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WHy do manufacturers do this?

By greatman05
Sep 8, 2006
  1. This question may have been asked and answered before, but:

    Why do manufacturers hide bios settings?
     
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    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.
     
  3. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    Are there any ways to unhide the "hidden" settings found in these locked BIOSes, or will I have to find a BIOS mod?
     
  4. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Yes there are some cracks for some mobos.
     
  5. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    Ctrl+f1 Ctrl+f1 Ctrl+f1 Ctrl+f1 Ctrl+f1 Ctrl+f1
    Worked For Me!
     
  6. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    Do you know where I can get them, or will I have to do the "Find it yourself, man!" kind of thing?
     
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    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.
     
  8. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    Asus P4G533-LA.
     
  9. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    Is that a HP motherboard?
     
  10. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    Yes, HP/Compaq mobo in Compaq Presario S5010NX.
     
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