Modded Asus P5N32-E Bios and Win XP Pro - What Happens?

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  1. -Jim-

    -Jim- MDL Member

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    #1 -Jim-, Aug 27, 2009
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    Gents,

    First of all thanks for reading this post. I'm quite new here and have read and learned tons of great stuff about Modding Bios, Win 7, etc.

    I have an Asus P5N32-E SLI that I'm contemplating modifying the Bios so I can install an OEM version of Win7 64. I found my Bios already modded by P4Spooky (Thx) here:

    Code:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/65692?highlight=P5N32-E#post65692
    But I have a couple questions I'd like answered before I decide what to do (I know I could use a Loader instead, but that has potential issues long term.).

    If I use a modded Bios does my legit WinXP Pro Hard Drive just ignore the SLIC 2.1 changes and continue on as normal? (I expect it does.) I contemplating migrating to Win 7 but not certain I can go there in one step. I install OSes on separate drives as I'm not a fan of Dual Booting. (I use a couple of "Sliders" and plug in various drives for data / different OSes, specific apps, etc.

    I've also read some posts where people say you need to use "switches" when installing modified Bios => other posts that say install the modded Bios as you normally would (I have about different 3 options to do this on this Motherboard.) Is there a definitive answer I missed somewhere?

    Oh and another item. (Not really related => sorry if it's out of line...:eek:)

    I really want to back up Win7 once I get the image installed with various Apps. I haven't found any officially supported back up suites. True Image 11 is in the same position as Ghost 14 (my preferred) => both are supposed to work (according to folks on the Web) but their not officially supporting Win7 (yet) and they give error notifications at times.

    Acronis True Image Home 2010 and Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 are supposed to support Win7 but they aren't out yet in those versions (as far as I know). I know a standard install of Win7 has 2 partitions but most back up programs I've used only go for the "C". (Some don't even normally "see" small hidden partitions.) Do you know of any package that officially supports Win7?

    Thanks for your input. Sorry if this is too Newbie.:eek:
     
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  2. Reign_Of_Freedom

    Reign_Of_Freedom MDL Expert

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    On your Xp - no need to worry you'll be ok. But i've not seen any programs for back-ups be 100% Win 7 ready - (yet).

    Someone will answer your question on the correct method for flashing that MoBo. I can say you need to flash it from DOS :D and not from within windows. Switches can be helpful on certain mobo's. But most of it is automated as far as the actual flash goes.
     
  3. ammarman

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    BECARFUL! the moded bios is in the Windows Vista forum which means it's moded with SLIC 2.0 not 2.1
     
  4. -Jim-

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    Thanks for being so observant :eek:

    I guess I'll need to post it in Bios requests for Win7.
     
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    I'm using Acronis True Image Home 2009 (is that v11?) on my Win7 x86 system without any issues, at least as far as I can see.

    When flashing a modded bios, it's recommended that you clear the CMOS. Just read the help/instructions for your particular BIOS flashing tool.
     
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    Thanks for the inputs Gents. I figured XP would not be affected but it's nice to hear that from others.

    I'm quite familiar with Flashing Bios for my various Boxes (and those I build for other folks) and clearing CMOS. My concern is the use of "switches" as mentioned in various posts I read. I don't understand their purpose for this job.:confused:

    One of the 3 methods on my P5N32-E SLI allows me to boot directly to do a Bios Upgrade with no need to go into DOS, or Windows => although I can upgrade using those as well. I'm thinking of using the direct method as it is rock solid.

    Acronis True Image Home 2010 is supposed to be officially Win7 capable but is Acronis True Image Home 2009 ?
     
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    Gents,

    I couldn't wait any longer.:eek: Ammarman modded and posted the Bios for my Motherboard (Thx!) and I didn't hear back on the "switches" so I just Flashed my Bios in the ususal manner and it seems to have worked!

    Thanks for the help and feedback Folks. No onto finding Win7 64 based applications!:D
     
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