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#55499 by Shroomalistic
Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:25 pm
Im trying to figure something out here and need to be pointed in the right directions. Please Help me someone.

Heres the deal. I own an Acer Aspire Revo 1600 (uses an AMI Bios)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103228

It comes with a crippled ION LE that is really an ION. I want to convert it to a full fledged ION.

Ive read people have been able to do this with there HpMini's with a simple file ran threw dos. the file is the hp dmi utility that seems to change the device id.

http://myhpmini.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=2989

I want to be able to do the same thing to mine.

So ive tried a few things.
The driver hack works but I dont want to have to hack every driver that comes out.

The Acer Aspire Revo 3610 comes with a full fledged ION, so I flash the 3610 bios on my 1600. Still nothing. Device ID is still 087E(ion le)

So I used MMTool and dug into the the 3610 bios, all the device id's for the onboard video show that its 087D(ION).

Now when I flash the bios, shouldnt it flash the onboard video too or does it not work that way.

Another thing I notice when digging into the 1600 and 3610 bios's, they are the same exact bios's. Nothing is different in them. I flashed the 1600 bios back onto it and when looking in bios it says my computer is a 3610.

So now Ive tried extracting the ION bios out of the 3610 and flash it onto the ION Le. NVflash just tells me its an invalid eeprom. NVFlash can detect the adapter just not read or write the rom from or to it.

Is there a special command with afudos(ami flash utility) that will flash the entire bios? Why do they put the ion bios in the full bios if it doesnt flash it?

This is really driving me nuts cause I know its possible just not working.

It seems like it would be similar to the tutorial here
topic8989.html

Now another thing I noticed. when the bios is open up with amibcp, under bios string, in there is somea string called " Program MCP79 SKU" which leads me to belive that the bios itself is changing the ION to and ION LE after boot.

Is there anyway to add that string into the options in the bios? There actually a couple strings I cound in there that I want to add but Im not sure how to go about it. like FSB selection, Mem voltage and cpu voltage. Alot of stuff that there are strings for but no options for then in the actual bios.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Heres a link to the bios - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1UAS628D