mod dell 1520 bios

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by dabomy, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. dabomy

    dabomy MDL Novice

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    I was thinking of modding my dell 1520 bios but I had a few questions first

    1) Is there any advantage to modding my bios vs using hazar's fix?

    If so...

    2) I cannot find any info on the manufacturer of my motherboard from my Dell 1520. I downloaded Everest, and it says my motherboard id is <DMI>. I'm assuming that dell manufactured the motherboard. If it is a dell motherboard, can someone point me in the right direction. I've seen tons of threads floating around here but its hard to sift through them when you have no idea what you are looking for.

    Thanks
     
  2. HSGB

    HSGB MDL Novice

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    If I was you, I would take a look inside your case and look at the manufacturer and exact model.
     
  3. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    Dell BIOS files can't be modded.
     
  4. dabomy

    dabomy MDL Novice

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    well that answers that. thanks
     
  5. MikeBuzz

    MikeBuzz MDL Novice

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    #5 MikeBuzz, Jul 30, 2009
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    yes they can, check my post

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/6904

    i would need to take a look at the 1520 bios to be 100% sure but i have modded my 1555 bios
     
  6. ZBeeblebrox2005

    ZBeeblebrox2005 MDL Novice

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    Certain Dell Bios can be modded. I just uploaded a mod YEN did for the Dell Inspiron 1501 to the SLIC Wiki. It worked great on my laptop.

    @MikeBuzz - Can you check out the bios for the Inspiron 1525? I know YEN was working on it, but not sure if he made any progress. This bios already has SLIC 2.0 in it, but it's reversed or something (not sure...kinda hard to follow the discussion in the request thread). http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/1525_A16.EXE TIA!
     
  7. dabomy

    dabomy MDL Novice

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  8. ZBeeblebrox2005

    ZBeeblebrox2005 MDL Novice

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    I would say that modding the SLIC table is better than using a loader, but there is more risk involved. AFAIK, M$ can't tell if the SLIC has been added to a non-OEM board, so there is no way for them to deactivate Win 7 with an update. The loader may eventually be detectable. The risk is if you get a bad flash or an error in the modding process, you could brick your motherboard. And it most likely voids any warranty you may have (unless you can flash back before sending for repair).

    I'm not knocking Hazar's work (I haven't tried his loader yet, waiting for v5, hoping it will work on an Intel DG45FC I have in an HTPC), but I think the reward for modding outweighs the risk in this case, as you won't have to worry about being deactivated in the future*.

    *At least for now
     
  9. alexnvidia

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    Actually the latest BIOS for Inspiron 1520 is A09.

    Here is the link : http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/1520_A09.EXE

    The BIOS is phoenix type, though im not sure how to extract and mod it. Any guide to mod the BIOS or if someone could add SLIC 2.1 to this BIOS is greatly appreciated.
     
  10. dabomy

    dabomy MDL Novice

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    I second that

     
  11. MikeBuzz

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    When you install the bios update it should extract the file to the temp location, if not you can use -info to list the commands to extract the files, once you have these could you post the rom file
     
  12. ZBeeblebrox2005

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  13. dabomy

    dabomy MDL Novice

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    What do you mean exactly by use -info?
     
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  15. astra

    astra MDL Novice

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    #15 astra, Jul 31, 2009
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    @MikeBuzz, I too own Studio 1555. If you have modded this bios can you upload it for me. I tried to extract the bios using regular commands and even -info as you mentioned, but the latest bios version A06 doesn't seem to unfold that way.

    I will be really thankful if you could do so!

    I found you uploaded it on another post, but link is down. Please reupload!
     
  16. XP1

    XP1 MDL Junior Member

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    #16 XP1, Sep 26, 2010
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    If anyone still needs the BIOS mod, check out shakeyplace's post from this thread:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/7178-Dell-Phoenix-Manual-Mod-Thread?p=95329#post95329
    Modder:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/7178-Dell-Phoenix-Manual-Mod-Thread?p=167711#post167711