This 'll stump ya. HP Compaq 8000 Elite with HP's own "786G7" BIOS

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by Hyram, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Hyram

    Hyram MDL Junior Member

    Jun 16, 2011
    Originally popping out of the bowels of HP in 2009, the 8000 Elite appears to have been a co-design with Intel as it is built heavily around the firmware-based Intel Management Engine, and as such it doesn't use Award, Phoenix, AMI or even Inpsyde but something of their own invention, known only as "786". The big sign that Intel were involved is that this is one of those rare platforms that can directly reprogram the microcode inside the CPU itself.

    Now, I've just been given one o' these squat little powerhouses, and its happily self-authenticating to Win7 Pro 64-bit, so I was curious about changing the built-in SLIC to handle Ultimate.

    Turns out, not even HP can do it.

    On top of that, it appears (from some diligent web.sleuthing) that no-one really knows much about what makes "786" tick.

    If anyone's got any other info on what the Technical Reference Manual calls the "Saturn2" architecture, I'd love to know about it.