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Zender's BIOS Advantages?

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Zender's BIOS Advantages?

#1 Post by Thinkpads4Life » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:40 am

Hi. I went searching for a custom bios just curiously. What are the advantages/disadvantages of flashing a custom bios?

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Re: Zender's BIOS Advantages?

#2 Post by dr_st » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:18 am

Advantages:

* Removes whitelist for miniPCIe cards (the laptop will accept any wireless LAN/WAN card).
* Adds SLIC 2.1 certificates for automatic activation of Windows 7 OEM editions
* Some custom BIOSes, not Zender's but Middleton's versions for T/R/X61 series remove certain chipset limitations and unlock better performance (SATA2 instead of SATA1)

Disadvantages:

None, really, except the risk in the flashing process itself (true for any BIOS, official or not) - if the flash somehow fails in the middle, your motherboard may be bricked.
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Re: Zender's BIOS Advantages?

#3 Post by rkawakami » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:20 pm

Possible disadvantage: If, for any reason, you need to send the laptop in for factory warranty coverage, they might decline to fix the system if they detect a non-official BIOS. You could re-flash the system to an official version assuming it is able to function enough to do so.
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Re: Zender's BIOS Advantages?

#4 Post by RMSMajestic » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:36 pm

Is there any T61 that's still under warranty?
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Re: Zender's BIOS Advantages?

#5 Post by brchan » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:42 pm

No T61s are still under lenovo's warranty. The last T61s were made in late 2008, and even with the 5 year warranty would have expired by late 2013.
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Re: Zender's BIOS Advantages?

#6 Post by RMSMajestic » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:19 am

Sad :( T61s are really getting old...... But good in a way that I can now tweak my T61s in whatever way i want :lol:
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