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Modding A8AE-LE BIOS

Post by Ad-bE » Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:02 am

Hello All,

I've question directed to whydothis1001. I've been reading your geocities website in regards to adding the SiI3112 RAID BIOS to the Amberine-M. I would dearly like to add RAID capability to my motherboard. I have a number of questions and I aim to be as thorough as possible.

First, I'd like to say that I'd like to learn a little more about modding BIOSes in general. I've a solid background in PC computers mostly Windows Administration/Domain design, website/graphic design, and physically building/troubleshooting PC hardware. I don't have a lot of programming experience, but I am familiar with drivers/inf files. I've attempted many times to grasp C++ programming to little avail. Unfortunately it is a subject which I cannot teach myself using books (I learn best by reading and doing) and I have a 600 dollar icon editor to show for it. I didn't find VS 2005 particularly great for web design, for that I prefer Dreamweaver. I prefer Apache/PHP/PostGRESQL over IIS/ASP/MSSQL, but I digress.

Second, I've found all of the requisite software to perform the BIOS Modifications, Specifically cbrom606, modbin6(2.01.02), mmtool 3.1.2 (for extracting RAID BIOS from MSI), bit.exe, check8, ida pro, and hdtune. I have the BIOSes from DFI, ECS, MSI, and SiI as outlined at your website as well as HP BIOS version 3.14 and 3.15. Are these programs correct versions? Am I missing anything?

Third, my hardware specs:
HP Pavilion a1253w (Amberine-M v1.03)
Chipset: RS480 Rev.10
Current BIOS: v3.14
Any other info you need?

Fourth, I've read and reread your instructions many times over now and I'm able to modify the HP BIOS to unhide/enable SATA/IDE/RAID mode selction in the BIOS (pretty straight forward). I've come to realize that when you say:
The catch here is the mods necessary to have it match the PCI ID of the ATI SB400.
SiI3112A: 1095:3112
SB400: 1002:4379
You mean:

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The next step was to examine the SiI bios to learn why it was not presenting the choice for entering the bios. It seems the SiI code checks a few things, the PCI Device ID=6112, nope on the SB400 (=4379). It then looks at the Base Class/Subclass Code for a 104h, nope on that (=101=IDE). So I changed the jump after the check for 6112 to nop's so it would force Raid mode. Everything I found said the mode was a software construct and would make no differences to the operation of the hardware.
Here's where my lack of assembly language come in. I've tried to open the RAID BIOS with IDA pro, but I'm not entirely clear what settings to select when opening the file. In the end, is forcing the RAID mode neccessary?

And when I can successfully edit the RAID BIOS file correctly, do I just add it into the HP BIOS so it appears at the bottom of the list? I somewhat understand the check8 program, but I haven't gotten to the point to say I've got a problem with it.

I know I have a ways to go yet and I feel like saying "please Mr. dothis1001 can you mod the bios for me?", but that wouldn't be much fun, would it? At the same time I don't have a spare board or spare cash should I do something wrong, so I need to be |absolutely| correct here. To me though, the prospect of RAID-0 is very appealing so I'll do whatever is neccessary to make it happen.

If anyone else here in the forum is following me, by all means feel free to chime in.

Thank You for your help,
Bri

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Re: Before create a paperweight- modbin6 question

Post by Punnupur » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:20 am

I have a HP A1330n with a mobo A8A-LE with ATI IXP400 SB400 Chip. I flashed the Bios to V.3.15. I don't know what it was before I flashed it. All is well for me except None of the USB ports work. I plug a device into one or anyone of them and the device light comes on for 1 second then nothing.I need to know if this could be the bios flashing that caused the USB problem or not. I am not sure they worked before as I did not own the computer till shortly before I updated the Bios from the hp website. I might add the A1330N had Vista on it originally. I put XP Pro on It. It had a blank hard drive when I got it. I ordered the original restore disk for that exact model. I have not tried installing the factory restore disc yet. Do you or anyone think that might fix my problem? YThe machine runs fairly smooth and fast other than not having any USB ports to use. I know it is probably a simple fix but I need some help,,,it would be dearly appreciated thanks

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Re: Before create a paperweight- modbin6 question

Post by edwin » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:06 pm

Go into device manager and kick out everything USB-related, reboot windows so it redetects all of the stuff.
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Re: Before create a paperweight- modbin6 question

Post by Punnupur » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:54 pm

I have done that .It was my first attempt at repairing this problem. I am able to delete all USB Root HUBS but under right click uninstall the Universal Host Controllers,it will proceed to start the uninstallation but freeze up before it completes the uninstall process. I know everything under the Universal Serial Bus Controllers SHOULD BE uninstallable . that is the symptom I am experiecing when I try your suggestion you posted in response. Hope that may give you some insite as to what might be my problem. Again,everything else is good. It starts quick,,opens folder quick,,no beep errors. I do not think there are anymore symtoms other than Device manager not letting me remove the Universal Host Controllers under Universal Serial Bus Controllers.again,,,I am able to uninstall the USB Root Hubs then when restarted they reinstall,,but ,,no USB function,,,only a slight flash on device as it is plugged in,,,then nothing. Thanks for your immediate concern. Got any other things I can try??,,,thanks in advance,,

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Re: Before create a paperweight- modbin6 question

Post by edwin » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:42 am

could try and go with version 3.14 of the bios. I'll have to dig that up again.
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