how to do it and what should I place on the dvd?


    Been looking all over the net but can't find something clear on how to do that.

    (I don't know if it can help me at all for the task but I have a Knoppix live cd)


    I would also like a second opinion on the having to flash the bios before installing Seven considering I have a dual boot with Vista.

    I only have this laptop and can't loose it :)

    You have been a great help, thanks very much! :)