HP/Compaq :: Insyde BIOS Modding (dv4,dv5,dv6,dv7 At Least)

Jun 25, 2009

I'm working on modding the Insyde BIOS's included in most of HP's recent laptops. At the moment I have successfully patched the boot logo and ACPI tables. A number of people have mentioned they would be interested in this and in particular patching the BIOS so other PCI devices can be added. If you are interested in this and are willing to experiment (obviously there is some risk attached) please give me a pm. (Also note that the Insyde BIOS's actually have a great bad flash recovery procedure built in so in almost all cases you'll still be okay!).

EDIT: A bit more detail into how I'm doing this. There is a tool called EzH20 (official Insyde tool) that has been leaked. This showed how the BIOS's were compressed - using LZMA comression. Now we can decompress (and recompress) the BIOS. This tool also includes a feature to replace the BIOS logo. The BIOS is split into a number of modules that have unique GUID's. Unfortunatly there is no way to tell what module does what apart from that data in it (which is obviously mostly just randomness!). However there are certain things that can be patched if we know the format. Patching the white list of PCI cards for example, may be possible by searching for the device ID's and then finding which module they occur in.

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HP/Compaq :: Modding Dv7-3188cl Bios Or Unlocking Features

Apr 28, 2010

I am having a very hard time getting Windows XP to install I have even downloaded the ata sata drivers for my hard drive! I used Nlite to mod the disk and add the drivers, I also tried loading the drivers via floppy drive and still no luck I keep getting the blue screen of death any ideas? Also I need to know how to fix the settings so I can install MAC OS Snow Leopard on it! I am currently running Bios That was just updated on April 19, 2010 !

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Acer :: Insyde BIOS Mod

May 3, 2010

people are modding the Insyde bios and enable some hidden menus

Insyde hacking - New Vaio Z - Advanced menu in BIOS

Will the hack also apply to Acer Insyde bios -- and in my particular interest, AS1410/1810.

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Acer :: Insyde Bios Gateway Lt2028 Update

Feb 6, 2010

is there any bios update for this bios

BIOS Type: Acer
BIOS ID: V1.10
BIOS Date: 2009-09-04
BIOS Vendor: Acer
BIOS Version: V1.10
BIOS Size: 1048576
Chipset: Intel 27AC rev 3
Motherboard Name:Gateway
Motherboard Model:LT20
System Name: Acer
System Model: V1.10
Base Manufacturer:Acer
Base Product: LT20
BIOS Type: ACRSYS - 1
BIOS ID: InsydeH2O Version V1.11

when i went to acer bios, i found out that my bios is KAV80
the ones they have which is the ad250 is KAV60

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Sony :: Insyde HackingNew Vaio ZAdvanced Menu In BIOS

Apr 4, 2010

For even more advanced options (Overclocking, undervolting!) it is needed to disassemble setup executable to figure out where are those items stored. They are definitely inside the setup, but are not accessible even with this unlock.

VSS register which controls advanced menu is now: 0x258 (for old Z, it was 0x25A) - in advanced menu, you can configure SATA controller to IDE/AHCI/RAID, change lots of advanced features etc...

Now, I cannot share my bios dump as the serial number is inside. But I can give you info how to do it................

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HP/Compaq :: HDX 16 Modding

Mar 3, 2009

I've bought a brand new hp HDX 16 with a P8600 , reading on the HDX 16 lounge I've find the superb performance of the seagate 7200.4 500gb, and I've bought them too! But I've a question, my motherboard is a intel cantiga PM45? I can mount a intel core 2 duo quad Q9xxx series? or I can simply jump to a T9xxx series from the my P8600?

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Dell :: Before Modding: DIY Built In Webcam

Aug 4, 2008

what I have here is an e1705 which I have been modding, externally it looks like a 1710, which one day it will be one when I can afford the prices, but what I want to do is I want to take a cheap USB webcam with a built in microphone, and build it into the bezel above the screen.

Has anyone done this before?

The only issues I'm afraid of are camera size, the rest should be fairly easy, tapping into a USB port, setting the mics and drilling holes etc.

Making room for a tiny cam will surely be the hardest part, and making room for it up there and having to cut apart at the lock system at the top to keep the screen from opening.

Luckily since I do have an XPS LCD back on this there is plleeenty of room for wires etc, the standard 1705 LCD back is nearly flush with the backlight making it hard to add any more wires, but the XPS LCD back has tons of room so i'm not worried about that, and I've opened this up enough to route wires down to one of the USB ports easily.

