Alert about HP's 2510P bios F.20 or newer - do NOT upgrade to it for these reasons unless you don't care for the awesome no-whitelist, dual-IDA, SLIC 2.1 modded functionality. Also expect your resale to be worse if it's got the > F.20 bios once buyers figure out they are the undesirable systems to have.Alert about HP's newer and faster replacement ZIF HDDsIf your factory-delivered slow 60GB/80GB/120GB 2-platter Toshiba ZIF HDD has bad sectors then HP replace it under warranty with a higher-density thinner (5mm versus 8mm) single-platter drive. Eg: HP replaced my 80GB MK8009GAL with a MK8025GAL. It's still 4200rpm but my Win7 WEI disk increase from 3.9 to 4.4. It's faster and consumes slightly less power. The reason for this 'upgrade?' Toshiba no longer make those dual-platter models. Examples of modified 12" HP 2510P systems ordered by approx additional expense spent
RED - highest performance setup | GREEN - lowest power consumption drive setup (2.5" SSD see here). ^1 - can sell HP supplied ZIF PATA HDD to recoup storage upgrade costs | ^2 - only available as 32GB or smaller ^3 - hotswap on demand as otherwise adds 0.8W power consumption overheadUS$180 12" HP 2510P 60GB SSD_____ : US$150 2510P + US$90 60GB 2.5" SF1222 + US$20 ODDcaddy - US$80 ZIF HDD+DVD [email protected]US$225 12" HP 2510P 60GB SSD+DVD : US$150 2510P + US$125 60GB 1.8" Supertalent ZT2 ZIF SSD - US$50 ZIF HDD [email protected] Ensure has minimal cosmetic issues, remaining balance of 3yr onsite warranty and a decent battery. I recommend a 2530P over a 2510P due to it's stronger build, SATA storage subsystem, longer battery life and superior performance.OS, drivers and disassemblyDrivers, Manuals, Maintenance And Service Guide, Media Services Library with disassembly videos.Replacing a damaged LCD: one-gen older nc2400 shown with identical process.Popular HP Notebook Software Collection : one-stop location for the latest versions of popular HP notebook sw.Win7 OEM sources : the additional HP installation contents added to a Win7 CD.HP/Compaq Desktop Wallpapers : A compilation of stock wallpapers from the HP and Compaq notebook rangeTouchpad/quicklaunchTwo-finger scrolling touchpad driverWin7 Quicklaunch buttons supportVideoWin7/32: Modded X3100 video driver. Increases desktop WEI by 10%.XP: downgraded X3100 video driver to correct high CPU utilisation at idle after a few mins of usageBIOS/DMI modificationsmodded_bios: Win7/SLIC 2.1, no whitelist, dual-IDA overclock, quiet_fan, pcie-ASPMs.HP Flash BIOS Emergency Recovery: in case have a bios flash go wrong.HP DMIFIT 118 Utility: change DMI details, eg: model number, serial, password.Disabling AMT and TPM (serial/IDE in Device Manager) permanentlyBIOS whitelisting mods. To add non-HP WWAN/wifi or external pci-e cards. Obsoleted by no-whitelist modded_bios.Resetting a forgotten admin bios password - requires a systemboard swap, or boot-to-bios with a non-protected flash eeprom (near the 1.8" HDD bay), hotswap the protected eeprom and change the password OR flash a new eeprom with an unprotected password using a 4MB bios image.Flashing bios in Linux using flashrom: partial read success onlyOverclocking2510P Performance Toolkit 1.0c to provide overclocked AC and undervolted DC profile switching.setfsb/Throttlestop. Includes Win7 WEI+wprime benchmarking, PLL pinmod, ram timings.166Mhz_bclk : A 133->166Mhz hardware PLL pinmod overclock - no longer need setfsb to do it. 200Mhz_bclk: run a U7500/U7600/7700 as 200x6 instead of 133x8/x9/x10 for faster X3100 and RAM. Using Linux's grub2 bootloader. Useful too for non-Windows operating systems.Improving battery lifeExtending Battery Life. Includes power consumption measurement tools. hw_undervolt: undervolt by up to 0.135V (-16%) via VID3, VID2, VID0 pins.93Wh_9cell: Install the 2540P 93Wh 9-cell battery for 12%/69% longer battery life than the 2510P's 9/6cell.Software tweaksquiet_fan: Almost silent fan using a custom ACPI dsdt table.Enabling third-button mouse click scrolling with touchstykIncreasing touchstyk speed under Linux/UbuntuStorage relatedUndo the slave PATA 30MB/s sequential write speed cappingManually setting ZIF/IDE transfer mode and standby timeoutSolution to 30 second bios hang when using a caddyDisabling power saving to increase SSD write performanceSSD tweaks for Win7Storage mods1.8" ZIF compartment noting a 240GB ZIF HDD is not compatible with the 2510P as explained.1.8" ZIF PATA SSDs availableZIFhdd_USB: Convert supplied 1.8" ZIF HDD to a tiny USB drive using a US$7-delivered enclosureJumpering the 1.8" Toshiba ZIF HDD as slave and here. eg: run ebay caddy with a 2.5" sata SSD as master. Installing the ZIF cable and purchasing a replacement 2510P-specific ZIF cableschematic snippet of the 2510P's 1.8" ZIF and optical drive schematics.Optical bay compartment2.5" SATA or PATA SSD or HDD using an optical bay caddyForcing master/slave on optical drive or caddy if there are no jumpers.Setting the ebay caddy to run as slave. This works whereas link above it doesn't.usb_DVD: Convert supplied 9.5mm internal DVD drive to an external USB unit using a US$15-delivered enclosureusb_DVD+faceplate: Same as usb_DVD but swap ODD faceplate to have perfect appearance.OthersPCMCIA e-sata and hereAdd a mPCIe