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I was wondering if anyone knows where to find a hacked BIOS for a Sony Vaio PCV-PX550 computer. I just wanna see if i can improve my in game FPS with a slight OC but i cant do it on the SONY BIOS.This computer is a 1.49GHz so do you guys have any suggestions at how high i should OC it? I havent done any overclocking before so i have no reference to go off of. I was thinking i would stop at 1.75GHz but any suggestions are welcome.

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You need to find out the make of your mother board, start at your pc manufacture's site which I guess would be um 'SONY', also hit the pause button as your sysytem is booting, there should be a screen with you bios information on it version/date/vendor ie awards/via etc...I assume you don't even know what processor you even have, I suggest you do some research before you even attempt ocing your pc...it is not something you just do off the top of your head if you know what I mean?!

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I know that my MoBo is a SON 176149412 but all the info i could find about my BIOS is that it is version 1003. there was nothing about awards, dealers, or anthing, just the version. Oh and i have an Intel Pentium 4 1.49GHz btw.

 

Pyro,

 

Download a utility called everest. The Home Edition is free.

 

http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en

 

It will tell you everything about your motherboard, bios and what not. Hope this helps.

 

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Pyro,

 

Download a utility called everest. The Home Edition is free.

 

http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en

 

It will tell you everything about your motherboard, bios and what not. Hope this helps.

 

Nowi

 

Good job...duh! why didn't I think about suggesting that he dl everest, yeah that is a great app.

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Since no one answered that i'll just put the results that i think you'll need. Also i'll show my GFX card results which is OCed 10% (as you can see) and its working well, but im wondering if i can make that number any higher without risk. Sorry that the report is really hard to read (all smushed together) but i just copy/pasted it here and this is what happened.

 

--------[ CPU ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CPU Properties: CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 1500 MHz (15 x 100) CPU Alias P68, Willamette, A80528 CPU Stepping C1 Instruction Set x86, MMX, SSE, SSE2 Original Clock 1500 MHz Engineering Sample No L1 Trace Cache 12K Instructions L1 Data Cache 8 KB L2 Cache 256 KB (On-Die, ECC, ATC, Full-Speed) CPU Physical Info: Package Type 478 Pin uPGA Package Size 3.50 cm x 3.50 cm Transistors 42 million Process Technology 6M, 0.18 um, CMOS Die Size 217 mm2 Core Voltage 1.75 V I/O Voltage 1.75 V Typical Power 55.3 - 75.3 W (depending on clock speed) Maximum Power 72 - 100 W (depending on clock speed) CPU Manufacturer: Company Name Intel Corporation Product Information http://www.intel.com/products/browse/processor.htm CPU Utilization: CPU #1 0 %

--------[ Motherboard ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Motherboard Properties: Motherboard ID 09/28/2001-I845 -P4B-LX Motherboard Name Asus P4B-LX Front Side Bus Properties: Bus Type Intel NetBurst Bus Width 64-bit Real Clock 100 MHz (QDR) Effective Clock 400 MHz Bandwidth 3200 MB/s Memory Bus Properties: Bus Type SDR SDRAM Bus Width 64-bit Real Clock 133 MHz Effective Clock 133 MHz Bandwidth 1067 MB/s Chipset Bus Properties: Bus Type Intel Hub Interface Bus Width 8-bit Real Clock 67 MHz (QDR) Effective Clock 267 MHz Bandwidth 267 MB/s Motherboard Physical Info: CPU Sockets/Slots 1 Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 1 AGP RAM Slots 2 DIMM Integrated Devices IEEE-1394 Form Factor Micro ATX Motherboard Size 240 mm x 240 mm Motherboard Chipset i845 Motherboard Manufacturer: Company Name ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Product Information http://www.asus.com/products1.aspx?l1=3 BIOS Download http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

 

