I want to share the modded Bios I created for the Acer Aspire E5-572G notebook.
The official bios 1.09 was used as a base.
I'm offering three flavours: Microcode 01, Microcode 07 and Microcode 21.
Microcode 21 is the latest available microcode, this is the Bios you want to use unless you want the special properties of the other microcodes.
Microcode 07 is the latest microcode that allows using the full turbo clock speed on all cores (using single core turbo with all cores).
Microcode 01 is the one you should take if you want to try this. I wasn't able to get it to work on mine (i5 4210m, HM86), but your mileage may vary.
In case you want to always use an older microcode, I'm offering a script for windows that'll keep the OS from using a newer microcode (compatible with Windows Vista to Windows 10). Frequency and other things can be set up with ThrottleStop (use the latest version).
I've also included an overclocking enabled ME firmware that should (hopefully) allow overclocking on the HM87 equipped notebooks.
There are two flavours of this notebook available: Ones that use the HM87 chipset and others that use the HM86 chipset. Overclocking is only possible with HM87 as HM86 isn't capable of overclocking (tested it myself).
Additionally I offer a collection of Bios, EC, ME and FD files of this device, in case anyone wants to experiment with these for a bit (EC Modding, etc.).
I will update this bios in case there are newer parts available.
Any feedback is welcome!
-Advanced Bios Options unlocked (Advanced, Power tabs and additional options in the existing tabs)
-Nvidia 840M/940M VBioses replaced with adapted 940MX VBios with unlocked TDP Limit, unlocked Boost Table and some OC (1306,5MHz GPU/1070MHz Memory - with general usability in mind) + all voltage sliders unlocked
-Intel Management Engine: Updated to 188.8.131.522 + All Locks Unlocked + Overclocking Enabled For HM87 Notebooks + PAVP (Protected Audio/Video Path) Enabled
-Flash Descriptor unlocked
-Microcode updated to version 21 (respectively downgraded to 07 and 01)
-Intel GOP Driver updated to 5.5.1033
-Intel VGA Bios updated to 1042
-Intel RST OROMs updated to 184.108.40.2065
-Realtek Lan OROMs updated to 2.037/2.64
-Applied a few useful BIOS patches by CodeRush (Unlock CPU Power Management Register (useful for Hackintosh Users)/Disable BIOS Lock/Disable SMI Lock)
1. Copy the BIOS file to an empty and with FAT16/32 formatted usb stick.
2. Unplug the AC adapter.
3. Remove the battery of the notebook - you can unlock the battery on the backside.
4. Plug in the USB flash disk.
5. Press and hold <Fn> and <Esc>, and then plug in the AC adapter while still holding <Fn> and <Esc>.
6. Press the Power button. You can now stop holding <Fn> and <Esc>.
7. The BIOS flash should now begin, the fans will spin up at max speed and the power led should blink. It should take between one to two minutes.
8. After everything is done, you can reinsert the battery and go to the BIOS (F2). There you may want to change some settings (the BIOS flash erases all previously chosen settings).
Recommended Bios settings:
F12 Boot Menu ---> Enabled
D2D Recovery ---> Disabled
Boot Configuration: Numlock ---> On
Thermal Configuration: Cpu Thermal Configuration: Bi-Directional PROCHOT# ---> Disabled
Chipset Configuration: RTC Lock ---> Disabled
Chipset Configuration: IFR Update ---> Disabled
Chipset Configuration: BIOS Lock ---> Disabled
ACPI Table/Features Control: TCO WatchDog Support ---> Enabled
ACPI Table/Features Control: WatchDog ACPI Table ---> Enabled
ACPI Table/Features Control: ACPI Memory Debug ---> Disabled
ACPI Table/Features Control: PEP Graphics ---> Disabled
Extended ICC: Use WatchDog Timer For ICC ---> Enabled
Extended ICC: ICC Locks after EOP ---> All Unlocked
User Access Level ---> Full
Wake on LAN ---> Disabled
Advanced CPU Control: xAPIC Mode ---> Enabled
Advanced CPU Control: Package C-State Demotion ---> Enabled
Advanced CPU Control: Package C-State Un-Demotion ---> Enabled
Advanced CPU Control: ACPI 5.0 CPPC Support ---> Enabled
Advanced CPU Control: ACPI 5.0 CPPC Platform SCI ---> Enabled
Advanced CPU Control: Package Power Limit MSR Lock ---> Disabled
Advanced CPU Control: Long Term Power Limit Override ---> Enabled
Advanced CPU Control: Long Term Time Window ---> 128
Module names (for replacement/update):
GOP Driver: 7755CA7B-CA8F-43C5-889B-E1F59A93D575_256.ROM
Intel RST: 382F560D-17A9-4887-BD9C-EB439C1CC482_1654.ROM and 501737AB-9D1A-4856-86D3-7F1287FA5A55_1781.ROM
Intel VGA Bios: 8DFAE5D4-B50E-4C10-96E6-F2C266CACBB6_1743.ROM
Nvidia 840M VBios: D336DBCB-33C1-4D15-A06F-C3FF405C6A68_1749.ROM
Nvidia 940M VBios: C09F4207-D557-47D0-A4B5-1E4B6459E519_1761.ROM
Realtek LAN: 0A33D14A-7B60-4C58-9194-DED0812F9B2B_1767.ROM and E8991F69-D813-4116-A2C2-61E304ECBD72_1533.ROM
Intel Microcode (integrated in file): PADDING_2702.ROM
Management Engine: Integrated in BIOS image, HEX Editor needed for replacement
Credits: -BDMaster from Bios-Mods.com for providing the way to unlock the bios
-Donovan6000 for his very helpful guides and insights on Insyde bios modding
-Andy P whose PhoenixTool I used to replace the modules
-Plutomaniac for providing the used Intel ME firmware and the Intel ME System Tools to properly configure it for this notebook
-Ultrax5 from TechInferno for providing his OC enabled ME firmware for 8-series systems which I used as a reference to unlock the feature for this notebook
-SoniX for his Intel VGA Bios update guide and the OROM, Microcode and Intel VGA Bios database he maintains
-Pacman for sharing the latest Intel RST 220.127.116.115 OROMs
-CodeRush for providing the included BIOS patches
-WerePug from overclock.net for providing the way to unlock the Nvidia VBIOS voltage sliders for editing in Maxwell II BIOS Tweaker
-The author of the Maxwell II BIOS Tweaker which I used for editing the Nvidia VBioses
-All the other people who shared the used OROMs/Microcodes/Firmwares/Useful Information etc.
-13.09.16: 1.09a - Initial release
Unlocked a few more options that I missed before - everything that can be unlocked should be available now
Overclocking enabled ME is now included by default (no disadvantages for HM86 notebooks)
Applied a few useful BIOS patches by CodeRush (Unlock CPU Power Management Register (useful for Hackintosh Users)/Disable BIOS Lock/Disable SMI Lock)
Changed Nvidia GPU idle voltage from 0,94V to a more correct value of 0,76V - thanks to Maison1 from win-raid.com for bringing this matter to my attention
Unlocked all sliders in the Nvidia VBIOSes for editing with Maxwell II BIOS Tweaker - thanks to WerePug from overclock.net for posting the way to do this
Files: Acer Aspire E5-572G - BIOS 1.09c - Microcode 01 Acer Aspire E5-572G - BIOS 1.09c - Microcode 07 Acer Aspire E5-572G - BIOS 1.09c - Microcode 21
DeleteMicrocode Script for Windows Acer Aspire E5-572G BIOS-ME-EC-FD Collection