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Before you start reading you should know that getting up from my bed this morning I was complete noob in any BIOS mods. And Actually I am still the same I guess.

EDITED!!! Check the end of post!
DOUBLE EDITED! I EXTRACTED ROM FILES + FLASHER!
EDIT: ALMOST SOLVED! I DID CHANGED ROM FILE BUT WHAT NOW? IT SAYS THAT I ALREADY HAVE SUCH VERSION OF BIOS! HOW TO MANUALLY UPDATE IT???
EDIT: Just take that Sony's bios packager, unzip it using 7ZIP. You will need to mod 1 file where you will write that all you need is to flash only 2MB bios image. Mod that bios image, save it and flash.
BUT you should pray that you modded BIOS right and didn't change some options which shouldn't be changed. For example don't try to disable HyperThreading Technology. Because only when I did this I bricked laptopSmile


Hi guys.
My information:
I live in country... no, wait.... I must give you another info, correct?Wink
Notebook: Sony VAIO F series
Model: VPCF126FM
BIOS: AMI (American Megatrends Inc.)
BIOS version: 1.28.1119
BIOS number: R1120Y6
BIOS link: http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=VPCF126FM&upd_id=6241&os_group_id=6
BIOS direct link: http://s02.download.sony.com/US/pc/AIBSY...0-1040.EXE

Problem: People say it doesn't support I7 extreme CPUs (I7-920XM and I7-940XM).

1 Guy from Japan I guess tried it with I7-940XM and it didn't work.
Another guy with I7-920XM tried and it didn't work - at least I heard this. But I don't know if it was OEM CPU or ES.

But Here is what I know. That some Australian shop made it work fine with I7-920XM and sells it. https://www.electronicbazaar.com.au/note...x1080.html

I sent questions but none was answered by them.

I am a member of 1 famous tech forum but no one in owner's lounge knows how to make it work with these CPUs.

Please, can anyone check this and unlock these CPUs?! Please! It must be possible somehow.

EDIT/ This is what I found. It is not useful, but just in case
In temp folder after I clicked install BIOS update and then canceled it I found 1 deleted file. There are a lot temp files but this one I could read.
Here what was written there:
Quote:[Options]
OutputDir=V:\SUSTAINING_RELEASE
[VU]
VUProject=11/17/2010 11:35:19 AM
PackageName=AIBSYS-00235840-1040
AppId=EP0000235840
AppName=BIOS Update
AppVersion=R1120Y6
JPModel=IRX
AppExecFolder=v:\SUSTAINING_RAW\EP0000235840 BIOS Sustaining Y6a - R1120Y6
AppExecName=EP0000235840.exe
[DRIVER_INFO]
DriverDate=11/17/2010
DriverVersion=R1120Y6
DeviceDesc=BIOS Update
InstalledType=Sustaining
ReleasedDate=11/17/2010
DriverName=AIBSYS-00235840-1040
[PACKAGE_INFO]
PackageDescription=BIOS Update
[INSTALL_INFO]
Install_Type=EXE
EXE_Name=EP0000235840.exe
DPInstall32=0
DPInstall64=0
Run_Silent=0
Reboot=0
[EULA]
EULA_Included=Y
[SUPPORT_LANGUAGES]
US_ENGLISH=1
LATIN=1
FRENCH=1
[SUPPORT_MODELS]
0=VPCF12
1=VPC-F12
NUM_SUPPORT_MODELS=2
[SUPPORT_OS]
Win2K=0
WinXP=1
WinVista=0
Win7=1

Then I googled this EP0000235840.exe file and found download link here http://www.sony.co.nz/support/download/430364
Direct link here: http://download.sony-asia.com.edgesuite....235840.exe
As I see it is real BIOS file! Because that first from US site contains a lot (too much) of things.

Also I found that it is easy to check CPU support. I found it here http://www.rom.by/forum/AMI_BIOS_CPU_mic...ent-285555
But the main is
Quote:I've extracted microcodes form AMI BIOS, after that I've took any AWARD Bios and removed microcodes module from it and last I've appended my AMI extracted microcdes module to Award module. Cbrom has listed added CPU support microcodes without problem.

Also I found that there are amibcd 7.01.01 and amibcd 7.06 already. Perhaps they will work better? But for some reason files I downloaded refuse to open. Error message says to use proper x86 bit system.

I REALLY WANT MY LAPTOP SUPPORT THESE CPUs! Please help me!

DOUBLE EDIT!
Look what I did!
[Image: extractedbioefile.jpg]
But AMIBCP346 doesn't open itSad

EDIT AGAIN
I finally managed to edit my BIOS. Now I can change values! Look at the picture!
[Image: enableextremeedition.jpg]

Tell me guys is this value only I need to change to get I7-920XM to work?
P.S. It was very funny. I asked a question this afternoon and myself unswered on it at night.Idea

EDIT: No, it won't help I guess. Also CPU microcodes adding will not help if you can't even boot with new CPU. Read my next post.
40+ views but no reply. SAD.

I found that perhaps I need to:
- put Extreme Cpu in
- turn laptop on
- turn it off
- wait and power drain
- take RAM away.
- turn it on again
- after 4 beeps put RAM in.
- turn it on and it perhaps will work.

The reason is that changing CPU you also change Memory controller.

This helped Asus G73 to support ES I7-920XM CPU.
flash this bios: ftp.ftp.vaio-link.com/PUB/VAIO/UPDATES/EP0000227024.EXE
its the r1110y6, an older version
then try to flash your modificated version. then i think you won't get that error message Wink
Thanks. I found another way. Just unziped using 7zip and...

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Hi i have another vaio model but the BIOS is exactly the same as yours, and i have a 920XM too that doesn't works, have you solved this? or you have given up ? if yes can you please share the modded BIOS or tell me how you did it? would be great, thanks
(07-27-2012, 10:15 AM)James D Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks. I found another way. Just unziped using 7zip and...

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Hello! Have you solved that problem somehow? I also can't start sony vaio with this 920XM.
(09-13-2014, 12:29 PM)tigermaster Wrote: [ -> ]Hi i have another vaio model but the BIOS is exactly the same as yours, and i have a 920XM too that doesn't works, have you solved this? or you have given up ? if yes can you please share the modded BIOS or tell me how you did it? would be great, thanks

Have you got the answer on this question? I can't start sony vaio laptop with this processor too.