What is SLIC?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by SilentJ, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. SilentJ

    SilentJ MDL Novice

    Dec 1, 2009
    I've been reading the stickies and thought I knew everything from my A+ certification. But I don't get what SLIC is.

    1) What is it?

    2) How is it pronounced so i don't talk like an idiot? is it "Slick" or spelled out at "S-L-I-C" ?

    3) I've got a Dell Inspiron 1520 which just used a Dell Windows 7 disk to install and it's STILL wanting to be activated (unlike previous OSes from Dell which do not require it if you use their install disks). what can i do to bypass it?
  2. truthinjection

    truthinjection MDL Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    The 'SLIC' is the specific ACPI table found within a BIOS by Windows to implement the Vista and Win7 versions of the System Locked Preinstallation:


    Pronounce it "slick". Or don't. ;-) I once knew a guy that pronounced SCSI "Skahzee". Apparently it's the german pronunciation. :)

    I don't have expert Dell-specific knowledge, but in general the following might be the issue:

    As for your specific Win7 problem, chances are one or more of the following are true either of you or the DVD you used to install:
    1. Your BIOS for this particular Dell does not have a Win7-compatible SLIC table (aka a "SLIC v2.1" table).
    2. You did not install the matching XRM-MS certificate file that matches the existing SLIC.
    3. You did not use a SLP key, but instead used a Retail (or OEM, etc) key, which requires activation after entry.

    Hope that helps,
  3. SilentJ

    SilentJ MDL Novice

    Dec 1, 2009
    yes it does help me. I'll read up on the material you posted and figured out a way to bypass my dell activation.

    thanks for being fast and helping me in the pronounciation of SLIC (REALLY important)