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[REQUEST] Asus A550JK & K550JK & X550JK BIOS Unlock
#81
Oh okay then, so I think I have something to say about why I need a programmer to my dad. A little upset to know that they're charging me a lot for nothing but only to break my laptop more. The price I paid for a "fix" was 4x-5x the price of the programmer with test clip itself. Thank you for putting a lot of efforts on getting me accomplished on my goal of getting unlocked bios to work though!

Anyway, I got a dump from universal bios backup toolkit. Here's the link to the file.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VsgF2V...MZaR6I5Hfi
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#82
Yes and if you would have purchased that first you would have never had to have someone repair/mess it up worse Big Grin It's cheaper than he pays for lunch most days I'm sure, tell him he can do it Big Grin Plus, once you have that, you'll be able to save any future board or laptop from bad BIOS flash too, or make it simple to put on mod BIOS any time you want, so it will pay for itself many times over as time goes on.

Thanks for dump, I was correct, they simply erased the chip and programmed in stock BIOS "Upgrade" from Asus download, BIOS in incomplete and incorrect. It will make the system run doing things that way though, and that is usually most users goal, they only find out about other issues later after leaving. Does your onboard Ethernet work? I assume not since GbE region also missing.

I'll assume the fans sounds much louder/always running full speed too, correct? This usually happens with ME FW is corrupted or disabled, never seen what happens when it's removed totally but I assume the same should happen.

Let's confirm to be 100% sure all this is missing, in DOS or EFI wherever you have setup for FPT, run the following commands and send me any created files in a zip. If errors, as expected with first three, move onto next Big Grin
FPT.exe -desc -d fd.bin
FPT.exe -me -d me.bin
FPT.exe -gbe -d gbe.bin
FPT.exe -d SPI.bin
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#83
Okay then, and well, everything seemed fine so far. The fan works normally, not sure about the ethernet though. I don't have the cable to test it. Just the extra time it takes to POST is the most obvious one. Will let you know the results from FPT.

So, the result is, when I tried dumping ME. There's error 26, the host cpu doesn't have access to it. Same goes for when I tried dumping SPI, but the SPI dumping works on FPTw though.

Correction: Nope, SPI and ME dumping doesn't work in both DOS and Windows. Same error 26.


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.bin   fd.bin (Size: 4 KB / Downloads: 1)
.bin   gbe.bin (Size: 8 KB / Downloads: 1)
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#84
Test LAN when you can, good to see FD and GBE at least, this means maybe ME FW is still there and it's just corrupted, hard to tell for sure without being able to dump it or get a complete BIOS dump (8MB).

Your Ethernet is probably not be working, unless it's not Intel Gigabit LAN, if it's just Fast Ethernet then possibly LAN MAC ID is stored within BIOS and they may have corrected that at least when fixing for you (doubtful though). But, LAN MAC ID in GbE region (For Intel Gigabit LAN) is currently set to the default placeholder ID 88 88 88 88 87 88. You can confirm if this is affecting you by trying to connect via Ethernet cable, or check IPCONFIG /All and see if there is a proper MAC ID shown or just the 88 88 88 88 87 88
and this is not for wireless so any wireless ID you see you can ignore.

That may be normal error 26, since ME region is set to not allow read/write. Can you run MEInfowin.exe -verbose or MEInfo.exe -verbose from DOS and get any output? If yes, show me.
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#85
So, after testing the ethernet. It works fine. Anyway, here's the result of using MEInfo.


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#86
Good Ethernet is working, so then LAN MAC ID must be stored in chip and there is no Intel Gigabit LAN so GbE not used, must just be "Fast Ethernet" Looks like some ME FW is there, but not correct one or not correct PCH SKU set when settings were put in during it's FW setup. Only way to know is dump it with programmer, and that's going to be the only way to fix it anyway
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#87
Oh well, I guess ordering a programmer will be great then. I will try to talk about it to my dad, not sure he will let me get the programmer though. Hopefully I can. Since he also thought that me listening to people from the internet for bios flashing help will be a scam. Not sure why though, but that's one of the main reasons he's not letting me. But thanks for your help though, will return to you once I get the tools.
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#88
If you would have ordered programmer first then problem would have been solved long ago and much cheaper. Very sorry he thinks it's all scams on the internet, how is anything a scam when no one is charging any $$? Tell him I help people unlock BIOS all day every day for free, not everything is always possible, but in many instances a lot is possible and I do it for free. Yes, sometimes things go wrong, but luckily the tools to fix any and all BIOS issues only costs less than $6-7 total shipped

You're welcome, hopefully you can get the tools sometime and we can sort this out. Do you have paypal? If yes, save up till you get 6-7 and then you can order on ebay yourself. Or save up some $$ in real world and purchase a $10 gift card (Visa type), then you can order on ebay too
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#89
Well, turns out, he still wasn't convinced after I tried talking about it to him. So I think my bios modding has to end there for this laptop. Hopefully I can do it later when I get another laptop, I'm sure it will definitely be when I don't have to ask him for tools. (A few years definitely.), but thanks for the help and time you put in though! Hope to see you soon in the future!
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#90
Get another laptop, you can fix this one for less than $7 ??? Give one of your friends $7 and have them order for you, no reason to let this system sit unused, fake dead, when you can easily fix it.
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