Sorry I never replied with my success. I remember I was posting to so many forums and looking everywhere and I must have forgotten. Anyways, here is the copy of an email I sent to richud.com to have him update his pages with the V3000 info. He never did apparently. Sorry.
Bios modification for a Compaq V3000z (equivalent to HP DV2000z) AMD Turion X2 laptop with Broadcom wireless. My broadcom card has a 4311 chipset.
I first needed to use an updated phoenix bios editor. The one that everyone seems to be using (v. 2.0.18E) has too many errors for me and it makes me uncomfortable, especially considering I have a new model laptop. Luckily, it appears that there is an updated version of the phoenix bios editor - and it is available directly from phoenix! http://www.phoenix.com/products/biosedit
. The new version that I am now using is 184.108.40.206 and requires no hacking. Using this new version, I can open my bios (currently using v.13 from HP.com) with only one error: "DBCS (Traditional Chinese) strings are not editable". Because this is my only error, I felt confident to continue.
After a lot of searching, I found that my whitelist is located in a file called "MOD_5100.ROM". Older versions of the bios (v.7 for instance) contains a notably smaller whitelist than the one I am using. Modifications to both ( v.7 and v.13) bioses were successful.
My old card (Broadcom 4311 mini pci express) has the following properties:
My New card (Gigabyte GN-WI01GT mini pci-e) has the following properties:
I opened up the HP bios and it looks like this:
I replaced my old card (first entry) with my new card information.
I saved the new .WPH file (i used 30B5FJ3.WPH -- replaced the '1' with a 'J' to keep consistant character lengths in case that matters for whatever reason). Dragged the new .WPH file into my WinPhlash.exe, rebooted, and my system is now working with a real wireless card.
I also want to note the following:
After the first time I tried to modify the bios, I restarted the computer and ... NOTHING. I had a blank (black) screen and the BIOS screen would not show up. All LEDs were on, but nothing on the screen. After being quite worried. I googled around to find out how to reflash a bad bios flashing. Here is the solution:
You need a USB floppy drive, the GOOD (HP) BIOS file (.WPH), and a utility called Crisis Recovery. The file that can be found online is 268076.exe. This exe file formats a floppy disk with a generic BIOS.WPH. You must format the floppy disk, and then rename your bios file to BIOS.WPH and write over the one that currently exists on the floppy disk. Note that my bios was ~1MB whereas the formatted bios was ~512k.
Remove the battery and the power adapter from your laptop. Plug in the USB floppy drive (with disk). While holding BOTH - windows button and 'B' (it might be Fn+B for some supposedly) plug in the power adapter. While still holding the buttons, now push the power button. For my laptop there was VERY VERY LOUD beeping at this point, and the USB floppy LED comes on (signifying reading). Now you may release the buttons. After ~2 minutes, the beeping briefly stops, and the USB floppy LED light goes off. YOU MAY NOT PULL OUT THE POWER YET. Now it is still writing the bios (beeping continues). After another ~2 minutes, the beeping stops. Now you can pull the plug and put the battery in. I don't remember if the computer shut itself off or not. Your computer should be okay now.
Hope that helps everyone! I got a PM from someone who said that BiosEdit is not available from Phoenix's site I gave above any longer, just FYI.