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Dell :: Modding The Quadro Fx3500m To A Geforce7950gt

Dec 28, 2007

I just modded my quadro fx3500m into a geforce 7950gt using the rivatuner. I did this because i thought the card would perform better while playing games. However there was no improvement and some games like NfsProstreet became slower. My 3dmark06 slipped from 5867 to 5734.Has this happened to anybody else,or did i go wrong somewhere?

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Dell :: M1730 Keyboard Lighting Modding

Jun 21, 2009

I'm wondering how hard it would be to add different colored LEDs under the keys. I have a feeling it wouldn't be possible to add multiple different colors, like in the speakers, so what I was thinking was simply 7 or so colors, mixed and matched under each key to look prettier

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Sony :: Vaio ZSelf Customize/Modding

Jul 2, 2009

Has anyone self customized their Vaio Z.

What i mean by this is buying a stock low model Z (kind of like a barebone), then modifying each component by themselves. I'm looking into buying a Z690 or z790 and possibly adding my own T9900 3.06ghz intel chip and DDR3 with self selected SSD harddrive.

Do you think it's worth the time in doing this? would I actually be saving money or would it be more of a hassle?

Now with this in mind, I'm able to get a pretty high end Z series in Taiwan.
VGN-Z48TD
Platform Intel Core 2 Duo processor P9700 (2.80 GHz)
6gb Ram
320gb HDD
$2,276 USD

By getting that model, all i have to do is upgrade to a SSD with something better.

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HP/Compaq :: Either The BIOS Goes, Or The Laptop Goes Whitelist BIOS For An 8710W

Jan 30, 2010

I've run into an issue that has stricken every single laptop, regardless of OS, that I've ran that has an intel 4965N WiFi card. Dell Latitudes, Inspirons, Acers, HPs, Lenovos, Toshibas, Gateway, Sony, XP, Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, 32 bit, 64 bit.

Transfers of large files to my NAS, such as DVD ISOs, system images, or VMware images, will result in a failed transfer 100% of the time.

The issue does not occur with Broadcom or Atheros cards, or intel cards such as the the 2915ABG, 2200BG, 5100N, 5300N, 5350N. Just the 4965N.

I have an intel 5100N card I bought for a friend to use in a laptop, but he opted to use a Broadcom card that was supported in OSX. I'd like to use it in the HP to fix this issue, but unfortunately, HP's current whitelisting of WiFi cards prevents me from doing so. find a BIOS that will let me use my 5100N?

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HP/Compaq :: HP F.16 Bios

Jan 13, 2009

a download link for this bios? Every site I have visited linked to HP's download site, which then opens up an empty ftp page. A mirror would be appreciated. The file's name is supposed to be "sp34782.exe".

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HP/Compaq :: Dv7 BIOS F.25

Feb 21, 2009

I just got an HP Pavilion dv7-1273cl and was wondering if there is any reason NOT to reflash from F.23 to F.25? It's funny that HP Update Manager does not list the update, but HP.com does. Otherwise this laptop is a great machine. Working without any problems (so far).

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HP/Compaq :: NEW BIOS F.0C:dv2 (AMD)

Jul 16, 2009

A new BIOS update has been posted over at HP for all current Pavilion dv2 owners. note that I am posting this for informational purposes only.

COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS

Code:
SysId01=0x3054
SysName01=HP Pavilion dv2
SysId02=0x3055
SysName02=HP Pavilion dv2
RELEASE NOTES

Quote:

Released: 2009-07-07

Version: F.0C A

Compatibility: Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit)

System requirements: No additional prerequisites

Description: This package contains the WinFlash Utility and a System BIOS image for the supported notebook/laptop models and operating systems. The WinFlash Utility is used to locally flash the System BIOS (ROM) on notebooks/laptops operating in a Microsoft Windows Vista environment.

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HP/Compaq :: NEW BIOS F.33:dv5 (AMD)

May 21, 2009

A new BIOS update has been posted over at HP for all dv5 notebooks with an AMD processor. (You may recall that this current line has been discontinued rather early on.) See the list of compatible products below for specific product information. Please note that I am posting this for informational purposes only.

COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS

Code:
SysId01=0x30F2
SysName01=HP Pavilion dv5
SysId02=0x3600
SysName02=HP Pavilion dv5
SysId03=0x3622
SysName03=HP Pavilion dv5
RELEASE NOTES

Quote:

Released: 2009-05-06

Version: F.33

Compatibility: Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista Business (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)...

