Getting income taxes back, want to know good motherboard already modded by community!

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by schooluser, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. schooluser

    schooluser MDL Novice

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    I'm going to get several hundred back for my taxes and would like to know what you guys suggest as a good windows 7 board that has already been bios modded here. I'd like to be able to hook up 7 or more SATA drives eventually, have a good amount of ram(reason I am upgrading is my current only supports 4gb), use an intel multi-core processor, and a decent all around machine.

    :mauridia:Please let me know what you suggest!:mauridia:

    I appreciate all the help I've gotten here over the years and feel this is a great community. Thank you all for all of your help!
     
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    #4 schooluser, Feb 11, 2013
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    I'm looking at the Sabertooth Z77 but having trouble navigating the search to find the latest modded bios. I thought I saw one with a Asus slic but can't seem to find the page again. Will continue searching if you don't have a working link handy.

    Edit--
    Found this one:

    SLIC: Asus 2.1
    Cert: Asus
    Modded with Phoenix SLIC Mod 2.08
    Mod method: Dynamic (custom)

    Modified Bios:
    Asus Sabertooth Z77_1708_Asus21_Dyn.rar


    Flash with Asus recommended method.
    Confirmed Working by trancefreak.
     
  4. schooluser

    schooluser MDL Novice

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  5. tnx

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    #6 tnx, Feb 11, 2013
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    I cant remember off hand which BIOS version I have. I will check next time I boot it up.

    I used the"Easyflash" from within TOOLS in the BIOS. I just modded my BIOS file to hold SLIC 2.1 only,added it to aUSB stick.
    using "Easyflash"you just navigate to the file and press GO....Worked a treat....

    I like to mod my own BIOS files then if owt goes wrong I have nobody to blame but me and with a brand new board costing around £180 you have to be pretty sure of what your doing...

    I have another Asus Z77 board which I used Daz's loader on. This worked really well but you have to use MBR. I have GPT and UEFI set up on my Sabertooth..

    I would suggest to download the latest BIOS file from Asus. Flash this BIOS file without modding it and find out how easy it is to flash.
    Then get hold of the BIOS mod tool and mod your own BIOS file.

    If you want I will upload to my site the CERT etc etc I use to Activate Windows 7 Ult x64.

    This thread should help out...Give it a good read..

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/31404-How-to-permanently-add-SLIC-in-(newer)-ASUS-EFI

    If you need owt else,just ask....

    Go for the Sabertooth....You will love the board,best i have owned....
     
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    I have just looked at the BIOS file I modded myself. It is BIOS 1708.

    I will put my BIOS file and the CERT on my site for you to download. You choose if you wish to use it or not.

    I have just looked on the Asus site and the BIOS is upto 1805.
    If I choose to download that,mod it and test I will let you know. To be honest though my machine is running reall smooth and like the old saying goes "If it aint broke,don't fix it"........

    I will PM you the link to my site details. I think links like this are not allowed...Not too sure....
     
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    They're allowed it's the file sharing sites are taking them down as soon as they are discovered hence so many bios mods with dead links
     
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    Yeppp me looking like I am French,trying to fit in..:biggrin:
    Look at the background..Thats how I got there...BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG cruise ship.....big syyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Put some info up about the BIOS file.....Is that enough ? Not too sure what to put........
     
  10. schooluser

    schooluser MDL Novice

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    Thank you for all your help! I will try your version and if it doesn't have any problems I'll leave it be. I really like that feature they're incorporating into the boards being able to flash from a USB without having to worry if the bios is bricked. As the board seems to be highly recommended I'm sure I'm going with that one now.

    Just need to figure out a decent video card....
     
  11. LatinMcG

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    i used flashrom.exe for dos to make backup.rom then mod and flash back on P8Z77-V LX with no USB flashback.
    the flashrom trick to make it work is to tell it its not a laptop.

    i made a backup first (bkup.bat) with:
    flashrom -p internal:laptop=this_is_not_a_laptop -r backup.rom
    then to flash (flash.bat)
    flashrom -p internal:laptop=this_is_not_a_laptop -w mod.rom

    there is an easier method i heard by deletign the first 1000 bytes of bios .cap then it des not check for tampering of bios.
     
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    yesssssss. I used Daz's loader on the P8Z77-V LX cause my son had just spent his own money on it, £80. I did not dare flash the BIOS,there is always the risk but having said that I think the risk is getting smaller with these new boards.
    I installed W7 Ult x64 on MBR and used the loader. It worked perfeectly.

    This could be an option for schooluser. If he does want to start using the newer GPT and have large drives of 3TB and above well the loader is not the option and modding the BIOS is the only way.