--------[ Chipset ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [ North Bridge: Intel Brookdale i845 ] North Bridge Properties: North Bridge Intel Brookdale i845 Revision 03 Package Type 593 Pin FC-BGA Package Size 3.75 cm x 3.75 cm Core Voltage 1.5 V In-Order Queue Depth 12 Memory Timings: CAS Latency (CL) 3T RAS To CAS Delay (tRCD) 3T RAS Precharge (tRP) 3T RAS Active Time (tRAS) 6T Error Correction: ECC Supported, Disabled ChipKill ECC Not Supported RAID Not Supported ECC Scrubbing Not Supported Memory Slots: DRAM Slot #1 256 MB (PC133 SDRAM) DRAM Slot #2 256 MB (PC133 SDRAM) AGP Controller: AGP Version 2.00 AGP Status Enabled AGP Device ATI Radeon 9600 Pro AGP Aperture Size 64 MB Supported AGP Speeds 1x, 2x, 4x Current AGP Speed 4x Fast-Write Supported, Enabled Side Band Addressing Supported, Enabled Chipset Manufacturer: Company Name Intel Corporation Product Information http://www.intel.com/products/browse/chipsets.htm Driver Download http://support.intel.com/support/chipsets/index.htm [ South Bridge: Intel 82801BA ICH2X ] South Bridge Properties: South Bridge Intel 82801BA ICH2X Revision / Stepping 12 / C0 AC'97 Audio Controller: Audio Controller Type Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2X/M Codec Name Analog Devices AD1881A Codec ID 41445348h S/PDIF Output Not Supported Chipset Manufacturer: Company Name Intel Corporation Product Information http://www.intel.com/products/browse/chipsets.htm Driver Download http://support.intel.com/support/chipsets/index.htm

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Heres the reast of it, too many characters for one post:p

 

--------[ BIOS ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BIOS Properties: BIOS Type Award Medallion Award BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS v6.0 Award BIOS Message ACPI BIOS Revision 1003 System BIOS Date 09/28/01 Video BIOS Date 03/05/09 BIOS Manufacturer: Company Name Phoenix Technologies Ltd. Product Information http://www.phoenix.com/en/products/default.htm BIOS Upgrades http://www.esupport.com/biosagent/index.cfm?refererid=40 Problems & Suggestions: Suggestion Are you looking for a BIOS Upgrade? Contact eSupport Today! Suggestion System BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.

--------[ GPU ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [ AGP 4x: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro ] Graphics Processor Properties: Video Adapter ATI Radeon 9600 Pro GPU Code Name RV350 PCI Device 1002 / 4150 Transistors 76 million Process Technology 0.13u Bus Type AGP 4x @ 4x Memory Size 128 MB GPU Clock 439 MHz (original: 398 MHz, overclock: 10%) RAMDAC Clock 400 MHz Pixel Pipelines 4 TMU Per Pipeline 1 Vertex Shaders 2 (v2.0) Pixel Shaders 1 (v2.0) DirectX Hardware Support DirectX v9.0 Pixel Fillrate 1756 MPixel/s Texel Fillrate 1756 MTexel/s Memory Bus Properties: Bus Type DDR Bus Width 128-bit Real Clock 317 MHz (DDR) (original: 297 MHz, overclock: 7%) Effective Clock 634 MHz Bandwidth 10144 MB/s Memory Timings: CAS Latency (CL) 4T RAS To CAS Delay (tRCD) 4T RAS Precharge (tRP) 4T RAS Active Time (tRAS) 9T Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC) 15T RAS To RAS Delay (tRRD) 3T Write Recovery Time (tWR) 3T Graphics Processor Manufacturer: Company Name ATI Technologies Inc. Product Information http://www.ati.com/products/gamer.html Driver Download http://www.ati.com/support/driver.html

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alright, so i go to the ASUS site and dl the newest driver for my mobo and i get the newest BIOS. the mobo driver goes well and then i start on the BIOS update, i do everything im suposed to (back-up old BIOS, make boot disk , ect...) then i install the new one and sure enough it works too. Now the problems start. I am going into windows to make sure everything works well before i start to play around with the BIOS settings and i get to the login screen. so i click on my username but i get an error. it says "Windows is not activated, please click 'ok' to activate it now", so i click "ok" and it brings me to another screen which says "Windows has already been activated, click 'ok' to continue". again i click "ok" and now im back at the login screen, so i click to log in and i get the error again! (this cycle continues for ever...trust me:p) So now i go back to my BIOS and look around but everything looks normal. I start up the comp in safe mode and cant find any probs. so i call Sony for some help. The first guy i talked to helped me with what he could but it wasnt enough to fix the prob. The second guy (who was an a$$) pretty much interrupted me everytime i tried to talk and just told me to reformat my computer and basically accused me of trying to use a pirated version on Windows XP (which im not). so now im back with my old BIOS and everythign is working the same but i still cannot OC my CPU so im back where i started (but with an updated mobo now). if anyone else has had this prob please tell me the solution or if there is another way to get a BIOS that will OC my cpu please tell me how to do that. Thanks in advance.