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HP/Compaq :: New BIOS F.23 A For DV2

Sep 18, 2009

New BIOS update for DV2 on driver page.

"Enhancements:Updates the Computrace OPROM to support the next generation of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems."

What does that mean? I'm already running Win7 on my DV2. Should I update my system with this new BIOS. Will make any difference?

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HP/Compaq :: Bios F.27

Jan 19, 2009

I've just visited the HP drivers website for my Pavillion dv2745se laptop, and strangely enough I saw a new BIOS that came out last month! I thought I signed up for the HP "new-driver" mailing list, but I didn't get any email.

I currently have the F.24 version but the new one is F.27 (sp42186.exe). The enhancements are: "Resolves an issue where the data transfer rate is low for some memory cards.". I'm not sure what that means, but is it talking about the RAM, or a flash drive or something?

So is this new release safe to try? Might there be any other updates than just the data transfer rate fix?

Also on the HP website it said it was released "2008-12-22", but when I run the WinPhlash installer it says "New BIOS F.27, 11/27/2008".

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Acer :: BIOS - They Don't Post Most Recent BIOS Versions Online

Sep 26, 2009

I got my laptop back from repair and the papers that came with it said that they not only replaced the LCD screen, but also updated the BIOS to the lates version--1.24

I was messing around with my laptop and the various thermal monitoring programs it has while searching the net why the hell my by-core temps always gets stuck at startup. I kept reading on BIOS, BIOS, BIOS. So I went to acer.com.sg for hopes that a newer 1.25 or so BIOS would be available for my Ciel Noir.

Surprise surprise, they have only the 1.16 (came with my laptop when it was new) and the 1.23 BIOS (mine was presently 1.24, and they don't have it). I downloaded it anyway, and checked the readme. I noticed that the flash utility .exe was named JALA0123.exe and then I noticed through HWMonitor 1.14 that my motherboard was marked JALA0 so hmm...this prompted me to flash the BIOS.

Booted up, got into Windows, fired up HWMonitor and what do you know, now it's working!! HWMonitor reads a different TJMax though, so I adjusted it to be the same as CoreTemp's and Everest, and now it's showing (I hope) correct temps.

Now my question is this: Why does the BIOS that comes from Acer directly i.e. after purchase or repair makes the sensors not work? And why are these BIOSes not available online? Is it possible that they use BIOSes that are for different laptop models, hence rendering the addresses for the thermal monitors different from the actual ones? (I read up that thermal sensors depended on the correct addresses, too.)

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Sony :: How To Backup Vaio Z Original Bios While Flashing New Bios

Oct 16, 2009

Updated: Found a better way to backup Bios only, Please see the end of this message

Let say your Vaio Z is using Bios R4040M3 and you move to Bios R4041M3 to use the official VT support. Later on, you want to move back to R4040M3 to use the Advance Menu hack. Unfortunately, you cannot move back as Sony never publish the R4040M3 Bios update. This is my current situation.

I decided to investigate a way to back up the current Bios. Using a program called Universal extractor, I managed to extracted the files in the original Bios update. The bios update uses a program called Insydeflash to flash the Bios. The Insydeflash uses a file called platform.ini to control its setting.

In the platform.ini file, there is a section called [FDFile]. The section [FDFile] has a parameter called BackupName. If we put in a file name here, the Insydeflash should save your current Bios into that file. Unfortunately, I cannot make it work with the Sony supplied Insydeflash. (version 3.38).

I managed to get the newer version of Insydeflash (version 3.72). The newer version has a new ini section called [BackupROM], as the following:

..........
[BackupROM]
Flag=0
FilePath=c:
FileName=....................

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HP/Compaq :: Hp Dv9000 Bios

Jan 3, 2010

It all started when my dv9000 stopped detecting the DVDRW drive, i tried the same optical drive on a friend's laptop and it worked perfectly. I decided to go for an external DVD drive. After a while it stopped booting from the secondary hard drive (primary hard drive had crashed, so i installed vista on the secondary one). It detects the HDD, but it does not boot from it, the HDD is not even listed in the boot media list when you press f9 button at poweron. So i decided it was time to upgrade the bios, i entered my product number at the hp website, it gave a dv9627 as my model, in the bios its listed as a dv9500, so i downloaded the bios update for dv9500, boot from bootable USB Drive and did the upgrade. From then on my laptop never came on again. I found out about the crisis recovery tool, got a usb floppy drive, created the recovery disk, removed the battery held down the win + b first, plugged in power, powered on, left it for around 15mins, nothing happened, tried fn+b still nothing. The laptop screen just flickers once when i press the power button, power led on, hdd led comes on and then goes off, media button led are all on, other than that no sign of life, but the processor gets alittle hot so i suspect its still functioning. I really need help, i believe the bios can be recovered without sending the laptop to hp. I'm a student running on a really tight budget.

