DV8P A05 BIOS issued

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  1. Mikerman

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  2. ryudo

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    not touching anything beyond A03 with a stick.

    Any idea whats changed? i doubt they will ever give back the Advanced bios options
     
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    According to the Dell website here are the changes in the 05 bios:

    Fixes & Enhancements
    Enhance
    -Enhance LAN dongles function.
    -Enhance LTE module function.
    -Enhance the performace of eMMC write/read speed.
    -Enhance BIOS setting for Enable/Disable fTPM through SCMOS tool.
    Upgrade
    -Upgrade Embeded controller firmware version for charge behavior and LTE module.
    -Upgrade GOP driver to 7.0.1005 to match PR7 driver, FRC to 1.6.1 and MCU to 30673/321, 30678/80A for system perform smoothly
    Adjust
    -Adjust the CPU temperture to prevent thermal over the SPEC.
    Improve
    -Improve system information that show correctly battery information.
     
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    The A05 BIOS locks down the advanced options, but it seems that RS200 is enabled by default on A05.

    EDIT: I just updated to A05 and ran a disk benchmark. HS200 is definitely enabled by default on A05. So, unless you needed the other advanced options (which most people don't), it's safe to update.
     
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  5. Mikerman

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    Thanks for posting the A05 BIOS changelog notes (as listed at the Dell upgrade/downloads page), dlgreg--I should have done so originally. Information is a good thing. ;)
     
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    And so, by "locked down," you mean that the advanced options are no longer available as options and Dell has set them as permanent, in the way Dell deems best? And what is RS200?
     
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    He means HS200, which is the high-performance speed setting for the internal eMMC flash drive.
     
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    You can't change the advanced options anymore. For example, iGPU boost, SD card DDR50.

    However, the HS200 setting (thanks for the correction gerg), is enabled by default, so at least Dell took care of that one.
     
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    i never looked into gpu boost. whats it set on by default? and if i change it, how well does it help for games or anything?
     
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    Thanks. Which then leads to the question, I guess: move to/stick with BIOS A03, with the options last available, or update to BIOS A05? (I'm still on the original BIOS, given the BIOS quandary. And I'm usually the dude who applies all updates, thinking that there must be a good reason for and advantage to them.) .
     

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