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since you updated your bios,with an asus version instead of an sony one, you MAY have fuked up a few of your programs that came with your pc and also maybe even your windows version if it was a OEM windows xp cd.

 

You probably have to format to sort this out, and if the bios has changed any DMI info then chances are, any programs that came with your pc when you bought it, might not work without the proper DMI info, even the windows disc you have may not work properly, It may look as tho it works ok, but it will only be after a period of time of using it that will tell if its ok or not.

 

If there isnt any options in your bios to change FSB, CPU multiplyer, Ram timings etc, then you are stuck and wont be able to overclock your cpu, unless you hardware mod your CPU, depending on the actual cpu type that is. Also hardware modding a cpu = bad idea unless you know your shit.

 

Older motherboards and brand name pc's invariably wont have any OC options, if your board did have OC options then sony would of surely wiped them and inserted there own bios, so that users cant mess with things and kill there pc = saves sony money from fixing a pc that was damaged by a user messing with advanced settings.

 

Also since you updated your bios with a Asus bios, since that never had any OC options, then you will never get a bios with options unless its a homemade bios from someone.

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alright well thanks for your help but i guess, like you said, im just stuck with what i have now. i mean i will be getting a new comp within a year for university but i just wanted to see if i could get a couple more fps out of what i have. one thing i dont understand is why everyone is so against me OCing my comp, i mean i know that i havent done it before but everyone has to start somewhere. I have already managed to OC my gfx card fine and its not like i have a really good computer that im worried about wreckign anyways. oh well, just though id get that our of my system cause its kind of a downer when you wanna do something and everyone is telling you how bad of an idea it is even though they probably do it themselves (Like a smoker telling you not to smoke). anyways thanks again to everyone for their help.

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dude i r not against u OCin your pc, I think its your pc telling you not to OC it :) thats why you dont have any options.

 

but yeah, if you dont care if you destroy it, then somebody somewhere will have hacked a bios, its just you have to find it. Also overclocking videocards is a cinch compared to overclocking a pc. all you do is move a slider to the right for your card. its not like that with cpu etc. you probably already knew that.

 

But if you are determined, keep hunting for a bios, or even google the type of pc you have, but put overclocking infront of the actual name of your pc, and see what hits you get, you maybe surprised.

 

GL in finding a bios.

 

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this dont look good for you, i been reading, and it says to unlock/overclock a sony vaio pc, first you have to find the specific jumper on the mobo, take it off, then solder a 2.2k resistor in its place, now this may not be how its done in your pc, but if this is an indication then I seriously dont think you will find anything, but then on the other hand you never know.

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lol, if i'm supposed to solder anything to my comp then i should prolly just give up. I fully agree with you there. oh and thank for looking into this evil_scotsman. my last option, which is am trying tonight, is calling a person from esupport.com. they sent me an e-mail to call them regarding OCing with my BIOS. (everest gave me the link to esupport btw). So i'll keep you posted on if this works or not.

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alright well thanks for your help but i guess, like you said, im just stuck with what i have now. i mean i will be getting a new comp within a year for university but i just wanted to see if i could get a couple more fps out of what i have. one thing i dont understand is why everyone is so against me OCing my comp, i mean i know that i havent done it before but everyone has to start somewhere. I have already managed to OC my gfx card fine and its not like i have a really good computer that im worried about wreckign anyways. oh well, just though id get that our of my system cause its kind of a downer when you wanna do something and everyone is telling you how bad of an idea it is even though they probably do it themselves (Like a smoker telling you not to smoke). anyways thanks again to everyone for their help.

 

Pyro,

 

Calm down. If you have not overclocked before and would like to get your feet wet. Look here:

 

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=28&threadid=1497607&enterthread=y

 

I tried my first overclock recently after doing weeks of research. I managed to OC my A64 3500+ Venice to 2.55 GHz. It is not ground breaking, but it is fun and is free. Overclocking do require patience.

 

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