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HP/Compaq :: BIOS For F750US

Feb 4, 2009

I've got a Compaq Presario F750US and I'm running BIOS version F.08. This BIOS has very limited functionality. Is there a better version I can run on the F750US? If so, which one, and where might I get it?

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HP/Compaq :: NEW BIOS F.07:dv2-10xx

Apr 22, 2009

For owners of the dv2 notebook, a new BIOS update has been posted over at HP. Please note that I am posting this for informational purposes only.

Quote:

Released: 2009-04-20

Version: F.07 A

Compatibility: Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)

System requirements: No additional prerequisites

Description: This package contains the WinFlash Utility and a System BIOS image for the supported notebook/laptop models and operating systems. The WinFlash Utility is used to locally flash the System BIOS (ROM) on notebooks/laptops operating in a Microsoft Windows Vista environment.

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Acer :: Laptop With Phoenix BIOS: BIOS MOD Request

May 3, 2010

There are a lot of BIOS MOD request forums out there but most of them only specialize in SLIC modification. Our job is to unlock hidden menu in the BIOS. We don't want to use "specialize" word here but we know the "how" to get the job done. Based on the old thread Acer Laptop with Phoenix BIOS: Enable Virtualization, we decided to open new thread which specifically deals with BIOS MOD requests.

Other BIOS modder (bob12x, Darkening & others) and I will help you to unlock hidden menu(s) such as Intel Virtualization Menu and Intel Speedstep Technology.............

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HP/Compaq :: Bios Presario 2500

Jun 3, 2009

I just upgraded my compaq presario 2500 bios (the exact model is 2505EA) from KF.F.5 to KF.F.14 and the flasher didn't make a backup now the computer doesn't detect the momory upgrade I have anymore, it only detects the stock memory, so if anyone upgraded his/her computer bios and has a backup copy of bios version KF.F.5 and can direct me to a download link I'd be very grateful.

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HP/Compaq :: DV8230US. Hacked BIOS For It

Sep 11, 2009

Does anyone know of a hacked BIOS that removes the whitelist for the DV8230US? I'm getting one with no drives, a bad optical, and potentially bad WiFi (it doesn't show up) for free next week. I'd like to try to put in the B/G card from my NC10, which is an Atheros that I'm pretty sure isn't on their whitelist.

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HP/Compaq :: Hp Hdx-18t Not Coming Up After Bios Upgrade

Sep 7, 2009

I was trying to install HP updates yesterday and there was an insyde bios upgrade which the HP software prompted me to install.

As I accepted the license terms of the Insyde Bios. All the programs started closing and there was a dump. The PC never started after that.

When I try to power on the power led won't glow.

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HP/Compaq :: BAD BIOS FLASH- DV6000t

Feb 5, 2009

I have a DV9500tCTO and a DV6000tCTO. Both of them had the issue of good hard drive to SD card performance, but abhorible SD to hard drive performance. It would run one core to 100% and 75% for the other. I contacted HP today about it and they told me about the F.59 BIOS that was designed to fix the issue. My current had been F.52. So I loaded it on my 9000 and rebooted, all good, better temps, and my SD worked as it should. So they said load it on the 6000 and check results. Everything seemed to go fine, said successful, brought up reboot message box, let the timer count down as normal, it shut down. Hit power button and fricking nothing! Black screen, and leds come on. Mute button turns orange, then goes blue and stays blue. Wireless light is orange. The fan starts up fast then slows to a quiet (like minimum speed) run. I don't know what to do. "Within the next 24-48 hours" my escalated case correspondant is supposed to call. I'm a college student. I cannot afford to replace this crap. And I can't afford 300$ charge i've been seeing float around for BIOS repair by HP. My 9000 still has 1.5 years of warranty, I wish it would have happened to it. My 6000 is out of warranty. I gotta have this second laptop for school, no way around it. But I can't afford to replace it right now, I just paid 6,500$ in tuition/rent/books. I did this according to a service techs recommendation, I don't see how I should have to pay for the ed update.

