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Dear Community,

It has been quite a while since I have updated our members and visitors on the site’s status and discussed where we are looking to continue improving upon BIOS-Mods’ reputation as the number one BIOS/hardware modification community on the internet.

The amount of data we have collected on the BIOS modification process is tremendous. Over the past several years, we have successfully unlocked hundreds of motherboards and have created a readily available repository of modified BIOS images. As BIOS-Mods continues to gain user requests and interest in unlocking new motherboards with the latest technologies, we have continued to provide modified images for many mainstream consumer platforms thanks to the dedication, time, and effort of many talented community members.

As all of us at BIOS-Mods have busy lives and busy schedules, it requires many individuals to come forward to help others modify their BIOS images and add to the repository to assist both new and veteran users. While many of our normal moderators and I have had a very busy few months, this process has been somewhat reliant on the enthusiastic folks in our forums as of recent. Many users have also requested that more information become publically available on our website for learning how to modify various BIOS images. While some of this information is available, there is a fair amount of work to be done in order to update our public knowledge repository with the latest techniques and methods.

Can or Can’t Spam: Technology & The Law

 By:  Derek J. Gordon.

Introduction

            Computer networks are inundated with unwanted email messages (emails) on a daily basis.  These unwarranted messages are called SPAM, or unsolicited bulk, email.  A majority of these messages are for illegal activities.  However, some emails are legitimate messages from businesses to a consumer.  While one email is minuscule, the number sent to an individual email address each day number in the thousands.  In fact, a personal mail server typically processes three thousand emails per day that have no legitimate purpose or mail box for delivery.  Corporate mail servers can process over a million SPAM emails per day.  Larger internet service providers may process tens of millions of SPAM emails each day.

Originally, SPAM email came from legitimate business enterprises which could be tracked.  Case law dealt with these companies and injunctions were granted to require that the companies stop their activities.  Case law suggested that a SPAM company must stop their transmissions when an internet provider notified them that their messages were no longer welcome.  This attitude held for a few months; however, much of the SPAM today is part of an underground activity outside the realm of legitimate business activities.

Success: NVIDIA GTX 580M SLI on Alienware M17x-R2 Laptop

With the release of Dell Alienware’s M18x laptop, many gamers and enthusiasts have been impressed by the performance seen with its dual NVIDIA GTX 580M SLI graphics cards. Owners of the M18x predecessor, the M17x-R2, upgraded their laptops from the 285M SLi configuration to that of the 580M SLI platform, thinking it would be an easy upgrade to make their laptop of equal value in comparison to the M18x. Unfortunately, while the 580M cards were installed correctly, SLI was not enabled in the driver as the graphics upgrade was not natively supported by Alienware or Dell, effectively only allowing the use of one GPU. Now, that’s no longer the case.

Anatolymik, author of HyperSLI, has developed a modified driver allowing M17x-R2 users to enable SLI on their laptop for the full graphics performance and experience. HyperSLI enables SLI with a click of the mouse on motherboards and chipsets normally considered to be “non-SLI” compatible. With the advent of HyperSLI and its wide range of success on a variety of systems, HyperSLI was adapted with the addition of a modified driver based off NVIDIA’s latest ForceWare version 290.53. By installing HyperSLI and the modified driver, users can have the same SLI capabilities that M18X owners currently have.

How does it work? – It’s pretty easy.

First, download the HyperSLI patch from here and run it. You will need to disable UAC and be running as Administrator in order to install the patch.
(For more information on HyperSLI for other systems, take a look here).

How to Get Involved with the Largest BIOS Modding Community on the Internet

BIOS-Mods has grown over the last ten years to be the largest BIOS Update and Modification Resource on the internet. Started in 2001, it has grown to be the largest site for taking requests and completing motherboard BIOS modifications through our forums, live chat interface, and digital resources. After changing administration in 2009, the growth in community support in our forums has been overwhelmingly positive. During this month, (December 2011), our traffic levels exceeded the bandwidth available on our current servers, and we purchased dedicated servers so that our community could continue to grow without limitation.

We invite our community users to take an active part in our forums. As we continue to add new experienced moderators, writers, and contributors to our team, we would like to extend an invitation to our members to get involved in serving over 100,000 visitors a month and counting. Below are some ways in which you can help contribute to our community.

  • Become a moderator – We actively recruit new moderators who can moderate our forums and contribute to our daily BIOS modification requests. Even if you have no experience in modifying BIOS images, our current staff and moderators will help ensure you get the resources and training you need to contribute.
  • Join our writing staff - If you are a talented writer and are a computer enthusiast of any kind, we welcome new writers to contribute user reviews of new hardware, software, and other technology news. If you aren’t interested in writing articles, perhaps you may enjoy writing tutorials in our forums.