Gateway LT20 (Acer AOD250 clone) OLD FART needs BIOS help

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by Hometheatremaven, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Hometheatremaven

    Hometheatremaven MDL Novice

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    I have a Gateway LT2044u (LT20 series) that is really a rebadged Acer AOD250.

    The Gateway's BIOS is labeled v1.10 and dated 9/4/09. It came with Windows 7 starter edition installed and it's now activated.

    It runs fine except Windows 7 reports it's running at 1.33 GHz instead of it's advertised 1.66 GHz. This is due to the well known ACPI BIOS problem that ACER's new BIOS v 1.26 has corrected. There is a modded version of that BIOS (and a v1.27 also) on this website.

    I am an Old Fart who is new to all this and don't want to brick my wife's new netbook. But I want it to run as fast as it was designed, so please don't tell me to just leave it alone.

    I have a few newbie questions:

    1. Since I can't find Gateway BIOSs to download, is it safe to install the ACER v1.26 BIOS that corrects the Windows 7 speed problem?

    2. Is there a program that can save my current BIOS in an .fd format before I try to update it? Will the SLIC DUMP Toolkit program (which I have) save it? And if so, how to do it?

    3. Is there an advantage to using a modded BIOS from this website over the official one from ACER? (Remember Windows 7 starter edition was preinstalled and is already validated). If I update my BIOS to the official ACER v 1.26 BIOS, will I somehow lose my Windows 7 license?

    4. What is the difference between the Acer AOD250 v 1.26 and 1.27 modded BIOSs on this website?

    Thanks. David
     
  2. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    #2 911medic, Mar 19, 2010
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    Your best bet is the official bios. If for some reason you cannot activate after, use the modded. If the machine has a 2.1 SLIC, you shold be fine..how about uploading a RWeverything report for us..or post a link to the acer bios and I will see if it contains the necessary SLIC already..Run the SLIC DUMP TOOL and see if a SLIC exists..

    After viewing the Acer bios, it contains both. I believe the 2.1 is referenced though. You should be fine with the upgrade if the bios is right for the netbook..
     
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  3. Hometheatremaven

    Hometheatremaven MDL Novice

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    Does this mean if I use the official ACER BIOS (or the modded one), that I'll have to reactivate my already installed and activated Windows 7 or could I lose my Windows 7 license?

    And is there a program that can save my current BIOS in an .fd format before I try to update it? Will the SLIC DUMP Toolkit program (which I have) save it? And if so, how do I do it? This is just in case something goes wrong, I'll be able to restore to original.

    Please, anyone can answer. Thanks again.
     
  4. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    If you have a certificate and serial installed, the bios will allow the activation to remain if you have a slic in it..The factory bios is the original..I dont see your confusion of problem??
     
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  5. Hometheatremaven

    Hometheatremaven MDL Novice

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    Sorry and thank you for your help. This is all quite new to me and I just don't want to brick my wife's netbook.

    That's why I'd be more comfortable if I knew how to backup my exisiting BIOS.
     
  6. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    did you try thebackup tool?? you dont know till you try..

    Flas**t likely has a command to backup existing also..
     
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  7. Hometheatremaven

    Hometheatremaven MDL Novice

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    I tried to update the Gateway BIOS with the Acer BIOS update, but flas**t.exe would not do it since Gateway BIOS is KAV80 and Acer is KAV60.
     
  8. Hometheatremaven

    Hometheatremaven MDL Novice

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    #9 Hometheatremaven, May 19, 2010
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    Thanks Geoff.

    I have a question: You said "open the exe" and later you mentioned running the "InsydeFlash.exe".
    But in the Acer downloads the files are DOS=flas**t.exe and in Windows=kav60127.exe. Thereis no InsydeFlash.exe file.
    Please explain, as I don't want to brick my wife's notebook.

    Thanks.
    David

    Geoff: Nevermind. I see that InsydeFlash.exe is within the extracted kav60127.exe file.
    God, I hope this works. I was always told to do BIOS updates in a pure DOS boot disk environment.
     
  9. Hometheatremaven

    Hometheatremaven MDL Novice

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    Geoff:

    I did it and it worked perfectly. It had to reboot a couple of times to install new device drivers, but after that everything's fine and my wife's machine now runs at full speed.

    Thanks again so much.

    Old Fart