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HP/Compaq :: Best BIOS Update For DV6000T

Feb 17, 2009

Any one BIOS update known to be better than the rest?

I am reading a good deal on the boards, and people like F.16, but I don't know which would work best in my situation. My main issue is being able to see the 3.12 GB of RAM after I put 2 2GB sticks in.

I have XP MCE , T7200 which came with the DV6000T bought in Jan 07.

I just want it to run cooler and faster, so far it has been a workhorse.

Which would be the best choice? [url]

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HP/Compaq :: BIOS Password Protected

Dec 15, 2009

I got a hold of a Compaq Evo n620c in which the BIOS was password protected. I took out the CMOS battery and had it out over 24 hours in the hopes of reseting the BIOS. No luck. I was able to put in another HDD that had Windows XP installed, tne tried to flash the BIOS. I tried in the HP drivers site and was unable to flash the BIOS. The error read that the BIOS on this machine is password protected. Question is...How can I flash the BIOS or otherwise get rid of the password prompt at BIOS? Is there a generic password to do this or is there another way?

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HP/Compaq :: DV9700 Bios Restore

May 4, 2009

There was an update for F.58 bios on hp's driver site. It was F.59.A
Well I used the win flash utility and the program verified my bios and went with the update. All good until the pc shut off. The quick lauch row of buttons along with the power button were on, the fan going full speed and the little light next to the caps lock button was flashing on and off. I gave it about 5 min and noticed nothing was progressing. So I tried holding down the power button to force it off and all it did was reset the lights and came right back on. I couldn't even get it to shut down without removing the battery.

So I tried the suggestion of pulling the battery out, holding the power button down for 30 sec and plug everything back it....nope. soon as I put the battery in it automatically turns the pc on, don't even have to push the start button.

I'm guessing this had something to do with a bad bios update and if so is there another way to get it back to default bios. I talked to HP chat.....what a nightmare....and it took me 30 min to tell who ever that i couldnt shut down the pc or get into setup when the guy kept repeating "Once you see hp logo hit F10...." um ....I can't get to that rtard that's what i've been telling you as you read you card in front of you. Then told me it would be 400 bucks to have it picked up and fixed...ya right for a bad update caused by hp in the first place.

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HP/Compaq :: DV2745se BIOS Recovery

Aug 1, 2009

I had to upgrade my BIOS to the latest one but I found out that I was viewing a different model. Now when I bootup my laptop, all I see is a black screen with a flashing white line.

How can I recover from this error? I've been trying out several "Crisis Recovery Methods" but they don't work. I've used all key combos for boot-block but only Winkey+B makes three beeps. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I put the right BIOS.wph in there too. I also did a CMOS reset and nothing happened. I bought a $41.99 external usb floppy drive because of this!

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HP/Compaq :: DV6-2190US BIOS Update

Apr 24, 2010

HP has posted a BIOS update on their website for the DV6-2190US laptop. The update is listed as F.1AA and claims to "improve system fan behavior". This laptop has a quad core I7, 720 QM clarksfield processor so anything to better control heat would be good to consider. I am usually never hesitiant to update a BIOS, even on the numerous laptops I have owned, but....I have noticed HP had some of their BIOS updates bricking their laptop lately.

Has anyone flashed their DV6-2190 with this update yet?

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HP/Compaq :: Dv6500t BIOS Recovery

Aug 14, 2009

I've been following the thread below, but so far have not found the key to recovering from a failed BIOS update on my dv6500t laptop:

CQ45- Insyde BIOS RECOVERY using a USB THUMBDRIVE

I can press Windows-B upon bootup and I hear a single beep followed by the USB floppy spinning up briefly. Note that if I turn on the computer without pressing those keys there is no activity or sound, so I think I'm on the right path towards a BIOS recovery.

The problem is (I believe), I don't know what filename the recovery process is looking for.

I've tried: BIOS.BIN, BIOS.ROM, BIOS.WPF
Also: 30CC.WPH, 30CC.BIN, 30CC.ROM, as well as 30CCF58.WPH.

I've tried this process with a USB flash drive and an SD card, but only the USB floppy drive gives me the feedback that file activity is actually happening (this means that I don't have enough disk space to try 50 copies of the same file with different name combinations).

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