This question may have been asked and answered before, but:
Why do manufacturers hide bios settings?
There are a number of reasons why:
1) Reduced QA.. the fewer tweakable parameters, the less testing of combinations is needed per revision.
2) Support issues. Many BIOS options assume a fairly savvy user. Motherboards targetted at entry level users are easier to support if they don't assume someone's 14-year old didn't find a "Clock the CPU to 20000mhz D00D!" on an AOL forum, and tried it.
3) Costs. Some times lesser-end components can be substituted for reference components, but with lower tolerances. i.e. say a particular BIOS setting, if used to it's highest value, requires a certain level of capacitors.. but the manufacturer found it can cut costs by using lesser series..
There are many, many more but these are the most common reasons for limited or hidden BIOS support.
Are there any ways to unhide the "hidden" settings found in these locked BIOSes, or will I have to find a BIOS mod?
Yes there are some cracks for some mobos.
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Worked For Me!
Do you know where I can get them, or will I have to do the "Find it yourself, man!" kind of thing?
Well I am not sure of the legality of these cracks. Warez are not something techspot condones. But if you give me the Brand Model Number etc I can see if I can PM you something.
Is that a HP motherboard?
Yes, HP/Compaq mobo in Compaq Presario S5010NX.