Enable Intel VT - NO OPTION available IN the BIOS to Enable Hardware Virtulization

Hello I have major problem with Aspire 8930G - just spent over £3,200 on 2 of these top of the range machines with latest and greatest Intel T9400 Core 2 Duo Processors - which is definatly has VT capability (we desperatly need to run Hyper -V) Acer has decided in their infinite wisdom not to include an option in the BIOS to enable VT. Tried Acer support 3 times but could not get through to anyone intelligent enough to understand my problem - they kept asking me if it was agraphics issue !! also one of them actually said that he had never heard of anyone tryimg to run Virtual Images on a laptop !!!
I could not believe this option was not available in the BIOS of a brand new model - we have been running Virtual PC for years - for the last 2 years every laptop I have seen (Toshiba, Samsung and Dell has had this option).
We are stuffed without this option, so we are willing to try any hack whatever the risk - Calling all Gurus who like a challange - please help ??? Thanks very much if you can help Gary

   

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CrashDummy_MSCommented:
Are you sure it is disabled? This tool will tell you http://www.grc.com/securable.htm

I thought I had found your answer here but it doesn't look like their project went very far, hasn't been updated at least.
https://launchpad.net/vt-enable

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CrashDummy_MSCommented:
From what I've seen, if the manufacturer doesn't offer a way to enable it in the BIOS, it's not going to happen without making some modifications to the BIOS. Some of the forums I read had people saying they'd release a tool for it, but I haven't found any released, and even then , they'd likely be limited to just certain motherboards.
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brent_caskeyCommented:
I would find a way to return the laptops. It looks like Acer is leaving a lot of people in the cold on this one.

From forum post: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=93885 


Dear ******

Thank you for contacting Acer America. I apologize for the delay in responding to your email. The BIOS is provided as is; that I know of Acer does not plan to implement a BIOS update to offer this feature. I'm sorry I am unable to assist with this issue.


Regards,
Acer Online Support Team
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brent_caskeyCommented:
If they use a Phoenix bios, you could try the following - http://www.rapidsharedownload.net/software/phoenix-bios-editor-pro-2.2.0.1/

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garyclarke27Author Commented:
Hi The BIOS is Insyde H20 Rev 3.5
There seem to be BIOS editors avialable for Pheonix but none avialble  for Insyde, does anyone know how to edit an Insyde BIOS ?
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brent_caskeyCommented:
I know of no way to edit that type of BIOS. I think you may be out-of-luck.

I would try to get a refund on the laptops you have.

The alternative, would be to use VMWare Workstation or Server or MS VirtualPC or Virtual Server - all of which do not require Intel-VT or AMD-V

Sorry I couldn't help more  :(
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CrashDummy_MSCommented:
Like Brent said, those programs he just mentioned don't require VT enabled to install, but they will require it to use 64 bit VMs if you'll be needing them.
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garyclarke27Author Commented:
Unfortunatly the whole reason we bought such a powerful laptop was to run Hyper-V - Hype-V will not run without VT enabled. Its astonishing to me that Acer do not allow us to access this capbility when it comes with this chip as standard. Also I spent over a day getting Windows 2008 Server installed (lots of drivers required) - now runs like a dream, much better than Vistawith fantastic graphics and full earo experience in full HD, so would be a shame to send back, its a brilliant laptop apart from this crazy BIOS ommission - in fact its the worst BIOS I have seen with hardly any options available.
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CrashDummy_MSCommented:
I'm guessing they leave it disabled so they have one less thing to support, plus only a very small percentage of people buying notebooks would need VT enabled. If you really want to pursue it, you can probably get it enabled by editing a copy of the BIOS, but it's tricky and it's likely to wind up as a brick.
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S00007359Cloud Engineering OfficerCommented:
It appears that on a number of HP/Acer consumer level notebooks do not have the optin to enable/disbale the Intel VT supprt and there 's option to enable/disable Native SATA Mode for SATA controller's. Best i'd say that you'd need a business grade laptops that do allow these.
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garyclarke27Author Commented:
I have given up on Acer, their support team is useless, escalations team tried to help but the engineers would not - their attitude is very arrogant they just dont care what the user wants they have the attitude that they know whats best and if it doesn't suit, tough even if I have just wasted over £3,000. Its very frustrating because having spoke to other engineers I know that it would be very easy for them to change the BIOS. I have just bought a Dell Studio 16 with 8 Gig RAM, Windows Server 2008 and Hyper- V (fantastic software) runs like a dream on this machine went on immediatly no issues at all 64 bit Vista drivers worked perfectly.
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ThisSitesBogusCommented:
What a rip-off this site is. The solution was rated as an "A," but there is no solution at all! How bogus is that? I am more upset with these so-called experts than I am at ACER.
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