I usually build all my computers, but I couldn't passup a deal on a Compaq sr1710nx for next to nothing (after rebates/coupons/etc...).
Now I relize why I don't buy and only build... the motherboard this computer came with has been Locked and Limited (I assume to keep newb users from frying there components).
Apparently the Motherboard is a "A8AE-LE (AmberineM)" and here is a link to it's Spec's and Diagrams:
After making an adjustment to the bios:
Boot-time Diagnostic Screen -> Enabled (comes defaulted to disabled so you can see the gay "Compaq Screen")
I noticed something...
"System Bios Shadow Status: Enabled
System Video Bios Shadow Status: Enabled"
I assume if I can somehow Disable this I'll beable to tweak it (i.e. OC'ing and adjusting voltage etc...)
I am not an OC'er, I like to keep my stuff cool, and running stable... but after I had an issue with the new memory I installed I have a feeling this default setup isn't pushing enough power to the RAM or the timing settings are off, and I'd like to adjust the settings.
Anyone know how to UN-Shadow this BIOS?
I later learned that Shadowing has nothing to do with it...
"Shadowing the bios doesn't have anything to do with your memory problem or ability to overclock or change memory settings.
"shadowing" just means the bios instructions are copied into fast system ram instead of the computer having to access them in the slower CMOS bios memory chip."
So I guess my question is how can I unlock the BIOS on this computer so I can adjust settings???
I've tried posting this question at:
To no avail. :(
Please help, I am looking for a BIOS image I can flash to this MoBo to unlock it, or at lease point me in the direction of a Forum where I can get some answers.