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[BIOS MODS] dual-IDA BIOS for 25x0p/27x0p/65x0/67x0/69x0/85x0/87x0/HDX9000

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DISCLAIMER: use these modified bios at your own risk!!

You will be responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from using a system with a modified BIOS. Ensure your system's cooling system is working well before trying any overclocking. These BIOS are not tested or approved by HP. 

Alert - do NOT upgrade if you are using a F.20 or newer bios. Doing so will endanger your ability to flash the modded bios below providing no-whitelist, dual-IDA and SLIC 2.1 functionality. Details here.

Introduction

I noticed that mostly Dell and Alienware Core 2 Duo systems were dual-IDA capable from the factory. I proceeded to successfully modify and test the 2510P dual-IDA bios, extending the modification to other Santa Rosa HP and Montevina HP Business notebooks. Find the resultant modified bios-es below:
 

Flashing a dual/quad-IDA bios will provide an extra multipler, gaining 5-17% more CPU performance on an IDA-capable CPU when using Throttlestop. Examples shown on the right. Throttlestop also provides IDA overvolting and superLFM undervolting to provide greater setfsb overclockability on AC and increased battery life on DC. Combining dual-IDA/quad-IDA and PLL overclocking will give the greatest possible overclocking.

Installation Instructions

Windows users

Download package of interest in the Version column on the right, double-click, extract to a desktop folder then run the HPQFlash file and follow instructions. The supplied HPQFlash is modified by TTAV134@mydigitallife to allow successful flashing of a modified bios.

If HPQFlash doesn't do anything and you see a LOG file containing an entry WMI BIOS Flash function is not supported on this system, then install HP Quick Launch Buttons on your system and try again OR perform a DOS based install like for Linux users below.

Linux users

(Santa Rosa) Download and install modified rompaq from here. Download bios file of interest from above, extract rom.bin from the ROM.cab and copy it as 68***.bin on your DOS bootable USB thumbdrive. Reboot using the USB drive and install bios using the rompaq utility.

How to setup Throttlestop to use the extra multiplier the dual-IDA/quad-IDA bios provides? 

See 2.0's great guide here starting at step 3.
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Example of dual/quad-IDA overclocked Core CPUs
T7300-2.00 -> 2.20@x11
T8100-2.10 -> 2.30@x11.5
T7500-2.20 -> 2.40@x12
P8600-2.40 -> 2.53@9.5
T8300-2.40 -> 2.60@x13
T9300-2.50 -> 2.70@x13.5
T9400-2.53 -> 2.66@x10
T9500-2.60 -> 2.80@x14
T9900-3.06 -> 3.20@x12
Q9000-2.00 -> 2.26@x8
Q9100-2.26 -> 2.53@x9
Q9200-2.40 -> 2.66@x9.5
U7500-1.06 -> 1.20@x9
U7600-1.20 -> 1.33@x10
U7700-1.33 -> 1.46@x11
L7500-1.60 -> 1.80@x9
L7700-1.80 -> 2.00@x10
SU9300-1.20 -> 1.40@x7
SU9400-1.40 -> 1.60@x8
SU9600-1.60 -> 1.80@x9
SL9300-1.60 -> 1.86@x7
SL9400-1.86 -> 2.13@x8
SL9600-2.13 -> 2.40@x9
 
Model
BIOS
Family
Dual-IDA/Quad-IDA
modded bios
BIOS image^5
Version
Tested?
HDX9000
68DVD
F.40E^2
YES
 
8730p/w
68PAD
F.13^3
YES(me)
 
YES
8710p/w
68MAD
F.0F^2
YES
 
8530p/w
68PDV
F.13^3
YES
 
8510p/w
68MVD
F.15^2
YES +me
  YES schem
6730b
68PDD
F.17^3
YES(me)
 
6530b
68PCU(IGP)
F.19^3
YES(me)
 
68PCD(ATI)
F.19^3
NO
 
6910p/w
68MCU(IGP)
F.19^2
YES(me)
 
68MCD(ATI)
F.19^2
YES
6710b/s
68DDU
F.16^2
YES
6510b/s
68POU
F.0F^1
YES
 
2710p
68MOU
F.15^2
YES
 
2530p
68PSU
F.13^3
YES(me)
2510p
68MSP
F.10^1
F.0F^2
YES(me)
 

^1 SLIC2.1+no_whitelist+dualIDA bios created from scratch
^2 created from TTAV134's SLIC2.1+no_whitelist bios
^3 created from TTAV134's no_whitelist bios. Has SLIC 2.1
^4 no schematic available - try 6910P/6710B/6510B details?? 
^5 pre F.20 bios. Requires SPI eeprom burner to write to BIOS eeprom

Flash gone wrong? 

(Santa Rosa) Use Emergency Recovery. You must use a USB floppy drive. A USB thumbdrive doesn't work.
(Montevina) Use HP EFI BIOS Recovery.

Conclusion

dual/quad-IDA and setfsb overclocking system wrings every last bit of performance out a Core 2 system. Please report your results so I can update the Tested table field above.

Acknowledgements - a BIG thank you to :

* unclewebb for bringing dual-IDA to the world with his Throttlestop software.
* semi@wimsbios for producing ADDCCV3, necessary to do the Santa Rosa series bios mods.
* Uncle Joe@thinkpads for identifying the EIST locking bios code and coding guidance.
* TTAV134@mydigitallife for modifying HPQFlash and comprehensive SLIC2.1+unwhitelisted bios-es.
* andyp@mydigitallife for creating PhoenixTool, necessary to perform the Montevina-series bios mod.
* kizwan for providing an easy-to-follow document on modifying bios for dual-IDA/quad-IDA capability.
 