USB 3.0 port: to run faster internal/external storage Add a mPCIe sata port - could thread internally to drive a non-bootable sata SSD/HDD in a caddy.e-sata/usb cable or enclosure, useful for external e-sata storageEnabling and connecting to the ICH8M native sata port + detailed update. Anyone who can pull this off gets a prize Other hardware mods/upgradesnc2400 palmrest (kecsap): use a nc2400 palmrest if don't want the touchpad (inc other parts too)How-to: Installing a Broadcom Crystal HD (BCM70012) into a nc2400/2510p (kecsap): improves HD video playback4GB_RAM: 4GB memory upgrade + using extra 'inaccessible' RAM in a 32-bit OS as a ramdisk. +2USB: add 2 extra USB ports via a US$10-delivered PCMCIA cardpc2-6400_RAM: Upgrade your stock 2GB 667MHz RAM to 800MHz for free.wifi-in-WWAN slot : using a USB mPCIe wifi card in WWAN slotMC8780/MC8781 WWAN: add US$30 internal 3G card using 2510P's WWAN and SIM card slots and antennas.2530P_keyb:. Fit the more contemporary, less busy 2530P keyboard.webcam &: successfully add a webcam by tapping internal docking connector USB pins. See schematic snippet.2530P nightlight retrofit : closest thing to having a backlit keyboard. Adding internal USB devices by tapping USB pins.DIY eGPU. - desktop HD5750/GTX470-equipped 2510P for gaming/DVI/HDMI/S-Video accelerated graphics.Systemboard swap: superLFM capable 800Mhz FSB L7700-1.8 CPU systemboard a direct swapout. A 2530P systemboard swap has been attempted.Schematic 2510P-Quanta-OT2-schematic.pdf courtesy of laptopdesktopschematic. Block diagram in the spoiler:
No known method to downgrade F.20 or newer via software flashing. Need to either replace your bios chip with one containing a 2510P bios version earlier than F.20 to then be able to flash the no-whitelist modded 2510P bios.
DISCLAIMER: Use these modified bios at your own risk!! These modified bios have been beta tested to confirm they do not brick the system after flash. However you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from flashing or using of a system with a patched BIOS. These BIOS are not tested or approved by HP.
* dual-IDA: Disables the EIST-lock bit. This means then Throttlestop (TS) can do a dual-IDA overclock, gaining an extra multiplier and 10%-12.5% performance from any U7xxx/L7xxx 2510P. TS also unlocks extra overvolting range from 0.9V to 1.0V to provide higher maximum setfsb overclockability. L7xxx also gain a lower SLFM voltage floor for greater undervolting ability using TS. If you don't use Throttlestop then your system will run with the speed and power consumption as it did prior to flashing the dual-IDA capable bios.
Sub-elements call out specific SMBIOS values, which will affect the guest ifused in conjunction with the smbios sub-element of the os element(see Operating system booting). Each sub-element of sysinfo names a SMBIOSblock, and within those elements can be a list of entry elements thatdescribe a field within the block. The following blocks and entries arerecognized:
NB: Incorrectly supplied entries for the bios, system orbaseBoard blocks will be ignored without error. Other than uuidvalidation and date format checking, all values are passed as stringsto the hypervisor driver.
For its recent laptop models; Acer (and its subsidiaries)choose a weird way of delivering bios updates. When a model is sold withoutWindows 8, then it is delivered with 1.x bios which lacks UEFI booting andSecure Boot support. If the same model is sold with Windows 8, then it isdelivered with 2.x bios with the option of UEFI booting and Secure Boot.Problem is a user can't update from 1.x bios to 2.x bios with the downloadedbios update. Its shows: "Please update to the same type of bios(v.1.x)".To avoid this detection, we have to hex-edit the following:
Extract the application using 7-Zip and try to locate isflash.bin (which is your bios file)& platform.ini. Then open them with hexeditor and change like above. Now flash using InsydeFlash.exe.To overcome all of the checks, we need to edit more:
NOT WORKING: USB 3 - still some weird issues like lockups or USB locking, audio - weird ports but working, sleep, and weird display artifacts from time to time.Installed using ChimeraOnce OS X 10.8.2 was running on Chimera side I copied the .plist files (smbios and org.chameleon...)The system would now go into OS X successfully, but not before then.Inserting a USB Thumb drive locks up OS X, so I insert it prior to booting. Fixed?Applied the Broadcom network patch using KextWizardNvidia GTS 450 - Kept going to a black screen (no signal) once it would hit the login screen. Didn't appear to be an out of range issue with the resolution. I installed the Nvidia Fermi Open CL Patch. That still didn't fix the issue, so I rebooted -x -v -F and got in. Once I was in, I rebooted once again without any boot flags. Failed! Added entries to org.chameleon.Boot.plist: npci=0x2000, PCIRootUID=0ALC898 Audio Fixed by Applying Realtek AC8XX Patch - kind of. Ports are off.I installed all of FakeSMC, including plugins, BUT it locked up at the spinning icon. To fix that, I had to download FakeSMC r616 from OSX86.net and copied over manually from terminal. I tried this to fix my artifacts that appeared on the screen. It did NOT work. 2b1af7f3a8