    I was looking and reading more about the "DMI" mode
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...uests/page3125?p=519724&viewfull=1#post519724
    Which adds SLIC2.1 but allows future BIOS updates without each BIOS been modded. This sounds pretty good and I am gunna investigate further. There has been a few BIOS updates for the Sabertooth Z77 since I bought mine.
    I dont know why but Asus must have a reason,they may well be bugs getting ironed out and I am missing out with not updating.

    Having paid £180 for it I want it to be the best it can be. But it is running smooth so I aint bothered updating,not as yet anyway..
     
  13. schooluser

    schooluser MDL Novice

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    Bought it

    Well I went ahead and bought the Sabertooth Z77 and have downloaded your file. I appreciate your suggestion. I'd like to know more about the DMI modification as well since using stock bios over modded bios seems safer to me.

    Yeah, I can't use a loader, one reason is because I will be using the GPT, another is because I don't like the idea of the software possibly being upgraded in a way that breaks it. I've also never been burned with a bios mod as I've only downloaded what other people have already tested and never bricked my hardware. Granted i've only ever modded slp for xp on 3 comps, and slic on one comp, but it seems to be the best way to go.


    Thanks for all the help and if anyone comes up with a good video card for use with the Z77 feel free to let me know!
     
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    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..You wont regret splashing out..i love mine...

    Not got round to checking out DMI as yet,been busy on other projects.

    You say you have never been burned doing BIOS mods. I wish I could say that. But the couple of bricks i have made have been old LGA 775 boards. Done three LGA 1155,all Asus and had no bother. Two of my own and one for my mate. I made him promise if it went tits up he could not blame me...He was happy once I had W7 x64 installed on his machine...Phew...

    Probebly do my sons next time I do a fresh install on his machine.

    I actually went and bought some cheap 1155 bits to test modding the newer UEFi Asus boards once I had my heart set on the sabertooth.If that had gone bad I dont recon i would have bouht my sabertooth.

    Do you know installing UEFi on GPT needs an exra file and a slight modifaication of the file structure of W7 x64,plus I think it only installs off a USB stick formatted to FAT32...
    Couple of threads with extra info...

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/41493-installing-win-7-on-a-GPT-drive

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/42177-Dual-boot-EFI-and-Legacy-BIOS
     
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    Just been thinking...

    I said in my last PM I had downloaded the latest BIOS but had no luck in flashing it after modding using the on board flash tool.

    I had used the DMI method. Having just read this thread again I suddenly had the idea to re flash the original dumped 1708 BIOS using the DMI method. Test if this would flash and test if the SLIC2.1 was as it should be.
    If all was well I would than try to flash using the very latest BIOS,unmodded and then test if the SLIC2.1 info was intact.
    This may well be the only method,I can not be certain though.....
    If this did work then all future BIOS updates should be Ok.

    Can you check before you do any flashing what BIOS version your board has been shipped with...
     
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    #18 tnx, Feb 18, 2013
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    Just been doing some testing on my cheap test rig,Asus P8H61-MX 1155.

    I had originally backed up the original stock BIOS,modded it to hold SLIC21 + SLP. Actually flashed the BIOS using Asus's Bupdater tool. Quite easy to use.
    Everything was fine,Windows 7 activated.

    I have just done a test where I re-modded the original BIOS to hold SLIC2.1 and SLP but used the DMI method,which should allow future BIOS updates while retaining the SLIC + SLP info.
    Renamed the file to "SLIC.rom"
    I flashed using the "Asus EZ Flash 2 Utility"
    The flash went well,PC booted up to the BIOS screen.
    I then downloaded the latest BIOS,v0710. I have NOT modded this in any way and flashed that,using the same EZ tool.
    The flash went well,sat here looking at the BIOS screen and I can see it has updated to v0710.

    What I will do now is do a fresh install of Windows 7 and see how the activation goes and I will check using "SLIC ToolKit v3.2"...This will show if the SLIC and SLP tables are intact or not.

    I will report back on my findings ASAP. Not tonight though,work is calling.

    If all goes well I may well pluck up the courage to re-do my Sabertooth and carry out the same steps on that...

    :biggrin:
     
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    Right...

    Up and at em..

    Just starting a fresh install of Windows 7 x32 with Asus OEM...

    Lets see...
     
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    Well summet went wrong ?

    I have no SLIC table nor SLP either !!!!!!!!

    So some where along the line of adding the info using DMI has not worked.

    This has been a good test showing me to stick to the "dynamic" method. I will have to re-do the test rig but I will leave the Sabertooth as it is.