Revision History

2013-12-21: modded bios files re-released after a hiatus due to a change of circumstance. Merry XMAS smile.png
2012-09-08: added 6930p bios
2012-07-28: added BIOS image section inc 2530P image.
2012-05-30: added 6530b/6730b bios
2011-09-12: new 2510P bios: complete F.10 mod, added pcie_ASPM to previous F.0F and fixed bug in F.0F-fan30pct bios. 
2011-08-20: Quad-IDA highlighted
2011-07-07: added 8730P/W bios
2011-03-07: all modded bios are now SLIC2.1+no-whitelist+dual-IDA. Update details in spoiler:

Spoiler

HDX9000 : updated F40.E -> F.41 
8710/8510/6910/6710/6510/2710 : added SLIC 2.1 + no-whitelist
8530p/w : added no-whitelist
6910p (ATI) : updated F.17 -> F.19
6710/6510 : updated F.15 -> F.16
2730p : updated F.0E -> F.0F 
2510P/2530P : no change

 

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Hi Nando4,

Do you know if anyone has succeeded in reverting a > F20 BIOS to F13 for the 2530p ?

I have 2 mainboards with socketed BIOS chips. One with the F12 version, and the other with the F21 version. I prefer ask before breaking something.

Thanks !

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Hi Nando4,

Do you know if anyone has succeeded in reverting a > F20 BIOS to F13 for the 2530p ?

I have 2 mainboards with socketed BIOS chips. One with the F12 version, and the other with the F21 version. I prefer ask before breaking something.

Thanks !

Only known way 100% successful way is to revert from F.20 to pre-F.20 is by using a USB SPI eeprom burner to write the the 2530P 4MB BIOS ROM image to the chip.

However, since you have two systemboards you could boot the F.12 one, carefully hotswap the eeprom chip and try to write F.12 to the F.20 chip. I believe HP copy-protect certain parts of the chip preventing such workarounds being feasible however it's still worth a shot just in case.

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Unfortunately Krytex purportedly writes on behalf of other 2510P users at N** here:

Thanks !

Tech Inferno Fan finally woke up from his ego after you posted F10 on page 1 and shared the BIOSes on the other site (though he doesn't ask for money anymore... Christmas present, maybe ? haha) Way to go !!, what can I say ? The whole thing surely left several 2510p users with a bad aftertaste...

What can you say? You could start by thanking the author of those files in addition to those that resolved the distributing issue. Their combined efforts bringing benefit to you and other listed HP notebook owners. In doing so you show appreciation for their time and effort.

Perhaps bad aftertaste personal issues you indicate several 2510P users have might be be resolved safely by talking it out with a good counsellor? Consider too that harmful commentary you've given may be incentive to no longer do 'free' work in the future.

Appreciation is key here. It may well become the the currency of the future.

EDIT FOR CLARITY:

It is not clear why Kryptex was so inflammed at not being able to get something that was once given away freely. The 'free' part being revoked when the author (me) was banned from NBR in Sep-2012. NBR mgmt continued with some bizarro view that my content on their site could be continued to be hosted and distributed as if the author created them ceased to exist.

So until 12-21-2013 there was a US$15 'charge' to access those modded bios files with a recommendation that cost be passed back to NBR mgmt for reimbursement. A mechanism to penalize NBR by proxy of affected users for hosting and profiteering via ad revenue from content that they acquired unlawfully. They had ignored the Dec-2012 copyright-based DMCA takedown, exploiting the their legal system's bias for corporations. Kryptex was explained this via email yet makes no mention of it in his critical 'Tech Inferno Fan is charging for the modded bios file' posts.

Thankfully that charging mechanism providing enough pressure for NBR to takedown the dual-IDA NBR thread. With that the modded bios file were once again released freely on Dec-21-2013, as originally intended. Appreciative users once again being able to show gratitude to the creator of those files if they want to.

Any problems or counselling needed (eg: bad taste in their mouth) for the rocky path to get to this point should be taken up with the instigator causing a problem with distribution. That being NBR mgmt.

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Hi Nando4

Would it be possible for you to have available a BIOS for 6530s 68PZU for Dual IDA

Thanks :encouragement:

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Hi Nando4

Would it be possible for you to have available a BIOS for 6530s 68PZU for Dual IDA

Thanks :encouragement:

I have moved on from core 2 duo HP Elitebook/Probook machines so won't be committing any further time to making modded bios for them.

However, if you want a modded bios then suggest download one ofthe existing modded bios, review the changelog and apply similar/same steps to your required 6530s bios to enable dual IDA.

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I tested  6930p 68PCD(ATI) F.19 and it works perfectly. Thank you Tech Inferno Fan!

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Nice post!

I was looking for this to upgrade the processor of my HP 6930p laptop. Unfortunately the link is not working anymore. Could you be so kind to upload BIOS mod for the model:

On 2013-9-26 at 7:20 PM, Tech Inferno Fan said:
6930p
68PCU(IGP)
F.19^3

 

thanks in advance!

 

On 2016-4-16 at 3:38 AM, RPGVeir said:

I tested  6930p 68PCD(ATI) F.19 and it works perfectly. Thank you Tech Inferno Fan!

BTW, do you have any benchmark between the new and the old processor?

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Can anyone post a new download link for the 6730b modded f17 bios? Any help would be appreciated.  Download links are broken.

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Hi

 

i've rescued to life an old compaq 6710b.   Is there anyone storing f16 modded bios that could share it again?

Thanks in advance.

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I have an old 6710b rescued for life, does anybody have a F16 modded BIOS to share again?

 

Thanks.

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