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Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 and Sleep mode in Windows 7

Recently I upgraded my system to LGA2011 CPU and used Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 F20 motherboard. I used to have problem with sleep mode in Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and I tried everything with no luck at all.

All the sudden, I think my PCI sound card (Audigy ZS2) may cause the sleep problem?!? Yep, I took it out and the sleep mode is now working like it should.

If anyone has the same problem like me, you can try to take some add-on cards out 🙂

Remember, before you do anything, check the Gigabyte’s website for latest BIOS update.

Hope this helps,

Ricky

Read/write info to Asset Tag in BIOS (Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop)

For some reasons you want to remove the Asset tag in BIOS of a laptop (in my case, it’s the Lenovo and I’m on Windows 7)

First, you go here to get the utility to read/write information to the Asset tag

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-75237

Then download,

Utility to Read and Write Asset ID Information — 6iaw03ww.exe — it could be a different file name.

Make sure you know where to save the exe file (eg. save on the Desktop)

Run the exe file to extract the utility. You can extract to your preferred drive (C, D or whatever) or its default directory.

In my case, I just use the default location (C:\Drivers\WINAIA)

Now it’s time to edit the Asset Tag.

Click Start button and type cmd into the box, right click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator, click Yes if you see a confirmation

cmd.exe

cmd.exe

Type the following commands on ONE line and end with the Enter button.

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cd\

cd drivers\winaia

Now you should see, C:\Drivers\WinAIA\

To see the current Asset tag info, type

WinAIApackage.exe –get  [an window will pop up and show you the current info on your Asset tag, Click OK on the pop up to close it]

winaia

Example of Asset info

To set the Asset Tag, type (including the quotation marks)

WinAIAPackage.exe –set “USERASSETDATA.ASSET_NUMBER=this_could_be_anything” [click Yes to confirm if any]

That’s all I need to change but there are more if you want to play around with this.

This is the full list of commands you can use from Lenovo

All options, group names and field names are case-insensitive, except for the USERDEVICE group and the prefix value.

If no options are specified or an incorrect option is specified, then the help text for the utility is displayed.

Here is a list of the valid group names and their associated fields:

USERDEVICE [field1] – These fields are defined by the user.
: Maximum number of user fields is five.
[fieldn]
PRELOADPROFILE IMAGEDATE
IMAGE
USERASSETDATA PURCHASE_DATE
LAST_INVENTORIED
WARRANTY_END
WARRANTY_DURATION
AMOUNT
ASSET_NUMBER
LEASEDATA LEASE_START_DATE
LESE_END_DATE
LEASE_TERM
LEASE_AMOUNT
LESSOR
OWNERDATA OWNERNAME
DEPARTMENT
LOCATION
PHONE_NUMBER
OWNERPOSITION

 

Best,

Ricky

Sources: Lenovo Support

HP Laptop BIOS update – Problem and Solution!

Recently, I downloaded the new update BIOS from HP website and tried to install on my laptop. It went through all processes and shut down the laptop as it should. I turn on the laptop and it stop at the HP logo, and that’s it. (Of course I downloaded the right BIOS and it can’t be wrong.

My laptop is HP dv4-1117nr. The working BIOS before the update was F22, my BIOS ID is 30F7, and I am using Intel Graphic Card. eg. 30F7F22U.FD

Your BIOS ID may vary but you can take a look at this diagram below

  ????F??.FD
  |  || ||_|_____ EFI BIOS file
  |  ||_|________ Version number
  |__|___________ Model specific

I did some researches on website (here and there) and found out what need to be done. Also, you will need a USB flash drive any size (small GBs are preferred–eg. 1, 2, 4GB), and it needs to be formatted to FAT

Here what I did:

  1. Go to HP.com again to re-download the my old BIOS version (F22) — your BIOS version may vary.
  2. Extract that EXE file by using 7-Zip (or the one you prefer)
  3. Make sure you know your BIOS ID, for example, mine is 30F7.
  4. Find the BIOS file 30F7F22U.FD, copy this to your FAT formatted flash drive, and rename it to 30F7.BIN
  5. Disconnect the AC adapter
  6. Remove the battery from the notebook.
  7. Inserted the USB thumb drive into one of the USB ports on the notebook (any USB ports)
  8. Hold down the ‘Windows’ Key and the ‘B’ key.
  9. Connect the AC adapter while holding those two keys
  10. Pressed the ‘Power’ button on the notebook then release those two keys when the LEDs on.

After about 10 seconds the notebook started reading the USB thumb drive.

While searching for the file the notebook beeped once a second. The number of beeps varied, depending on how big the thumb drive was and the number of files on the thumb drive, from just one beep to many.

If the file was not found, the notebook would reset itself and try again.

If the file was found then it took about 12 seconds for the notebook to load it.
No beeping sounds heard during the loading time.

When loaded the notebook started flashing, indicated by beeps every 2 seconds.
This took about 32 seconds.

Hope this will help someone who has the same problem as mine.